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Abraham Z. Hoffman papers

Identifier: 7090

Content Description

Dr. Hoffman's papers include many historical organization journals and books, many including essays by Hoffman; his research materials, much literature related to the society E Clampus Vitus, newsletters and ephemera pertaining to Hollywood's Magic Castle, and a small trove of underground comic books ("comix"). There are also some materials pertaining to the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners, of which Dr. Hoffman is a prominent member.


  • 1960 - 2019

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Note

Historian and author Abraham Hoffman is currently an adjunct professor at Los Angeles Valley College, but has also taught history courses at Los Angeles City College, UCLA Extension, USC, Chapman University, Immaculate Heart College, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. His research interests include minorities in the West, early motion picture history, and Western water resource development among other subjects-- and are evidenced by the many historical organizations to which he belongs and the number of books and articles he authored.

Hoffman served as "Sheriff" of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners in 1997; he had earlier served as the organization's editor of The Branding Iron and, in 2016, was named the Corral's Living Legend No. 61.

Hoffman is the author of numerous books and essays on the West including, Unwanted Mexican-Americans in the Great Depression: Repatriation Pressures, 1929-1939; California's Deadliest Earthquakes: A History; and Mono Lake: From Dead Sea to Environmental Treasure, among many others.


8.35 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Abraham Z. Hoffman, March 15, 2019.

Related Materials

Los Angeles Corral of Westerners records, Collection no. 0117, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Finding Aid of the Abraham Z. Hoffman papers
Jacqueline Morin
2019 July
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub to include an accrual of additional material (housed in Box 14).

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States