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Guide to the Edward O. Strong Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward O. Strong Collection
    Box Number: 1555
    Collector: Strong, Edward O.
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



    Conditions of Use

    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State 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 by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edward O. Strong Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Strong, Edward O., 1898-
    California. Office of State Printing
    World War, 1939-1945--California


    Photos and negatives of State Printing Plant, correspondence, requisitions, sick leave forms, invasion currency printed by State Printing Plant, books.


    Born March 7, 1898 in Sacramento, California. About 1906, economics forced him to drop out of grammar school and he became a bicycle messenger boy at the State Printing Plant. He then became an apprentice in the composing room, beginning a 6-year apprenticeship. World War I intervened and he enlisted. On his return, his job was waiting. He completed his apprenticeship for journeyman printer and took the printer test and passed. He became a printer in the composing room. A high school diploma was mandatory in order to qualify for a promotion to foreman of the composing room. Strong began attending night school and attained his high school diploma. He took the composing room foreman test, passed and got that job. Strong was a qualified linotype machinist and repairman and continued in this capacity until his retirement in 1958 after fifty years of state service.
    His mother worked as a corset fitter at Hale's, an early-day Sacramento department store. Strong was married twice, lost both wives and now (Fall 1989) lives with his younger sister at Pioneer Towers, Sacramento. A special project during World War II was the printing of "invasion currency" at the State Printing Plant.

    Material Transferred from the Collection


    • PRL--Perry R. Long

      S.l. : The Comma Club, 1957.

      (CALIF* Z232 L66 P74)
    • Roark, Lillian.

      Translation of biographies of noted Spanish commentators.

      (LAW K18 R628)
    • Lawson, Mel.

      My gypsy mind. Sacramento, Hibiscus Press, 1975.

      (CALIF* PS3523 A97 M9)
    • Rogers, Bruce

      Paragraphs on printing. New York, William E. Rudge's Sons, 1943.

      (CALIF* Z246 R6)
    • Mengel, Willi.

      Ottmar Mergenthaler and the printing revolution. Brooklyn, Mergenthaler Printing Company, 1954.

      (CALIF* Z232.M56 M4)
    • The Pacific Society of Printing House Craftsmen.

      Our first fifty years: a keepsake.

      The Society, 1975.

      (CALIF* Z120 P32)


    • 36 photographs to photo file.