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Regis and Donna Graden Printing Ephemera Collection | Special Collections & University Archives

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I. Keepsakes

II. Broadsides

III.Chapbooks and Pamphlets

IV. Illustrations, Prints, and Photographs

V. Brochures and Leaflets

VI. Correspondence

VII. Cards and Invitations

   1.) General Invitations and Cards

   2.) Book Club of California Invitations

   3.) The Zamorano Club Invitations

   4.) Business Cards

VIII. Menus and Programs

IX. Bookmarks

X. Periodicals and Newsletters

   1.) periodicals

   2.) Newsletters

   3.) Clippings

XI. Catalogs

XII. Printing Artifacts

   1.) Printed Items about Printing

   2.) Printing Artifacts

XIII. Miscellaneous

XIV. Framed Items

XV. Miniatures

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is divided into fifteen series: Keepsakes, Broadsides, Chapbooks and Pamphlets, Illustrations, Prints, and Photographs, Brochures and Leaflets, Correspondence, Cards and Invitations, Menus and Programs, Bookmarks, Periodicals and Newsletters, Catalogs, Printing Artifacts, Framed Items, and Miniatures. Materials come from not only Regis Graden's Nut Quad Press, but also the Grabhorn Press, Grabhorn-Hoyem, Arion Press, Clinker Press, John Henry Nash, Blackwood Press, Black Vine Press, Año Nuevo Press, Lone Goose Press, Quail Hill Press, Sagebrush Press, Pequeño Press, Hill and Dale Press, Anchor & Acorn Press, and many others.

The Keepsakes series consists of various formats including leaflets, chapbooks, and broadsides printed to commemorate events such as joint meetings of the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs, and other special occasions.

The Broadsides series consists of posters printed to advertise events, as well as for artistic purposes, many printed letterpress.

The series of Chapbooks and Pamphlets includes chapbooks and shorter pamphlets printed by various presses. Subjects include poetry, speeches reprinted as booklets, and various other topics that have been printed and bound in a paper cover.

Illustrations, Prints, and Photographs is a small series of mainly engraving prints done by fine presses, including four original John De Pol wood engravings, a highlight of the collection.

Brochures and Leaflets includes leaflets printed at fine presses to announce upcoming publications, leaflets printed by paper and type companies to advertise their wares, as as well as brochures and guides from museums.

Correspondence includes letters from May Morris and the Luther Burbank Society.

Cards and Invitations includes invitations to private sales, holiday greetings from different presses, invitations to presentations, and postcards. The subseries for The Book Club of California and the Zamorano Club are arranged chronologically.

Menus and Programs contains the the beautifully printed programs and menus created for the meetings of the Roxburghe and Zamorano Clubs, American Printing History Association meetings, and other celebrations.

Bookmarks is a small series, of letterpress bookmarks, primarily produced by Andre Chaves at the Clinker Press.

Periodicals and Newsletters is divided into three subseries. The first containing periodicals, the second newsletters from presses and associations, and the third consisting of clippings from newspapers and signatures from bound periodicals, as well as incunabula… for some reason.

Catalogs are arranged into three subseries, each with catalogs of different types. The first consists of catalogs from sales, presses, and exhibitions. The second consists of directories, listing fine presses and contact information for members of the American Printing History Association, and the third subseries includes catalogs of type specimens in the form of both books and single sheets.

Printing Artifacts is broken down into two subseries, the first consisting of printed industry materials such as instructional manuals, and the second subseries consisting of items used in the physical process of printing such as moveable type.

Miscellaneous consists of only two items, the diary of Benjamin Franklin Kopf from 1912, an affidavit from 1879, and a digital recording of the oral history of printer Richard J. Hoffman.

Framed Items consists of incunabula from the mid 15th century, a leaf from the Kelmscott Chaucer, a collection high light, mounted and framed, other interesting printed items, as well as portraits of printers with their presses.

Miniatures consists of items, mostly books that under five inches,  the majority were produced by Monsignor Francis J. Weber at the Junipero Serra Press, Robert E. Massmann at the Art Press, and John Lathourakis at the Tabula Rasa Press. Many were printed as keepsakes for the Miniature Book Society Grand Conclaves. Subjects range from biographies of printers, California history, and religion.

