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Finding Aid to the Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive, 1955-1994
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1994
    Collection number: Press coll. Tamalpais
    Creator: Levenson, Roger 1914-
    Extent: 12 boxes (6.5 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Papers of Tamalpais Press and its founder Roger Levenson, dating from 1955-1994, including correspondence, job files, proofs and related ephemera.
    Physical Location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
    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 must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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], Roger Levenson and the Tamalpais Press Archive, Press coll. Tamalpais, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    The Tamalpais Press/Roger Levenson Archive was purchased from Sidney Berger, an associate of Roger Levenson's. Some materials were collected independentlyby the Clark Library as a part of their collection of California fine press materials..

    Biographical Note

    The Tamalpais Press, founded by Roger Levenson, was a fine printing press located in Berkeley, California that was in operation from circa 1955 until 1976. Printing was done on an 1857 Albion handpress as well as a seventeenth century press (both of which were donated to the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley). The Tamalpais Press printed a wide range of materials from books to event posters and programs to business cards and invitations. The books printed by the press focused mostly on California history subjects.
    Roger Levenson was born in Bangor, Maine on 10 October 1914 and learned printing while an undergraduate at the University of Maine. After serving in Hawaii during World War II, Roger settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where he spent the rest of his life. He founded and operated the Tamalpais Press from circa 1955 until 1976 when he retired. In addition to running the Tamalpais Press, Roger was a teacher and lecturer, most notably at the University of California, Berekeley where he taught a course for twelve years on "The History of the Book." He died of cancer on 29 May 1994.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials associated with the Tamalpais Press, including proofs for books, printed matter, and correspondence to and from the owner of the press, Roger Levenson, covering the years 1953 until 1994.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Proofs, 1955/1994
    • Series 2. Correspondence, 1960-1984
    • Series 2. Roger Levenson Files, 1956/1964
    • Series 3. Roger Levenson Files, 1955/1964
    • Series 4. Miscellany, Circa 1955/1994
    • Series 5. The Clark Library Collection, Circa 1955/1976

    Indexing Terms

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


    Printers--California--20th century
    Tamalpais Press