Rockwell D. Hunt

Rockwell Dennis Hunt (1868–1966) was an eminent California historian, a professor at the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, and prolific author. He was named Mr. California by Governor Goodwin Knight in 1954.

Hunt was born in Sacramento, California. He received his bachelor's degree from Napa College in 1890 and his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 1895. He taught economics at the University of Southern California starting in 1908, and served as dean of its graduate school from 1920 to his retirement in 1945[1].

After his retirement from USC, he became the first director of the California History Foundation at the University of the Pacific.

His 'California the Golden' published in 1911 by Silver, Burdett & Company in the Stories of the States series is about as racist as you can get against Native Americans and Chinese.

In a journal article in 1911, Rockwell D. Hunt praises Hubert Howe Bancroft for his thirty-nine volumes on the history of the Pacific Coast, The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft. Yet Rockwell D. Hunt faults H. H. Bancroft for his methodology. Bancroft employed many assistant writers, and only a few were history specialists. The writing is undigested raw materials, lacking in literary style. In comparison, the Cambridge Modern History is written by eminent scholars. [2]


  • Ron Limbaugh, "Rockwell Dennis Hunt: Mr. California and Mr. University of the Pacific", Conference of California Historical Societies. full text
  • Rockwell Dennis Hunt (1895). The Genesis of California's First Constitution (1846-49). Johns Hopkins Press.
  • Rockwell Dennis Hunt (1911). California the Golden. Silver, Burdett.
  • Rockwell D. Hunt (1917). "John Bidwell: A Prince Among Pioneers". Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California. Vol. 10, no. 3: 48–56. JSTOR 41168744.
  • Rockwell D. Hunt (1920). "The Committees of Vigilance of California". Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California. Vol.11, no. 3: 30–46. JSTOR 41168781.


  1. ^ "Register of the Rockwell Dennis Hunt Papers, 1887-1966". Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  2. ^ Rockwell D. Hunt (1911). "Hubert Howe Bancroft: His Work and His Method". Annual Publication of the Historical Society of Southern California. Vol. 8, no. 3: 158–73. JSTOR 41168872.