William Deverell

William Deverell is Director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and Professor of History at USC.  He is also founding director of the USC Libraries Collections Convergence Initiative.  He is an historian of the 19th and 20th century American West.  His undergraduate degree in American Studies is from Stanford and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American History are from Princeton.  He has published widely on the environmental, social, cultural and political history of the West.

Migrant Letters

Changing immigration laws, job opportunities, and acclimation to a new culture are captured in these letters from 20th-century Chinese and Mexican immigrants to California.

The scene around the well as crews work to rescue three-year-old Kathy Fiscus.

A Little Girl, a Deep Well and a Big Story

When three-year-old Kathy Fiscus fell down a well in San Marino, the attempt to rescue her was the first-ever significant news story to be televised live.