Collection consists of correspondence and research files related to Norris Hundley's editorship of the
Pacific Historical Review, the case of City of Los Angeles
vs. City of San Fernando et al., and his various publications. Additional materials include lecture slides and photographs. Other
materials are related to his activities as a professor at UCLA.
Norris Hundley, Jr. was born on October 26, 1935 in Houston, Texas. He received his AB from Whittier College in 1958, and
his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1963. His long and distinguished teaching career began as a professor
of American history at the University of Houston (1963-1964), and then continued at UCLA (1964-1994), where he became professor
emeritus of American history in 1994. As a scholar, he authored over a hundred books and essays, including several groundbreaking
works on the history of water usage in California and the West. He is best known for his work on Western water rights, particularly
The Great Thirst: Californians and Water, 1770s-1990s (1992). He co-authored one of only two books on the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928 in the Santa Clarita Valley. Hundley
was also the editor of the
Pacific Historical Review for 29 years (1968-1997), during which time the journal took a leading role in the development of environmental and ethnic
studies. He held leadership positions in many historical organizations, including the Western History Association (president,
1994-1995) and the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch (president, 1994-1995). In addition, Hundley served
as the director of the UCLA Latin American Center from 1989-1994, chair of the UCLA Program on Mexico from 1981-1994, and
sat on various boards and committees related to the history of California and water usage rights. The last book he co-authored,
Heavy Ground: William Mulholland and the St. Francis Dam Disaster (2015), was published posthumously and remains the authoritative text on the St. Francis Dam disaster. Hundley passed away
on April 28, 2013.
Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other 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.
Subseries 1A, Pacific Historical Review correspondence, is sealed until 2020; the remainder of the collection is open for