Paul was a historian of the American West. His special interest was in mining. The small collection of Rodman Paul papers
was given to the Archives by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001. It contains a sampling of his correspondence,
publication projects and research notes, plus some biographical material, in particular, documents relating to his Harvard
Rodman Paul was born November 6, 1912 in Philadelphia and grew up near Boston. He was educated at Milton Academy (preparatory
school) and Harvard, where he received the degrees of AB (1936), AM (1937) and PhD (1943). He served in the US navy reserve
from 1943 through 1946, after which he took a position as instructor at Yale for one year. In 1947, he came to Caltech, where
he eventually became the first Edward S. Harkness Professor of History (1972-1981). Paul was an expert in western American
history and especially on western mining. He is credited with building up Caltech's history department after World War II.
He also was closely allied with the development of the western history collection at the Huntington Library. Paul retired
from Caltech in 1981. He died on May 15, 1987.
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