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Cheney (William M.) Papers
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This collection consists of printed books and pamphlets, correspondence, ephemera, and broadsides related to William M. Cheney and his activities as a printer in Los Angeles. It also includes materials related to other Los Angeles area printers, presses, and bibliophiles such as Grant Dahlstrom, H. Richard Archer, The Rounce and Coffin Club, and the Hippogryph Press.
William Cheney was born in 1907 in Los Angeles to Harvey D. Cheney and Emma Patton Cheney, and attended Los Angeles High School and USC (though he dropped out before earning his degree). He married Elizabeth Schuler in 1929; they divorced in 1936. From 1929 to 1932, He worked as a shipping clerk for Dawson's Bookshop, and then went to work for printer Thomas Perry Stricker, under whose tutelage he learned to print. Cheney's first printed book was A Voyage to Trolland (1933). Cheney briefly owned his own press which he operated until he went to work in mechanical drafting for Douglas Aircraft from 1941 to 1946. In 1941, he married Elnora McClennan in 1941 (she died in 1979). From 1946 to 1947, Cheney worked for the Artesia News, and in 1948 he briefly worked for Muir and Watts, and for Saul and Lillian Marks' Plantin Press, before buying his own printing press and starting to print commercially. From 1962 to 1974, Cheney printed materials for the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and for Lawrence Clark Powell while working in the gatehouse on the Clark Library grounds. Cheney stopped most of his printing work in 1983, and died in 2002. He was a member of the Rounce and Coffin Club, a Los Angeles-area printing and bibliophilic club, and was at least acquainted with many of the other central figures in LA printing and bookish culture from the 1950s to the 1970s, including H. Richard Archer, Grant Dahlstrom, Jake Zeitlin, and Edwin Carpenter.
20 Linear Feet (35 boxes)
The Clark Library owns the property rights to its collections but does not hold the copyright to these materials and therefore cannot grant or deny permission to use them. Researchers are responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials they may wish to use, investigating the owner of the copyright, and obtaining permission for their intended publication or other use. In all cases, you must cite the Clark Library as the source with the following credit line: The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Collection is open for research.