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Guide to the The Roy Vernon Sowers and Margaret Cosgrave Sowers papers, 1629-1994
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Series 1. Christmas Cards/ Personal Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 2

Blaine Lewis/Innominate Press; Arthur Rushmore/Edna Rushmore

Box 1, Folder 3

Norman Straus; Stauffacher

Box 1, Folder 4

various Christmas cards and personal correspondence

Box 1, Folder 5

Christmas and New Years cards. 1872, 1873.

Physical Description: 43 items.

Series 2. Inauguration of F.W. Ness as President of Fresno State College

Box 1, Folder 6

2 items printed by Ward Ritchie Press


Series 3. Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, Rollins College Department of Books, and Angel Alley Press materials

Box 1, Folder 7

Angel Alley Press

Box 1, Folder 7

Fight of a Book for the World

Box 1, Folder 7

Inadvisability of Arriving at Conclusions

Box 1, Folder 7

Songs of A Day

Box 1, Folder 7

Lyric Heart

Box 1, Folder 7

A Professor of Books

Box 1, Folder 7

The Town that became a University

Box 1, Folder 7

Rollins' Slant on Creative Writing / by Edwin Osgood Grover

Box 1, Folder 7

announcement of courses in the appreciation and use of books, Rollins College

Physical Description: 3 small items

Series 4. Lawrence Clark Powell -see also oversized materials

Box 1, Folder 8

Writings about librarianship: The Alchemy of Books; This Dry and Wrinkled Land; Land of Fiction; Sky, Sun, and Water, the Southwest of Frederick Webb Hodges

Box 1, Folder 9

Publications: The Three L's; In Search of Spring; William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Welcoming Address; Recollections of an ex-bookseller; Aldous Huxley (2 copies); Trans Pecos; Bent's Fort.

Box 1, Folder 10

Los Angeles Printing: 8 items by LCP or printed "for the Friends of LCP."

Box 1, Folder 11

Laboratory Press at the Carnegie Institute of Technology

Scope and Content Note

2 items from Jack Stauffacher, who was director of the New Laboratory Press.

Series 5. Exhibit Materials

Box 2, Folder 1

Exhibit Announcements: 10 items from exhibits at: the Huntington Library, Library of Congress, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Book Club of California, Williams College, Schaeffer Galleries. (1928-1970)

Box 2, Folder 2

Exhibit Publications: 5 items from exhibits at: Williams College, John Henry Nash Library (Aldine Press), UC Santa Cruz (Thomas Carlyle), Royal Academy Diploma Gallery (1935-1970), University of Michigan Clements Library (Presbyterian Church in America, 1947)

Box 2, Folder 3

Exhibit Publications: 4 items from exhibits at: UCLA Clark Memorial Library, National Arts Club, Huntington Library, Colorado College. (1936-1967).

Box 2, Folder 4

Exhibits - Stanford Libraries: 13 items: John Steinbeck (1975), Gunst Collection (1963), Eric Gill (1954), Colt Press (1956), John Cole (1982), Ansel Adams and W. Stegner (1982), F.L. Wright (1981), California as seen by German Travellers (1980), W. Somerset Maugham (1979), Broad Pen... Lecture (1979), Magna Carta (1978), Green Library Dedication (1980).


Series 6. Prospectus from Fine Presses and Book shops - see also oversized materials

Box 2, Folder 5


Physical Description: (19 items):

Scope and Content Note

Adrian Wilson , Alfred A. Knopf, Anvil Press, Arizona Pioneers Historical Society, Arthur Lites Press, Bird and Bull Press, Black Vine Press, Blackwood Press, Book Club of California, Brick Row Book Shop , Carl Herzog Press, Centaur Press, Colt Press/Jane Grabhorn, Cooper Square Publishers, Crompton T. Johnson
Box 2, Folder 6

Allen Press (8 items, c. 1953-1973)

Box 2, Folder 7

D-H (17 items):

Scope and Content Note

Dawson's Bookshop, Delhagen & Klafings Monatscheft, , Edizioni il Polifilo, Milan , Edwin A.R. Rumball-Petr, Eugrammia Press, Evergreen House Foundation, Folio Society,London,
Box 2, Folder 8

Golden Head Press (5 items, c. 1962-1965)

Box 2, Folder 9

Grabhorn Press (2 items, c.1953)

Box 3, Folder 1

Greenwood Press/J. Stauffacher

Physical Description: (5 items)
Box 3, Folder 2


Physical Description: ( 9 items):

