Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven
Date (inclusive): 1905-1984, undated
Date (bulk): 1965-1980
Collection Number: MS 243
Hagemann, E. R. (Edward R.), 1921-
2.0 linear feet
(1 document box, 1 half-size document box, 1 record storage box)
Rivera Library. Special
This collection contains correspondence, press
clippings, and other material regarding Edward R. Hagemann’s research on B. Traven.
Includes articles written by Hagemann, correspondence between Hagemann and other
Traven researchers, a number of Traven short stories (typescripts), and works by
other authorities on and acquaintances of Traven.
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
[identification of item]. Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven, MS 243.
University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives,
University of California, Riverside.
The Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven was acquired in 1984.
Processed by Heidi Hutchinson, 2011.
Edward R. Hagemann (1921- ) was a professor of literature at the University of
California, Los Angeles from 1954-1959 and the University of Louisville from
1963-1965. It was during his time at UCLA that Professor Hagemann compiled his
important “Checklist of the Work of B. Traven and the Critical Estimates and
Biographical Essays on Him; together with a Brief Biography,” which was published in
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America,
vol. 53, First Quarter, 1959, pages 37-67. This is the earliest known effort to list
Traven’s works in their many editions and translations (at the time, into 21
different languages) as well as the articles about this mysterious writer. In
compiling his bibliography, Hagemann accumulated many German, British, and American
B. Traven first editions and short stories published in various magazines as well as
an almost complete run of Ret Marut’s
magazine. This collection later became the foundation for the University of
California, Riverside Libraries' excellent research collection on B. Traven.
B. Traven was the pseudonym for an internationally famous writer who guarded his
identity with jealousy and determination throughout his life, creating one of the
greatest literary puzzles of the 20th century. Other names he went by in his
lifetime are Traven Torsvan, Hal Croves, and Ret Marut. His twelve novels, the best
known of which are
The Death Ship and the
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and many short stories have
been translated into numerous languages. Films have been made of his the
Treasure of the Sierra Madre,
Rebellion of the Hanged. He
died in March 1969 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection contains correspondence, press clippings, and other material
regarding Edward R. Hagemann’s research on B. Traven. Includes articles written by
Hagemann, correspondence between Hagemann and other Traven researchers, a number of
Traven short stories (typescripts), and works by other authorities on and
acquaintances of Traven.
This collection is arranged into four series. The series arrangement is as
- Series 1. Correspondence, 1958-1976, undated.
- Series 2. Articles about B. Traven and his works, 1905-1984, undated.
- Series 3. Research and bibliographical material, 1956-1971, undated.
- Series 4. Stories by B. Traven, 1936-1969, undated.
Hagemann's extensive collection of books by and about B. Traven was acquired with
this archival collection. These books have been cataloged and added to the Special
Collections & Archives print collection. Cataloged records for this material can
be found in UCR's online public access catalog, SCOTTY.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Stone, Judy, 1924-
Genres and Forms of Materials