Abstract

Manuscript of John Hilton's book HARDLY ANY FENCES: BAJA CALIFORNIA IN 1933-1959 (1977), published as volume 38 of the Baja California Travel Series. Included are edited typescripts of individual chapters, some of which were omitted from the published version, correspondence, examples of illustrations and miscellaneous production materials. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION MATERIALS and 2) HARDLY ANY FENCES - TYPESCRIPTS.

Biography

John Hilton, desert painter and author, attended school and worked in the Los Angeles area until the Depression when he moved to the desert a few miles south of Indio. There he painted desert landscapes, wrote magazine articles and travelled extensively in Sonora, Mexico. In 1950, he moved to Twentynine Palms where he continued to paint and write, often teaching art to supplement his income.

Hilton's paintings soon gained popularity and he exhibited in the Grand Central Galleries in New York. During the 1950s he had seven one-man exhibits and his work is included in many public and private collections.

John Hilton lived occasionally in the fishing village of Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California Norte, before the advent of the paved highway and wrote about its people and the nearby places he visited. Although his stays extended over a period from 1933 to 1959, his accounts were written between 1958 and 1959.

Scope and Content

Accession Processed in 1994

The collection contains the manuscript for John Hilton's book HARDLY ANY FENCES: BAJA CALIFORNIA IN 1933-1959, which was published by Dawson's Bookshop as volume 38 of their Baja California Travel Series. Included are original typescripts for individual chapters, many of which were omitted from the published version. Also included in the collection is correspondence regarding publication, some reproductions of Hilton's paintings used as illustrations in the book and miscellaneous production materials.

The collection is arranged in two series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION MATERIALS and 2) HARDLY ANY FENCES - TYPESCRIPTS.

MISCELLANEOUS PRODUCTION MATERIALS

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11 Correspondence, 1975 - 1979.
12 Artwork illustrations. Contains a set of the tipped-in illustrations used in the book and three polaroid photographs of Hilton's original paintings.
13 Miscellaneous production materials.
14 Newspaper clippings and biographical materials.

HARDLY ANY FENCES - TYPESCRIPTS

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15 Painting for the Governor. Typescript, also contains preliminary pages and preface, pp.1-31.
16 Down to the bay of the angels. Typescript, pp. 32-51.
17 Our search for the lost mission. Typescript, pp. 52-72.
18 So many tried. Typescript, pp. 73-95. This chapter was omitted from the published book.
19 Calamity Jane sees a ghost. Typescript, pp. 96-127.
110 Virgin of the rock. Typescript, pp. 113-127. Includes a revision of the first three pages of this chapter.
111 Angel de la Guardia. Typescript, pp. 128-148.
112 Fabulous Mr. Diaz. Typescript, pp. 149-164.
113 South to El Arco. Typescript, pp. 165-180.
114 Of rubies and pearls. Typescript, pp. 181-209. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
115 Thirsty ghosts of Llano Perdido. Typescript, pp. 210-224.
116 Exploring with the Carmans. Typescript, pp. 225-238. This chapter was omitted from the final version.
117 And so we suffered. Typescript, pp. 239-254.
118 Las Flores. Typescript, pp. 255-270.
119 Night on a shrimp boat. Typescript, pp. 271-279. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
120 Sea turtle hunt. Typescript, pp. 288-301. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
121 Desert shore was our supermarket. Typescript, pp. 302-336. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
122 Passing parade. Typescript, pp. 337-356. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
123 Sting ray and the coyote. Typescript, pp. 357-380. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
124 San Luis and the enchanted island. Typescript, pp. 381-404. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
125 Whispering Canyon. Typescript, pp. 405-430.
126 Road back. Typescript, pp. 431-453. This chapter was omitted from the published version.
127 Hardly and fences: Baja today. Typescript. Unpaginated chapter omitted from the published version.
128 Hardly any fences: Baja today (longer version). Photocopy of a typescript



Finding aid generated: 2005-10-28