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Audrey Arellanes bookplate collection

Identifier: 2009-038-r

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the large and eclectic personal collection of book plates and material dealing with the production, history and art of book plates compiled by Audrey Spencer Arellanes (1920-2005).

1551 Specimens, Bookplates and Plate Proofs

68 Plates, printing, copper and steel book plate

237 Books, Bookplate


  • 19th to 20th century

Language of Materials

The majority of materials in this collection are in English but a significant portion are also in Danish, German and French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Audrey Spencer Arellanes (1920-2005) was born in Wyoming, but made her career and life in California. Arellanes ran the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers for 30 years. She also edited and arranged its yearbooks, wrote and published the newsletter "Bookplates in the News" and was author of Bookplates: A selective Annotated Bibliography of the Periodical Literature, 1971.


2.6 Linear Feet (6 box-folders, 12 boxes)


This collection contains a large number of bookplates and publications dealing with the study and collection of bookplates compiled by Audrey Arellanes.


This collection is arranged by subject, artist, sponsor, material type and alphabetically:

Series 1, Subject A

Series 2, Subjects B-C

Series 3, Subjects D-E

Series 4, Subjects F-H

Series 5, Subjects I-N

Series 6, Subjects O-P

Series 7, Subjects R-Z

Series 8, Oversize bookplates

Series 9, Miscellaneous notable bookplates

Series 10, Bookplates on detached book boards

Series 11, Engraved copper and steel printing plates

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Lorson's Books and Prints in 2009.

Separated Materials

The reference library component of this collection has been individually cataloged and can be found by searching the Leatherby Libraries catalog. Perform an advanced search for "Arellanes Bookplate Collection" to retrieve a list of titles.

Finding Aid for the Audrey Arellanes bookplate collection
Emily Freyer '10, Rand Boyd
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
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Orange 92866 USA US