Robert E. Hunter Papers

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US TxSaT UA0150

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Robert E. Hunter Papers


  • 1948-1968 (Creation)


6 linear feet (12 document boxes, and one flat file).

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Biographical history

Robert Ellis Hunter was born August 5, 1915 to Omri J. Hunter and Daisy E. Wentworth. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Hunter received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College in 1948. In 1949, Hunter graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Master's degree in political science and began his 19 year career as a professor of political science, with a focus on Latin America, at Trinity University.

Hunter began working towards his Ph.D in 1960 with the encouragement of Dean Marion Bruce Thomas. He followed Professor William S. Stokes, a mentor from Hunter’s time at Wisconsin, to Claremont Men’s College in California and completed his coursework in 1961. However, Hunter was unable to complete his dissertation on the political structure of Bolivia before returning to his department at Trinity. Hunter continued to study Bolivia in hopes of completing his doctoral dissertation, but it remained a work in progress.

Hunter served as the chair of the government department from 1958-1959 and chair of the political science department from 1963-1965. In his time at Trinity, Hunter sponsored the Bengal Lancers fraternity, the Young Democrats, the Student Christian Association, the International Relations Club, Student Government, and presided over a men’s dormitory. As part of Trinity’s summer programming, Hunter led at least two Teens ‘N Twenties tours of South America. He was highly engaged with local and state politics and served on the Action for Community Development committee in San Antonio.

Robert E. Hunter died in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas.

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This collection consists of files regarding Hunter's time teaching at Trinity University, and policy and political interests. It also includes files related to his time at Claremont College and research notes for his doctoral dissertation he was in the process of completing at the time of his death.

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Series 1 - Academic Department Files
Sub-series 1.1 - Committees
Sub-series 1.2 - Department of Government
Sub-series 1.3 - Department of Political Science
Series 2 - Campus Organizations and Events
Sub-series 2.1 - Campus Organizations
Sub-series 2.2 - Campus Events
Series 3 - Community Engagement and Interests
Sub-series 3.1 - Action for Community Development
Sub-series 3.2 - Hi-Y
Sub-series 3.3 - Assorted Organizations
Sub-series 3.4 - Local and State Interests
Series 4 - General Correspondence
Series 5 - Research and Education
Series 6 - Framed Items

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This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

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The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

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Donated by Mrs. Henry Niedermyer in 1968.

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  • Citation: Robert E. Hunter Papers. UA0150. Coates Library Special Collections and Archives. Trinity University (San Antonio, Tex.).

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Processed by student assistant Ally Powell, Fall 2021

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  • Document Box: UA0150 | B1 | 32060012371387
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B2 | 32060012371635
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B3 | 32060012371510
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B4 | 32060012371593
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B5 | 32060012371437
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B6 | 32060012371676
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B7 | 32060012371551
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B8 | 32060012371478
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B9 | 32060012371627
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B10 | 32060012371700
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B11 | 32060012371668
  • Document Box: UA0150 | B12 | 32060012371346
  • Folder: UA0150 | F1 |