The archives consist of subject files on artists, typographers, clients, business
contacts, suppliers, projects, etc. Individual files contain correspondence, lectures,
photographs, greeting cards, and examples of artwork. Also to be found are printed items
by Plantin Press and other printers, drafts of books, galley proofs, work sheets, sample
pages, photographs and negatives of illustrations, color separations, prospectuses, etc.
Job printing such as wedding announcements, programs, stationery sets, business cards,
invitations, membership cards and menus can be found in files such as those of the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, Union Bank and the University of Southern California.
Financial records consist of ledger and journal sheets, account cards, invoices,
statements, purchase orders, tax papers, canceled checks, paid notes and other business
The Plantin Press, a small private press in Los Angeles and considered one of North
America's finest, was started in 1931 by Saul and Lillian Marks. Saul Marks, having
learned the printing trade while a youth in Poland during the First World War, emigrated
to the United States in 1921. Here he met and married Lillian Simon in 1928. With the
coming of the Depression, the Marks moved to Los Angeles in 1930 and there set up shop.
Saul and Lillian Marks purposely kept the Plantin Press a small operation so that each
book or project could receive personal attention. Saul Marks died on November 27, 1974,
leaving Lillian Marks to continue the press. This she did until the decision was made in
1985 to sell the business.
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