Arthur Scott Aiton papers: 1922-1959
Summary Information
Title: Arthur Scott Aiton papers
Creator: Aiton, Arthur Scott, 1894-1955
Inclusive dates: 1922-1959
Extent: 1 linear foot
Abstract:
Professor of Latin American history at the University of Michigan. Correspondence concerning his professional and personal activities; also class outlines, bibliographies, term papers, and examinations; and manuscripts of books and articles, notes and transcribed documents relating to colonial Latin America.
Call number: 85852 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Arthur S. Aiton (donor no. 2468) and came to the library in multiple accession beginning in 1954.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Arthur Scott Aiton Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Arthur S. Aiton was born in Alameda, California, on April 15, 1894. He attended the University of California, receiving three degrees (AB, 1916; AM, 1918; PhD, 1923). He joined the history department of the University of Michigan as an instructor in 1921. He became an assistant professor in 1923, associate profess in 1926, and professor in 1929.

Aiton was an expert on Hispanic-American history and an acknowledged authority on the sixteenth century Conquistadores. His research illuminated the Coronado expedition across the American Southwest. His most notable book was Antonio de Mendoza, First Viceroy of New Spain. He was working on a history of Latin America at the time of his death.

During World War II, he was director of the U.S. Army Latin-American Area Training Program at the University of Michigan.

Professor Aiton died December 29, 1955.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, professional papers relating to his teaching, research, and university activities, and manuscripts of his writings, both published and unpublished.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Historians -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Aiton, Arthur Scott, 1894-1955.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of History.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Senate.
  • United States. Office of Strategic Services.
  • Barnes, Walter, 1880-
  • Bining, Arthur Cecil, 1893-1957.
  • Bolton, Herbert Eugene, 1870-1953.
  • Borah, Woodrow Wilson, 1912-
  • Boyce, Gray Cowan, 1899-1981.
  • Cleven, N. Andrew N. (Nels Andrew Nelson), 1874-1961.
  • Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959.
  • Hanke, Lewis Ulysses, 1905-
  • Haring, C. H. (Clarence Henry), 1885-1960.
  • Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945.
  • King, James Ferguson, 1913-1983.
  • Martin, John Butlin, 1909-
  • Merriman, Roger Bigelow, 1876-1945.
  • Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971.
  • Nowell, Charles E.
  • Parry, J. H. (John Horace), 1914-1982.
  • Priestley, Herbert Ingram, 1875-1944.
  • Rippy, J. Fred (James Fred), 1892-1977.
  • Robertson, James Alexander, 1873-1939.
  • Shiels, W. Eugene (William Eugene), 1897-
  • Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953.
  • Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957.
  • Whitaker, Arthur Preston, 1895-1979.
  • Wilgus, A. Curtis (Alva Curtis), 1897-1981.
  • Wright, Irene Aloha, 1879-1972.
  • Zavala, Silvio Arturo, 1909-2014.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1922-1929
Box   1  
1930-1939
Box   1  
1940-1942
Box   1  
1943-1946
Box   1  
1947-1948
Box   1  
1949-1959, undated
 
Other papers [series]
Box   1  
Senate Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan minutes 1937-1942 (scattered)
Box   1  
Term papers on Latin American history (2 folders)
Box   1  
Bibliographies of Latin American history
Box   1  
Class outlines and sample examinations
Box   1  
Speeches on Latin America (2 folders)
Box   1  
Notes, articles and documents on New Spain in the 16th Century (3 folders)
Box   1  
"Dongan's Counter Jesuit Policy" (fragmentary)
Box   1  
"Ideas on the Church-State Problem in 19th Century Latin America"; also British activities in the Spanish colonies in the early 19th century (fragmentary)
Box   1  
Papers concerning the development of the University of Mexico
 
Manuscripts of writings [series]
Box   1  
Manuscript of book, "Viceroy Luis de Velasco, the Elder" (3 folders)
Box   1  
Manuscript of The Rise of the Latin American Nations (7 folders)
Box   1  
Manuscript of book on Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza (fragmentary)
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Barnes, Walter, 1880-
  • March 11, 1938
Bining, Arthur Cecil, 1893-1957.
  • 1950-1951
Bolton, Herbert Eugene, 1870-1953.
  • May 5, 1927, Nov. 5, 1931, Nov. 8, 1935, May 22, 1936, Sept. 4, 1945, Aug. 30, 1950, and undated
Borah, Woodrow Wilson, 1912-
  • Dec. 27, 1938
Boyce, Gray Cowan, 1899-1981
  • July 3, 1949
Cleven, N. Andrew N. (Nels Andrew Nelson), 1874-1961
  • July 27, 1937
Cooley, Mortimer E. (Mortimer Elwyn), 1855-1944.
  • Dec. 30, 1940
Donovan, William J. (William Joseph), 1883-1959.
  • Jan. 21, 1946
Hanke, Lewis Ulysses, 1905-
  • June 10, 1948, and May 25, 1949
Haring, C. H. (Clarence Henry), 1885-1960.
  • Jan. 5, 1933
Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945.
  • Jan. 26, 1942 and Jan. 31, 1942
King, James Ferguson, 1913-1983
  • Feb. 1, 1946, Feb. 11, 1946, Aug. 22, 1946, and June 1, 1949
Martin, John Butlin, 1909-
  • Dec. 2, 1950
Merriman, Roger Bigelow, 1876-1945.
  • Dec. 2, 1924, and Apr. 22, 1927
Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971.
  • Undated
Nowell, Charles E.
  • Feb. 9, 1950
Parry, J. H. (John Horace), 1914-1982
  • Jan. 17, 1938
Priestley, Herbert Ingram, 1875-1944.
  • Feb. 12, 1925
Rippy, J. Fred (James Fred), 1892-1977.
  • May 13, 1930 and Dec. 6, 1930
Robertson, James Alexander, 1873-1939.
  • Dec. 3, 1929
Shiels, W. Eugene (William Eugene), 1897-
  • Sept. 25, 1941 and Dec. 15, 1951
Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953.
  • Mar. 14, 1952
Wagner, Henry Raup, 1862-1957.
  • Aug. 31, 1942, Nov. 13, 1942, Dec. 1942
Whitaker, Arthur Preston, 1895-1979
  • Dec. 14, 1939
Wilgus, A. Curtis (Alva Curtis), 1897-1981.
  • July 7, 1928
Wright, Irene Aloha, 1879-1972.
  • Dec. 9, 1929, and Jan. 17, 1940
Zavala, Silvio Arturo, 1909-2014
  • Dec. 3, 1939