Cheney, William Murray, 1907-

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Cheney was born in 1907; shipping clerk, Dawson's Book Shop; learned to print under the instruction of Thomas Perry Stricker; his first printed book was A voyage to Trolland (1933); worked at Grant Dahlstrom's Castle Press and Saul and Lillian Marks's Plantin Press before buying his own press in 1950; printed materials for the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and for Lawrence Clark Powell while working in the coach house at the Clark Library, 1962-74; devoted the remainder of his printing years to creating miniature books.

From the description of Papers, 1872-1983, bulk 1949-1983. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 39528467

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William Cheney was born in 1907 in Los Angeles. He worked as a shipping clerk for Dawson's Bookshop from 1929 to 1932, and then went to work for Thomas Perry Stricker, under whose tutelage he learned to print. Cheney's first printed book was A Voyage to Trolland (1933). Cheney briefly owned his own press which he operated until he went to work as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft from 1941 to 1946. From 1946 to 1947, Cheney worked for the Artesia News . In 1948 he worked briefly for Muir and Watts, and also for Saul and Lillian Marks' Plantin Press before buying his own printing press and starting to print commercially. From 1962 to 1974, Cheney printed materials for the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and for Lawrence Clark Powell while working in the gatehouse on the Clark Library grounds.

From the guide to the William Murray Cheney Papers, 1925-1983, (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Cheney, William Murray, 1907-. Papers, 1872-1983, bulk 1949-1983. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Ted Freedman Papers, 1926-1974 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Rounce & Coffin Club. Rounce & Coffin Club collection, 1932-1991. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf William Murray Cheney Papers, 1925-1983 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Freedman, Ted, 1906-. Ted Freedman papers, 1935-1966. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection, 1928-1978 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Thomas, Frederick Folger, b. 1885. Letters to William M. Cheney, 1953-1968. The California Digital Library
creatorOf Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001. THE SEA AS SEEN BY EL SEA POWELL : printing samples, 1962. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Cheney, William Murray, 1907-. [Correspondence with Richard Pennington] [manuscript] / William M. Cheney. McGill University Library
referencedIn Ted Freedman Papers, 1935-1966 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
referencedIn Rounce & Coffin Club Collection, 1932-1991 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
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associatedWith Archer, H. Richard (Horace Richard), 1911- person
associatedWith Auk Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Dahlstrom, Grant Edward. person
associatedWith Freedman, Ted person
associatedWith Freedman, Ted, 1906- person
associatedWith Hippogryph Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Pennington, Richard. person
associatedWith Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Rounce & Coffin Club corporateBody
associatedWith Thomas, Frederick Folger, b. 1885. person
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California--Los Angeles
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Ephemera
Miniature books
Correspondence
Wood blocks (printing blocks)
Miniature books--Specimens
Printers--Archival resources
Private presses--Archival resources
Broadsides
Printers
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Birth 1907

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