The collection contains the
professional papers of Robert V. Hine (1921-2015) reflecting his work as a historian of the
American West and a writer, and includes research notes, photocopied manuscripts, newspaper
clippings, interviews, correspondence, and other research related papers. The papers chiefly
relate to Hine's research on Californian utopian colonies and communes, John Russell
Bartlett, Josiah Royce, Edward Kern, and Theodore Talbot, as well as some materials related
to his memoir on going blind.
Robert V. Hine (1921-2015) is a prominent historian of the American West. Hine earned his
Ph.D. in history from Yale University in 1952 and spent a year as a fellow at the Huntington
Library in San Marino, California, before accepting a faculty position at the University of
California, Riverside, in 1954. Hine remained a member of the History Department at UC
Riverside for most of his long career. A prolific writer, Hine authored numerous historical
monographs and edited volumes, several textbooks, two personal memoirs, and two historical
novels. In 1971, due to a lifelong eye condition, Hine lost his eyesight; in 1986, after 15
years of blindness, a surgical operation restored it. Hine's memoir Second
Sight is a reflection on losing his sight, living and working without it, and the
experience of regaining it.
30 Linear Feet
(50 boxes, 5 oversize folders)
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