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Allen Press and Dorothy and Lewis Allen Ephemera Collection
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Description
The Allen Press was a private press founded in 1939 by Lewis and Dorothy Allen and based in the San Francisco Bay area. This collection includes printed ephemera (predominantly prospectuses), photographs, and correspondence.
Background
The Allen Press, also referred to as L-D Allen Press, was a private press based in the San Francisco Bay area, founded in 1939 by husband and wife team Lewis and Dorothy Allen. Lewis Allen met Dorothy Caswell when they both studied at the University of California, Berkeley. The Allens were particularly fascinated by books produced by Aldus Manutius, William Morris, John Henry Nash, and the Grabhorns (to name a few). These noted presses served as an inspiration for Lewis and Dorothy's work as full-time hand-press printers.
Extent
2 boxes 2 linear feet
Availability
Collection is open for research.