The collection comprises files, catalogs, and records from the San Francisco-based paper ruling company, Thomas Celia & Son,
which opened in 1952 and closed in 1989 after the death of Thomas Celia, Sr.
Thomas Celia, Sr., was born in California around 1901 to parents of Italian origins. By 1930, he was living in San Francisco
with his wife and young son, and operating a bookbindery. The paper ruling business called Thomas Celia & Son opened in 1952
and operated until closure in early 1989, after the 1987 death of Thomas Celia, Sr. and the steady loss of business to digital
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
ABM Librarian, American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco, California 94103. Consent is given on behalf of the American Bookbinders
Museum as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such
permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research
and educational purposes.
The materials are open for research use. All use of ABM materials must be requested 24 hours in advance and used onsite during
a scheduled appointment. For more information on use or to schedule an appointment, contact the ABM librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.