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Finding Aid for the Fred S. Lang Company Archive 1904-1948
Press coll. Archives Lang  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fred S. Lang Company Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1904-1948
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Lang
    Creator: Fred S. Lang Company
    Extent: 7 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90018
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, ephemera and other materials of and made by The Fred S. Lang Company of Los Angeles, from academic prospectuses to an invitation for an exhibit of Mr. Lang's work held by the Rounce & Coffin Club.
    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 Material: 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 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], Fred S. Lang Company Archive, Press coll. Archives Lang, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Portions of the collection were a gift of Mrs. Fred S. Lang in 1945 or were collected over time by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

    Processing History

    In December 2009 the entire collection was fully processed and this finding aid was written by Ashley Johnston.


    Fred S. Lang was born in Marshalltown, Iowa on September 22, 1872. In his early teens he worked with his brother to produce a small newspaper on a hand press. Mr. Lang became a California resident in 1887, and married Jewel Fuller in 1900. He operated his own press, The Fred S. Lang Company, from 1895 until the year of his death in 1945.

    Scope and Content

    This collection, given to the Clark Library by Mrs. Fred S. Lang shortly after her husband's death in 1945, contains invitations, prospectuses, pamphlets and other ephemera printed by The Fred S. Lang Company in Los Angeles, CA. A framed photograph of Mr. Lang as well as awards for excellence in printing are also parts of the collection. Seven wood blocks (from which printed reproductions were made for an exhibit held in Mr. Lang's honor by the Rounce & Coffin Club after his death) were also included as part of the original gift to the Clark Library. The variety of companies and events for which Mr. Lang printed, from the Los Angeles Grand Opera Association to the World Premiere of Walt Disney's FANTASIA, display his role in the developing cultural landscape of Los Angeles.


    Series are organized thematically, and then further sorted chronologically when possible.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Fred S. Lang Company Records and Ephemera, 1904-1945. 2 boxes (1.3 linear feet)
    • Series 2. Printed Ephemera, 1910-1945. 5 boxes (3.25 linear feet)

    Indexing Terms

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


    Lang, Fred S., 1872-1945.
    Printers -- California -- 20th century.
    Small presses -- California -- 20th century.

    Genres and Forms

    Ephemera -- California -- 20th century.