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Rounce and Coffin Club Collection
Press coll. Archives Rounce & Coffin  
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Rounce & Coffin Club Collection
    Creator: Rounce & Coffin Club
    Identifier/Call Number: Press coll. Archives Rounce & Coffin
    Physical Description: 1.25 Linear Feet 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1991
    Abstract: This collection contains papers and printed ephemera created for members of the Rounce & Coffin Club. It includes items related to administration and activities of the club, materials associated with the annual Western Books Exhibition, event invitations, and printed keepsake booklets.
    Physical Location: Housed off-site at SRLF. Please notify Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance to request items from this collection.
    Language of Material: 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 or printed items 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], Rounce & Coffin Club Collection, Press Coll. Archives Rounce, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Portions of this collection originated in accession MS.1988.002, as a gift of Josephine Ver Brugge Zeitlin. Other portions of the collection were gifts of Lawrence Clark Powell or the Rounce & Coffin Club, or were collected over time by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

    Processing History

    Processed by Jamie Henricks, August 2009

    Historical note

    The Rounce & Coffin Club began in late 1931 at the house of Jake (Jacob) Zeitlin in Echo Park (Los Angeles), California. Grant Dahlstrom was named President and Ward Ritchie was designated secretary. The members met frequently at Zeitlin's house and later at hotels in Pasadena. Beginning in 1938, the members held an annual Western Books Exhibition which displayed and judged fine press books made in and about the Western United States.
    Early and noted members included Saul Marks, Paul Landacre, Gregg Anderson, Robert Schad, Roland Baughman, H. Richard Archer, and others. Lawrence Clark Powell features often in club ephemera as well.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers and printed ephemera created for members of the Rounce & Coffin Club. It includes items related to administration and activities of the club (including members lists, bylaws, photographs, correspondence, and other items); announcements and judging materials for their annual Western Books Exhibition; printed invitations for dinners, lectures, and meetings; Western Books Exhibition catalogs; and printed keepsake booklets.
    Six printed booklets which were not keepsakes of the Rounce & Coffin Club were removed from box 3 and moved to a folder in the Fine Press Ephemera Collection (Press Coll. Ephemera). The folder is titled "Items from the Rounce & Coffin Club Collection".


    The collection was kept in its original order, except where certain items (such as the keepsake booklets) were arranged chronologically by date. Items are arranged thematically, and then chronologically when possible.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Administration, Publicity, and Western Book Exhibition... stuff., 1938-1989
    • Series 2. Invitations to Dinners, Lectures, and Meetings, 1931-1991
    • Series 3. Printed Booklets and Catalogs

    Related Material

    Items relating to the Rounce & Coffin Club and its members may be found in other California fine press collections held at the Clark Library. Many of these collections have finding aids available via the Online Archive of California, but this list is in no way exhaustive: Ward Ritchie Papers , the Patrick Reagh Papers , the Battledore Press Collection , the William Murray Cheney Papers , the Richard J. Hoffman Collection , the Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press Archive , the Plantin Press Papers , the Paul Landacre Archive , the H. Richard Archer Papers , and the Zamorano Club Collection .

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fine books -- California -- 20th century
    Clubs -- California -- 20th century
    Ephemera -- California -- 20th century
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987
    Dahlstrom, Grant Edward
    Ritchie, Ward, 1905-1996
    Archer, H. Richard, (Horace Richard)
    Cheney, William Murray