Ralph R. Sonnenschein bookplate collection, ca. 1849-1940

Processed by Brooke Whiting in 2003; reprocessed by Lindsay Chaney, 2015; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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Title: The Ralph R. Sonnenschein Bookplate Collection
Collection number: 936
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.0 linear ft. (8 boxes)
Date (inclusive): ca. 1849-1940
Abstract: This collection consists of thousands of bookplates donated by the mother of Robert R. Sonnenschein, professor of Physiology at UCLA. In addition, it includes books and monographs related to bookplates.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Ralph R. Sonnenschein Bookplate Collection (Collection 936). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Robert Sonnenschein, August 1966, in honor of her son, Dr. Ralph R. Sonnenschein.

Processing Information

Re-processed by Lindsay Chaney in 2015 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.


Robert R. Sonnenschein was a Professor of Physiology at UCLA. This collection was donated in his honor in 1966 by his mother, Mrs. Robert Sonnenschein. Mrs. Sonnenschein was a bookplate collector whose collection includes many Southern California bookplates as well as bookplates from around the world.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of bookplates from the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan, as well as books and monographs related to bookplates. Artists represented in the collection include Rockwell Kent, Gordon Craig, Aubrey Beardsley, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, and Rene Lalique. There are also original proof plates by John W. Jameson, Ainslee Hewlett, and William Edgar Fisher. Notable books include Later Bookplates & Marks (1937) by Rockwell Kent, Nothing, or the Bookplate by Gordon Craig, Book-Plates of Well-Known Americans (1911) by Clifford N. Carver, Last Bookplates (1929) by James Guthrie, and The Rise of the Book-Plate (1901) by W.G. Bowdoin.
Information culled from the UCLA Librarian, September 1966.

Related Material

Bookplate Collection (Collection 144).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233642 

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Boxes 1-3

Binders of bookplates. undated.

Box 4

Monographs. 1890s-1940s.

Box 5

Binders of bookplates and information. undated.

Box 6, Folder 1

Loose bookplates: Signed drawings by Vadasz. undated.

Box 6, Folder 2

Collection exhibition signs. August 1966.

Box 6, Folder 3

Articles. 1933-1939.

Box 6, Folders 4-5

Loose bookplates. undated.

Box 6, Folders 6-7

Loose bookplates: Duplicates. undated.

Box 6

Books. ca. 1849-1940.

Box 7, Folders 1-9

Loose bookplates: Mounted on cardstock. undated.

Box 7, Folders 10-11

Loose bookplates. undated.

Box 8, Folder 1

Books and monographs. ca. 1849-1940.

Box 8, Folder 2

Loose bookplates: Mounted on cardstock. undated.

Box 8, Folder 3

Wood engraving. undated.

Box 8

Monographs. 1912-1933.