Southern Methodist University

David Farmer collection on Lawrence Clark Powell

A Guide


Creator: Farmer, David
Title: David Farmer collection on Lawrence Clark Powell
Dates: 1938-2006
Abstract: Lawrence Clark Powell was the first Dean of UCLA’s School of Library Science, and was known for his publications on the American Southwest, librarianship, literature, and the book trade. This collection of publications written by and about Lawrence Clark Powell was gathered by David Farmer, former director of DeGolyer Library from 1985-2001. These publications outline Powell’s vision for building a western library collection.
Accession No: MSS 95
Extent: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) was born in Washington, D.C. and moved to South Pasadena, California as a child. After receiving his B.A. from Occidental College, and PhD. from the University of Dijon in France, Powell began a long career at the University of California Los Angeles in 1938. He was director of the William Andrews Clark Library at UCLA from 1944-1966 and was the first Dean of UCLA’s School of Library Service in 1960. Upon Powell’s retirement from UCLA in 1966, UCLA’s main library was named for him. In the 1970s, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, and was instrumental in the development in the University of Arizona’s library and Graduate School of Library Science. Powell continued to write on a variety of subjects, such as literature, the book trade, travel, and is known for his contributions to the literature of the library profession.


Lawrence Clark Powell papers, Young Research Library, University of California at Los Angeles

Scope and Contents of the Collection

These items were collected by David Farmer, director of DeGolyer Library from 1985-2001. Powell was a friend of Farmer and was also member of the editorial board of The Southwest Review. The first series in the collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title, as well as the first nine folders in the second series. Some of the publications are inscribed to David Farmer by Lawrence Clark Powell. The last folder includes a letter from Ward Ritchie to David Farmer and two articles by Ward Ritchie, who was a printer and friend of Lawrence Clark Powell.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 2 series:
Series 1: Lawrence Clark Powell publications
Series 2: Articles written about Lawrence Clark Powell


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Powell, Lawrence Clark, 1906-2001.
Librarians – California – Los Angeles.
Books and reading.
Ritchie, Ward, 1905-1996.

Related Materials

David Farmer's collection of books by and about Lawrence Clark Powell was given to DeGolyer Library in 2011. These books were cataloged and can be found in the library's online catalog with the search string "Gift of David Farmer, 2011."

Lawrence Clark Powell papers, Young Research Library, University of California at Los Angeles

Ward Ritchie collection, Special Collections Department, Occidental College Library, Occidental College.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Farmer collection on Lawrence Clark Powell, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, David Farmer, 2011.

Processing Information

David Farmer collected these materials, and his order has been maintained.

Finding aid written by

Cynthia Franco, 2012.

Finding aid encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Written works
44 folders

