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Andrew F. Rolle Papers
mssHM 74900-74969  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Andrew F. Rolle Papers
    Dates: 1951-1982
    Collection Number: mssHM 74900-74969
    Creator: Rolle, Andrew F.
    Extent: 70 items in 1 box and 1 folder
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection chiefly contains correspondence related to the academic career and writings of California historian and Occidental College professor Andrew F. Rolle (born 1922). The letters focus on Rolle's published books and articles, including those on Italian-Americans in the Western United States.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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.


    Gift of Andrew F. Rolle, December 15, 2010. Some material in library as of approximately 1983.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    Biographical Note

    California and Western American historian Andrew F. Rolle (born 1922) 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.


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Personal Names

    Billington, Ray Allen, 1903-1981.
    Cleland, Robert Glass, 1885-1957.
    Rolle, Andrew F.
    Toole, K. Ross (Kenneth Ross), 1920-1981.
    Wright, Louis B. (Louis Booker), 1899-1984.

    Corporate Names

    Montana Historical Society.
    Occidental College


    Historians--United States--Correspondence
    Italian-Americans--History--Book reviews

    Geograhic Areas

    California--History--19th century--Book reviews
    California--History--20th century


    Letters (correspondence)--California--20th century