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Finding Aid for the Norris Hundley Papers, 1794-2000 (bulk 1960-2000)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography/History
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  • Indexing Terms
  • Items Removed from the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norris Hundley papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1794-2000
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1960-2000)
    Collection number: 577
    Creator: Hundley, Norris
    Extent: 81 boxes (40.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Collection consists of correspondence and research files related to Norris Hundley's editorship of the Pacific Historical Review, the case of City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al., and publication of The Great Thirst (2000, revised ed.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.


    Norris Hundley, Jr. received his A.B. from Whittier College in 1958, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1963. His long and distinguished teaching career began as a professor of American History at the University of Houston (1963-1964), and then continued at UCLA (1964-1994), where he became Professor Emeritus of American History in 1994. As a scholar, he authored over a hundred books and essays, including several groundbreaking works on the history of water usage in California and the West. Hundley was also the editor of the Pacific Historical Review for twenty-nine years (1968-1997), during which time the journal took a leading role in the development of environmental and ethnic studies. He has held leadership positions in many historical organizations, including the Western History Association (President, 1994-1995) and the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch (president, 1994-1995). In addition, Hundley served as the Director of the UCLA Latin American Center from 1989-1994, Chair of the UCLA Program on Mexico from 1981-1994, and sat on various boards and committees related to the history of California and water usage rights.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of peer review files for the Pacific Historical Review (PHR), chiefly correspondence, and materials related to the research and publication of The Great Thirst (1992, 2000 revised edition). Files include extensive exhibits, transcripts, and filings from The City of Los Angeles vs. The City of San Fernando, et al., a major pueblo water rights case which included the cities of Glendale, Burbank, and others and established precedent for water rights pertaining to the Los Angeles river. The exhibits for the case include copies of Spanish and Mexican documents from the Los Angeles City Archives and the Department of Water and Power, in addition to copies of early case material and texts. Materials used for the revised edition of The Great Thirst include extensive clippings and research files, and several reels of microfilm containing documents from the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Lastly, the collection contains numerous water usage project reports from California and other parts of the West. The PHR correspondence is sealed until 2020 to protect the confidentiality of contributors and reviewers.
    Some materials are in Spanish

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Hundley, Norris--Archives.
    Historians--California--Los Angeles--Archives.
    Periodical editors--California--Los Angeles--Archives.
    Water rights--California--History--Archival resources.
    Water--Law and legislation--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Items Removed from the Collection

    A bibliography of articles removed from the Norris Hundley Collection has been added to the collection file. Available upon request at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.