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Rydal Press Collection

Identifier: AC 480

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, printing orders for private individuals, State of New Mexico certificates and forms, and other printing for business and tourism in New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. The correspondence is from notable literary people in New Mexico. The printed material contains examples of business marketing and political interests from 1930 to 1967.


  • 1930-1967

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Institutional History

An invitation from a Santa Fe writers’ group drew Walter L. Goodwin and his press from Rydal, Pennsylvania to New Mexico in 1933. In the East, Goodwin was a production manager and book designer for the J.B. Lippincott Company. As an aside he operated his own press, where he printed the works of a cooperative publishing group under the Arrow Editions imprint and his own beautiful but affordable small books. Goodwin’s work caught the attention of writers Alice Corbin Henderson and Haniel Long who urged him to move The Rydal Press to Santa Fe where they and others were planning a similar cooperative venture called Writers’ Editions. Walter Goodwin’s Rydal Press was originally set up in Tesuque in 1933 in an old health sanitarium. The press eventually moved to Canyon Road in Santa Fe and specialized in finely printed limited edition works and produced award-winning regional literature until 1941. Goodwin sold the Rydal Press in 1941 to Dale Bullock and then left New Mexico in 1946. The Rydal Press stayed in business until 1976 with its focus becoming commercial rather than literary. Clark Kimball revived the press for a second run of private publishing in the 1980’s.


1 linear foot

Separated Material

Photo of Penitente morada, Chimayo, NM was transferred to Photo Archives.
Guide to the Rydal Press Collection, 1930-1967
Edited Full Draft
Lou Jaureguiberry
© 2009
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090