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Preliminary Guide to the Robert L. Kelley Papers
UArch FacP 17  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Robert L. Kelley Papers
    Dates: 1947-1993
    Date (bulk): 1970-1990
    Collection number: UArch FacP 17
    Creator: Kelley, Robert Lloyd, 1925-1993
    Collection Size: 28.1 linear feet (71 document boxes).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Primarily correspondence, research files, and writings of Robert Lloyd Kelley, UCSB professor of history, director of the UCSB Public History program, and scholar in the field of public policy, particularly California water history.
    Physical location: SRLF.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    The majority of this collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    Robert L. Kelley Papers. UArch FacP 17. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Robert L. Kelley family, 1993-1994.


    Robert Lloyd Kelley was born on June 2, 1925 in Santa Barbara, California. After serving in World War II, he completed a B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara College, then an M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University. During his studies at Stanford he served in the Korean War. Kelley became UCSB history faculty in 1955 and taught for 38 years until his retirement in 1993. He received many honors, including Guggenheim, NEH, Woodrow Wilson, and Fulbright fellowships, and is credited with being a founder of the discipline of public history. His books include Gold Versus Grain: The Hydraulic Mining Controversy in California's Sacramento Valley (1959), The Transatlantic Persuasion: the Liberal-Democratic Mind in the Age of Gladstone (1969), The Cultural Pattern in American Politics: The First Century (1979), and Transformations : UC Santa Barbara, 1909-1979 (1981). Kelley died in Santa Barbara on August 29, 1993.
    For more information, see the Office of Public Information Biographical Files, UArch 11.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The collection contains the following series:
    I. Administrative Files [UCSB]
    II. Bio-Bibliographical Files
    III. Consulting
    IV. Correspondence
    V. Courses
    VI. Organization Files
    VII. Public History Program [UCSB]
    VIII. Research
    IX. Writings / Speeches

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Kelley, Robert Lloyd, 1925-1993
    University of California, Santa Barbara
    Public history.

    Related Material

    Monographs by Kelley are cataloged separately and are searchable in Pegasus.
    See also in Special Collections:
    • UCSB Department of History, Public Historical Studies Program Records, UArch 41
    • UCSB Office of Public Information Biographical Files, UArch 11
    Robert Lloyd Kelley Papers at the UC Berkeley Water Resources Center Archives