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Jacob Zeitlin Collection, 1930-1987 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Jacob Zeitlin Collection, 1930-1987Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Zeitlin, Jake (1902-)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet

Subjects: Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century--Sources, Jake Zeitlin Books (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.)--History--Sources, Zeitlin, Jake, 1902- --Archives

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Jacob Zeitlin Collection includes publications and lecture material written by Zeitlin, newspaper articles about the bookseller and his bookshops, announcements of exhibits or events held in his honor, and catalogs of the books and art which he dealt over the years.

Biographical Note

Jacob Zeitlin , commonly referred to as "the venerable antiquarian bookseller," was best known for his bookshop on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.  Over the years, Zeitlin dealt manuscripts with Frieda, widow of D.H. Lawrence, written poetry endorsed by Carl Sandburg, and had his shops designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright.)  He began as a book peddler in 1925 with only a valise of books, then he moved into a small shop on "bookseller's row," and at the time of his death in September 1987, he had several shops and international acclaim as a dealer in rare books and art.

Subject/Index Terms

Antiquarian booksellers--California--Los Angeles--History--20th century--Sources
Jake Zeitlin Books (Firm : Los Angeles, Calif.)--History--Sources
Zeitlin, Jake, 1902- --Archives

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Jacob Zeitlin Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Publications, ca. 1930 - 50Add to your cart.

Up and Down the Bookshelves: an Intimate Guide to Dawson's Book Shop. Los Angeles, California, by Tom Neal. No date, 16 page, illustrated booklet. Los Angeles: The Bookman Press.

"A Whispered Song, " Anthology of Southern California Verse, (poem), ca. 1930

Folder 2: Publications, ca. 1950 - 60Add to your cart.

"Rare California Books of 2050," California Librarian, (article, 2 copies), ca. September 1, 1950

More Whispers and Chants, (book of poetry), ca. 1952

Red Barn Almanac, volume 1, no.1, ca. June - July 1953

"Small Renaissance," Bibliographical Society of America, (lecture, 4 copies), ca. August 27, 1955

Souvenir of Toledo, (pamphlet, 2 copies) ca. 1956

What Kind of Business is This? (pamphlet), ca. 1959

"Thomas Salusbury Discovered," Isis volume 50, (article, 2 copies), ca. 1959

Folder 3: Publications 1960 - 70Add to your cart.

"Bookselling Among the Sciences," College and Research Libraries, (article, 2 copies), ca. November 1960

"Who Shall Silence All the Airs and Madrigals," Library Journal, (article, 2 copies), ca. June 1, 1965

Folder 4: Publications 1970 - 80Add to your cart.

"Eloge," (Herbert M. Evans), Isis, (article), ca. 1971

"Bern Dibner as Friend/Collector," Society of Bibliographiles, (lecture), ca. 1973

Letter to Dr. Guluck, ca. August 22, 1975

"Harold Percy Ullman," UCLA Faculty Center, (lecture), ca. October 17, 1976

"George Washington," (lecture), ca. 1976

Letter to people. ca. May 16, 1977

"What I Believe," This I Believe, (article), November 4, 1977

Letter to people. ca. September 3, 1978

"John Bruckman," (lecture), ca. March 22, 1979

Letter to Johnsons, ca. March 27, 1979

Letter to Johnsons, ca. September 17, 1979

Letter to Editor, Los Angeles Times, (article, 3 copies), ca. January 10, 1979

Folder 5: Publications 1980Add to your cart.

Letter to Johnsons, ca. January 11, 1980

Letter to Akio Saito, ca. February 23, 1981

Letter to Johnsons, ca. February 23, 1981

Letter from L. Kenney to David at Zeitlin Booksellers, ca. June 17, 1981

Letter to Helen May Johnson from Jake, ca. August 8, 1981

Letter to Jake from Helen May Johnson, ca. August 28, 1981

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. September 15, 1981

Letter to Jake from L. Kenney, ca. October 26, 1981

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. November 2, 1981

Letter to Jake from Lou, ca. February 19, 1982

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. March 1, 1982

Letter to Johnsons, ca. March 5, 1982

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. April 9, 1982

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. April 4, 1982

Letter to Johnsons, ca. September 3, 1982

"Imprint of Stanford," Libraries Association, (lecture), ca. October 1985

Letter to L. Kenney from Jake, ca. April 4, 1987

Letter to Jake from L. Kenney, ca. April 21, 1987

Letter to N. Joy from Joesphine Zeitlin, ca. November 9, 1987

"Bookseller and the Librarian," (article), n.d.

Folder 6: Newspaper Articles, ca. 1969 - 87Add to your cart.

"Support your Local Bookstore," Los Angeles Times, ca. October 19, 1969

"Jake Zeitlin at 75-looking back," Los Angeles Times, ca. November 1978

"The Library's Donnybook," L.A. Times, ca. March 15, 1979

"In the Spirit of Kollwitz," December 9, 1979

"Judged by their Covers," San Diego Reader, ca. September 11, 1980

"Designer brought 'Fine Printing' to Area," L.A. Times, ca. September 29, 1980

"Biting his Mother's Tongue," L.A. Times, ca. January 18, 1981

"One Book that was Bound to Sell," L.A. Times, ca. October 6, 1981

"Zeitlin, Weston: Focusing on Film," L.A. Times, ca. June 6, 1982

"L.A. Arts and Letters from A to Zeitlin," San Diego Reader, (2 copies), ca. August 13, 1982

L.A. Times, (2 copies), ca. October 6, 1983

"Jake Zeitlin's Best Sellers Top Any List," L.A.  Times, ca. December 16, 1984

"Rare Man's Rare Love for Even Rarer Printed Word," L.A. Times, ca. January 1985

"Jake Zaitlin: Bookseller at the Crossroads," L.A. Times, ca. January 31, 1987

Folder 7: AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.

Red Barn, ca. June 20, 1956

Jake's 60th birthday, ca. November 4, 1962

Jake's 65th birthday, ca. November 5, 1967

Rudi Baumfeld's 70th birthday, January 1, 1974

Clark Memorial Library dinner, ca. September 28, 1974

Jake's 75th birthday, (friends of UCLA library), ca. 1 November 4, 1979

Lecture-Center for South California Studies in Visual Arts (2 copies), ca. April 2, 1979

Exhibition-Center for South California Studies in Visual Arts, ca. November 26, 1979

Lecture-Center for South California Studies in Visual Arts, ca. March 18, 1981

Lecture-Friends of the Kahn Jewish Community Library (3 copies), ca. November 6, 1982

"Summer Safari of the Mind," (invitation from Library Relations, University of San Francisco), ca. July 24, 1987

Memorial Service for Jacob Zeitlin, ca. September 13, 1987

"Christmas Plenty," (brochure), n.d.

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