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Title: John W. Hilton, HARDLY ANY FENCES typescript,
Date (inclusive): 1958-1979
Collection number: MSS 0025
Extent: 0.40 linear feet (1 archives box)
Mandeville Special Collections Library, Geisel Library, UC, San Diego
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John W. Hilton, HARDLY ANY FENCES typescript, MSS 0025. Mandeville Special Collections
Manuscript of John Hilton's book HARDLY ANY FENCES: BAJA CALIFORNIA IN 1933-1959 (1977),
published as volume 38 of the Baja California Travel Series. Included are edited
typescripts of individual chapters, some of which were omitted from the published
version, correspondence, examples of illustrations and miscellaneous production
materials. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION
MATERIALS and 2) HARDLY ANY FENCES -TYPESCRIPTS.
John Hilton, desert painter and author, attended school and worked in the Los Angeles
area until the Depression when he moved to the desert a few miles south of Indio. There
he painted desert landscapes, wrote magazine articles and travelled extensively in
Sonora, Mexico. In 1950, he moved to Twentynine Palms where he continued to paint and
write, often teaching art to supplement his income.
Hilton's paintings soon gained popularity and he exhibited in the Grand Central Galleries
in New York. During the 1950s he had seven one-man exhibits and his work is included in
many public and private collections.
John Hilton lived occasionally in the fishing village of Bahia de los Angeles, Baja
California Norte, before the advent of the paved highway and wrote about its people and
the nearby places he visited. Although his stays extended over a period from 1933 to
1959, his accounts were written between 1958 and 1959.
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Accession Processed in 1994
The collection contains the manuscript for John Hilton's book HARDLY ANY FENCES: BAJA
CALIFORNIA IN 1933-1959, which was published by Dawson's Bookshop as volume 38 of their
Baja California Travel Series. Included are original typescripts for individual chapters,
many of which were omitted from the published version. Also included in the collection is
correspondence regarding publication, some reproductions of Hilton's paintings used as
illustrations in the book and miscellaneous production materials.
The collection is arranged in two series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION MATERIALS and 2)
HARDLY ANY FENCES -TYPESCRIPTS.