Scope and Content
Title: Richard J. Hoffman Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1932-1989
Collection number: Press coll. Archives Hoffman
Creator: Hoffman, Richard
5 boxes (1.7 linear feet)
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
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Richard J. Hoffman Collection, Press coll. Archives Hoffman, William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Part of this collection originated in accession MS.1988.001. These
items were purchased by the Clark in 1988.
This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in
July, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content
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.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Genres and Forms