Finding Aid to the Herbert Eugene Bolton Collection MS.598
Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library2012 October 19
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
Title: Herbert Eugene Bolton Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.598
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (9 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1913-1953
Abstract: Herbert Eugene Bolton (1870-1953) was an authority on the history of the Americas, especially during the Spanish settlement. He spent most of his professional career teaching at University of California, Berkeley. This collection consists of clippings of articles by Herbert Eugene Bolton from 1931, book reviews of Bolton's works from 1921 and 1928, newspaper clippings about Bolton from 1913-1929, a program for a banquet honoring Bolton from 1945, obituaries and memorials from 1953, and typed manuscripts of family and friends' memories of Bolton.
Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 19, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
This collection consists of clippings of articles by Herbert Eugene Bolton from 1931, book reviews of Bolton's works from 1921 and 1928, newspaper clippings about Bolton from 1913-1929, a program for a banquet honoring Bolton from 1945, obituaries and memorials from 1953, and typed manuscripts of family and friends' memories of Bolton.
Donations from Charles Fletcher Lummis, 1912 April 2; Mrs. Francis L. Appleton, Dr. Bolton's daughter, undated; Anne T. Eby, 1953 February; F. W. Hodge, 1953 May 6; Fenyes Gift via F. W. Hodge, 1936 October
Herbert Eugene Bolton Collection, 1913-1953, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.598; [folder number] [folder title][date].
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Herbert Eugene Bolton was born July 20, 1870 Wilton, Wisconsin and died January 30, 1953 Berkeley, California.
Bolton was an authority on the history of the Americas, especially during the Spanish settlement. Bolton graduated from the University of Wisconsin 1895. He was a student of Frederick Jackson Turner. Ph.D, from the University of Pennsylvania under McMasters.
Bolton married Gertrude Janes in 1895, and the couple had one son and four daughters.
From 1901-1909, Bolton was on the faculty of the University of Texas. He spent several years at Stanford and went to the University of California, Berkeley in 1911. Bolton performed 13 years of research on documents pertaining to United States history in Mexican archives from which he compiled a large bibliography. Bolton served as the Chairman of the Department of History starting in 1919 and as the Sather Professor of History from 1931. Bolton was Director of the Bancroft Library beginning in 1936.
Bolton received many prizes and honors, including Lateran Cross of honor from Pope Pius XII. Bolton retired in 1940 but was recalled, and later taught at San Francisco State College.
(1) Obituaries - "Dr. Bolton Dead" Contra Costa Gazette Janury 20, 1953 - "Dr. Herbert Bolton Dies in Berkeley" Napa Register January 30, 1953 - "H. E. Bolton, Historian of Southwest, Dies" Sacramento Bee January 30, 1953 - "Herber E. Bolton, Historian, Dies at 82" Fresno Bee January 30, 1953 - "Non-Catholic Historian Cited by Pope is Dead" n.p., n.d. - "Death Ends Career of Historian" Oakland Tribune January 30, 1953 - "Dr. Herbert Bolton, 82, Famed U. C. Historian, Dies in Berkeley" San Francisco Call Bulletin January 30, 1953 - "H. E. Bolton, U. C. Historian, Passes Away" Berkeley Gazette Janaury 30, 1953 - "Historian Bolton Dies in Berkeley" Culver City Star-News January 31, 1953 - "Dr. Bolton, California Historian, Dies" Palo Alto Times January 31, 1953 - "Private Funeral Monday for Dr. Herbert Bolton" Oakland Tribune January 31, 1953 (3 c.) - "Dr. Herbert E. Bolton" San Francisco Call Bulletin January 31, 1953 - "Herbert Eugene Bolton" Oakland Tribune January 31, 1953 - “Dr. Herbert E. Bolton” San Francisco Call Bulletin January 31, 1953 - "Southwest Historian Herbert Bolton Dies" San Bernardino Sun January 31, 1953 (2 c.) - "Historian Bolton Dies in Berkeley" Venice Vanguard January 31, 1953 - "H. E. Bolton, Historian of West, Dies" San Francisco Chronicle January 31, 1953 (2 C.) - "Widely Known Historian Dies" Vallejo Times Herald Janary 31, 1953 - "Herbert E. Bolton Dies---West's Historian, U. C. Faculty Veteran" San Francisco News January 31, 1953 (2 c.) - "Herbert Bolton, Noted State Historian, Dies" San Francisco Chronicle January 31, 1953 - "Dr. Herbert E. Bolton Taken by Death at 82" San Francisco Examiner January 31, 1953 - "Great Historian of Pacific Coast Passes" Bakersfield Californian January 31, 1953 - "Funeral Set for Bolton, Historian" Santa Barbara News Press February 1, 1953 - "Dr. Bolton's Funeral Today" San Francisco Examiner February 2, 1953 (2c.) - "Herbert E. Bolton Rites Today" San Francisco Chronicle February 2, 1953 - "Prof. Bolton Rites Today" Berkeley Gazette February 2, 1953 - "Herbert Bolton, Noted Historian in Mourned" San Francisco Recorder February 2, 1953 - "Dr. H. E. Bolton, U. C. Professor, Succumbs" Redwood City Tribune February 2, 1953 - "Bolton and History of West" Berkeley Californian February 10, 1953 - "Bolton Rites" Stockton Record February 2, 1953 - "Funeral Services are Held for Dr. Herbert Bolton" from the Berkeley Gazette January 30, 1953 in a Tomah Wisconsin newspaper February 12, 1953. - "Prof. Bolton, U. C. Historian, Taken by Death" Oakland Tribune January 30, 1953 - picture of Bolton taken on balcony outside of office (2c.)
(2) In Memorium Doctor Herbert Euguen Bolotn – Eulogy - Newman Hall February 12, 1953, by Rev. Francis G. Quinan, Director (2c.)
(3) In Memorium - by George P. Hammond The Americas vol. 9, no. 4, April 1953, pp. 391-8 - by Rockwell D. Hunt Bancroftiana no. 8, May 1953 - by George P. Hammond, James F. King, Lawrence Kinnard, and Engel Sluiter Hispanic American Historical Review
(4) Letter to Frances Bolton Appleton "Uncle Fred's Recollections of Our Dad and His Comments Relating to the Family History" May 1953 - Reminiscences about youth of Bolton by his brother Fred - four years older than Herbert
(5) "This I Recall" by J. Fred Rippy a former student about days studying with Bolton
(6) Articles by Bolton - "Trapper Days in Taos" Touring Topics vol. 23, no. 7, July 1931 - "The Founding of San Diego Mission" Touring Topics vol. 23 no. 4, April 1931.
(7) Book Reviews - of The Colonization of North America, 1492-1783 by Leo F. Stock in The Hispanic American Review vol 4 no. 3, August 1921 - of Kino's Historical Memoir of Primeria alta... on Studi Trentini vol. 9 no. 1, 1928 (in Italian)
(8) Items about Bolton - little blurb about Bolton Touring Topics December 1933 - notice of Bolton presenting a paper on "Defensive Spanish Expansion and the Significance of the Borderlands" in the Geographical Review vol 19, no. 4 October 1929. - "Bolton Tells of Founding of S. F, by Spanish" Berkeley Gazette 1924 - "Californian Writes Guide to Mexican Archives" Los Angeles Herald April 2, 1912
(9) Miscellaneous items - Program for banquet honoring Bolton at Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco Friday December 28, 1945, 7:00 p.m. - The Bolton Fellowships - blurb pamphlet - (2c.) - Sketch of Bolton by Peter Van Valkenburgh, April 1927
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Bolton, Herbert Eugene, 1870-1953
California -- History