The Clog

Merle Armitage and Fred S. Lang

Published: January 8, 2010

The Clark has two new Los Angeles-related finding aids now posted to the Online Archive of California, thanks to volunteers Jamie Henricks and Ashley Johnston. The Merle Armitage Collection Gathered over the years by the Clark and added to by donations from others, this collection contains material related to book designer, art collector and impresario…

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Items of the Week: Survivormanship and the Zamorano Club

Published: January 6, 2010

The keepsake below is one of many printed for members of the Zamorano and Roxburghe Clubs — two Californian clubs of bibliophiles who hold joint biennial meetings alternating between Northern and Southern California.  Individuals well known to UCLA and the printing community have been and continue to be members, including Ward Ritchie, Lawrence Clark Powell,…

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Item of the Week: Aethelwold, Etc.

Published: December 28, 2009

Russell Maret is a New York letterpress printer who trained in California before setting up his own business. His recent books have been extraordinary, but his newest one, Aethelwold, Etc. (2009) goes beyond extraordinary to magnificent. At heart an alphabet book, it is gorgeously swamped in color and highly imaginative renderings of the 26 letters,…

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Item of the Week: Mr. Clark’s Philharmonic

Published: December 23, 2009
LA Philharmonic Program, 1927-28

Though the Clark Library has a decent number of music manuscripts and other works, William Andrews Clark, Jr.’s lifelong interest in music is perhaps best reflected by his founding of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The Phil was founded in 1919 and soon replaced the Los Angeles Symphony (which Clark did not like) as the city’s…

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Item of the Week: Foure-Footed Beastes

Published: December 16, 2009

An exhibition of highlights from the Paul Chrzanowski Collection will be on view at the Clark Library from January through April of 2010 (more anon). In the meantime, as a tease, we’d like to bring your attention to an item of interest, Edward Topsell’s Historie of Foure-Footed Beastes, published in London in 1607 by William…

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Item of the Week: A Wedding Sermon

Published: December 9, 2009

From time to time, we’d like to highlight items in our collection that we think deserve some notice.  This week, it’s a manuscript acquired by the Clark in 1951 for the impressively small sum of US$13.60. MS.1951.018 is a bound manuscript from 1649, executed in careful calligraphy that imitates a printed book.  It contains the…

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New Press Collection finding aids

Published: December 3, 2009

Two new finding aids, written by volunteers Ashley Johnston and Jamie Henricks respectively, have been posted to Clark’s OAC page this week: Finding aid to the Ted Freedman Collection: Letters to and from Freedman, H. Richard Archer and Grant and Helen Dahlstrom; ephemera designed and printed by Freedman and the Platen Press. Finding aid to…

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Horn Press Holiday Cards

Published: November 24, 2009

A dispatch from Clark Library reference assistant and Horn Press student officer Derek Quezada: This past weekend, the latest incarnation of UCLA’s Horn Press had its first major meeting of the year. For the greater part of the afternoon, student officers, club members and anyone interested in the “slow technology” of letterpress printing sacrificed their…

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Stephen Fry’s Clark Visit

Published: November 17, 2009

A dispatch from Bruce Whiteman, Head Librarian On Saturday, November 7 in the morning, actor and writer Stephen Fry visited the Clark.  Stephen was in Los Angeles for a few days, and as a devoted Wildean was keen to see some of the Clark’s Wilde treasures.  He played Oscar Wilde in the 1997 film of…

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Sunday Times

Published: November 1, 2009

The Clark is featured in this article about small special collections libraries in the New York Times Sunday travel section!  We are in good company, as we are discussed alongside the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The New York Academy of Medicine Library, and The Rosenbach Museum and Library.

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