The collection consists of materials pertaining to titles published by the Press,
including research materials, correspondence, typescripts, galleys, annotated printing
copies, illustrations, reviews, financial records, etc.; materials relating to proposals
for publications that the Press never published; miscellaneous corporate records of the
Press, including correspondence, etc.; and historical materials on El Dorado County,
particularly the Georgetown area.
Talisman Press was a fine press operated by Robert Greenwood and Newton Baird, from
approximately 1958 to 1969. After publishing "Talisman" magazine for only a short time,
they turned to publishing two to three books a year on the subjects of Western American
history, American literature, and bibliography. The business began in the San Jose area,
but moved to Georgetown, California in 1962. Although they stopped printing books in
1969, Greenwood and Baird continued as book dealers until retirement in January, 1991.