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.
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.