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The University of Toledo Archives
Manuscript Collection

 

Finding Aid

W. Eugene Hollon Papers, ca. 1950s to 1990s

UM-35

Size: 24 linear feet


Provenance: W. Eugene Hollon 6/1/87; 7/7/88; 10/28/93

Access: Open

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Processing Note:

Condition: Good

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by: Caroline Rerucha and Traci McCloskey

Historical/Biographical Sketch

William Eugene Hollon was born on May 28, 1913, in Commerce, Texas. He earned a B.A. in English from East Texas State Teachers College (1934), an M.A. in Education and History from the University of Texas (1937), and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Texas (1942). Hollon taught in secondary schools in Texas from 1934 to 1945. During World War II, he was also an instructor in the Navy Pre-Flight School at Kerrville, Texas. In 1945, Hollon joined the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma, where he taught until 1966. For the last sixteen years of that time, he served as the Curator of History at the University’s Stovall Museum of Science and History. Hollon joined the department of History at the University of Toledo in 1966, and retired from that post in 1977. In addition to his more traditional teaching activities, Hollon served as a Fulbright lecturer in Peru in 1958, and at the University of Madrid, Spain for the 1966-67 academic year. Dr. Hollon was a visiting professor of history at the University of New Mexico in the summer of 1960, and at the University of Montana in the summer of 1964. He also worked as a Peace Corps instructor in El Salvador and Puerto Rico in 1963 and 1964.
Dr. Hollon wrote several major books, scholarly articles, and shorter articles for encyclopedias in addition to a number of book reviews. His publications include outlines of U.S. history, a history of pre-flight training in the American military, and biographies of the western explorers Zebulon Pike and Randolph Marcy. Among his other works are books on the American Southwest, such as The Southwest: Old and New, The Great American Desert, Western America, The Texas Journals and Notes of William Bollaert and Frontier Violence.
Dr. Hollon received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Research Institute, the Newberry Library, and the Huntington Library. He was a founder and past president of the Western Historical Association, and a member of the Great Plains Historical Association, the Southwestern Historical Association, and the Arizona Historical Association. He also belonged to eh Ohiop Academy of History and the Organization of American Historians. In 1968, he was named a Regents Professor by the Ohio Board of Regents.
While at the University of Toledo, Dr. Hollon helped establish the doctoral program in History, and served as the foundation for the department’s reputation in western history.
Dr. Hollon died May 19, 2002 in Gilmer Texas.

 


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of W. Eugene Hollon, a leading scholar on the history of the American West. The collection should prove especially useful for the study of the history of the West from Spanish colonization up to the present, as well as historiography and Dr. Hollon’s career.
The collection is arranged by topic into three series: Series I- Personal and Professional Correspondence; Series II- Manuscripts and Research Materials; and Series III- Photographs. The collection occupies 24 linear feet.
Series I is arranged chronologically and alphabetically by correspondent, reader, or organization. Noted correspondence includes letters from Carl Coke Rister, Paul Angle, Ray Billington, and Alfred Knopf. The series dates from 1945-1993. A book of letters from former students and colleagues presented to Dr. Hollon at his retirement from UT is filed within the series.
Series II documents Hollon’s major research and publishing interests during his career. Manuscritpts and proofs of several of Hollon’s books form a large part of the series, including The Southwest: Old and New, The Great American Desert, Western America, The Texas Journals and Notes of William Bollaert and Frontier Violence. The series also includes miscellaneous items such as Hollon’s vitae.
Series III contains photographs associated with Hollon’s research. Researchers should note that the photographs may be governed by copyrights from the original sources.


Series List

S1

Personal and Professional Correspondence
1945-1993
Chronologically and alphabetically
Noted correspondence includes letters from Carl Coke Rister, Paul Angle, Ray Billington, and Alfred Knopf. The series dates from 1945-1993. A book of letters from former students and colleagues presented to Dr. Hollon at his retirement from UT is filed within the series.

S2

Manuscripts and Research Materials
Manuscritpts and proofs of several of Hollon’s books form a large part of the series, including The Southwest: Old and New, The Great American Desert, Western America, The Texas Journals and Notes of William Bollaert and Frontier Violence.

S3

Photographs
Photographs associated with Hollon’s research.

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Item Description

 

 

S1.

