Primarily correspondence, research files, and writings of Robert Lloyd Kelley, UCSB professor of history, director of the
UCSB Public History program, and scholar in the field of public policy, particularly California water history.
Robert Lloyd Kelley was born on June 2, 1925 in Santa Barbara, California. After serving in World War II, he completed a B.A.
at the University of California, Santa Barbara College, then an M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University. During his studies
at Stanford he served in the Korean War. Kelley became UCSB history faculty in 1955 and taught for 38 years until his retirement
in 1993. He received many honors, including Guggenheim, NEH, Woodrow Wilson, and Fulbright fellowships, and is credited with
being a founder of the discipline of public history. His books include Gold Versus Grain: The Hydraulic Mining Controversy in California's Sacramento Valley (1959), The Transatlantic Persuasion: the Liberal-Democratic Mind in the Age of Gladstone (1969), The Cultural Pattern in American Politics: The First Century (1979), and Transformations : UC Santa Barbara, 1909-1979 (1981). Kelley died in Santa Barbara on August 29, 1993.
28.1 linear feet
(71 document boxes).
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