Carpenter, Edwin H.

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Clyde Browne was a printer in the Los Angeles area for approximately forty years until his death in 1942. He was born in 1872 in Old Hickory, Ohio and in 1902 or 1903, moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at the Los Angeles Examiner for four years. In 1909, he set up his own print shop, and by 1910 had established the firm of Browne and Cartwright with Alexander Cartwright. Soon after, he helped Occidental College and the University of Southern California start their own school newspapers. Beginning in 1915, Browne started building what would eventually become the Abbey San Encino, where he did most of his printing. The Abbey was finished in July of 1924. Browne printed his own work (including poems, books, and ephemera) as well as for others, including Occidental College. Various printers rented studio space from Browne, including Ward Ritchie, House Olson, and Scott Haselton. Lawrence Clark Powell also rented one of Browne's studios before becoming the University Librarian at UCLA and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. In the 1920s and 1930s, Browne was active with the Sea Scouts (a division of the Boy Scouts of America). He later was the chairman of the Democratic Party Committee in the 54th district, and ran for the State Assembly. After Clyde Browne's death on July 1, 1942, his son closed the press and sold most of the equipment. As of the 1980s, the Abbey was owned by Browne's grandson, Severin.

From the description of Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection, 1918-1988. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 320958690

Carpenter was born on Aug. 21, 1915 in Burlington, IA; attended Los Angeles Junior College, 1932-34; AB in English and history, MA (1939) and Ph. D (1949) in history, UCLA; MSLS, Univ. of Southern CA, 1950; page, LA public library, 1935-36; attendant in rare book reading room, Huntington Library, 1946-47; university archivist, UCLA Library, 1950; publications secretary, Huntington Library, 1950-53; bibliographical editor, New York Public Library, 1953-57; indexer, California Historical Society, 1957-60; bibliographer (1960-73) and in 1973, lecturer, Huntington Library; publications include Printers and publishers in Southern California, 1850-1876 (1964) and Early cemeteries of the city of Los Angeles (1973).

From the description of Collection of material about Lawrence Clark Powell, 1934-1974. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40477941

Edwin H. Carpenter was born in Iowa, August 21, 1915. He became a Western American bibliographer at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He was interested in hand printing presses, especially in California and the western United States. The collection described in this finding aid contains information collected about hand presses, primarily in California, and appears to have been part of a census of hand presses in the West. It is unclear whether an official list was published, but handwritten and typed drafts are included in the collection. The work of inquiring about presses and their owners was undertaken by Edwin Carpenter and Roger Levenson. Carpenter did publish a book entitled "Printers and Publishers in Southern California 1850-1876" (La Siesta Press: 1964). He died in Los Angeles on January 12, 1995.

From the description of Edwin H. Carpenter collection on hand presses, 1940-1988. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 432347870

Biography

Edwin H. Carpenter was born in Iowa, August 21, 1915. He enlisted in the Army in Los Angeles on July 11, 1941, eventually becoming a warrant officer. He later became a Western American bibliographer at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. He was interested in hand printing presses, especially in California and the western United States. This collection contains information collected about hand presses, primarily in California. The information appears to have been intended to create a census of hand presses in the West. It is unclear whether an official list was published, but handwritten and typed drafts are included in the collection. The work of inquiring about presses and their owners was undertaken by Edwin Carpenter and Roger Levenson. Carpenter did publish a book entitled "Printers and Publishers in Southern California 1850-1876" (La Siesta Press: 1964). He died in Los Angeles on January 12, 1995.

From the guide to the Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand Presses, 1940-1988, (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.)

Biography

Clyde Browne established the Abbey Press and was a printer in the Los Angeles area for approximately forty years until his death in 1942. Browne was born in 1872 in Old Hickory, Ohio. After moving around the Midwest and California, he worked at many newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1902 or 1903, Browne moved to Los Angeles, where he worked at the Los Angeles Examiner for four years. In 1909, he set up his own print shop, and by 1910 had established the firm of Browne and Cartwright with Alexander Cartwright. Soon after, he helped Occidental College and the University of Southern California start their own school newspapers.

