The collection consists of the historical records reflecting
the activities and interests of Los Compadres, a bibliographic society based in
Orange County, California.
On the evening of February 8, 1958, Hank Givens, publisher of the Santa Ana
Independent, gathered a group together at his Tustin home to discuss
books and book collecting. Originally calling themselves the Bibliophile Society of
Orange County, the group was later renamed Los Compadres. The original members
included Hank Givens, Dwight Hamilton, Pat Patterson, Horace Parker, Ed Rice, Bill
Rasmussen, and Don Meadows. Although it was not until 1966 that Los Compadres would
formally codify its existence through the creation of a Constitution, they adopted
the motto, “United by a love of books, art, history, and literature."
Property rights to the physical object belong to the Sherman Library. Literary
rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the
responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The Sherman
Library do not hold the copyright.