LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/25/1974 - HFSID 73577
LAWRENCE CLARK POWELL
The University of Arizona library consultant and American literary figure gets impatient in regards to the possible acquisition of Robinson Jeffers pieces, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: 'Larry" in black ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Tucson, Arizona. July 25, 1974. In full: "Dear Connie - We are here. In June we leased our Malibu house. Will probably not return to California. I'm sorry to hear of Mrs. M's troubles. I have neither time nor patience to play Jeffers games with her. Let it be resaid that I am here at the U. of A. in my 5th year as library advisor to the president. Our new librarian, a protégé of mine is in his 3rd year here. Our new $13,000,000 library bldg. will be completed in 1976 & will include a beautiful Sp. Coll. Bob Brophy is a fool to say her Jeffers books would not be appreciated. I can speak in highest terms of David Heron, the new librarian at Santa Cruz. He too is a protégé of mine. I gave him his 1st library job & he worked fro me for 5 years, also at Santa Cruz is my dear friend, & a 3rd protégé! Wm. Everson. Yes, her books would be well place either there or here. Personally, I don't give a damn where! Glad you like my new book. I have not seen Hutch's review. Please send to to me. Love,". Lawrence Clark Powell (1906-2001) was an American librarian, literary critic, bibliographer and author of more than one-hundred books. Powell studied at Occidental College, later earning his doctorate from the University of Burgundy in Dijon and his Certificate of Librarianship from UC Berkley in 1937. He gained his literary reputation as the University Librarian at the UCLA Library and head librarian at the Williams Andrews Clark Memorial Library from 1944 to 1961, after which he was named the first dean of the School of Library Service at UCLA (later the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies). After retiring in 1966, Powell moved to Tucson where he worked as Professor in Residence for nearly two decades at the University of Arizona and played an instrumental role in the growth of their Graduate School of Library Science. A Lawrence Clark Powell Memorial Lectures is held in Tucson annually in his honor, and the Fay and Lawrence Clark Powell Endowment for Southwest Research continues to support Powell's interest in the geography of the southwest United States. His works include Books: West Southwest: Essays on Writers, Their Books, and Their Land (1957), The Southwest of the bookman (1974), An Orange Grove Boyhood: Growing Up in Southern California, 1910-1928 (1988), and Eucalyptus Fair: A Memoir in the Form of a Novel (1992). Normal mailing folds. Toned. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Top edges slightly frayed and torn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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