Scope and Content Note

Jake Zeitlin, John Henry Nash, Lakeside Press, Lawton Kennedy, Publisher, Lime Kiln Press, New York Public Library, Pantheon Books, Penguin Press
Box 3, Folder 3

Porpoise Book shop (4 items, c. 1950s)

Box 3, Folder 4

Peter Pauper-S

Physical Description: (9 items):

Scope and Content Note

Peter Pauper Press, Pox Populi Press, Prairie Press, Random House/Nonesuch Press, Sacramento Book Collector's Club, Sequoia Press, "The Studio", Sumac Press
Box 3, Folder 5


Physical Description: (18 items):

Scope and Content Note

Talisman Press, Toz House Bookshop, Trianon Press, United Efforts Press, University of California Press, Verlag Muller & Schindler, W. Thomas Taylor, Wallace Kibbee & Son, Wilgress Press, William Edwin Rudge, Windsor Press (-see oversize material), Wm. Dawson, World Publishing Co., Yale University Press, Year of Dog Press, Yolla Bolly Press, Zamarano Club
Box 3, Folder 6

Ward Ritchie Press

Physical Description: (6 items)
Box 3, Folder 7

Stanford University Libraries Annual Reports1973-74, 1974-75 -

Scope and Content Note

include items donated by MCS
Box 3, Folder 8

Gleeson Library Associates Materials 16 items, ca. 1978-1990:

Scope and Content Note

Nicolai Rezanov & Concepcion Arguello, Fall meeting, 1993 ; Forgeries in the Rare Book World, Autumn meeting, 1990 ; Hans Schmoller, announcement for Autumn Lecture 1978 ; Lilienthal Collections exhibit, 1978 ; Filoli Spring Tour, 1979 ; John Dreyfus, announcement for annual meeting, 1979 ; Albert Speirsen exhibit, 1979 ; Annual meeting announcements, 1979, 1980, 1981; Willa Cather lecture announcement and program, Winter, 1978 ; Winter meeting, 1979 ; Autumn meeting programs, 1980, 1981

Series 7. Fine Press Publications

Box 4, Folder 1

Benjamin Franklin on the art of eating (Princeton University Press for the American Philosophical Society, 1958)

Box 4, Folder 1

Is there a Santa Claus? (Grosset & Dunlap, 1934)

Box 4, Folder 1

Journey to Truckee (Elkus Press, 1945)

Box 4, Folder 1

Ritchie, Ward, William Morris and his Praise of Wine (Ward Ritchie Press, 1958)

Box 4, Folder 1

Stevenson, R.L., Silverado Squatters, the introductory chapter (Kit-Cat Press, 1988)

Box 4, Folder 1

"These are the times that try men's souls" ( University of Michigan, 1942 -

Physical Description: 2 copies).
Box 4, Folder 2

Introduction to Ben Johnson's "Three Masques" (W.C. Bamburgh, Presentation copy no. 18/39)

Box 4, Folder 2

Lincoln, Abraham, An Appreciation of Thomas Jefferson (Wallace Kibbee & Son, 1937)

Box 4, Folder 2

Magee, David, Chapter II of an unpublished autobiography (Sherwood Grover, 1979 -

Physical Description: 2 copies)
Box 4, Folder 2

Territory of Utah, (Westgate Press, 1951)

Box 4, Folder 2

Turner Thesis and the dry world (Texas Western Press, 1960)

Box 4, Folder 3

Allen Press 2 items (c. 1950s):

Scope and Content Note

Shelley, Percy Bysshe, Ode to the West Wind;Letter with enclosed broadside, "With no raison d'être but instead of a letter."
Box 4, Folder 4

Blackwood Press

Physical Description: 5 items:

Scope and Content Note

A Collection of Maxims and Aphorisms and 4 menus from the annual banquets of the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement.
Box 4, Folder 5

Roxburghe, Zamorano, and Rounce & Coffin Materials - see also oversized materials

Physical Description: 3 items:

Scope and Content Note

Rounce and Coffin Club Hog and Book Auction program ; A Self Portrait of Captain Agustin V. Zamorano ; Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, Zamorano Club of Los Angeles, 1955

Series 8. Publications about Books, Book Collecting, Binding

Box 4, Folder 6

ABC Keepsake. Oxford University Press, 1944.

Box 4, Folder 6

Anatomy of a Library, Sutro Library, San Francisco.

Box 4, Folder 6

Book Collecting Should be Fun, by Frederic C. Melcher. Sheboygan, Elm City Press, 1947.

