Guide to the Grant Dahlstrom Ephemera

Mark Knudsen
The Book Club of California
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Guide to the Grant Dahlstrom Ephemera

Collection number: Consult repository

The Book Club of California

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

Descriptive Summary

Title: Grant Dahlstrom ephemera
Dates: 1943-1980
Collection number: Dahlstrom
Creator: Dahlstrom, Grant
Repository: The Book Club of California
San Francisco, CA 94108
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

Grant Dahlstrom ephemera, Dahlstrom, The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA.


Grant Edward Dahlstrom, 1902-1980, was born in Idaho and learned lettering and printing from Porter Garnett at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He settled in Los Angeles and took a job with Young & McCallister, where he did book design work and binding. In 1943, he bought the Castle Press in Pasadena, and for the next thirty-seven years produced many handsome books for the Book Club of California, the Huntington Library, The Sacramento Book Collectors Club, Dawson's Book Shop, Jake Zeitlin, and many others. In 1931, he helped to found the Rounce & Coffin Club and was also active in the Zamorano Club, printing the Club's newsletter, Hoja Volante, beginning in 1934. He was still active in his business at the time of his death in 1980.

Scope and Content of Collection

Seven file folders containing: Book Fragments, Castle Press Promotional, Calendars, Club Printing, Greeting Cards, Prospectuses, and Trade Printing.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Dahlstrom, Grand E.
Castle Press
Private Presses--California
Printed ephemera
Letterpress printing
Greeting cards

Folder 1

Book fragments

Folder 2

Castle Press promotional materials

Folder 3


Folder 4

Club printing

Folder 5

Greeting cards

Folder 6


Folder 7

Trade printing

Box 1

Letter to 'Al' and invitation to Dahlstrom's memorial