WREDEN, William P. Collection, 1942-1990.
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Guide to the William P. Wreden Collection

William P. Wreden Collection

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The William P. Wreden collection is a group of catalogs, keepsakes and ephemera reflecting the personal and professional rare book collection of William P. Wreden.

Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply; please contact repository for requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce the materials.

Preferred Citation:
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], William P. Wreden Collection, 1942-1990, The Grolier Club of New York.

About the Finding Aid:
This finding aid was prepared by Alison Lotto in Microsoft Word at the Grolier Club, October 2013.

The collection was donated to the Grolier Club by William P. Wreden’s son, William P. Wreden, Jr. in January 2011.

Access Points:
Wreden, William P.
William P. Wreden Books & Manuscripts (firm)

Booksellers and bookselling—California—20th century
Booksellers and bookselling—California—20th century—Catalogs.

Booksellers' catalogs—California—20th century
Greeting cards—20th century
Printed ephemera—20th century
Keepsakes—20th century

Biographical/Historical Note:
William P. Wreden was born in 1910 in Petaluma, California.  After his graduation from Stanford, Wreden worked at the Anglo-California National Bank in San Francisco. He founded William P. Wreden Books & Manuscripts in 1937, located in Palo Alto California. As a bookseller, Wreden was best known for his work with Elizabethan Manuscripts and had an extensive personal collection alongside his inventory. William P. Wreden also owned a large ranch in California and worked at both businesses until his death in 1995.

Sources: Cal Poly Library Finding aid for the MacMillan-Wreden California Condor Collection

William P. Wreden Obituary, San Francisco Chronicle, February 9, 1995.

Scope and Content Note:
The William P. Wreden collection contains Wreden’s dealer catalogs, holiday cards, keepsakes and ephemera.

Arrangement Note:
The materials were rehoused, and an arrangement was created by Meghan Constantinou in 2011; the organization reflects the type of material and its size and shape.

Container List:

I. Catalogs, 1942 - 1990s
Note: Dealer began publishing catalogs in 1939 with no. 11. No catalogs issued under nos. 13 or 36 (See introduction in Checklist)
Checklist of Imprints, 1990  
Nos. 11 (1938); 18 (1942)-24 (194-?), 26 (194-?)-30 (194-?), 32 (195-?)-35 [1952], 37 (1954), 39 (195-?)-80 (199-).
Occasional List no. 2 [after 1953]
Anniversary Catalogue of American and English First Editions, no. 14 (n.d.)
New Series List nos. 1-3, 5, 7, 11
Note: nos. 1-7 with address 442 Post St. (2nd Fl.) San Francisco; dealer was at that address between 1964 and 1970.

II. Christmas, Holiday, and New Year Cards, 1974-2000
15 dated cards
11 undated cards

III. Keepsakes, 1949-2000
Approximately 24 mixed items

IV. Ephemera, ca. 1953-ca. 1990
Approx. 24 Professional items (book announcements, stationary, etc.), ca. 1953-ca. 1990
4 Serials (1 journal, 3 newspapers)
2 Broadsides (rolled)

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