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Finding Aid to the Thomas Perry Stricker Papers, 1917-1945 Press coll.Archives.Stricker
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  • Title: Thomas Perry Stricker papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: Press coll.Archives.Stricker
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.84 Linear feet 14 boxes, plus 2 scrapbooks, 2 oversize folders
    Date (inclusive): 1917-1945
    Location: Materials are housed off site at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please inform Clark staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to consult this collection.
    General Physical Description note: 14 boxes: 7 linear ft.; 2 scrapbooks; 2 oversize folders
    creator: Stricker, Thomas Perry, 1898-1945

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Gift, Lawrence Clark Powell, 1945.
    Gift, Ethel Eaton Stricker, Lawrence Clark Powell, Leo Linder, Donal Charnoek, Gordon Ray Young, Paul Jordon Smith, Jake Zeitlin, Will Cheney, and Eunice (?) Stricker, 1946.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Thomas Perry Stricker Papers. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Thomas Perry Stricker was born in 1898. Before he became actively interested in printing, Stricker had been an usher in a small-town movie theater, infantryman in World War I, student at a business college, salesman of canned meats, order-desk man for a North Dakota wholesale food company, restaurant operator, employee in a circulating library, and a bookseller (under the guidance of "Doc" Wells) in the book department of Powers Mercantile Company in Minneapolis. In 1928 he moved to Los Angeles and became night manager of Marchetti's Restaurant, simultaneously acting as advertising manager of the American Dancer magazine and, later, assistant publisher of Daily Screen World, while writing for both publications. In 1930, Stricker bought a proof press and taught himself how to set type and run sheets through the press. From 1930 to 1935, Stricker obtained better printing equipment and more foundry types and did some printing and publishing of private editions. During the years 1935 to 1938, he was in New York, freelancing, preparing exhibition catalogs for the American Institute of Graphic Arts and setting up another private press. In 1938 Stricker returned to Los Angeles to work on promotion for the motion picture, Marie Antoinette, but continued to print private editions. In 1939 he fell ill, and in 1940, he sold his printing equipment to Ward Ritchie and joined the Historical Records Survey as state editor. He remained in California until 1943, and then returned to New York where he died in 1945.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of correspondence, ephemera, original drawings, designs, broadsides, and photographs related to Thomas Perry Stricker and his activities as a printer in Los Angeles and New York.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Catalogs, Booksellers'--United States.
    Printing--United States--20th century