Guide to the Lawton Kennedy Ephemera

Mark Knudsen
The Book Club of California
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San Francisco, CA 94108
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Guide to the Lawton Kennedy Ephemera

The Book Club of California

San Francisco, California
Processed by:
Mark Knudsen
Encoded by:
Mark Knudsen
© 2018 The Book Club of California. All rights reserved.

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


Printed Materials

Box 1, Folder 1

Announcements/Weddings & Births

Box 1, Folder 2

Bohemian Club

Box 1, Folder 3

Book Club of California

Box 1, Folder 4

California Historical Society

Box 1, Folder 5

Certificates & Awards

Box 1, Folder 6

Church and Related

Box 2, Folder 1-2

Commercial Printing

Box 2, Folder 3

Concert Announcements

Box 3, Folder 1

Concert Programs

Box 3, Folder 2

Crowden School

Box 3, Folder 3

E. Clampus Vitus

Box 3, Folder 4

Food & Wine Society / S. F.

Box 3, Folder 5-6

Gleeson Library Associates

Box 4, Folder 1

Greeting Cards

Box 4, Folder 2

Hand Bookbinders of California

Box 4, Folder 3

Howell, John, Prospectuses

Box 4, Folder 4


Box 4, Folder 5

Kennedy Press, Biographical

Box 5, Folder 1

Kennedy Press, Promotional

Box 5, Folder 2

Memento Mori

Box 5, Folder 3


Box 5, Folder 4

Roxburghe Club

Box 6, Folder 1

Roxburghe Club

Box 6, Folder 2

San Francisco Public Library

Box 6, Folder 3

University of California

Box 6, Folder 4

University of San Francisco

Box 7

Wood and Linoleum Blocks