 

 

Correspondence

1

1

A-G 1945- 49

1

2

H-O 1945-49

1

3

P-Z  1945-49

1

4

A-J 1950

1

5

K-Z 1950

2

1

A-J 1951-53

2

2

K-Z 1951-53

2

3

A-F 1953

2

4

G-M 1953

2

5

N-Z 1953

3

1

A-C 1954-55

3

2

D-L 1954-55

3

3

M-Z 1954-55

3

4

A-G 1956-57

3

5

H-S 1956-57

3

6

T-Z 1956-57

4

1

A-F 1958-59

4

2

G-O 1958-59

4

3

P-Z 1958-59

4

4

A-L 1960

4

5

M-Z 1960

5

1

A-L 1961

5

2

M-Z 1961

5

3

A-J 1962

5

4

M-Z 1962

6

1

A-J 1963

6

2

K-Z 1963

6

3-4

MISC. 1964

6

5

A-Q 1964

6

6

R-Z 1964

7

1

A-J 1965

7

2

K-Z 1965

7

3

A-J 1966

7

4

K-R 1966

7

5

S-Z 1966

8

1

A-F 1966-69

8

2

G-M 1966-67

8

3

N-Z 1966-67

8

4

A-K 1967-68

8

5

L-Z 1967-68

9

1

A-M 1968-69

9

2

N-Z 1968-69

9

3

A-G 1969

9

4

H-R 1969

9

5

S-Z 1969

10

1

A-G 1970

10

2

H-Q 1970

10

3

R-Z 1970

10

4

A-H 1971

10

5

I-Q 1971

10

6

R-Z 1971

11

1

A-G 1972

11

2

H-N 1972

11

3

O-Z 1972

11

4

A-D 1973

11

5

E-N 1973

11

6

O-Z 1973

12

1-3

MISC. 1974

12

4-6

MISC. 1974-75

13

1-3

MISC. 1975-76

13

4-6

MISC. 1976

14

1-4

MISC. 1977

14

5

Retirement Letters 1978

43

1

A-F 1978

43

2

G-Q 1978

43

3

R-Z 1978

43

4

A-E 1979

43

5

F-L 1979

43

6

M-Z 1979

43

7

A-E 1980

43

8

F-L 1980

43

9

M-S 1980

43

10

T-Z 1980

43

11

A-F 1981

43

12

G-Q 1981

43

13

R-Z 1981

43

14

A-D 1982

43

15

E-L 1982

43

16

M-R 1982

43

17

S-Z 1982

44

1

A-G 1983

44

2

H-P 1983

44

3

Q-Z 1983

44

4

A-H 1984

44

5

I-P 1984

44

6

Q-Z 1984

44

7

A-H 1985

44

8

G-O 1985

44

9

P-Z 1985

44

10

A-G 1986

44

11

H-R 1986

44

12

S-Z 1987

44

13

A-H 1987

44

14

I-S 1987

44

15

T-Z 1987

44

16

A-G 1988

44

17

H-Q 1988

44

18

R-Z 1988

45

1

A-G 1989

45

2

H-O 1989

45

3

P-Z 1989

45

4

A-H 1990

45

5

I-Q 1990

45

6

R-Z 1990

45

7

A-G 1991

45

8

H-O 1991

45

9

P-Z 1991

45

10

Unidentified December 1992

45

11

Unidentified December 1993

45

12

December 1992

 

 

S2

 

 

Manuscripts and Research Materials

 

 

A. Manuscripts

15

1

The Great American Desert
Title Page- Ch. 4 of Manuscript

15

2

Ch. 5- Ch. 9

15

3

Ch. 10- Bibliography

15

4

First Proofs

15

5

First Proofs, contd.

 

 

The Southwest, Old and New

16

1

Ch. 1- Ch. 7 of Manuscript

16

2

Ch. 8- Ch. 13 of Manuscript

16

3

Ch. 14- Ch. 20 of Manuscript

17

1

Preface – Ch. 4 of typesetting copy

17

2

Ch. 5- Ch. 8 of typesetting copy

17

3

Ch. 9- Ch. 12 of typesetting copy

17

4

Ch. 13- Ch. 16 of typesetting copy

17

5

Ch. 17- Ch. 20 of typesetting copy

17

6

Bibliography and Index of typesetting copy

18

1

Title page- Ch. 5 of plate proofs

18

2

Ch. 6- Ch. 10 of plate proofs

18

3

Ch. 11- Ch. 15 of plate proofs

18

4

Ch. 20- index of plate proofs

19

1

Misc. plate and galley proofs

19

2

Misc. plate and galley proofs

19

3

Misc. plate and galley proofs

 

 

The Texas Journals and Notes of William Bollaert

20

1

Title page- p. 149 of manuscript

20

2

pp. 150-299 of manuscript

20

3

pp. 300-442 of manuscript

20

4

Miscellaneous manuscripts

20

5

Miscellaneous manuscripts

20

6

Miscellaneous manuscripts

20

7

Miscellaneous manuscripts

 

 

Frontier Violence

21

1-2

Ch. 1- index of proofs

22

1

Ch.1- Ch. 8 of manuscript

22

2

Part of Ch. 9 of manuscript

22

3

Bibliography and notes of manuscript

 

 

