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Finding Aid for the Wilder Bentley Papers, 1930-1945, undated.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Wilder Bentley Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1945.
    Press Coll. Archives: Bentley
    Creator: Bentley, Wilder, 1900-1989
    Physical Description: 6 boxes 3 linear feet
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, CA 90018
    Physical location: Some portions of this collection are housed off-site. 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

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Gift, 1945-58 from Wilder Bentley.
    Purchase, 1945-50 from Wilder Bentley.
    Purchase, 1949 from Dawson's Bookshop.
    Gift, 1957 from J. E. Reynolds.


    Collection is open for research.

    Restrictions on Use

    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 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], Wilder Bentley Papers, 1930-1945, undated. (Press Coll. Bentley). William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Wilder Bentley was born in San Francisco in 1900. He attended Yale University and the University of Michigan. He spent several years in Europe, providing relief work with French war orphans and later traveling. He worked at the Laboratory Press at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1931-33. He became an honorary associate member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1932. He printed books for the Archetype Press and the Greenwood Press and taught in the School of Humanities, San Francisco State College.


    The collection has been arranged in the following series:
    1. Printing activities, 1930-1944, undated
    2. Wilder Bentley and other activities besides printing, 1932-1945, undated
    3. Other persons associated with Bentley, undated
    When requesting items, please state box number, folder number, and title.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, designs, and miscellaneous printed ephemera related to the activities of Wilder Bentley and his work with the Archetype Press. Also included are materials related to his non-printing endeavors and to his friends and colleagues.

    Access Points

    Bentley, Wilder, 1900-1989
    Poetry, American
    Printing---Study and teaching