Manuscript Collections - Rockwell Hereford Papers


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4 linear feet, 10 linear inches (11 manuscript boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Rockwell Hereford was born in 1902. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1924. Hereford became manager of employee publications for United States Steel. He was interested in history and wrote pamphlets on the history of western industry, compiling them in a book, 100 Years West of the 100 Meridian. Hereford also wrote Whole Man, Henry Mauris Robinson, and a Half Century, 1890-1940. Robinson was a California banker and fiscal policy advisor to Herbert Hoover.  Hereford died in 1988.


The papers were compiled by Hereford in the process of writing Whole Man, Henry Mauris Robinson, and a Half Century, 1890-1940 and are arranged into four subgroups: Manuscripts, Sources, Research, and Audio-visual materials. Manuscripts consists of three drafts of the book, each containing Hereford’s marginalia. Sources contains Hereford’s notes and copies used in preparing the manuscript. Folder date spans indicate Hereford’s notes and the original dates of copied materials. The materials are arranged by book chapter. The Research materials contain notes and copies made during early research on the book and are arranged alphabetically by archives or collection. The date spans again indicate the original dates of copied materials and Hereford’s notes. Audio-visual materials contain six folders of photographs, audiotapes, and one 16 mm. film.


The American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming also has a small collection of Rockwell Hereford papers documenting the history of western industry.


Box Contents


Whole Man and a Half Century – Manuscripts

Final Copy, 1982-1985 (8 folders)
Chapter 9 (tentative)
Chapter 10 – Draft
Chapter 24



Annotated Copy, 1980-1985 (4 folders)
Work Copy – Chapters 11-20 (2 folders)
Work Copy – Printer Version
Illustration Material, 1980-1983
Permissions Granted, 1968-1982


Footnotes, 1980-1985 (3 folders)

Whole Man and a Half Century – Sources

Chapter 1: The Maturing of America, 1969-1979
Chapter 2: The Era of Mergers 1916-1968 (3 folders)
Chapter 3: Arizona’s Mineral Lure, 1950-1978


Chapter 3: Arizona’s Mineral Lure, 1965-1972
Chapter 4: California Lumbering, 1965-1983 (2 folders)
Chapter 5: The Two-Phone Dilemma, 1965-1976
Chapter 6: White Coal, 1925-1983 (2 folders)
Chapter 7: Preventing a Foreign Takeover, 1939-1976
Chapter 8: Creating a Harbor, 1928-1968
Chapter 9: Branch Banking Comes of Age, 1930-1979 (2 folders)


Chapter 10: Shipbuilding, 1937-1982
Chapter 11: Creating a National Treasure, 1927-1974 (2 folders)
Chapter 12: Creating Cal Tech, 1927-1979 (4 folders)
Chapter 13: Making Palomar Possible, 1931-1969


Chapter 14: Volunteer to International Negotiator, (2 folders)
Chapters 15-19, undated (6 folders)
Chapter 20: The Relativity of History, 1965-1970


Whole Man and a Half Century – Research

Barber, John E. (Yale Library)
California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)
Conference Economique Internationale, Drawings, 1927
Correspondence and Notes with Various Archives, 1931-1976 (4 folders)


Correspondence and Notes with Various Archives, 1970-1976
Hereford, Rockwell

Correspondence, 1982-1984

Historical Statistics of the U.S., 1885-1970
Hoover Institute

Correspondence and Notes, 1965-78 (2 folders)
Hoover Presidential Library
Notes and Copies, 1919-1952 (2 folders)


Correspondence with archivists, 1966-1982
Notes on Publications
Printed Materials, 1922-1939
Library Association Newsletters, 1973-74

Huntington Library-Notes, 1965-1975 (2 folders)
Library of Congress, Correspondence and Notes


Los Angeles Times (notes), 1919-1933
Magazines and Newspapers, Notes, 1917-74  
New York Times (notes), 1919-32
Robinson, Henry Mauris

Chronology of Life, 1868-33
Family, 1928-1971 (2 folders)                 
Writings and Speeches, 1926-1945


Staunton, W. F., Memoirs, 1860-1910
Young, Owen D., 1920-1949
Herbert Hoover Reassessed, 1981

Whole Man and a Half Century – Audio-Visual Materials

Family photographs, 1916-1940
Photographs not used in Book
Photographs used in Book
Film, 16 Millimeter, circa 1950s
Tape of oral history interviews, 1968-1982