Finding Aid for the Frances Ring collection of Lawrence Clark Powell, 1973-1986

Processed by Megan Hahn Fraser; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Frances Ring collection of Lawrence Clark Powell
Date (inclusive): 1973-1986
Collection number: 1744
Creator: Ring, Frances Kroll
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Letters, clippings and other materials sent by Lawrence Clark Powell, librarian and author, to Frances Ring, editor of Westways magazine.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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

Gift of Frances Ring, 2006.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frances Ring collection of Lawrence Clark Powell (Collection 1744). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6689363 


Frances Ring was an editor of Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California. Lawrence Clark Powell was associated with UCLA for much of his career, holding the position of University Librarian from 1944-1961. He later moved to Arizona, wrote prolifically about the Southwest, and was a frequent contributor to Westways.

Scope and Content

The collection consists mostly of letters sent from Lawrence Clark Powell to Frances Ring, many in regard to his essays for Westways magazine. Copies of some of her responses are included, along with a few copies of her letters to others in the publishing business. A typescript of an essay or column entitled "Letter from the Southwest" with ink sketches is found in series 2. Also included in the collection are several portrait photographs of Powell, newspaper clippings about his life and work, and some limited edition publications of his writing, specifically: Goethe's Dream of Sicily (1982); Le Monde Passe La Figure De Ce Monde Passe (1983); An Orange Grove Boyhood (1988); and Fay (1993).

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Essay
  3. Speeches
  4. Photographs
  5. Clippings
  6. Illustrations
  7. Publications

Indexing Terms

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


Frances Kroll Ring.
Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906- .

Related Material

Powell Family Papers (Collection 230)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.
Lawrence Clark Powell Papers (Collection 229)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Container List

Box 1

Publications 1982-1993

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1975-1976

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1977-1986

Box 1, Folder 4


Box 1, Folder 5

Essay, “Letter from the Southwest.” undated

Box 1, Folder 6

Speeches 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, and undated

Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs [c. 1960s]

Box 1, Folder 8


Box 1, Folder 9

Illustrations undated