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  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: Rockwell D. Hunt papers
    Collection number: 5127
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.84 Linear feet 2 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1898-1966
    Abstract: The Rockwell D. Hunt papers, 1898-1966, contain an assortment of files partially documenting the career of Hunt at the University of Southern California (1908-1945). During his tenure at USC, Hunt was a professor of economics, the first Dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration, and the first Dean of the Graduate School.
    creator: Hunt, Rockwell Dennis, 1868-

    Scope and Content

    The Rockwell D. Hunt papers contain of an assortment of files partially documenting the career of Hunt at the University of Southern California (1908-1945). The files include copies of Hunt's writings and writings about him, some of his correspondence and addresses, articles about his retirement from USC in 1945, information about the USC Semicentennial Celebration in 1930, and the dedication of Hoose Hall in the Bovard Administration Building. The collection consists of addresses, clippings, correspondence, programs, and publications.


    The assorted folders are arranged by titles as they were found in the two original boxes.

    Biographical note

    Rockwell Dennis Hunt was born in Sacramento, CA, in February 1868. He earned a B.A. from Napa College in 1890, which not long after became a part of the University of the Pacific. He then earned his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1895. Hunt's academic career was spent both in secondary education and higher education. He taught history and economics at the University of the Pacific (1895-1902), followed by a position as principal of San Jose High School in San Jose, CA. He then taught economics at the University of Southern California (USC) beginning in 1908. During his tenure at USC, Hunt helped organize the College of Commerce and Business Administration in 1920 and was appointed Dean of the College, serving in that position until 1924. He was named Dean of the Graduate School in 1920, and subsequently Director of the School of Research (1933-1945). In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Hunt was selected as chairman of the USC Semicentennial celebration in 1930. Hunt retired from USC in 1945. Following his retirement from USC, Hunt moved back to Northern California to teach history at the University of the Pacific in 1946, and to be Director of the California History Foundation. He subsequently retired again in 1954. Hunt was a prolific author. He wrote seventeen books, including his autobiography ( "Mr. California": Autobiography of Rockwell D. Hunt) and a history of USC ( The First Half-Century). In addition, he authored 169 articles on California history and other topics in professional journals, newspapers, and magazines. Due to this volume of work on California history, California Governor Goodwin Knight named Hunt "Mr. California" in 1954, the first person to be so recognized. Hunt passed away in January 1966.

    Related Archival Materials

    1. Rockwell Dennis Hunt Papers, 1887-1966, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. 2. Pacific Geographic Society Records, 1927-1940, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Rockwell D. Hunt papers, Collection no. 5127, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bovard, George Finley -- Archives
    Hoose Library of Philosophy . -- Archives
    Hoose, James H., (James Harmon), 1835-1915 -- Archives
    Hunt, Rockwell Dennis, 1868- -- Archives
    University of Southern California. Graduate School. -- Archives
    University of Southern California. -- Archives
    University of Southern California. -- Faculty
    California--History--Archival resources
    Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century--Archival resources