Box Folder
1 “Around the World in 60 Books,” 1960
Box Folder
1 2 “The Alchemy of Books,” American Library Association, 1952
3 “Blue Desert in Review,” Journal of the Southwest, Summer 1987
4 “Books that Weren’t in my Baggage,” New York Times Book Review, June 1963
5 “Christmas…The Southwest and J. Frank Dobie,” 1956
6 “The Desert as Dwelled On,” Arizona Highways, March 1974
7 “The Double Marriage of Robinson Jeffers,” Southwest Review, Summer 1956
8 “The Desert Odyssey of John C. Van Dyke,” Arizona Highways, October 1982
9 “The Elements of a Good Librarian,” Occidental College Alumnus, Winter 1987
10 “Exploring Arizona’s Literary Trails,” Arizona Highways, September 1972
11 “Fifty Years of Treasure: The First Half-Century of Arizona Highways,” Arizona Highways, April 1975
12 “First Lady of Letters,” New Mexico Magazine, March 1962
13 “Heart of the Southwest: A Selective Reading List of Good Novels and Stories Mostly with Settings in Arizona and New Mexico,” Arizona Highways, February 1957 [4 copies]
14 “Lady of Taos,” Westways, January 1973
15 “Land of Fiction,” reprint from California Librarian, 1953
16 “Landscape with Books,” reprint from Southwest Review, 1959
17 “Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn,” reprint from California Librarian, 1954
18 “The Little Package,” commencement address [for] The University of Arizona May 31, 1961, typescript
19 “The Little Package,” Southwest Review, Spring 1962
20 “Music into Silence,” reprint from The Pacific Sector, 1951
21 “The Free Flow of Books,” Library Journal, 1951
22 “Mr. Southwest: J. Frank Dobie of Texas,” Arizona Highway, June 1957
23 “Multum in Parvo,” reprint from California Librarian, 1951
24 “Northland Press…of Books & Book Makers and Beauty Born Deep in the Pines,” Arizona Highways, September 1963
25 “Oasis of Books,” Arizona Highways, August 1960 [2 copies]
26 “The Power to Evoke,” reprint from Manuscripts, 1953
27 “Raiders of the Lost Books : Adventures in Book Collecting” October 27, 1982 [flyer]
“A Tribute to Bradford Booth” [3 pages of photocopies from Modern Fiction Studies, 1970]
28 “Rendezvous in Cadogan Square,” reprint from Manuscripts, 1958
29 “Resources Unlimited: Special Collections at UCLA”
30 “Revista Nueva Mexicana,” Southwestern Review, Winter 1957
31 “Southwestern Century,” Arizona Highways, March 1958, [2 copies]
32 “Sky, Sun, and Water : The Southwest of Frederick Webb Hodge,” reprint from Southwest Review, 1954
33 “Those Who Were Truly Great,” California State Library Foundation Bulletin, January 1992
34 “Three Loves Have I,” reprint from Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review, 1955
35 “Through the Burning Glass,” reprint from Wilson Library Bulletin, 1957
36 “To Touch or Not to Touch,” ALA Bulletin, September 1958
37 “Toward a Biography of John Steinbeck,” The Colophon, Autumn 1938
38 “Transcontinental,” reprint from California Librarian, 1952
39 “A Tribute to a Mere Magazine by a Great Man,” Arizona Highways, December 1971
40 “Vignettes of Library History,” The Journal of Library History, 1971
41 “West Southeast : Impressions of Southern Libraries,” reprint from Southeastern Librarian, 1955
42 “Winter Days with Martha Summerhayes,” Arizona Highways, November 1961 [2 copies]
43 “With Books in My Baggage,” Arizona Highways, April 1959
44 “Years in My Old Age,” reprint from Hoja Volante, 1993

Series 2: Articles written about Powell
15 folders

Box Folder
1 45 “Books of the Southwest may soon be a thing of the past,” Arizona Daily Star [photocopy]
46 “Book Smart,” West Ways, December 2006
47 Ritchie, Ward. Growing up with Lawrence Clark Powell. Sacramento, Calif.: California State Library Foundation, 1986. With letter from Ward Ritchie to David Farmer, 1989.
48 “Lawrence Clark Powell—Bookman,” Book Talk, November 1979
49 “Lawrence Clark Powell, Bookman,” Bookman’s Weekly, January 31, 1994
50 “LCP; The Librarian Who Reads Books,” Book Source Monthly, July 2001
51 “Lessons to be Learned from Four Librarians,” AB, 1998
52 “Sky, Sun, and Water: The Southwest of Clark Powell,” Southwest Review, Spring 1954 [2 copies]
53 “Three Friends Stand the Test of Time,” Tiger Wire, Winter 1996
54 Book Catalogues Pt. 1 – 5 catalogs from Books West Southwest
55 Book Catalogues Pt. 2 – 7 catalogs
56 Collectors Institute – Spring 1969 Restoration and preservation workshop report ;
Addresses by Everett L. DeGolyer Jr., Trueman O’Quinn, and Robert Tobin, 1969
57 85th-90th Birthday Celebration – programs, invitations, two broadsides
58 Letters/Mail – book announcements, invitations
59 A Rush of Memories of Printers Past by Ward Ritchie, 1985 [offprint signed by Ward Ritchie]
Coranto, 1988 [Ward Ritchie’s essay “When Life was the Future: a Memoir” is signed at end]