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Inventory of the Robert G. Wesson papers
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Robert G. Wesson papers
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1991
    Collection Number: 81073
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 18 manuscript boxes (7 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, memoranda, and clippings relating to the Soviet political system, political and economic conditions in Latin America and other parts of the world, and the theory of evolution.
    Language of the Materials : In English and Spanish
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    creator: Wesson, Robert G.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Robert G. Wesson papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1981.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Robert G. Wesson was an American political scientist who served as a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution for over a decade. Wesson was interested in natural science and philosophy as well as political science, and as a result, his works, numbering over 30 published books in his career, span topics ranging from debt in Latin America to modern thought on the theory of evolution. Born in Washington D.C. in 1920, Wesson served in the Navy between 1944 and 1946. Wesson served with the Foreign Service in Brazil and Columbia and spent a number of years living in South America. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of Arizona, his master's at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and his Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. He taught for thirteen years at the University of California at Santa Barbara before joining the Hoover Institution in 1977. He had eight children and died of cancer in 1991 at 71 years of age.
    Sources:
    http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/03/obituaries/robert-g-wesson-71-expert-on-soviet-union.html
    http://news.stanford.edu/pr/91/910702Arc1265.html

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers are comprised of correspondence, writings, memoranda, and clippings relating to the Soviet political system, political and economic conditions in Latin America and other parts of the world, and the theory of evolution.
    The papers primarily document Wesson's work as a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1978 to his death in 1991. A prolific writer, his many articles and essays on politics and economy in Latin America, communism, international relations, and democracy are included in the collection.
    Wesson worked on a number of projects and events, including the Hoover Institution publication series "Politics in Latin America" and a conference on Latin American debt. Articles and correspondence related to these and other projects are included in the Correspondence and Writings by Others series.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Evolution.
    Latin America--Economic conditions--1945-
    Latin America--Politics and government--20th century.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government.
    World politics--1945-1989.