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  • Language of Material: Undetermined
    Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Paul Landacre Archive
    creator: Landacre, Paul, 1893-1963
    Identifier/Call Number: Press coll.Archives.Landacre
    Physical Description: 25 Linear Feet 61 boxes
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1915-1983


    The majority of the collection was given to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library by Joseph Landacre, Paul Landacre's half-brother in 1986 and 1991.
    Additional material was purchased by the Clark in 2007 and 2009 from local Southern California booksellers.


    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], Paul Landacre Archive, ca. 1915-1983. (Press Coll. Landacre). William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Paul Hambleton Landacre was born in Columbus, OH, on 9 July 1893. He attended Ohio State University as a horticulture major, but a mysterious infection left him partly crippled and cut short his academic career. He moved to Southern California with his widowed father in 1916 and took work as a commercial illustrator. From 1923 to 1925 he attended Otis Art Institute, and in the latter year married Margaret McCreery. His increasing skill at wood engraving and linocut, particularly of natural and landscape subjects, was first recognized by the bookseller Jake Zeitlin. During the 30s he produced editions of single prints, and illustrations for books published mostly by local fine presses. Consistently short of money, Landacre was nevertheless able in 1932 to purchase a home on El Moran Street in Los Angeles, where he and his wife lived for the rest of their lives. He derived some income from the Landacre Association, a subscription scheme organized by his friends. Increasing commissions for book illustrations from about 1942 drew his attention away from art prints. The most notable books containing his work are California Hills (1931), The Boar and Shibboleth (1933), five books by Donald Culross Peattie (1939-53), Tales of Soldiers and Civilians (1943), De Rerum Natura (1957), and On the Origin of Species (1963; the latter three titles from the Limited Editions Club). From 1953 until his death he taught a course at Otis Art Institute. In 1963 his wife died. Four weeks later he committed suicide.


    The collection has been arranged in the following series:
    1. Series 1. Prints
    2. Series 2. Drawings
    3. Series 3. Correspondence
    4. Series 4. Original Wood & Linoleum blocks
    5. Series 5. Personal Materials
    6. Series 6. Printed Materials

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of artwork, association items, manuscripts, correspondence, printed items, and original blocks related to the activities of Paul Landacre and his work as an illustrator.