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Finding Aid for the H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection 1928-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1978
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Archer
    Creator: Archer, H. Richard (Horace Richard), 1911-1978
    Extent: 10 boxes (4.7 linear feet)
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, California 90018
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, ephemera, photographs and other materials collected by H. Richard Archer, former bibliographer at the Clark Library, from his years at UCLA until his last position at Williams College. Many items were printed by his personal press, the Hippogryph Press.
    Physical location: This collection is stored at the Southern Regional Library Facility. Please contact Clark Library staff at least 2 weeks in advance if you would like to view the materials in this collection.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in 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 or printed items must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA 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], H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection, Press coll. Archives Archer, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Portions of this collection originated in accession MS.1981.001, a 1981 purchase. Other portions of the collection were a gift of Margot Archer in 1984 or were collected over time by the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

    Processing History

    Portions of this collection were processed and described in a paper-based finding aid in the 1980s. In July 2009, the entire collection was fully processed and this finding aid was written by Jamie Henricks.


    Horace Richard Archer (generally known as H. Richard Archer) was born September 13, 1911 in New Mexico. He graduated from Monrovia High School (1928), went on to get a library degree from Berkeley (1941), and finally received a PhD from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago (1954). In 1936, he married Margaret Hanko.
    He began the Hippogryph Press as his own personal printing experiment after being given the equipment in 1951 by members of the Rounce & Coffin club. He was employed at the William Andrews Clark Library as a bibliographer, and was friends with Lawrence Clark Powell. Archer later moved on to become the Custodian and Director of the Rare Book Collection at Williams College, in the Chapin Library. He died in Massachusetts on January 19, 1978 and was survived by his wife Margot, who died October 22, 2004.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains correspondence, printed ephemera, newspaper clippings, photographs, manuscripts, and other materials written and collected by H. Richard Archer, a former bibliographer at the Clark Library, from his years at UCLA and the Clark to his last years as Custodian and rare books librarian of the Chapin Library at Williams College. Correspondents include many from the Southern California printing community, such as William Cheney, Grant Dahlstrom, Muir Dawson, Saul Marks, Ward Ritchie, and Jacob Zeitlin, as well from the library world, including Lawrence Clark Powell, Bob Vosper, Tyrus Harmsen, Neal Harlow, and Edwin Carpenter. Many items were printed by his personal press, the Hippogryph Press.
    The collection was arranged previously by another individual, and rearranged slightly in July 2009. Series are organized thematically, and then further sorted chronologically when possible.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Correspondence, 1943-1978
    • Series 2. Hippogryph Press and Printed Ephemera, 1951-1969
    • Series 3. Personal and Professional Life, 1928-1977

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Chapin Library
    Hippogryph Press
    William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Carpenter, Edwin H.
    Cheney, William Murray, 1907-
    Dahlstrom, Grant Edward
    Dahlstrom, Helen
    Dawson, Muir
    Harlow, Neal
    Harmsen, Tyrus G.
    Marks, Saul, 1905-1974
    Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001
    Ritchie, Ward, 1905-1996
    Vosper, Robert
    Zeitlin, Jake, 1902-1987
    Private presses--California--20th century
    Small presses--California--20th century

    Genres and Forms

    Correspondence--20th century
    Ephemera--20th century