Hobart O. Skofield Printers Collection

Manuscript Collections

  • Skofield [Hobart Oliver] Papers, ca. 1927-1987. Two series: personal/family materials re Hobart O. Skofield, his father Ray L. Skofield, and a large number of genealogical files; and a printers/presses series, with a large amount of material relating to Skofield's association with the Rudge printing firm, as well as long-term correspondence with other prominent printers and research/subject files on numerous mostly-American presses and printing interests. (Printers Mss 1).
  • William Edwin Rudge [Firm] Collection, ca. 1903-1983 [bulk dates 1940s-1950s]. Business records and personal papers of William E. Rudge, his family, his printing firm, and associates. (Printers Mss 2).
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts Collection, ca. 1923-1977 [bulk dates 1971-1977]. Correspondence, flyers, invitations, memoranda, notices, and other mailings, mainly relating to the AIGA Fifty Books of the Year Show and other organization activities. (Printers Mss 3).
  • American Printing History Association Collection, ca. 1974-1983. Bylaws, membership directories and information, flyers, conference notices and programs, and other mailings relating to activities of APHA, including its Southern California chapter. (Printers Mss 4).
  • Beilenson [Peter] Collection, ca. 1929-1980. Biographical information, lists, prospectuses, printing specimens, and other ephemera, mainly about Beilenson, his early days with the William Edwin Rudge firm, Peter Pauper Press (Mount Vernon, NY), and the Walpole Printing Office (New Rochelle, NY). (Printers Mss 5).
  • Dothard [Robert Loos] Collection, ca. 1938-1963. Correspondence, Christmas cards, stock certificates and ephemera, mainly relating to the printing firm of William E. Rudge’s Sons, Inc. Dothard was one of the five original partners of the firm and the firm’s typographer for several years. He later had a long, distinguished career as a book designer, with many of his books being accepted for the Fifty Books exhibitions of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. (Printers Mss 6).
  • Duenewald [Ralph M.] Collection, ca. 1971-1983. Mainly correspondence between Duenewald and Hobart Skofield, re the William E. Rudge printing firm. (Printers Mss 7).
  • Eastern Presses Collection. (Printers 24).
  • Erickson [Edward O.] Collection, 1972-1984. Mainly copies of correspondence between Erickson and Hobart Skofield, both William Edwin Rudge Press alumni, about the history of Rudge and other printing firms, and associates such as Ralph Duenewald, Milton Glick, and Bruce Rogers. (Printers Mss 8).
  • Foreign Presses Collection. (Printers Mss 26).
  • Rudge Chapbook Archive, 1978-1985. Correspondence, research files, drafts, artwork, proofs, and other material relating to the publication of Typophiles Chapbook 57: William J Glick, William Edwin Rudge (New York: Typophiles, 1984). Hobart O. Skofield, former Rudge associate and creator of the UCSB Printers Collection, worked extensively with Glick on the project. (Printers Mss 9).
  • Goudy [Frederck W.] Collections. (Printers Mss 10).
  • Goudy Society Collection. (Printers Mss 21).
  • Guthrie [James] – Pear Tree Press Collection, ca. 1901-1952, 1971. Bibliographical and biographical information, correspondence, publications and other material relating to artist/printer Guthrie and his Pear Tree Press, located in Sussex, England. (Printers Mss 11).
  • Rowny [J. F.] Press Records, ca. 1912-1967. Records of the Santa Barbara-based J. F. Rowny Press, publishers of works on religion and metaphysics. Includes incoming and some outgoing correspondence (arranged alphabetically), financial records, galleys and typescript drafts of submissions for publication, and some miscellaneous files, including pamphlets and flyers from other authors and publishers of similar kinds of material. (Printers Mss 12).
  • Meriden Gravure Company Collection, ca. 1964-1971. Printed examples from the Meriden Gravure Company of Meriden, Connecticut, including booklets, calendars, exhibition catalogs, guides, journals, and pamphlets commissioned by a number of galleries, museums, organizations, and universities and colleges. (Printers Mss 13).
  • Mudborn Press Collection, ca. 1950s-1986 [bulk dates 1975-1986]. Announcements and invitations, broadsides, checklists, commercial work, linoleum block and relief prints, page layouts, posters, postcards, programs, publisher’s promotional pieces, type specimen sheets, and related artwork and other materials of jobs printed by the Mudborn Press, founded in Santa Barbara in 1975 by Judyl Mudfoot and Sasha Newborn. Also, associated books and a number of other broadsides by Mudborn Press, cataloged separately. (Printers Mss 14).
  • Rogers [Bruce] Collection, ca. 1920-1954. Correspondence from the internationally renowned typographer and designer, to Fred Rudge, Melvin Loos, and others, as well as manuscript and proofs of Rogers’ Paragraphs on Printing (William E. Rudge’s Sons, 1943), and other design items. Also, copies of many of the more than 500 books designed by him. (Printers Mss 16).
