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Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records, 1930-1992
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records, 1930-1992
    Dates: 1930-1992
    Collection Number: mssMaxwellrecords
    Collector: Maxwell Hunley Rare Books (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Extent: 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Maxwell Hunley Rare Books records. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Kenneth Karmiole, February 2012.


    Maxwell Hunley Rare Books was an antiquarian book firm originally located in Beverly Hills, California and later in Pasadena and South Pasadena, California. Maxwell Hunley moved to Los Angeles in 1930, where he began his career as an antiquarian bookseller. His specialties were American and English literary classics, but he also sold western Americana, fine press books, tooled leather bindings, juveniles, color-plate books and prints. One of Hunley's important early customers was Estelle Doheny. The majority of his sales were made to institutions, including the Huntington Library.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of a ledger recording sales, purchases and expenses for the period 1941-1948; ephemera including a copy of Maxwell O. Hunley's lease for 9533 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California dated June 29, 1962; and catalogs of stock from Maxwell Hunley Rare Books.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Hunley, Maxwell, 1900-1990

    Corporate Names

    Maxwell Hunley Rare Books (Los Angeles, Calif.)


    Booksellers and bookselling -- California -- Los Angeles
    Bookstores -- California -- Los Angeles


    Book catalogs
    Ledgers (account books)