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Finding Aid for the Richard Gordon Lillard papers, 1940-1988
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Gordon Lillard papers
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1988
    Collection number: 1644
    Creator: Lillard, Richard Gordon, 1909-1990
    Extent: 185 boxes (92.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Richard Gordon Lillard (1909-1990) was an English professor and author. He taught at Los Angeles City College (1933-34, 1935-42, and 1962-65), Indiana University (1943-47), UCLA (1947-65), and California State University, Los Angeles (1965-1974). In 1948, he won the Silver Medal of the Commonwealth Club of California for The Great Forest (1947). His other publications include Desert Challenge: an Interpretation of Nevada (1942) and Eden in Jeopardy (1966). The collection consists primarily of Richard Lillard's manuscripts and notes for articles and unpublished work but also contains personal items and materials related to his academic career.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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 Louise D. Lillard, 1991 and 1998, and Monique C. Lillard, 2006.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Gordon Lillard papers (Collection 1644). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Processing Note

    Processing of the Richard Gordon Lillard papers was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The UCLA Library Special Collections was awarded a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from 2010-2012, "Uncovering California's Environmental Collections," in collaboration with eight additional special collections and archival repositories throughout the state and the California Digital Library (CDL). Grant objectives included processing of over 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids are made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).


    Lillard was born on June 3, 1909 in Los Angeles, California; attended Sacramento Junior College; BA, Stanford University, 1930; MA, University of Montana, 1931; graduate student, Harvard University, 1934-35; Ph.D, University of Iowa, 1943; high school teacher in Wyoming and California, 1931-33; instructor in English, Los Angeles City College, 1933-34 and 1935-42; instructor (1943-45) and assistant professor (1945-47), Indiana University; assistant professor of English, UCLA, 1947-49; faculty member (1949-65), associate professor of English (1962-65), Los Angeles City College; professor of English and American studies, California State University, Los Angeles, beginning in 1965; won Silver Medal of Commonwealth Club of California in 1948 for The great forest (1947); other publications include Desert challenge: an interpretation of Nevada (1942) and Eden in jeopardy (1966); he passed away on March 19, 1990.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of Richard Lillard's manuscripts and notes for articles and unpublished work but also contains personal items and materials related to his academic career.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Cal State Los Angeles
    2. Notes and Research
    3. Personal Materials
    4. Works by Richard G. Lillard

    Indexing Terms

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


    Lillard, Richard Gordon, 1909-1990--Archives.
    Literature teachers--California--Archival resources.
    California State University, Los Angeles
    Uncovering California's Environmental Collections Project

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233311