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Guide to the Howard L. Dorn and Sons Collection, 1936-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Howard L. Dorn and Sons Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1978
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Creator: Dorn, Howard L.
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: Pasadena Museum of History
    Pasadena, California 91103-3594
    Abstract: The Howard L. Dorn and Sons Collection consists of 6 folders of printer's proofs of logos, letterheads and other designs, and several letters from clients.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to the public for research. Use is restricted by rules intended to protect and preserve the materials in good condition for the future. For additional information please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Publication Rights

    Use of the materials is governed by all applicable copyright law. The Pasadena Museum of History reserves the right to restrict any materials from reproduction at any time. Property rights reside with the Pasadena Museum of History. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The Museum's physical ownership of the materials in its collection does not imply ownership of copyright. It is the user's responibility to reslove any copyright issues related to the use and distribution of reproduced materials. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Pasadena Museum of History.

    Preferred Citation

    Suggested citation of these records: [Identification of item], Howard L. Dorn & Sons Collection, Research Library and Archives, Pasadena Museum of History.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Dorn family.

    Administrative History

    Howard L. Dorn & Sons, originally called Keenan & Dorn, were commercial printers located at 1192-1194 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California from 1936 until 1978.
    Howard L. Dorn, a lifelong resident of Pasadena, is listed as a salesman for the Pasadena Stationery & Printing Co. in the Pasadena city directories from 1916 until 1935. From 1936 until 1947 or 1948, he was associated with Eugene C. Keenan at Keenan & Dorn Printers & Stationers. In 1949, Dorn's sons Phillip H. and Richard E. are listed with their father under Howard L. Dorn & Sons Creative Printing, Stationery, Office Supplies. Among their customers were many well-known Pasadena businesses, such as Jurgensen's, J. Herbert Hall Jewellers, Vroman's, Bohman & Schwartz Coach Builders, professionals such as architect Elmer Grey and builder E. C. Moller, and numerous churches, clubs, schools, automobile dealerships, and other organizations.
    Howard L. Dorn died in 1981.

    Scope and content

    The Howard L. Dorn & Sons Collection consists of 6 folders of printer's proofs of logos, letterheads and other designs, and several letters from clients. Most of the proofs are signed and dated.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of the collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Dorn, Howard L.
    Commercial Art--Printing

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Dorn, Phillip H.
    Dorn, Richard E.
    Keenan, Eugene C.
    Howard L. Dorn & Sons
    Keenan & Dorn, Printers & Stationers
    Pasadena Stationery & Printing Co.