Scope and Content
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Title: Rounce & Coffin Club Collection
Rounce & Coffin Club
Identifier/Call Number: Press coll. Archives Rounce & Coffin
1.25 Linear Feet
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:
Collection is open for research.
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.
[Identification of item], Rounce & Coffin Club Collection, Press Coll. Archives Rounce, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library,
University of California, Los Angeles.
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.
Processed by Jamie Henricks, August 2009
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
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
Patrick Reagh Papers
Battledore Press Collection
William Murray Cheney Papers
Richard J. Hoffman Collection
Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press Archive
Plantin Press Papers
Paul Landacre Archive
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