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Guide to the Lawton Kennedy Ephemera
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lawton Kennedy ephemera
    Dates: ca.1920-1980
    Creator: Kennedy, Lawton, 1900-1980
    Collection Size: 2 linear feet 1 oversize folder
    Repository: The Book Club of California
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Abstract: Ephemera printed primarily by Lawton Kennedy in San Francisco
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The Book Club of California has not been assigned copyright of the collection. Requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Club Librarian and pertains only to the use of the physical item. For materials still under copyright, users are also responsible for obtaining permission from the rights holder.

    Preferred Citation

    Lawton Kennedy ephemera, The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA.


    Lawton Kennedy developed an interest in printing at an early age. He, and his younger brother Alfred, started setting type for their father's church bulletin when Lawton was just thirteen. He started working full time as a teenager and soon become recognized as an exceptional pressman. He worked for several well-known Bay Area printers including John Henry Nash, Johnck & Seeger, Jane Grabhorn's Colt Press and Albert Sperisen's Black Vine Press. For about seven years, he and Alfred operated Westgate Press in Oakland. In 1952, he moved to San Francisco and established Lawton Kennedy, Printer, on his own. Over the years, he printed many books and a wide variety of ephemeral material.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Printing for a variety of organizations and businesses and prospectuses for books. Also includes wood and linoleum blocks.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Private press books--California--San Francisco.
    Letterpress printing
    Fine press ephemera
    Kennedy, Lawton, 1900-1980

    Related Material

    BCC library also hold books and pamphlets printed by Lawton Kennedy