Lewis Ulysses Hanke (b.1905) was a Latin American historian. He taught at the University of Hawaii (1926-27), University of
Beirut (1927-30), Harvard University (1934-39), University of Texas (1951-1961), Columbia University (1961-67), UC Irvine
(1967-69), and the University of Massachusetts (1969-75). He also served as director of the Library of Congress (1939-51).
His publications include
The Spanish struggle for justice in the conquest of America (1949),
Bartolomé de las Casas: an interpretation of his life and writings (1951), and
The imperial city of Potosí: an unwritten chapter in the history of Spanish America (1956). The collection consists of correspondence, research notes on Potosí (Bolivia) source materials, books and other printed
items, photographic prints, slides and microfilm copies of original source materials, architectural features, paintings, and
copies of Lewis Hanke's books on Latin American history.
Lewis Ulysses Hanke was born January 2, 1905 in Oregon City, Oregon; BS, 1924, MA, 1925, Northwestern University; Ph.D Harvard
University, 1936; instructor in history, University of Hawaii, 1926-27; adjunct professor of history, University of Beirut,
1927-30; instructor in history, Harvard University, 1934-39; director, Library of Congress, 1939-51; professor of Latin American
history, 1951-61, and director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, 1951-58, University of Texas; professor, Columbia
University, 1961-67; professor, UC Irvine, 1967-69; University of Massachusetts Helen Haring Professor of Latin American History,
1969-75, and professor emeritus in 1975; wrote many books on Latin American history, including The Spanish struggle for justice in the conquest of America (1949), Bartolomé de las Casas: an interpretation of his life and writings (1951), and The imperial city of Potosí: an unwritten chapter in the history of Spanish America (1956).Professor Lewis Hanke (b. Oregon City, Oregon, 1905) was the Clarence and Helen Haring Professor at the University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. He also served as Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas (1951-1958), and
was a Professor of American History there (1951-1961), Professor of History at Columbia (1961-1967), and at the University
of California Irvine (1967-1969). In 1965, he was made an honorary citizen of Potosí, and is the author of various works on
Latin American history.