Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Jack D. Rittenhouse:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1949-1988 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Rittenhouse, Jack D.
Title: Jack D. Rittenhouse Papers,
Dates: 1949-1988 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of items produced by Jack D. Rittenhouse in his advertising and printing businesses from 1949-1988 and undated.
Collection # S1643.1
Quantity: 1 small box (0.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Jack DeVere Rittenhouse began printing in 1946 from Los Angeles before relocating to Sierra Madre, California in 1949, then Houston, Texas (1951-1962), and finally Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1962. He retired in 1978. His private press was originally known as the Jack Rittenhouse Advertising Agency before he changed the name to the Stagecoach Press in 1949. His first successful publication was a book entitled, The Man Who Owned Too Much (1958). Rittenhouse is deceased.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains printed ephemera from Jack Rittenhouse's estate. They are mostly samples of materials produced from the Jack Rittenhouse Advertising Agency and Stagecoach Press. Such items include letterheads, envelopes, annoucements and invitations, prospectuses, catalogues and booklists, business cards, typographic proof sheets, Christmas cards, order forms and invoices, certificates, broadsides, and dust jackets. Some hand notes are included.



The collection is organized by types of materials.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Rittenhouse, Jack D., 1912-
Stagecoach Press
Jack Rittenhouse Advertising Agency
Printing companies--New Mexico
Printing companies--Texas
Printing companies--California

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Las Vegas, New Mexico city map reproduction, O8.10

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jack D. Rittenhouse Papers, 1949-1988 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Purchased, 2003

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2003

Additional Material

Rittenhouse, Jack D. Writings and Publications of Jack D. Rittenhouse and His Stagecoach Press: Rittenhouse Exhibit. Commerce, Texas: East Texas State University, Library, 1983.

Collection Inventory


Jack D. Rittenhouse Papers, 1949-1988 and undated

1 Annoucements and Invitations, 1951-1970 and undated
2 Annoucements for meetings at "El Corral de Santa Fe Westerners," 1950s-1960s
3 Business Cards, various, 1950s-1970s
4 Christmas Cards and Keepsakes, 1956-1988
5 Envelope samples, 1950s-1960s
6 Letterheads and Invoices, samples, 1950s-1960s
7 Miscellaneous pieces of printed material: certificates, maps, broadsides, dust jackets, etc., 1950s-1970s
8 "New Mexico Book League" publications, (13 issues) 1964-1967
9 Notes and Addresses for American Private Presses, 1951-1962
10 Postcards, order forms, and labels, 1950s-1960s
11 Prospectuses for Stagecoach Press, 1950s-1960s
12 Prospectuses for Stagecoach Press Books, various sizes, 1950s-1960s
13 Samples, paste-ups, notes, and comments concerning Rittenhouse Advertising and Stagecoach Press, 1949-1954
14 Stagecoach Press Book catalogues and lists, 1951-1966
15 Typographic proof sheets, 1950s-1960s