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Finding Aid to the Grabhorn Press Records, 1917-1973
BANC MSS 73/109 c  
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    Collection Title: Grabhorn Press records
    Date (inclusive): 1917-1973
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 73/109 c
    Creator: Grabhorn Press
    Extent: Number of containers: 8 boxes, 6 cartons, 1 oversize folder, 3 oversize boxes Linear feet: ca. 11
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, job, and project files including manuscripts, illustrations, and galleys, with various incomplete segments and trial pieces. The Grabhorns' correspondence with authors, artists, and other printers relates chiefly to the work of the Press, but also includes two letters written by Edwin in 1918-19, while he was still in Indianapolis. Also includes extensive business and financial records, with a few miscellaneous papers, including awards and clippings the Grabhorn's kept about the press.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.
    Previously restricted access to 2 volumes of Casebooks, 1932-1934, included in Series 4: Business and Financial Records, was lifted in 1995.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Grabhorn Press Records, BANC MSS 73/109 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Related Collections

    Oral history transcripts:

    • Title: Jane Grabhorn: The Colt Press,
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS C-D 4102
    • Title: Edwin E. Grabhorn: Recollections of the Grabhorn Press,
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 69/131 c
    • Title: Robert Grabhorn: Fine Printing and the Grabhorn Press,
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 69/121 c

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.
    • Typographical ephemera and printed works have been removed and cataloged separately.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Adams, Ansel, 1902- correspondent
    Allen, Dorothy, 1908- correspondent
    Allen, Lewis M., correspondent
    Altschul, Frank, 1887-1981, correspondent
    Amerine, M. A. (Maynard Andrew), 1911- correspondent
    Anderson, Gregg, 1908-1944, correspondent
    Angelo, Valenti, 1897-1982, correspondent
    Bechtel, Kenneth K. (Kenneth Karl), 1904- correspondent
    Bennett, Melba, d. 1968
    Bennett, Melba, d. 1968, correspondent
    Benoist, Louis Auguste, 1899- correspondent
    Bentley, Wilder, 1900-1989, correspondent
    Berman, Eugene, 1899- correspondent
    Bianchi, John, 1874- correspondent
    Börjeson, Ingeborg, correspondent
    Bragin, Charles, correspondent
    Brautigan, Richard, correspondent
    Bryant, Douglas Wallace, 1913- correspondent
    Bufano, Beniamino, 1898-1970, correspondent
    Bullen, Henry Lewis, 1857-1938, correspondent
    Burke, Jackson, 1908-1975, correspondent
    Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968, correspondent
    Cary, Melbert Brinckerhoff, 1892-1941, correspondent
    Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971, correspondent
    Chappell, Warren, 1904- correspondent
    Clapp, Verner W. (Verner Warren), 1901-1972, correspondent
    Cosgrave, George, 1870-1945, correspondent
    Dane, George Ezra, 1904-1941, correspondent
    Dawson, Glen, 1912- correspondent
    Dillon, Richard H., correspondent
    Douglas, Frederic Huntington, 1897-1956, correspondent
    Duschnes, Philip C., correspondent
    Eckman, James Russell, 1908- correspondent
    Ellis, Arthur M. (Arthur McDonald), 1875-1932, correspondent
    Empáran, Madie Brown
    Evans, Henry Herman, 1918- correspondent
    Everson, William, 1912- correspondent
    Farquhar, Francis Peloubet, 1887-1974, correspondent
    Fawcus, Arnold D., correspondent
    Flammer, Charles, 1881- correspondent
    Francis, R. W., correspondent
    Fuller, William Parmer, 1888- correspondent
    Gannon, John Ira, correspondent
    Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951, correspondent
    Goll, Yvan, 1891-1950, correspondent
    Goudy, Frederic W. (Frederic William), 1865-1947, correspondent
    Grabhorn, Edwin E
    Grabhorn, Robert
    Graff, Everett D. (Everett Dwight), 1885-1964, correspondent
    Granniss, Ruth S. (Ruth Shepard), 1872-1954, correspondent
    Greenhood, David, correspondent
    Allen Press, correspondent
    Almadén Vineyards, correspondent
    American Institute of Graphic Arts, correspondent
    American Type Founders Company. Typographic Library and Museum, correspondent
    American Type Founders Sales Corporation, correspondent
    Archetype Press, correspondent
    Bancroft Library, correspondent
    Bohemian Club (San Francisco, Calif.), correspondent
    Book Club of California, correspondent
    California Historical Society, correspondent
    Committee for the Establishment of Carl Purington Rollins Printing Office, correspondent
    E Clampus Vitus (Fraternal order), correspondent
    Grolier Club, correspondent
    Library of Congress, correspondent
    Merrymount Press, correspondent
    Peregrine Press, correspondent
    Random House (Firm), correspondent
    University of California, Berkeley. Library, correspondent
    Zamorano Club, correspondent
    Printers--California--San Francisco
    Publishers and publishing--California
    Account books
    Galley proofs (Printing)
    Manuscripts for publication

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The greater part of this collection of records of the Grabhorn Press was given by Mrs. Edwin Grabhorn, over a period of years from 1969 to 1973, first to the General Library's Rare Books and Special Collections Department, and later to The Bancroft Library. Some additional material was purchased from Mrs. Grabhorn in August 1973 and a few items were also contributed by Oscar Lewis, Roger Levenson, and Sherwood Grover. Further additions were received as part of the Heller Bequest in 1988.

    Scope and Content

    The records of Grabhorn Press, 1917-1973, consist of correspondence and project files relating mainly to works printed by the press, along with extensive business and financial records, and a few miscellaneous papers.
    The Grabhorn Press was founded in 1920 in San Francisco, California, by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn. Their correspondence with authors, artists, and other printers relates chiefly to the work of the press, but also includes two letters written by Edwin in 1918-19, while he was still in Indianapolis.
    Project files kept by the Grabhorn Press include manuscripts, illustrations, galleys, and various incomplete segments and trial pieces of many of the Press' works. These are listed by author and/or title, and include the citation number from the Grabhorn Press Bibliography. Miscellaneous Papers contains awards and clippings the Grabhorns kept about the press.
    Business and financial records represent the greatest bulk within the collection, and consist of bank statements, check stubs, accounts for the purchase of papers, ink, and other printing supplies, order and sales statements, with some miscellaneous business, tax, and insurance records.