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Guide to the Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection
Printers Mss 19  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920s-1984
    Collection Number: Printers Mss 19
    Extent: .8 linear feet (2 document boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Edmund B. Thompson / Hawthorn House Collection. Printers Mss 19. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund B. Thompson, ca. 1965-1977, and Hobart O. Skofield, ca. 1970s-1984.


    Edmund B. Thompson (1897-1974) began his career with William Edwin Rudge in the 1920s. In 1929 he joined Peter Beilenson as a partner in the Walpole Printing Office (New Rochelle) but in 1932, suffering from poor health, he moved to the quiet of Windham, Connecticut where he set up Hawthorn House in his home. There he and his wife set type by hand, printing for others and publishing Thompson's own works such as A Printer's Common-place Book (1937).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains material relating to Edmund B. Thompson and his printing career, mainly at his Hawthorn House (Windham, Connecticut). Included are checklists, correspondence, photographs, and printing specimens (mainly by Hawthorn House).
    Additional copies of Hawthorn House imprints have been cataloged separately and can be searched on Pegasus, the UCSB Libraries online catalog.
    Related Thompson/Hawthorn House material also may be found in the Hobart Oliver Skofield Collection (Printers Mss 1).