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, Regis and Donna Graden Printing Ephemera Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Keepsakes],
[Series 2: Broadsides],
[Series 3: Chapbooks and Pamphlets],
[Series 4: Illustrations, Photographs, and Prints],
[Series 5: Brochures and Leaflets],
[Series 6: Correspondence],
[Series 7: Cards and Invitations],
[Series 8: Menus and Programs],
[Series 9: Bookmarks],
[Series 10: Periodicals and Newsletters],
[Series 11: Catalogs],
[Series 12: Printing Artifacts],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[Series 14: Framed Items],
[Series 15: Miniatures, 1906, 1937, 1972-2004],

Series 14: Framed ItemsAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Leaf from a Dutch Book of HoursAdd to your cart.

"15th century. Elaborately illuminated with colorful borders. Initials in gold, lapus lazuli and rose. Text in red and black."

Frame 6.5"x7"

Business card of Msgr. Francis J. Weber attached to back

Item 2: Printing themed postage stampsAdd to your cart.
14 postage stamps pertaining to printing mounted and in 14"x6" frame. Includes stamps from Spain, Germany, Israel, Austria, the United States, and Poland
Item 3: Leaf from M.T. Cicero's Cato Major, 1744Add to your cart.

"Printed by Benjamin Franklin and which he conidered his 'mechanical' masterpiece.' Franklin referred to this as the first translation of a classic made in the Western World. The traslation was made by Chief Justice James Logan of Philidelphia"

frame 11.5"x9.5"

Item 4: Leaf from Book of HoursAdd to your cart.

"Vellum leaf, mid 15th century"

Text in red and black, beautifully illuminated capital letters with floral decoration

11.5"x9" frame

Box 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: Leaf from Book of HoursAdd to your cart.

"Mid 15th century. Bright and clean"

Beautifully illuminated with colorful floral border. Text is red and brown

mounted in 9"x10.5" frame

Item 2: Portrait of John Henry Nash, Printer. "ÆTATIS SUÆ LVII", 1928Add to your cart.

Signed Georges Plasse.

Business card of Archdiocese of Los Angeles attached to back of frame

11.5"x9.5" wooden frame

Item 3: Leaf from Anno Regni Duodecimo Georogii II. RegisAdd to your cart.


16"x11" frame

Box 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Portrait of man and moveable typeAdd to your cart.
12.5"x12.5" frame
Item 2: Two mounted checks from the Kelsey Press Company, 1894, 1899Add to your cart.
16"x16" frame; glass not secure in frame
Item 3: "The Practice of Typography..."Add to your cart.

Print of quote by Daniel Berkeley Updike about printing, with image of a man working with moveable type in red ink at the top

13"x16" frame

Item 4: Potrait of Frederic W. Goudy by Alexander Stern, 1938Add to your cart.

Goudy relaxes in chair in room of books. Done in ink

18"x20" frame

Item 4: Page from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493Add to your cart.

"[Incunabulum Leaf] from the Nuremberg Chronicle. First Ed. Folio. Nuremberg: Anton Koberger. The Nuremberg World Chronicle was compiled by Dr. Hartman Schedel and contains numerous woodcuts of two noted artists, Michael Wolgemut and his stepson, William Pleydenwurff. Printed by Anton Koberger, a one-time baker in 1493, the World Chronicle was his most successful venture throughout his more than 50 years in the printing business. This leaf has 5 woodcuts by Wolgemut and Pleydenwurff, three on recto, two on verso; attracitvely matted."

Text in black and red

18"x23" frame.

Displayed in 4410D Scholar's Room

Item 5: Leaf from the Kelmscott Chaucer, 1867Add to your cart.

Collection highlight. Displayed in room 4410 in 21"x18" frame

"The Phisiciens Tale"

"Printed... at William Morris' The Kelmscott Press... 'I began printing with the hope of producing some which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time should be easy to read and should not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters.' William Morris"

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Keepsakes],
[Series 2: Broadsides],
[Series 3: Chapbooks and Pamphlets],
[Series 4: Illustrations, Photographs, and Prints],
[Series 5: Brochures and Leaflets],
[Series 6: Correspondence],
[Series 7: Cards and Invitations],
[Series 8: Menus and Programs],
[Series 9: Bookmarks],
[Series 10: Periodicals and Newsletters],
[Series 11: Catalogs],
[Series 12: Printing Artifacts],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[Series 14: Framed Items],
[Series 15: Miniatures, 1906, 1937, 1972-2004],

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