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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Items Removed from the Collection

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Norris Hundley papers
    creator: Hundley, Norris, Jr.
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0577
    Physical Description: 39.2 Linear Feet (94 boxes, 3 shoe boxes, 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1794-2010
    Date (bulk): 1960-2010
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: Materials are primarily in English, some materials in Spanish.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Physical Description: 94 boxes, 3 shoes boxes, and 1 oversize box (39.2 linear ft.)

    Restrictions on Access

    Subseries 1A, Pacific Historical Review correspondence, is sealed until 2020; the remainder of the collection is open for research.
    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: 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 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Norris Hundley Papers (Collection 577). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Norris Hundley, Jr.; gift; 1998. Carol Hundley; gift; 2015.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Laurel McPhee with assistance from Miguel Chávez, 2004. Additional materials processed by Krystell Jimenez, 2018, in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) , under the supervision of Angel Diaz.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 5085547 


    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.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of peer review files for the Pacific Historical Review (PHR), chiefly correspondence, and materials related to the research and publication of The Great Thirst (1992, 2000 revised edition) and Water and the West (2009, second edition). Files include extensive exhibits, transcripts, and filings from The City of Los Angeles vs. The City of San Fernando, et al., a major pueblo water rights case which included the cities of Glendale, Burbank, and others, and established precedent for water rights pertaining to the Los Angeles River. The exhibits for the case include copies of Spanish and Mexican documents from the Los Angeles City Archives and the Department of Water and Power, in addition to copies of early case material and texts. Materials used for the revised edition of The Great Thirst and Water and the West include extensive clippings and research files, and several reels of microfilm containing documents from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. The collection also includes fifty-five 3.5 inch floppy disks and six CDs, containing correspondence, manuscripts, research, interviews, slide photographs, and photographs. Other materials include reports, correspondence, and personal accounts related to Hundley's activities as a UCLA professor, such as the firing of Angela Davis in 1970 and a group of UCLA historians that wen to the 1965 March on Montgomery. Lastly, the collection contains numerous water usage project reports from California and other parts of the West. The PHR correspondence is sealed until 2020 to protect the confidentiality of contributors and reviewers.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence, 1959-2010, subseries A-B as follows:
      1. Pacific Historical Review, 1968-1997
      2. UCLA and miscellaneous, 1959-2010
    2. City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando, et al., circa 1794-1975, subseries A-D as follows:
      1. Indexes, circa 1970
      2. Indexed exhibits, circa 1800-1970
      3. Miscellaneous exhibits, circa 1794-1958
      4. Filings, 1969-1975
    3. The Great Thirst and other publications, circa 1808-2009, subseries A-E as follows:
      1. Clippings, 1973-2007
      2. Microfilm, slides, negatives, and photographs, 1920-1999
      3. Research files, circa 1808-2009
      4. Reviews, 1966-2002
      5. Digital materials, 1994-2005
    4. Water projects and reports, 1974-2003, subseries A-N as follows:
      1. All-American Canal Lining Project, 1994
      2. Cadiz Groundwater Storage, circa 1999
      3. CalFed Bay-Delta Program, 1998-1999
      4. California State Water Project, 1974-1994
      5. California Water Plan, 1989-2000
      6. Central Valley Improvement Act, 1997-1999
      7. Colorado River Report, 1988-2003
      8. Imperial Irrigation District, 1997
      9. Los Vaqueros Reservoir Enlargement, 1997
      10. Lower Owens River Project, 1997
      11. Salton Sea Restoration Project, 2000
      12. Shasta Dam and Reservoir, 1997-1998
      13. Southern California's Integrated Water Resources Plan, 1996
      14. Urban Water Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles, 1995
    5. Other activities, 1965-2007

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Items Removed from the Collection

    A bibliography of articles removed from the Norris Hundley Collection has been added to the collection file. Available upon request at the UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Water -- Law and legislation -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
    Water rights -- California -- History -- Archives.
    Periodical editors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
    Historians -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archives.
    Hundley, Norris, Jr.--Archives.
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of History--Faculty -- Archives