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Finding Aid for the Richard J. Hoffman Collection 1932-1989
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard J. Hoffman Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1989
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Hoffman
    Creator: Hoffman, Richard J. 1912-1989
    Extent: 5 boxes (1.7 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection contains material created and printed by Richard J. Hoffman for various individuals, institutions, and clubs. Items are mostly printed ephemera including Christmas cards, invitations, announcements, memorials, and certificates for various events.
    Physical location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
    Language of materials: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts or printed items must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard J. Hoffman Collection, Press coll. Archives Hoffman, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Part of this collection originated in accession MS.1988.001. These items were purchased by the Clark in 1988.

    Processing History

    This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in July, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS).


    Richard J. Hoffman was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1912. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1928, and from Los Angeles Junior College in 1932. Hoffman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Los Angeles State College in 1947, and went on to receive a Master of Science in advanced education from USC.
    Hoffman worked as a printer from high school on. He taught starting in 1943 at Los Angeles City College and had his own printing office for many years in which he wrote, designed, and printed many of his own books. He married Ruth Janet Lofthouse on March 24, 1934 and went on to have three children and seven grandchildren. After teaching for many years, he retired from his job as a professor at California State University, Los Angeles. He died in Los Angeles on September 26, 1989.
    He was a member of various associations and clubs, including the Columbian 415 Chappel (as a founding father), the Comma Club, Los Angeles (as a founding member), the International Typographical Union, Phi Delta Kappa, the Rounce & Coffin Club Los Angeles, the Typophiles of New York, and the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles.
    He received many awards including the John Paul II Medal in a papal visit, state assembly recognitions, the International Graphic Arts Education Association President's medal (1958), Phi Delta Kappan of the year (1977), a scholarship for perpetuating printing technology education, and many others.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains material created and printed by Richard J. Hoffman, a printer in Southern California who printed many items for various individuals, institutions, and clubs (including Los Angeles Junior College, California State University at Los Angeles, the Rounce and Coffin Club, and the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs). Items consist largely of printed ephemera including Christmas cards, invitations, announcements, memorials, and certificates for various events.
    Boxes 2 and 3 below originated in Clark accession MS.1988.001.


    The collection was arranged previously by another individual. The order was preserved except in the case of box 5, where booklets were put into chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Printers--California--20th century
    Private presses--California--20th century
    Small presses--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Ephemera--California--20th century