James Lorson collection of material about Frederic Prokosch, 1982-2004

Processed by Lilace Hatayama, June 2010; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: James Lorson collection of material about Frederic Prokosch
Date (inclusive): 1982-2004
Collection number: 1860
Collector: Lorson, James
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Abstract: A collection of notes, checklists, invoices, auction catalogs and correspondence related to James Lorson's collection of works by Frederic Prokosch. James Lorson was a southern California bookdealer.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative 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 the 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.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Joan Lorson, August 2009.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Lorson collection of material about Frederic Prokosch (Collection 1860). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6946953 


James Lorson (1928-2008) owned and operated Lorson's Books and Prints in Fullerton, California, for over 30 years.

Scope and Content

The collection documents James Lorson's research into the works of Frederic Prokosch and the assembling of his Prokosch collection. Lorson's collection of books and manuscripts was purchased by UCLA in 2006.

Organization and Arrangement

The material was loosely organized by subject and that order has been maintained.

Indexing Terms

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


Prokosch, Frederic, 1908-1989.
Lorson, James, 1928-2008.
Antiquarian booksellers --California, Southern --Archival resources.

Related Material

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Bibliographic descriptions by James Lorson concerning books and manuscripts by Frederic Prokosch

Scope and Content Note

Card index.
Box 1, Folder 2

Lorson's Prokosch collection checklist, auction invoice and exhibit photos

Box 1, Folder 3

Auction and book catalogs with Prokosch items for sale

Box 1, Folder 4

Lorson's Books and Prints checklist of Prokosch collection

Physical Description: 3 copies.
Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs of Frederic Prokosch

Scope and Content Note

1 studio portrait (with another copy), and a snapshot of Prokosch as a younger man, seated on a grassy hill (no date).
Box 1, Folder 6

Lorson, James. "Prokosch Miniatures," Hoja Volante no. 207, p. 3-5

Physical Description: 1 issue.
Box 1, Folder 7

Lorson, James. "Frederic Prokosch: A Passion for Self-Publishing," Matrix, no. 21

Physical Description: Offprint
Box 1, Folder 8

Weber, Msgr. Francis J. "The Prokosch Miniatures"

Scope and Content Note

Typescript. 2 pages with another copy, and with 2 page checklist. Corrections by James Lorson, with a letter from James Lorson to Francis J. Weber, and a copy of Lorson's own checklist of Prokosch miniatures.
Box 1, Folder 9

"Who Was Frederic Prokosch (or) What Was Frederic Prokosch" [by] JJD, Artists' Book Review, vol. 1 no. 7, p. 4

Scope and Content Note

Regarding Prokosch exhibit at UCLA's Clark Memorial Library.
Box 1, Folder 10

Prometheus Press. List of Titles

Physical Description: 2 items.
Box 1, Folder 11

Iyer, Pico. "The Perfect Traveler," The New York Review of Books, vol. 51, no. 18

Scope and Content Note

Reprint. Re Frederic Prokosch.
Box 1, Folder 12

Frederick Prokosch: Man of Letters (Some Genuine, Some Fake). Books and Manuscripts from the Collection of James Lorson

Scope and Content Note

Invitation and map to UCLA's Clark Memorial Library exhibit. With carbon copy of letter to Bruce Whiteman.
Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence between Robert Greenfield and James Lorson

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence and emails with the Harry Ransom Center and Julian I. Edison