Finding Aid for the Rodman W. Paul Papers 1929-1986
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Title: Rodman W. Paul Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1929-1986
Collection number: 10200-MS
Creator: Paul, Rodman W. (Rodman Wilson) 1912-1987
0.75 lin. ft.
California Institute of Technology, Caltech Archives
Pasadena, California 91125
Abstract: Paul was a historian of the American West. His special interest was in mining. The small collection of Rodman Paul papers
was given to the Archives by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001. It contains a sampling of his correspondence,
publication projects and research notes, plus some biographical material, in particular, documents relating to his Harvard
Physical location: Archives, California Institute of Technology.
Language of Material:
Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.
Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Caltech Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and, unless explicitly stated otherwise,
is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Rodman W. Paul Papers, 10200-MS, Caltech Archives, California Institute of Technology.
The collection was donated by Caltech's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in June, 2001.
Rodman Paul was born November 6, 1912 in Philadelphia and grew up near Boston. He was educated at Milton Academy (preparatory
school) and Harvard, where he received the degrees of AB (1936), AM (1937) and PhD (1943). He served in the US navy reserve
from 1943 through 1946, after which he took a position as instructor at Yale for one year. In 1947, he came to Caltech, where
he eventually became the first Edward S. Harkness Professor of History (1972-1981). Paul was an expert in western American
history and especially on western mining. He is credited with building up Caltech's history department after World War II.
He also was closely allied with the development of the western history collection at the Huntington Library. Paul retired
from Caltech in 1981. He died on May 15, 1987.
Scope and Content
The small collection of Rodman Paul papers was given to the Archives by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in
2001. It contains a sampling of his correspondence, publication projects and research notes, plus some biographical material,
in particular, documents relating to his Harvard years.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. CORRESPONDENCE
- Series 2. RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LECTURES
- Series 3. PUBLICATION PROJECTS
- Series 4. BIOGRAPHICAL
Researchers should also consult the Rodman Paul Historical File in the Archives, as well as
Paul's oral history
done with Carol Bugé in 1982.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Paul, Rodman W. (Rodman Wilson)
Mines and Mineral Resources--West(U.S.)--History
California Institute of Technology
Box 1, Folder 1
Biltmore Galleries (
re Remington drawing)
See: Mineral Information Service, Series 3
See: Talisman Press, Series 3
See: Technology and Culture, Series 3
Box 1, Folder 2
Lyman, Stanford M.
Box 1, Folder 3
Museum of Northern Arizona (
re Remington drawing )
Box 1, Folder 6
Santa Barbara Historical Society
See: Museum of Northern Arizona
Box 1, Folder 7
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LECTURES
Box 1, Folder 8
Box 1, Folder 9
Coulter, Edith M., lecture
Box 1, Folder 10
Mississippi Valley Historical Association (MVHA)
Box 1, Folder 11
Poindexter, Robert W. (
re Yosemite history)
Box 1, Folder 12
Unidentified manuscripts (1)
Box 1, Folder 13
Unidentified manuscripts (2)
Box 1, Folder 14
Agricultural History, reviews of Dykstra and White
Box 1, Folder 15
Encyclopedia Americana (
re "Gold Rushes")
Box 1, Folder 16
Mineral Information Service, "Clio and the Rockhound"
Box 1, Folder 17
Notable American Women (
re Harriett Russell Strong)
Box 2, Folder 1
Talisman Press (
re California gold discovery book) Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 2
Talisman Press Source materials
Box 2, Folder 3
Technology and Culture
Box 2, Folder 4
Who's Who of the Wild West
Box 2, Folder 6
Box 2, Folder 7
Wagner Award, California Historical Society
Box 2, Folder 8