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Finding Aid for the Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection 1918-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1988
    Collection number: MS.2007.016
    Collector: Carpenter, Edwin H.
    Abstract: Items related to, written by or about Clyde Browne, the printer and proprietor at the Abbey Press.
    Extent: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Physical location: Clark Library.
    Language of materials: 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], Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection, MS.2007.016, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in February 2007, along with a collection of printed books and ephemera printed by Clyde Browne. These books are cataloged individually under the call number "Press coll. Browne" and can be found via the UCLA Library online catalog.
    The majority of this collection was formerly in the possession of Edwin H. Carpenter.


    Clyde Browne established the Abbey Press and was a printer in the Los Angeles area for approximately forty years until his death in 1942. Browne was born in 1872 in Old Hickory, Ohio. After moving around the Midwest and California, he worked at many newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1902 or 1903, Browne moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at the Los Angeles Examiner for four years. In 1909, he set up his own print shop, and by 1910 had established the firm of Browne and Cartwright with Alexander Cartwright. Soon after, he helped Occidental College and the University of Southern California start their own school newspapers.
    Beginning in 1915, Browne started building what would eventually become the Abbey San Encino, where he did most of his printing. The Abbey was finished in July of 1924. Browne printed his own work (including poems, books, and ephemera) as well as for others, including Occidental College. Various printers rented studio space from Browne, including Ward Ritchie, House Olson, and Scott Haselton. Lawrence Clark Powell also rented one of Browne's studios before becoming the University Librarian at UCLA and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
    In the 1920s and 1930s, Browne was active with the Sea Scouts (a division of the Boy Scouts of America). He later was the chairman of the Democratic Party Committee in the 54th district, and ran for the State Assembly. After Clyde Browne's death on July 1, 1942, his son closed the press and sold most of the equipment. As of the 1980s, the Abbey was owned by Browne's grandson, Severin.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains items related to, written by or about Clyde Browne, the printer and proprietor at the Abbey Press. The majority of the items are newspaper clippings or other articles, but materials also include photographs, pamphlets, letters, a half-tone printing block, and examples of items printed by the Abbey Press. Items range in date from 1918 to 1988, but the bulk of the printed materials are found in the range of 1918 to 1947.
    The collection is arranged in original order, with the exception of a few folders titled "miscellaneous" broken into multiple folders at logical divisions.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Abbey San Encino Press
    Browne, Clyde, 1872-1942
    Browne, Jackson
    Davies, David William, 1908-
    Boy scouts--California--20th century
    Printers--California--20th century
    Sea scouts--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms