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Finding Aid for the Robert Gibbings Collection 1919-1989
Press Coll. Archives Gibbings  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert Gibbings Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1989
    Collection number: Press Coll. Archives Gibbings
    Creator: Gibbings, Robert, 1889-1958
    Extent: 4.6 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 shelf of bound volumes)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, artwork, bound manuscripts, ephemera, photographs and other materials by Robert Gibbings and related to his work.
    Physical location: Clark Library
    Language of Material: Collection materials in 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 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], Robert Gibbings Collection, Press Coll. Archives Gibbings, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection, compiled over time by Joseph Kelly Vodrey, was purchased by the Clark Library in 1986 from Zeitlin & Ver Brugge.

    Processing History

    This collection was previously processed and described in a paper-based finding aid in the 1980s. From January to February 2010 portions of this collection were processed and this finding aid was written by Ashley Johnston.


    Robert Gibbings (1889-1958) was an Irish author and artist best known for his wood engravings. He bought and ran the Golden Cockerel Press in Berkshire, England from 1924-1933, when the stresses of the Great Depression forced him to sell the press. During and after World War II he wrote and illustrated several books on the landscape and natural history of various rivers (among them, 'Sweet Thames Run Softly', 'Going Down the Seine' and 'Lovely is the Lee') which resonated with readers concerned about the effect of war on the changing countrysides.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains correspondence to and from Robert Gibbings's friends and colleagues, including Eric Gill, as well as ephemera and photographs related to his work. Artworks in this collection include copper engravings, wood engravings and drawings in pencil. Bound manuscripts include original paste-ups, notebooks, and early or unpublished drafts of books. There is also correspondence between Joseph Kelly Vodrey and booksellers regarding the compilation of this collection.


    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Correspondence and Ephemera, 1919-1989. 1 box (.42 linear feet)
    • Series 2. Artworks and Proofs, 1921-1959. 1 oversize box (1.67 feet)
    • Series 3. Bound Manuscripts, 1924-1958. 1 shelf of bound volumes (2.5 linear feet)

    Related Material

    Additional books by Robert Gibbings are held in the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library's Press Collection and can be found through the UCLA library catalog.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Vodrey, Joseph Kelly, 1905-1975.
    Correspondence--Ireland--20th century.
    Engravers--Irish--20th century.
    Ephemera--Ireland--20th century.
    Manuscripts, Irish--20th century.