  • Roxburghe Club Collection, ca. 1928-1980. Printed announcements, invitations, keepsakes, membership lists, notices, and other printed items, ca. 1928-1980, produced by various members of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco, including Lewis and Dorothy Allen, Arion Press (Andrew Hoyem), Grabhorn Press (Edwin and Robert Grabhorn), Grabhorn-Hoyem, Grace Hoper Press (Sherwood Grover), Lawton and Alfred Kennedy, John Henry Nash, Tamalpais Press (Roger Levenson), and Adrian Wilson Press. (Printers Mss 17).
  • Table Talk Press Collection, 1984-1989. Artwork, correspondence, manuscripts, printer’s mockups, promotional flyers, proofs, and other related material from Michael Sherick’s Santa Barbara-based Table-Talk Press. Correspondents include Fielding Dawson, Clayton Eshleman, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Johnson, Michael McClure, David Meltzer, Leslie Scalapino, Gary Snyder, Robert Sycamore, Diane Wakoski, and Philip Whalen. Some of the Table-Talk works were designed and printed by David Dahl, Graham Mackintosh, and Judyl Mudfoot (Mudborn Press). (Printers Mss 18).
  • Thompson [Edmund B.] / Hawthorn House Collection, ca. 1920s-1984. Material relating to Thompson and his printing career, mainly at his Hawthorn House (Windham, Connecticut). Included are checklists, correspondence, photographs, and printing specimens. (Printers Mss 19).
  • Tsunami Press Archive, ca. 1982-1986. Press files for David Dahl’s Tsunami Press, located in Santa Barbara, California. It includes notes, typescripts, production schedules, trial sheets, mockups, proofs, artwork, woodcuts, broadsides, announcements, invitations, and prospectuses. The works are compilations of Dahl’s poetry. (Printers Mss 20).
  • Wilke [William Hancock] Collection, early 1900s. Examples of illuminations and book plates Wilke did for the press of John Henry Nash, as well as numerous drawings and water colors of San Francisco scenes, and two original posters for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915. (Printers Mss 23).
  • Nash [John Henry] Collection, ca. 1918-1970 [bulk dates 1920s-1930s]. Edited copy of the catalog of books printed by Nash in San Francisco, printing specimens, prospectuses, offprints, correspondence, and related ephemera. (Printers Mss 27).
  • Archer [John F.] Susohn Etching Plates, 1976. 18 original etching plates [linoleum cuts], used in Archer’s printed portfolio, Susohn: A Personal Journey (San Diego, CA: Atavistic Press, 1976). Also, author’s autograph copy of Susohn, no. 13 of an edition of 30, as well as other titles by Atavistic Press. (Printers Mss 29).
  • Elder [Paul] and Company Collection, ca. 1898-1936. Catalogs and lists, mainly issued by the Fine and Rare Book Department of Paul Elder & Co., San Francisco, as well as photocopies of title pages of Paul Elder imprints (copies of which are in the UCSB Library). (Printers Mss 30).
  • Presses and Printers Collection. Prospectii, lists, flyers, correspondence and various other material by or about individual presses, arranged alphabetically, by press name. (Printers Mss 31).
  • Shapiro [S. R.] Bookplate Collection. Personal collection of bookplates. Also, printed book arts, small and fine press items, donated in memory of his parents, Herman and Gertrude Nathan Shapiro. (Printers Mss 32).
  • Holden [Frances] Bookplate Collection, ca. 1893-1915. Mainly American bookplates collected by the Holden family, including nine portfolios of bookplates, most from Massachusetts and New York areas, many by Edwin Davis French. (Printers Mss 33).
  • Bookplate Collection, ca. 1800s-mid 1900s. Bookplates from various sources, mainly 20th century American, including a number from Santa Barbara and other parts of California. Included are works by artists/designers such as Marc Chagall. Some in the early 20th century Arts & Crafts style. Represented in the collection are bookplates for a number of well-known individuals such as Edward Borein, Charlie Chaplin, Sally Fields, and Tom Mix. Includes Paul Elder & Co. bookplates (Santa Barbara and San Francisco). (Printers Mss 34).
  • Ninja Press Collection. Correspondence, articles, lectures, conference, exhibition, and organization files, project files, and related materials of UCSB book arts graduate and fine press owner Carolee Campbell. (Printers Mss 35).
  • Holl [George E.] Woodcuts Collection, ca. 1930s. Two scrapbooks of woodcuts, clipped from various unidentified sources. (Printers Mss 36).
  • Trianon Press Collection. Sample sheets. Also, a number of printed items, mostly Blake, which have been cataloged separately. (Printers Mss 37).
  • Dougan [Robert Ormes] Collection, ca. 1950s-1970s. Mainly printed ephemera from the Zamorano (Los Angeles) and Roxburghe (San Francisco) clubs, collected by Dougan, former President of the Friends of UCSB Library and Director of the Huntington Library, 1958-1972. (Printers Mss 39).
  • Cushing [Anne Greet] Collection, ca. 1950s-1970s. Prospectuses, slides, and other materials mainly relating to artists and artists’ books, many French, esp. Iliazd. (Printers Mss 40).
  • Palm Leaf Book, ca. 1900-1925. Siam/Thailand palm leaf book fragment, lacking possible wood or bamboo covers. Possibly Buddhist scripture or commentary. (Printers Mss 41).
