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Finding Aid for the Zamorano Club Collection 1920-2000
Press Coll. Archives Zamorano  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Zamorano Club Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1920-2000
    Collection number: Press Coll. Archives Zamorano
    Creator: Zamorano Club
    Extent: 15 boxes
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Collection of materials created by and for the Zamorano Club, including primarily printed books, pamphlets, and other ephemera from meetings, talks, and dinners. Also includes minutes from meetings, meeting announcements, and other club functional records.
    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], Zamorano Club Collection, Press Coll. Zamorano Archive, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing History

    This collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in July, 2009. The finding aid adheres to Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS).


    The Zamorano Club is a Southern Californian organization for bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. It was founded in 1928, and sponsors lectures and publications on book-related topics. The Club was named in honor of Agustín V. Zamorano (1798-1842), a provisional governor of Alta California and the state's first printer. It is club tradition to present keepsakes to Club members at meetings, resulting in a variety of printed mementos ranging from pamphlets to small books; sometimes the items are reproductions of historical documents.
    The Zamorano Club has had its meetings at various places since its founding, including the University Club, the Treasure Room within USC's Doheny Library, and other locations. As of January 2009, the club resides at the Women's City Club of Pasadena. In May 1991, coincident with the move from USC, it was decided to put the Club's book collection in storage at Occidental College Library. Subsequently the Board of Governors decided to dispose of the collection, and the books were accordingly sold at Pacific Book Auction Galleries (sale 180, 15 February 1999). The proceeds from the sale were placed in the Club's endowment fund.
    Early members include A. Gaylord Beaman (insurance), Garner A. Beckett (cement manufacturer), William W. Clary (attorney), Arthur M. Ellis (attorney), W. Irving Way (bookman), Robert O. Schad (Curator of Rare Books, Henry E. Huntington Library), and Robert E. Cowan (Librarian of William Andrews Clark Library). Lawrence Clark Powell (former UCLA University Librarian), Ward Ritchie (a fine press printer), and others have been members of the Zamorano Club as well.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials created by and for the Zamorano Club: including primarily printed books, pamphlets, and other ephemeral keepsakes from meetings, talks, and dinners. Many of the keepsakes originate from biennial joint meetings of the Zamorano Club (Southern California) with the Roxburghe Club (Northern California). The collection also includes bound volumes of minutes from meetings, meeting announcements, and other club functional records. The items range in date from 1920 to 2000.


    The collection is arranged in original order according to processing done in the past. When appropriate, folders are ordered chronologically, such as printed ephemera arranged by printing date.

    Related Material

    The Clark Library holds other material related to the Zamorano Club, in addition to materials created by or related to printers, publishers and figures associated with the Club. Much of these items are cataloged and can be searched via the UCLA Library's online catalog.   Archival material related to or produced by presses and printers is described at the Clark's page at the Online Archive of California  .

    Indexing Terms

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


    Book collectors--California--20th century
    Clubs--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Ephemera--California--20th century