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  • Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Related Materials at the Huntington
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Andrew F. Rolle papers
    Identifier/Call Number: mssRolle
    Physical Description: 1.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1951-1999
    Abstract: This collection chiefly contains correspondence related to the academic career and writings of California historian and Occidental College professor Andrew F. Rolle, born in 1922. The letters focus on Rolle's published books and articles, including those on Italian-Americans in the Western United States.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.


    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Andrew F. Rolle papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Andrew F. Rolle, December 2010. Some material in library as of approximately 1983.

    Biographical Note

    California and Western American historian Andrew F. Rolle was born in 1922 and graduated from Occidental College in 1943. He served as a military intelligence officer in Europe and as American Vice Consul in Genoa, Italy, from 1945 to 1948. He earned a PhD in history from UCLA in 1953, and taught at Occidental College from 1953 to 1988. Rolle studied psychoanalysis at the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in 1976 and specialized in psychohistory. His published works include California: A History (1963), The Italian-Americans: Troubled Roots (1980), and John Charles Fremont: Character as Destiny (1991).

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence related to the academic career of Andrew F. Rolle. Includes copies of outgoing correspondence from Rolle as well as letters from his colleagues Ray Allen Billington, Louis B. Wright, and K. Ross Toole. Most of the correspondence focuses on Rolle's published books and articles, including those on Italian-Americans in the Western United States, various articles written for the Historical Society of Montana, writings on the history of Occidental College, the manuscript "Flight Below the Border" (1959), and the article "The Historic Past of the Unconscious" (1980). The collection also includes some personal correspondence and references to other historians, including Robert Glass Cleland. Also included are newspaper articles and ephemera relating to Billington's death in 1981.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Katrina Denman in 2011. Kelly Kress updated the finding aid in August 2022.


    Collection is arranged chronologically.

    Related Materials at the Huntington

    1. Andrew F. Rolle Addenda, 1708-1998.  mssRolleaddenda


    Former call number: mssHM 74900-74969.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Historians -- United States -- Correspondence
    California -- History -- 19th century -- Book reviews
    California -- History -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence)--California -- 20th century