Scope and Content
Title: H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press
Date (inclusive): 1928-1978
Collection number: Press coll. Archives Archer
Creator: Archer, H. Richard
(Horace Richard), 1911-1978
(4.7 linear feet)
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence,
ephemera, photographs and other materials collected by H. Richard
Archer, former bibliographer at the Clark Library, from his years at
UCLA until his last position at Williams College. Many items were
printed by his personal press, the Hippogryph Press.
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 Material: 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], H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press
Collection, Press coll. Archives Archer, William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Portions of this collection originated in accession MS.1981.001, a
1981 purchase. Other portions of the collection were a gift of Margot
Archer in 1984 or were collected over time by the William Andrews Clark
Portions of this collection were processed and described in a
paper-based finding aid in the 1980s. In July 2009, the entire
collection was fully processed and this finding aid was written by Jamie
Horace Richard Archer (generally known as H. Richard Archer) was born
September 13, 1911 in New Mexico. He graduated from Monrovia High School
(1928), went on to get a library degree from Berkeley (1941), and
finally received a PhD from the Graduate Library School at the
University of Chicago (1954). In 1936, he married Margaret Hanko.
He began the Hippogryph Press as his own personal printing experiment
after being given the equipment in 1951 by members of the Rounce &
Coffin club. He was employed at the William Andrews Clark Library as a
bibliographer, and was friends with Lawrence Clark Powell. Archer later
moved on to become the Custodian and Director of the Rare Book
Collection at Williams College, in the Chapin Library. He died in
Massachusetts on January 19, 1978 and was survived by his wife Margot,
who died October 22, 2004.
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence, printed ephemera, newspaper
clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and other materials written and
collected by H. Richard Archer, a former bibliographer at the Clark
Library, from his years at UCLA and the Clark to his last years as
Custodian and rare books librarian of the Chapin Library at Williams
College. Correspondents include many from the Southern California
printing community, such as William Cheney, Grant Dahlstrom, Muir
Dawson, Saul Marks, Ward Ritchie, and Jacob Zeitlin, as well from the
library world, including Lawrence Clark Powell, Bob Vosper, Tyrus
Harmsen, Neal Harlow, and Edwin Carpenter. Many items were printed by
his personal press, the Hippogryph Press.
The collection was arranged previously by another individual, and
rearranged slightly in July 2009. Series are organized thematically, and
then further sorted chronologically when possible.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Correspondence, 1943-1978
- Series 2. Hippogryph Press and Printed Ephemera, 1951-1969
- Series 3. Personal and Professional Life, 1928-1977
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Carpenter, Edwin H.
William Murray, 1907-
Dahlstrom, Grant Edward
Harmsen, Tyrus G.
Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001
Ritchie, Ward, 1905-1996
Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987
Genres and Forms