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Register of the William Murray Cheney Papers, 1872-1983, bulk 1949-1983
Press coll. Archives Cheney  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Administrative Information
  • Subjects
  • Biography
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Murray Cheney Papers ,
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1983
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Cheney
    Origination: Cheney, William Murray, 1907-
    Physical Description: 21 boxes 9 linear feet
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, CA 90018
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: 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 Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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], William Murray Cheney Papers, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Purchase, 1949-1985, Dawson's Bookshop.
    Gift, 1945-64 from Lawrence Clark Powell.
    Gift, 1956 from Muir Dawson.
    Gift, 1958 from William M. Cheney.
    Gift, 1958 from Richard Zumwinkle.
    Gift, 1966-67 from Grant Dahlstrom.
    Gift, 1977 from William Tapia.
    Gift, 1988 from Josephine Zeitlin.
    Gift, 1988 from Glen Dawson.

    Restrictions on Use

    When requesting items, please state box number, folder number, and title.


    Miniature books
    Wood blocks (printing blocks)


    William Cheney was born in 1907 in Los Angeles. He worked as a shipping clerk for Dawson's Bookshop from 1929 to 1932, and then went to work for 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 as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft from 1941 to 1946. From 1946 to 1947, Cheney worked for the Artesia News. In 1948 he worked briefly for Muir and Watts, and also 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.


    The collection has been arranged in the following series:
    1. Series I. Catalogued miniature books (Box 1)
    2. Series II. Correspondence and ephemera from the collection of H. Richard Archer (Boxes 2-4)
    3. Series III. Correspondence and Cheney ephemera (Boxes 5-6, 10-12, 16)
    4. Series IV. Western Books ephemera (Box 7)
    5. Series V. UCLA ephemera (Box 8)
    6. Series VI. Ephemera (Box 9)
    7. Series VII. Other presses' ephemera and correspondence (Boxes 13-15)
    8. Series VIII. Grant Dahlstrom correspondence (Boxes 17-19)
    9. Series IX. Broadsides ephemera (Box 20)
    10. Series X. Gifts from Dick Zumwinkle's collection (Box 21)
    11. Series XI. Woodblocks for Five Italian Proverbs by Mel Fowler (Peregrine Press).

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of printed miniature books, correspondence, ephemera, broadsides, and woodblocks related to William Murray 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 Auk Press, and the Hippogryph Press.