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Finding Aid for the W.W. Robinson papers, ca. 1843-1972
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: W.W. Robinson papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1843-1972
    Collection number: 2072
    Creator: Robinson, W.W. (William Wilcox), 1891-
    Extent: 97 boxes (48.5 linear ft.) 7 oversize folders 13 oversize boxes
    Abstract: William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972) wrote many pamphlets, articles, and books on Southern California history, including: Ranchos Become Cities (1939), Land in California (1948), Los Angeles, a Profile (1968), and Bombs and Bribery (1969). He also wrote poetry, fiction, children's books, and essays, and served on boards of numerous organizations. The collection contains manuscript and research materials, papers related to Robinson's civic, literary, and social activities. The collection also includes family and personal correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects including awards, keepsakes, and decorations.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Estate of W.W. and Irene Robinson, 1972.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], W.W. Robinson papers (Collection Number 2072). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    William Wilcox Robinson was born on May 1, 1891 in Trinidad, Colorado; moved to Riverside, California, in 1899; attended USC; AB, English, UC Berkeley, 1916; served in World War I; moved permanently to Los Angeles, California, in 1919; married Irene Bowen in 1923; while working as a professional property title researcher for the Title Guarantee (later named Insurance) and Trust Company in Los Angeles, and later as vice-president, he developed an extensive knowledge of local history and land development; wrote many pamphlets, articles, and books on Southern California history, including: Ranchos Become Cities (1939), Land in California (1948), Los Angeles, a Profile (1968), and Bombs and Bribery (1969); he also wrote poetry, fiction, children's books, and essays; founding president, the Friends of the UCLA Library; member, the Cultural Heritage Board of Los Angeles; he served on boards of numerous organizations, including the California Historical Society and the Southwest Museum; died September 1, 1972 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains manuscript and research materials such as clippings, transcripts of land commission proceedings, pamphlets, maps, Robinson's publications, copies of books, and newspaper and magazine articles. Includes papers related to Robinson's civic, literary, and social activities. Also includes family and personal correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects including awards, keepsakes, and decorations.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Biographical
      • Family Correspondence
      • Social Correspondence
      • Business Correspondence
      • Biographical Summaries, etc.
      • Bibliography
      • Biographical Items
      • Articles
      • Family History
      • Civic, etc. Committees
      • Historical Societies - Advisory
      • Historical Associations
      • Libraries and Library Organizations
      • Political Organizations
      • Social Organizations
      • Writers' Organizations
      • Lectures
      • Diaries, Jottings, etc.
      • Travel Items, New York to Los Angeles
      • Consultant Activity
      • Memorabilia: Objects
      • Photographs
      • Photographs, publicity, business
    2. Oversize material, includes all groups
    3. Research material
      • Manuscript material - by other writers
      • Publication material - photographs
      • Miscellaneous
      • Collected by WWR
      • Collected by WWR, California
      • Collected by WWR, Chains of title
      • Collected by WWR, Land items
      • Abstracts of title - city, rancho properties
      • Land articles, rancho lists, etc
    4. Robinson, Irene Bowen. Papers: personal and art related
    5. Writings
      • Arranged according to the Hicks bibliography
      • Not in Hicks, but arranged according to Hicks bibliography
      • The Land and the People (history of T.I.T.)
      • Unpublished
      • Unpublished revisions

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Robinson, W.W. (William Wilcox), 1891- --Archives.
    Robinson, Irene B. (Irene Bowen), 1891.
    Historians--California, Southern--Archival resources.
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
    Land titles--Research--California, Southern.

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