Beginning in 1915, Browne started building what would eventually become the Abbey San Encino, where he did most of his printing. The Abbey was finished in July of 1924. Browne printed his own work (including poems, books, and ephemera) as well as for others, including Occidental College. Various printers rented studio space from Browne, including Ward Ritchie, House Olson, and Scott Haselton. Lawrence Clark Powell also rented one of Browne's studios before becoming the University Librarian at UCLA and director of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Browne was active with the Sea Scouts (a division of the Boy Scouts of America). He later was the chairman of the Democratic Party Committee in the 54th district, and ran for the State Assembly. After Clyde Browne's death on July 1, 1942, his son closed the press and sold most of the equipment. As of the 1980s, the Abbey was owned by Browne's grandson, Severin.

From the guide to the Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection, 1918-1988, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Carpenter, Edwin H. Edwin H. Carpenter collection on hand presses, 1940-1988. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn H. Richard Archer and the Hippogryph Press Collection, 1928-1978 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Carpenter, Edwin H. Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection, 1918-1988. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Mack, Effie Mona. Effie Mona Mack papers, 1917-1969. Nevada State Historical Society
creatorOf Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. Emily Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel papers, 1871-1958 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Carpenter, Edwin H.,. North American Indian art : ephemeral publications about individual artists; includes some original artwork, 1870-1985, 1940-1969 (bulk). Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Edwin H. Carpenter Collection on Hand Presses, 1940-1988 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf California. Diputación Territorial. In the port of Monterey in Alta California on the seventh day of November, 1836, the members of the Most Excellent Diputación ..., [19--] / [signed] Jose Castro, Juan B. Albarado, Antonio Buelna, Jose Antonio Noriega. San Diego State University Library, SDSU Library and Information Access
creatorOf Carpenter, Edwin H. Collection of material about Lawrence Clark Powell, 1934-1974. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Clyde Browne and the Abbey Press Collection, 1918-1988 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
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associatedWith Abbey San Encino Press. corporateBody
correspondedWith Archer, H. Richard (Horace Richard), 1911-1978 person
associatedWith Atencio, Gilbert Benjamin, 1930-. person
associatedWith Bad Heart Bull, Amos, 1869-1913. person
associatedWith Begay, Harrison. person
associatedWith Blackbear, Bosin. person
associatedWith Blackowl, Archie. person
associatedWith Browne, Clyde, 1872-1942. person
associatedWith Browne, Jackson. person
associatedWith California. Diputación Territorial. corporateBody
associatedWith Davies, David William, 1908- person
associatedWith Drum, Dorothy Kramer. person
associatedWith Echohawk, Brummit. person
associatedWith Fonseca, Harry. person
associatedWith Hardin, Helen, 1943-1984. person
associatedWith Herrera, Velino. person
associatedWith Howe, Oscar, 1915-1983. person
associatedWith Kabotie, Fred. person
associatedWith Kenojuak, 1927- person
associatedWith Levenson, Roger, 1914- person
correspondedWith Mack, Effie Mona. person
associatedWith Mirabal, Eva. person
associatedWith Munsitok. person
associatedWith Nailor, Gerald. person
associatedWith Niviaksiak. person
associatedWith Peña, Maria Antonia, 1893-1949. person
associatedWith Peña, Tonita. person
associatedWith Pitseoluk, Mary. person
associatedWith Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001. person
associatedWith Scholder, Fritz, 1937-2005. person
associatedWith Sitting Bull, 1831-1890. person
associatedWith Skeel, Emily Ford, 1867-1958. person
associatedWith Tahoma, Quincy, 1920?-1956. person
associatedWith Tiger, Jerome, 1941-1967. person
associatedWith Velarde, Pablita, 1918-2006. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California--Los Angeles
California
North America
California
Subject
Boy scouts--California--20thcentury
Art, Modern--20th century
Academic librarians--Archival resources
Printers--20th century
Book collectors--Archival resources
Sea scouts--California--20thcentury
Indian art
Bibliographers--20th century
Hand presses
Bibliographers--California--20th century
Handpresses--California
Sea Scouts--20th century
Librarians--California--20thcentury
Boy Scouts--20th century
Librarians--20th century
Printers--California--20th century
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Death 1995

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