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Robert A. Hill papers, 1933-2001

Summary Information


The reasearch files of Professor Robert A. Hill relating to C.L.R. James. Professor Hill is the Literary Executor of C.L.R. James.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1681
Bib ID 10480947 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hill, Robert A., 1943-
Title Robert A. Hill papers, 1933-2001
Physical Description 6 linear feet (15 manuscript boxes)
Language(s) English .

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This collection is arranged in five series.



Contains correspondence between Robert Hill and associates and scholars of C.L.R. James; copies of articles and manuscripts by various C.L.R. James scholars and researchers; Hill's research files on James and members of the Johnson-Forest Tendency; correspondence related to publication rights and Hill's role as literary executor for C.L.R. James; some photographs, slides, audio cassettes and microfilms.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Robert Hill Papers; Date (if known); Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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C.L.R. James Institute Records Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Margaret Busby Papers, 1978-1989 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Anna Grimshaw Papers, 1939-2004 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Darcus Howe Papers, 1965-2008 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Constance Webb Papers, 1918-2005 Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library


Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--C.L.R. James Estate. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2007-2009.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Patrick Lawlor 2013.

Finding aid written Patrick Lawlor 09/--/2013.

Revision Description

2013-09-18 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
C.L.R. James Institute Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grimshaw, Anna Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hill, Robert A., 1943- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howe, Darcus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
James, C. L. R (Cyril Lionel Robert), 1901-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Johnson, J. R., 1901-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
London (England) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Race relations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Webb, Constance Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
West Indies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Robert A. Hill is Research Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Born in Jamaica, he was educated at the elite Roman Catholic Jesuit-run high school for boys in Kingston, St. George's College. He studied at the University of London; the University of Toronto; and the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. In 1971, he moved with his family to Atlanta, Georgia, to take up a position as a Research Fellow at the Institute of the Black World. The following year he moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Northwestern University.

Since 1977 he has been at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he established and is the Editor-in-Chief of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project, within the James S. Coleman African Studies Center.

In 1989 he was appointed Literary Executor of C.L.R. James, the West Indian author, Marxist historian, and Pan-African political activist. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Lyman H. Butterfield Award for Distinguished Contribution to Documentary Editing; the Miriam Matthews Award for Outstanding Contribution to the African American Community; the Carter G. Woodson Award for Black History; and The Gold Musgrave Medal of the Institute of Jamaica for Distinguished Contribution to History.

Professor Hill has served as an important member of several advisory committees for various documentary projects, including the W.E.B. Du Bois Film Project, Scribe Video Center, Philadelphia; the Schomburg Commission for the Preservation of Black Culture, New York; AHarlem Renaissance: The Art of Black America, The Studio Museum in Harlem Exhibition; The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, Stanford University.

He was most recently involved as executive consultant in the making of the film, Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind, produced for PBS and The American Experience series at WGBH-Boston. He is the author of numerous essays and books, and to date has edited ten volumes of The Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers, published by the University of California Press since 1983. The first part of the concluding series of the overall edition--the Caribbean Series--will be published starting in Fall 2002. Professor Hill is also the editor of two forthcoming volumes--The Rastafari Bible: JAH Version and Lion Zion: Marcus Garvey and the Jews.