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Finding Aid for the Ted Freedman Papers 1935-1966
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Series 1. Correspondence 1949-1962

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

Includes letters written to other fine press printers, primarily H. Richard Archer, William Cheney and Grant Dahlstrom and a few replies from Archer. In addition to personal correspondence, printing groups like the Rounce & Coffin Club and printing techniques are discussed.


The collection was arranged previously by another individual, and rearranged slightly in November 2009. Series are organized thematically, and then further sorted chronologically when possible.
Box 1, Folder 1-4

Ted Freedman Letters to H. Richard Archer, 1949-1961

Scope and Content Note

Includes proofs, ephemera, slides, and photographs.
Box 1, Folder 5

H. Richard Archer Letters to Ted Freedman, 1951-1962

Box 1, Folder 6

Ted Freedman Letters to William Cheney, 1950-1954

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings and ephemera.
Box 1, Folder 7

Freedman to Archer, Cheney and Grant Dahlstrom from the Grant Dahlstrom Collection, 1952-1954

Box 1, Folder 8

Ted Freedman Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1940-1955

Physical Description: 9 letters

Scope and Content Note

Includes ephemera.

Series 2. Ephemera 1935-1966

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

Includes proofs, broadsheets, photographs and other materials printed by the Platen Press and sent to printers with Freedman's correspondence.
Box 2, Folder 1

Annunciation by Meridel Le Sueur, 1935

Scope and Content Note

Signed by the author.
Box 2, Folder 2

Fine Printing in the Far West by Oscar Lewis, 1946

Box 2, Folder 3

At the Stevenson Fountain by Wallace Irwin, 1947


Includes handwritten note: "Proof until issued by Book Club."
Box 2, Folder 4

In Memoriam, Burton Spencer Abbott, 1947

Box 2, Folder 5

Paul A. Bennett visits the University of California Press, 1947

Box 2, Folder 6

A Sonnet to the Statue of Liberty, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, 1947

Box 2, Folder 7

Common Language in a Printing Office of 1501 Addressed to the Elementary Teacher, 1948

Box 2, Folder 8

Concerning Thomas James, Typefounder, 1948


1 copy printed by Platen Press "for its friends and acquaintances" and 2 copies printed by Platen Press "for the members of the Rounce & Coffin Club."
Box 2, Folder 9

The Mantua Makers, a poem, 1949

Scope and Content Note

Includes ephemera.
Box 2, Folder 10

My Books by Leigh Hunt, 1949

Box 2, Folder 11

1951 Catalog of the Tenth Exhibition of Western Books, 1951

Box 2, Folder 12

Far Afield #4, Winter, 1951-1952

Box 2, Folder 13

The California Star, 1952

Box 2, Folder 14

Our Malady by A. Powell Davies, 1953

Box 2, Folder 15

Can We Be Saints? by Henry F. Pommer, 1954

Box 2, Folder 16

Honoring Dorothy Abbe, 1956

Box 2, Folder 17

Gorwynion Y. Gauav : The Brilliance of Winter, undated

Box 2, Folder 18

"Your Affectionate Friend, B. Franklin" booklet, undated

Box 2, Folder 19

Photographs, 1949-1952

Box 2, Folder 20

Christmas cards, 1944-1964, undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Postcards, 1949-1966, undated

Box 2, Folder 22

Bookplates, undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Ephemera, 1948-1958, undated

Box 2, Folder 24

Empty Envelopes, undated

Box 3

Oversized Ephemera, 1940-41, 1950-1957, undated

Physical Description: 9 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes a local news article on Freedman, letters, photographs, proofs and other items.