Box 4, Folder 6

Chief End of Book Madness, by L. C. Wroth.

Box 4, Folder 6

Editing Donne and Pope. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, lecture program, 1952.

Box 4, Folder 6

Fifty Books of the Year 1948, New York: American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1948.

Box 4, Folder 6

First Annual Report of The Vancouver Bookshop and Fun in a Bookshop, Vancouver Bookship. signed.

Box 4, Folder 6

For Further Reading, compiled by Willard Smith, Mills College: Eucalyptus Press, 1935.

Box 4, Folder 6

Journey to Truckee, Berkeley: The Elkus Press, 1945

Box 4, Folder 6

My Ten-Cent Shelf, by Mitchell Kennerly, Clements Library reprint from March 1944 American Mercury.

Box 4, Folder 6

Olive Percival Collection of Children's Books, UCLA.

Box 4, Folder 6

Revelations of Two Celebrated Book-Snatchers or, What Victoria Read - the Sadleir Collection, Friends of the UCLA library,1953.

Box 4, Folder 6

Western Books 1946, 1947. LA: Rounce and Coffin Club.


Series 9. Publications of the Book Trade

Box 4, Folder 7

Taylor & Taylor insert to Annual of Bookmaking, 1938

Box 4, Folder 7

Fine Print (III:4, Oct. 1977)

Box 4, Folder 7

Dolphin Review of Fine Printing

Box 4, Folder 7

Journal of the Rutgers University Library

Box 4, Folder 8

500 Years of Printing, 1940

Box 4, Folder 8

Bohemian Club Library Notes, Summer 1993

Box 4, Folder 8

California Society of Etchers, 1935

Box 4, Folder 8

Colophon Crier, Sept., May, Dec. 1932

Box 4, Folder 8

E Clampus Vitus, announcement

Box 4, Folder 8

Hoja Volante, Zamarano Cub, Nov. 1950

Box 4, Folder 8

Imprimatur, I:1, 1947

Box 4, Folder 8

Notes on Printing & Graphic Arts, Stinehour Press, I:3, II:1-2. 1953-54

Box 4, Folder 9

Esto Publishing Co. "Enjoy Your Museum Series"

Physical Description: 16 pamphlets and 1 prosectus.

Scope and Content Note

II: Prints was written by Roy and Pauline Sowers

Series 10. Typography Examples

Box 5, Folder 1

"The Pleasures of Study," Anatomy of Melancholy, R. Burton, UCLA Clark Library

Box 5, Folder 1

"Songs of Innocence," William Blake, 1795?

Box 5, Folder 1

"Morley on the Prenatal Word," 1940

Physical Description: (tiny book in envelope)
Box 5, Folder 1

unbound signatures for Charaters, or Essayers,... by R.M., 1629.

Box 5, Folder 1

Tribute to Albert M. Bender, Book Club of California, 1941

Box 5, Folder 1

Response cards to the Roxburghe Club, SF, by Grabhorn Printing, S. Grover

Box 5, Folder 1

Andreae Vesalii, publication offer

Box 5, Folder 2

Oscar Lewis (President of Book Club of California) autographed letter to RVS, 1927

Box 5, Folder 2

Wilder Bentley, Archetype Press Prospectus, Berkeley, 1937

Box 5, Folder 2

Arthur Rushmore autographed note

Box 5, Folder 2

Pynson Printers, 10 Announcements, 1930-34

Box 5, Folder 2

Sumac Press, example

Box 5, Folder 2

The Friendly hen, broadside (2 copies)

Box 5, Folder 2

Evelyn Hassbaum, 2 examples of work


Series 11. Oversized materials

Box 5, Folder 3

Greenwood Press, Taylor & Taylor Printers, Windsor Press, Golden Cockerel Press, McKenzie & Harris, Inc.

Box 5, Folder 4

Unidentified Ledgers

Physical Description: 2 items
Box 5, Folder 5

Items from Travels6 items:

Physical Description: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp; Trinity College, Cambridge; Austrian National Library, Vienna; Biblioteca Riccardiana, Florence; map of Venice and Murano
Box 5, Folder 6

Lawrence Clark Powell - oversized materials2 items:

Physical Description: "Brush Country" and "What we are here for" printed for the Friends of LCP.
Box 5, Folder 7

"Safety First" Calendar, the Curwen Press

Box 5, Folder 8

Roxburghe Club Materials

Physical Description: 7 items:

Scope and Content Note

mostly meeting announcements