William Wilcox Robinson (1891-1972) wrote many pamphlets, articles, and books on Southern California history, including:
Ranchos Become Cities (1939),
Land in California (1948),
Los Angeles, a Profile (1968), and
Bombs and Bribery (1969). He also wrote poetry, fiction, children's books, and essays, and served on boards of numerous organizations. The
collection contains manuscript and research materials, papers related to Robinson's civic, literary, and social activities.
The collection also includes family and personal correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and objects including awards, keepsakes,
William Wilcox Robinson was born on May 1, 1891 in Trinidad, Colorado; moved to Riverside, California, in 1899; attended USC;
AB, English, UC Berkeley, 1916; served in World War I; moved permanently to Los Angeles, California, in 1919; married Irene
Bowen in 1923; while working as a professional property title researcher for the Title Guarantee (later named Insurance) and
Trust Company in Los Angeles, and later as vice-president, he developed an extensive knowledge of local history and land development;
wrote many pamphlets, articles, and books on Southern California history, including: Ranchos Become Cities (1939), Land in California (1948), Los Angeles, a Profile (1968), and Bombs and Bribery (1969); he also wrote poetry, fiction, children's books, and essays; founding president, the Friends of the UCLA Library;
member, the Cultural Heritage Board of Los Angeles; he served on boards of numerous organizations, including the California
Historical Society and the Southwest Museum; died September 1, 1972 in Beverly Hills, California.
48.5 Linear Feet
(97 boxes, 13 oversize boxes)
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