Approximately 20,150 items. 49 boxes, plus oversize box and folder.
Robert V. Hine is a prominent historian of the American West. Hine earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1952 and spent a year as a fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California before accepting a faculty position at the University of California, Riverside in 1954. Hine remained a member of the History Department at UC Riverside for most of his long career. A prolific writer, Hine authored numerous historical monographs and edited volumes, several textbooks, two personal memoirs, and two historical novels. In 1971, due to a lifelong eye condition, Hine lost his eyesight; in 1986, after 15 years of blindness, a surgical operation restored it. Hine's memoir Second sight is a reflection on losing his sight, living and working without it, and the experience of regaining it.
Scope and Content
This collection is organized to preserve, whenever possible, Robert Hine's original order. This includes most of his original folder titles, the original order of folders, and the original order of some of the boxes. The collection contains Hine's professional work as a historian of the American West and a writer, and includes research notes, photocopied manuscripts, newspaper clippings, interviews, correspondence, and other research related papers. As such, the original order of Hine's papers reflects his process of collecting and referencing them as he worked on various book projects. In some instances, his original folders provide insight into the kinds of questions or themes he was pursuing in the course of his work. Hine also revised the organization of these papers as he prepared them for donation to the Huntington Library in the late 1990s. Despite Hine's own curatorship, some of his papers remained unsorted and unorganized at the time of this collection's cataloging. Those have been organized by the cataloger to reflect, as much as possible, Hine's own organizational methods. To this end, the boxes of the collection are organized largely according to the book or other scholarly project for which Hine obtained them, with the exception of the boxes that house correspondence. Boxes 1-22 pertain to Hine's work on California's colonies and communes, and in particular the books California's Utopian colonies (1973) and Community on the American frontier: separate but not alone (1985). Within this series, boxes 1-12 are an alphabetical subseries of the communes by name; boxes 13 and 14 are a subseries dedicated specifically to the Llano Commune; boxes 15-18 are a miscellaneous subseries organized largely by subject (i.e. Family in colonies and communes); boxes 19-22 are miscellaneous notes, citations, and bibliographic index cards. Boxes 23-26 pertain to Hine's research into John Russell Bartlett and the book Bartlett's West: drawing the Mexican boundary (1969); boxes 27-30 relate to his work on Josiah Royce and the book Josiah Royce: from Grass Valley to Harvard; boxes 31-33 relate to his work on Edward Kern and the book In the shadow of Fremont: Edward Kern and the art of American exploration (1982); boxes 34-35 pertain to his research into Theodore Talbot and the book Soldiers in the West: letters of Theodore Talbot during his services in California, Mexico, and Oregon, 1845-53 (1972); box 36 relates to his memoir Second sight (1993); boxes 37-39 contain miscellaneous research material, including chapter notes for California's Utopian colonies, scholarly reviews of his books, and miscellaneous secondary scholarship; boxes 40-43 contain correspondence, largely with other historians but also notably with (then California governor) Ronald Reagan; boxes 44-47 contain bibliographic index cards; box 48 contains audio-visual material; box 49 contains ephemera; and lastly box 50 is oversize material. The collection also contains duplications (photocopies, prints) of artwork done by John Russell Bartlett and Edward Kern, made while Hine was researching their artistic work in the West. Almost all of the materials dated before the 1950s are reproductions made at Hine's request for reference in his research and writing, and many of them concern the 19th century figures Edward Kern, John Russell Bartlett, Josiah Royce and Theodore Talbot
Organized in the following manner: Boxes 1-22: Colonies and Communes; Boxes 23-26: John Russell Bartlett; Boxes 27-30: Josiah Royce; Boxes 31-33: Edward Kern; Boxes 34-35: Theodore Talbot; Box 36: Second Sight; Boxes 37-39: Miscellaneous Research Material; Boxes 40-43: Correspondence; Boxes 44-47: Index Cards; Box 48: Audio-Visual Material; Box 49: Ephemera; and Box 50: Oversize. The collection contains some material in Braille. Some of the Braille material has been translated by Hine himself; however much of it remains untranslated. For information about or access to the audio-visual material, please contact the curator.