  • Type Specimens Collection, ca. 1802-1980s. Advertisements, catalogs, flyers, leaflets, and lists, mainly by U.S. companies, but also a number from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Includes some material from California firms such as the A. Carlisle & Co. (San Francisco), Border Printing Co. (San Francisco), California Electrotype and Stereotype Co. (Los Angeles), California Electrotyping Co. (San Francisco), University of California Press (Berkeley and Los Angeles). (Printers Mss 42).
  • Exhibition Catalog Collection, ca. 1940s-1970s. Printed catalogs for exhibitions on books, graphic arts, papermaking, presses, printing, typography, and related topics. (Printers Mss 43).
  • Papers and Papermaking Collection. Examples of handmade and other fine papers from around the world, along with materials on papermaking. The Skofield Printers Collection also has related printed works, including several by Dard Hunter. (Printers Mss 44).
  • Tindale [Thomas K.] Japanese Papermaking Photographs, ca. 1948-1951. (Printers Mss 45).
  • Young [Noel] / Capra Press Collection, ca. 1930s-1970s. (Printers Mss 46).
  • Mongolia Manuscript and Printing Collection. Examples of manuscripts and printing from various sources. (Printers Mss 47).
  • Burma Buddhist Illuminated Manuscript. 240+ pages, gilt covers, several color drawings. (Printers Mss 48).
  • Hebrew Early Manuscript and Printing Collection. (Printers Mss 49).
  • India Manuscript and Printing Collection. (Printers Mss 50).
  • Ethiopia Manuscript and Printing Collection. (Printers Mss 51).
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Poem Cards, ca. latter 1800s. (Printers Mss 52).
  • Tamil Palm Leaf Manuscript, ca. 1800s. South India (Tamil Nadu) manuscript, 114 leaves tied together with cord, describing various religious practices. (Printers Mss 53).
  • Indonesia Bone Book, age unknown. Book made of bone covers with hand carved lizards, pages of tree bark with accordion folds and hand painted drawings and diagrams, including stylized insects, symmetrical designs, and zodiac calendar used to determine auspicious days for weddings, funerals, and other important ceremonies. (Printers Mss 54).
  • Indonesia [Sumatra] Bone Zodiac Calendars. (Printers Mss 56).
  • English Engravings, ca. 1700s-1800s. 58 engravings, people and places, including a number of London. (Printers Mss 57).
  • Gaviola [Ruel] Zine Collection, ca. 1999-2003. Hundreds of zines, mostly USA, collected by a Santa Barbara reviewer of zines. (Printers Mss 58).
  • Bason [Robert E.] / Capra Press Records, ca. 1969-2004. Collection. Includes production and financial files from years Bason owned Santa Barbara-based Capra Press, as well as some earlier material from the Noel Young years. (Printers Mss 59).
  • Benet [Linda] – Graham Mackintosh Collection. (Printers Mss 60).
  • Japanese Woodblock Print Book Collection, ca. 1600s-early 1900s. (Printers Mss 61).
  • Hoffberg [Judith] Collection, ca. 1960s-2009. (Printers Mss 62).
  • Poster Collection, ca. 1960s-1980s. Individual and small sets of posters from multiple sources, most U.S. and a few British. Includes items relating to book arts, book fairs, Johannes Gutenberg, printing, and publishers/publishing. (Printers Mss 64).
  • Olsen [Don] / Ox Head Press Collection, 1967-2003. The collection includes limited edition material by Robert Bly, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Keats, Ursula K. LeGuin, Pablo Neruda (tr. by Olsen), Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Walt Whitman. (Printers Mss 65).
  • Japanese Woodcut Fan Albums, late 1800s-early 1900s. Two fan albums featuring 28 separate Meiji/Taisho era Japanese artists, as well as eight Hiroshige reprints. Fan albums, created as marketing tools, were a compilation of a season's available designs, commissioned by some of the most eminent artists of the day. (Printers Mss 66).
  • Chinese Woodblock Print Book Collection. (Printers Mss 68).
  • UCLA Print Ephemera Collection, ca. 1950s-1980s. Printed announcements, invitations, keepsakes, and other printed items, ca. 1960s-1980s, created for events at the UCLA library and elsewhere. (Printers Mss 69).
  • Nineteenth Century Engravings and Lithographs, ca. 1800s-1890s. (Printers Mss 70).
  • Young [Noel] Collection, [ca. 1960s-1970s]. Examples of Noel Young's printing work for various presses. (Printers Mss 71).
  • Vanity Fair Lithographs, ca. 1870s-1900s. Color lithographs and biographical sketches of Artists, Huntsmen and Country Gentlemen, Men of the Day, and Statesmen series appearing in Vanity Fair, ca. 1870s-1900s. (Printers Mss 72).
  • Zine Collection, ca. 2003-2007. 17 zines re race, gender, sexuality, politics, and other topics. (Printers Mss 73).
  • Sea Fern Album, ca. latter 1800s. Album containing seven mounted sea fern specimens, together with a black and white photograph of the [southern California?] coast, bound from a section of backbone of a whale cast up on Long Beach, California, with a red silk tie at the spine of the album. (Printers Mss 75).