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David Kuhner papers on Tom Mix Bookplate

Identifier: H-Mss-0467

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of text, correspondence, and photographs produced and acquired by David Kuhner, Librarian at Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library, during the course of his research for an article on a bookplate of cowboy and motion picture star Tom Mix that appears in a copy of C. Alma Baker, ed., 94 gift battleplanes which fought in the great war, August 4th, 1914 to November 11th, 1918, presented to His Majesty's imperial government … (London, 1921). The book, which was inscribed to Major Tom Mix by the editor, is now in the James Carruthers Memorial Collection of the Institute of Aviation History, Special Collections Department, Honnold/Mudd Library, Aviation Folio UG635.G7 B2. The article was published in The Branding Iron (the publication of the Los Angeles Corral of the Westerners), No. 136 (September 1979).


  • 1979-1980


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

Biographical/Historical note

David Kuhner received a B.S. from Ohio State University, an MEd from the University of Miami, and an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley. He was serving as Head of Readers' Services and Reference at the Jackson Library of Business, at Stanford University, when in 1967 he became Chief Science Librarian at the John Crear Library, in Chicago. In 1970, he was appointed Assistant Librarian for Science at Honnold Library, and in 1972 became first Librarian at the Norman F. Sprague Memorial Library. He retired in 1985.

Kuhner was particularly interested in the history of science. His principal published work on the subject was a collaboration with Tania Rizzo, The Herbert Clark Hoover Collection of Mining and Metallurgy - Bibliotheca de re metallica (Claremont, CA: Libraries of the Claremont Colleges, 1980).


0.5 box

Language of Materials



This collections contains printed matter and photographs on Tom Mix bookplates from 1979.

Series Arrangement

Series 1 Printed Matter

Series 2 Correspondence

Series 3 Photographs

Physical Location

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 2002.


No additions to the collection is anticipated.

General Physical Description note

no content

Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Michael Palmer, June 2004.

Guide to the David Kuhner Papers on Tom Mix Bookplates
Finding created by Russell Michalak
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States