Robert Ernest Cowan (1862-1942) wrote bibliographies of California history and the Pacific Coast, and worked as a librarian
for William Andrews Clark, Jr. from 1919 to 1933. His collection of books and manuscripts form the nucleus of the UCLA Department
of Special Collections' holdings in Californiana. The collection consists of correspondence, catalog, bibliographic materials,
account books, an early diary, photographs, ephemera and memorabilia.
Robert Ernest Cowan was born in 1862 in Toronto, Canada; came to San Francisco in 1870; student at University of California
at Berkeley 1882-84; San Francisco bookseller from 1895-1920 and author of bibliographies of history of California and the
Pacific Coast; librarian for William Andrews Clark, Jr., 1919-33; moved to Los Angeles at Clark's request in 1926; Cowan's
collection of books and manuscripts form the nucleus of the UCLA Department of Special Collections' holdings in Californiana;
married Marie Margaret Fleissner in 1894; only child was Robert Granniss Cowan; died in 1942.Mr. Cowan was born in Toronto and came to the United States in 1870. From 1882 to 1884 he was a student at the University
of California. He was a bookseller in San Francisco from 1895 to 1920 and beginning in 1919 was librarian for William Andrews
Clark, Jr. This position he held until shortly before Mr. Clark's death in 1934.
28 boxes (14 linear ft.)
3 oversize boxes
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