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Lawrence Clark Powell Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0194

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of clippings by and about Powell, and transcripts of some of Powell's speeches.


  • Creation: 1964-1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Lawrence Clark Powell was born in Washington D.C. in 1906, graduated from Occidental College in 1928, and received his PhD from the University of Dijon, France, in 1932.  Upon returning to the United States, Powell took apprenticeships among bookstores, publishers and libraries of Los Angeles and entered the Library Science program at the University of California, Berkeley from which he received his Master of Library Science in 1937.  Powell joined the staff of the University of California Los Angeles library in 1938 and held the position of University Librarian from 1944-1961 and Dean of the Graduate School of Library Service from 1960-1966. During his years at UCLA, the library grew from 400,000 to 3 million volumes, he created the Special Collections Department of the library and he founded the Graduate School of Library Service. As a result of his contributions to UCLA, the undergraduate library was renamed in his honor.


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Related Publications

MacIntyre, Carlyle. October Songs, California: Lawrence Powell and Ward Ritchie, 1982. Special Collections: PS 3525 A24592 O3 1982

Menuhin, Yehudi. Bartok, A Memoir, Los Angeles: Plantin Press, 1973. Special Collections: ML 410 B26 M46 1973

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Ex Libris: Notes on my Family's Bookplates, Tucson: Press on the Bajada, 1984. Special Collections: Z 995 P6 1984

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Farewell to the Encinal, Tucson: El Signo de los Arboles Caidos, 1982. Special Collections: PS 3531 O954 A46 1982

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Goethe's Dream of Sicily, Los Angeles: Van Nuys, 1982. Special Collections: PT 2066 P68 1982

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Harold Haines Clark, 1876-1964, Los Angeles: s.n., 1964. Special Collections: BS 7795 C53 P6 1964

Powell, Lawrence Clark, In Search of Spring, no printing information, [1963]. Special Collections: D 922 P68 1963.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. John E. Goodwin, Founder of the UCLA Library: An Essay Toward a Biography, Los Angeles: Friends of the UCLA Library, 1972. Special Collections: Z 720 G653 P694 1972.

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Make Mine a Small One, Berkeley: Peacock Press, 1965. Special Collections: Z 246 P8 1965

Powell, Lawrence Clark. Musical Blood Brothers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Josef Hayden, Malibu: Press of the Prevailing Westerly, 1966. Special Collections: ML 410 M9 P68 1966

Powell, Lawrence Clark. The Poet and the Professor, Los Angeles: F.E. and L.C. Powell, 1981. Special Collections: PS 3531 O954 P64 1981

Powell, Lawrence Clark. A Remembrance for the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Rounce and Coffin Club held at Occidental College, Los Angeles: Lawrence Clark Powell, 1981. Special Collections: Z 1008 A2 R45 1981

Powell, Lawrence Clark. "32 Novels and Stories About Southern California from Ramona to the Loved One. A Bibliographical Essay by Lawrence Clark Powell." Los Angeles: Glen Dawson, 1952. In San Diego Memorabilia Collection, Box 2, Folder 83.

Ward Ritchie, Printer: A Seventy-Fifth Birthday Salute on June 15, 1980, Flagstaff: Northland Press, [1980]. Special Collections: Z 232 R61 W37 1980

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