Preliminary Guide to the Real Comet Press Records 1981-1996

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Real Comet Press Real Comet Press
Preliminary Guide to the Real Comet Press Records
Date [inclusive]
84 linear feet, 76 boxes plus loose oversized materials.
(MASC staff use) MS.1999.44: 4-4-5-3; MS.2011.14: 2-9-26-1.
Collection materials are in English.
Records of the Real Comet Press of Seattle, WA.

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In 1981, Cathy Hillenbrand, at that time the owner of the Comet Tavern in Seattle, founded the Real Comet Press. The press published books, primarily comic art and political and social commentary by regional avant-garde artists such as Lynda Barry, Art Chantry, Ruth Hayes, and Michael Dougan.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of business records of the Real Comet Press, including administrative records, correspondence, and book production materials such as artwork.

A preliminary inventory for the larger accession, MS.1999.44, is available at the repository (filed with box 1).

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This collection is unprocessed, and remains in the order created by the donor. A preliminary inventory is available at the repository for the materials received in 1999 (MS.1999.44).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2018-08-07

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

Collection restricted. Deed of Gift and letter dated July 10, 2002 specify portions of the collection to be closed until December 31, 2050. Because the references are not easily identifiable with the existing box labeling, no researcher access is permitted without prior MASC staff review.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply. The Real Comet Press retains all intellectual rights.

Acquisition Information

Cathy Hillenbrand, Publisher of the Real Comet Press, donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in multiple installments beginning in 1999 (MS.1999.44, MS.2011.14).

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection.

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Names and Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

Fmo(s) :
  • Real Comet Press


  • Publishers and publishing--Archives
  • Publishers and publishing

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