Zamorano Club

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The Zamorano Club is a Southern Californian organization for bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. It was founded in 1928, and sponsors lectures and publications on book-related topics.

From the description of Zamorano Club Collection, 1920-1900. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 426499660


The Zamorano Club is a Southern Californian organization for bibliophiles and manuscript collectors. It was founded in 1928, and sponsors lectures and publications on book-related topics. The Club was named in honor of Agustín V. Zamorano (1798-1842), a provisional governor of Alta California and the state's first printer. It is club tradition to present keepsakes to Club members at meetings, resulting in a variety of printed mementos ranging from pamphlets to small books; sometimes the items are reproductions of historical documents.

The Zamorano Club has had its meetings at various places since its founding, including the University Club, the Treasure Room within USC's Doheny Library, and other locations. As of January 2009, the club resides at the Women's City Club of Pasadena. In May 1991, coincident with the move from USC, it was decided to put the Club's book collection in storage at Occidental College Library. Subsequently the Board of Governors decided to dispose of the collection, and the books were accordingly sold at Pacific Book Auction Galleries (sale 180, 15 February 1999). The proceeds from the sale were placed in the Club's endowment fund.

Early members include A. Gaylord Beaman (insurance), Garner A. Beckett (cement manufacturer), William W. Clary (attorney), Arthur M. Ellis (attorney), W. Irving Way (bookman), Robert O. Schad (Curator of Rare Books, Henry E. Huntington Library), and Robert E. Cowan (Librarian of William Andrews Clark Library). Lawrence Clark Powell (former UCLA University Librarian), Ward Ritchie (a fine press printer), and others have been members of the Zamorano Club as well.

From the guide to the Zamorano Club Collection, 1920-2000, (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

Biography of the Zamorano Club

The Zamorano Club was created in Los Angeles on 25 January 1928. Named from the first known printer in California, Agustin Vicente Zamorano, the Club's primary purpose was "to establish contact and encourage exchange of thought among its members, who shall be men interested in books." Secondary purposes included encouraging book arts, building a collection to support that aim, and publishing fine press works printed in limited numbers.

From the guide to the Zamorano Club Keepsakes Collection, 1928-2008, (Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Adams, Charles K. [Letter from Charles K. Adams to Elmer Belt, M.D : typed.] Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
referencedIn Wheat, Carl I. (Carl Irving), 1892-1966. Carl I. Wheat papers, [n.d.]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Zamorano Club. Zamorano Club Collection, 1920-1900. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Small Press Collection, 1901-1975, 1960-1975 University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research
creatorOf Roxburghe Club of San Francisco. Small press collection, 1901-1975 (bulk 1960-1975). University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn Black Stone Press : papers and ephemera, 1974-1996 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Dougan, Robert O. Robert O. Dougan Collection, ca. 1929-1975 (bulk 1950s-1960s) University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
creatorOf Zamorano Club Collection, 1920-2000 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn Monterey Public Library. California History Room. Bibliography clippings 1951-1971. Monterey Public Library
creatorOf Grabhorn Press. Grabhorn Press records, 1917-1973. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Simpson, Edmund E. Wood block prints and printing specimens, 1973-1990. Oregon Health & Science University Library, OHSU Library
referencedIn Ward, George Clinton. Papers of George Clinton Ward, 1847-1948 (bulk 1927-1936). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Koch, Peter Rutledge. Black Stone Press and Peter Koch, Printer : broadsides and ephemera, 1974-2010. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Zamorano Club. [Portfolio of keepsakes from the Zamorano Club] University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Zamorano Club Keepsakes Collection, 1928-2008 Libraries of the Claremont Colleges. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Charles K. person
associatedWith Andrews, Thomas Franklin, 1937- person
associatedWith Chan, Charlie. person
associatedWith Chaves, Andres. person
associatedWith Dougan, Robert O. person
correspondedWith Eccles, Mary Hyde. person
associatedWith Grabhorn Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Housman, A. E. 1859-1936. person
associatedWith Koch, Peter. person
associatedWith Koch, Peter Rutledge. person
associatedWith Kurutz, Gary F. person
associatedWith Laozi. person
associatedWith Levenson, Roger, 1914- person
associatedWith Monterey Public Library. California History Room. corporateBody
associatedWith Powell, Lawrence, 1906-2001 person
associatedWith Simonides, ca. 556-467 B.C. person
associatedWith Simpson, Edmund E. person
associatedWith Todd, Edwin M.. person
associatedWith Ward, George Clinton. person
associatedWith Weber, Francis J. person
associatedWith Wheat, Carl I. (Carl Irving), 1892-1966. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Private press books
Book collectors--20th century
Book collecting
Clubs--20th century
Printing--20th century
Zamorano Club--History
Book collectors--California--20th century
Clubs--California--20th century
Printing--21st century--Specimens

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Active 1917

Active 1973



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