Western America

23

1

Introduction- Ch. 4 of manuscript

23

2

Ch. 5- Ch. 9 of manuscript

23

3

Ch. 10- Ch. 14 of manuscript

23

4

Ch. 15- Ch. 18 of manuscript

24

1

Ch. 19- Ch. 22 of manuscript

24

2

Ch. 23- Ch. 27 of manuscript

24

3

Ch. 28- Ch. 31 of manuscript

24

4

Ch. 32- Ch. 35 of manuscript

24

5

Ch. 5- Ch. 7, Ch. 9, Ch. 13 (partial)

24

6

Ch. 14, Ch. 15, Ch. 17-19 (partial)

25

1

Ch. 23-24, Ch. 26, Ch. 28-29, Ch. 31 (partial)

25

2

Misc. Illustrations for partial manuscript

25

3

Introduction- Ch. 35 of proofs

25

4

Ch. 1-13, Ch. 28-35 of proofs

 

 

B. Research Materials

26

1-3

Arizona

26

4

Colorado

27

1

Idaho

27

2

Montana

27

3

Nevada

27

4-5

New Mexico

28

1

Oklahoma

28

2-3

Texas

28

4-6

Utah

28

7

Wyoming

29

1

The Southwest- Regional

29

2

Southwestern Cities

29

3-6

Deserts

29

7-8

Natural Resources

30

1

Flora and Fauna

30

2

U.S. Department of Agriculture

30

3-7

Water

31

1

Indian Tribes

31

2

Anderson, Dobie, Goldwater, Hayden, Kerr

31

3

Randolph B. Marcy

31

4

Zebulon Pike Letters

32

-

Zebulon Pike (index cards)

33-34

-

Randolph B. Marcy and family (index cards)

35

-

Bibliography/ notes for The Great American Desert (index cards)

36

1-4

Research Materials on violence

37

1-4

Research Materials on violence

38

1-3

Misc. photographs and maps

 

 

C. Miscellaneous Materials

39

1-8

Misc. Box

40

1-6

Misc. Box

41

1-8

Misc. Box

41

9

Curricula vitae, clippings

41

10

Misc. Photographs

45

14

Newsclippings

45

15

Personal and Professional Info

 

 

D. Professional and Information Papers

 

 

-Articles

45

16

On land Use and the Environment

45

17

“History: a Discipline in Crisis” Oscar Handlin

45

18

“The Murder of the Southwest” Alvin Josephy

45

19

“Historical Relevance and the American West” Howard Lamar

45

20

“Oklahoma’s Neurosurgical Heritage” Alvin Rix

 

 

-Reviews

45

21

Book Reviews by W.E. Hollon

45

22

Of Hollon: Frontier Violence: Another Look

45

23

The Great American Desert

45

24

Of The great American West: Essays in Honor of W.E. Hollon

 

 

- Misc. Materials

45

25

Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain (movie Script)

45

26

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Seminar 1978

45

27

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Seminar 1979

45

28

Western History Association: Papers and Correspondence

45

29

Correspondence from Walter Prescott Webb

45

30

Contact Info with University of Toledo

45

31

Lecture Notes: Walter Prescott Webb’s Courses

45

32

Lecture Notes: Indian Affairs

45

33

Lecture Notes: History 424/524

45

34

Lecture Notes: History 435/535

45

35

Lecture Notes: History 436/536

45

36

Lecture Notes: The southwest

45

37

University of Texas Commencement Program: June 1, 1942

45

38

Bibliography

 

 

-Papers

45

39

“Land Use Management: An Appraisal”

45

40

“The Ox Bow Disaster and Other Assorted Incidents: Murphy’s Law and Oklahoma City, 1964”

45

41

“Some Recent Trends in the History Profession”

45

42

“Diary of a Confederate Soldier”

45

43

“Walter Prescott Webb’s Arid West: Four Decades Later”

45

44

“The Preflight Schools in World War II”

45

45

“Salty Water for a Thirsty Land”

45

46

“The Cowboy’s Paraphernalia”

45

47

“The Cult of the American Cowboy”

45

48

“The Mountain West: Has It Been Won…”

45

49

“The History Profession: Then and Now”

45

50

“The Movie Cowboy”

45

51

“Our Culture and Cowboy Mentality”

45

52

“Reflections on Three Years in an Academic Out”

45

53

“Professor Webb Visits Ozona, October 1939”

45

54

“Growing Up in Commerce”

45

55

“The Great American Desert Revisited”

45

56

Introduction to the Franz Essays

45

57

“The Great American West: Child of Federal Subsidy”

45

58

“Frontier”

45

59

“Walter Prescott Webb: The Classroom Teacher”

45

60

“Addendum”

45

61

“Frontier Violence” (paper)

 

 

-Instructions for Book Reports and General

45

62

Writing Tips

 

 

E. Oversized Maps (Stored in Tube)

 

 

S3

 

 

Photographs (one box)

42

1

#1- 40 for the Great American Desert

42

2

#1- 50

42

3

#51- 100

42

4

#101- 150

42

5

#151-173

 

 

 

Last Updated: 6/9/16