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Finding Aid for the Battledore Press Collection 1961-1983
Press Coll. Archives Battledore  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Battledore Press Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1961-1983
    Collection number: Press Coll. Archives Battledore
    Creator: Battledore Press
    Extent: 7 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90018
    Abstract: The collection includes printed ephemera created primarily by the Battledore Press, run by Mary and Andrew Horn. Items are mainly paper examples of printing, with a few pieces on wood. Many of the pieces of ephemera relate to the UCLA libraries.
    Physical location: Clark Library
    Language of materials: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts or printed items must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Battledore Press Collection, Press Coll. Archives Battledore, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing History

    This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in July, 2009.


    The Battledore Press was the personal press of Mary and Andrew (Andy) Horn. Mary and Andrew printed their first piece on September 8, 1961 (see box 6, folder 3 for the handwritten note about this item). Andrew oversaw the creation of the library school at UCLA in 1959/1960 in addition to being a professor and dean of the school; he also supervised the Horn Press to allow library students the opportunity to print. He was a friend and colleague of Lawrence Clark Powell, the well known University Librarian of UCLA. Further biographical information may be found in the 1986 "University of California: In Memoriam" publication.  

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains material created by and for the Battledore Press which was run by Mary and Andrew (Andy) Horn. Items are mostly printed ephemera including invitations, announcements, cards, bookplates, and certificates for various events. They include UCLA library-related gatherings, advertisements for businesses, Christmas and other holiday cards, prints of quotations and other short pieces of literature.


    The boxes of material are divided by general subject area as follows:
    • Box 1 -- General Ephemera printed by the Horn Press
    • Box 2 -- Items printed for individuals and non-UCLA institutions
    • Box 3 -- Items printed for the UCLA School of Library Service (after 1974 the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and later the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies)
    • Box 4 -- UCLA related material, other than the library school, including Friends of UCLA Libraries, Clark Library, Campbell Book Collection Competition, etc.
    • Box 5 -- Miscellaneous and Oversized (type specimens)
    • Box 6 -- Items printed for printing and bibliophilic associations (including the Benign Order of Adana Pressmen, Companions of the Moxon Chappell, the Rounce and Coffin Club, and the M-W-F Society)
    • Box 7 -- Greeting cards and ephemera printed for Andrew Horn and his family's use
    A portion of the collection was originally arranged in folders and inventoried by Richard Buchen from the "original 29 folders" on June 1, 1984. The order from this period was maintained by leaving the materials divided into the seven categories (one for each box). Various acronyms are used for the library school at UCLA depending on the time period: SLS (School of Library Service) or GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science). However, the name of the school is currently the Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Some folders have suggested dates written on them, but it is unclear how the processor decided on the dates for any given undated piece of ephemera.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Horn, Andrew Harlis, 1914-1983
    Horn, Mary Baier
    Horn Press
    Librarians--California--20th century
    Printers--California--20th century
    Private presses--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Ephemera--California--20th century