Guide to the Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven

Processed by Heidi Hutchinson, 2011.

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University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven
Date (inclusive): 1905-1984, undated
Date (bulk): 1965-1980
Collection Number: 243
Creator: Hagemann, E. R. (Edward R.), 1921-
Extent: 2.0 linear feet (1 document box, 1 half-size document box, 1 record storage box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: 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.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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 the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven, Collection 243. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

The Edward R. Hagemann collection on B. Traven was acquired in 1984.

Processing History

Processed by Heidi Hutchinson, 2011.

Biography

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 the 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 Der Ziegelbrenner 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, White Rose, Macario, The Death Ship, and 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.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series. The series arrangement is as follows:
  • 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.

Separated Materials

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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Stone, Judy, 1924-
Traven, B.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Articles.
Correspondence.
Magazines (periodicals).
Typescripts.


Collection Contents

 

Series 1. Correspondence. 1958-1976, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and various other individuals. Additional material that was attached to the original correspondence is also included when present.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Jackson Burgess. 1963.

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Roberto Cuba Jones (includes attachments). 1961-1965.

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Dr. L. Erlacher. 1958.

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Mr. Follett. 1963.

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Irwin T. (Toby) Holtzman. 1971-1976.

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Charles R. Humphrey (includes attachments). 1963-1966.

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Hubert Jannach (includes attachments). 1963.

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Peter Luebbe. 1963.

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Rosa Elena Lujan (includes attachments). 1965.

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Charles R. Miller. 1965.

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Rolf Recknagel. undated.

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and H. Ned Seelye. 1962.

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and Jose E. Vargas. 1960.

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence between Edward R. Hagemann and others, including Donald Krim and P. Loera y Chavez. 1961-1976.

 

Series 2. Articles about B. Traven and his works. 1905-1984, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains articles on B. Traven by various researchers. Includes originals, photocopies, and complete magazine issues containing articles by Judy Stone, Gerd Heidemann, Bernard Smtih, and others.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 15

Articles on B. Traven. 1905-1960.

Box 1, Folder 16

Articles by Edward R. Hagemann, including his "A Checklist of the Work of B. Traven ..." 1959-1961.

Box 1, Folder 17

Articles on B. Traven, including book reviews. 1961-1970, undated.

Box 1, Folder 18

Articles on B. Traven by Judy Stone and uncorrected page proofs of Stone's book, The Mystery of B. Traven. 1967-1976.

Box 1, Folder 19

Articles on B. Traven following his death on March 27, 1969. 1969-1970

Box 1, Folder 20

Articles on B. Traven, including book reviews. 1971-1980, undated.

Box 1, Folder 21

Articles on B. Traven, including book reviews. 1980-1984.

Box 3

Magazine titled New Masses (N.Y.C.), includes article "Who is B. Traven?" by Lawrence Clark Powell, p. 22-23 . August 2, 1938.

Box 3

Magazine titled Life, includes article "Who is Bruno Traven?" by William Weber Johnson, p. 13-16. March 10, 1947.

Box 3

Magazine titled Life, includes article "Movie of the Week: Treasure of Sierra Madre," p. 63-66. February 2, 1948.

Box 3

Magazine titled Life, includes in the 'Letters to the Editors' section "B. Traven betrayed" signed by Hal Croves, p. 23. March 15, 1948.

Box 3

Magazine titled Stern (Hamburg), includes article "Wer ist der Mann, der Traven heisst?" by Gerd Heidemann, p. 58-71. May 7, 1967.

Box 3

Magazine titled Stern (Hamburg), includes in the 'Stern-Briefe' section eight reader letters commenting on Heidemann's article, p. 5. May 28, 1967.

Box 3

Magazine titled Ramparts (S.F.), includes article "The Mystery of B. Traven" by Judy Stone, p. 31-49. September 1967.

Box 3

Magazine titled Ramparts (S.F.), includes article "Conversations with B. Traven" by Jusy Stone, p. 55-69. October 1967.

Box 3

Magazine titled Tierra y Libertad (Mexico, D.F.), includes article "B. Traven, el anarquista," p.12. June 1969.

Box 3

Magazine titled New York Times Book Review, includes article "Speaking of Books: B(ashful) Traven" by Bernard Smith, p.2, 56-57 (laid in: New York Times Book Review of December 27, 1970, p. 10 only and 3 reader letters in response to above article). November 22, 1970.

 

Series 3. Research and bibliographical material. 1956-1971, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains research notes and other material for Hagemann's 1959 bibliography of B. Traven's works as well as press clippings by and about fellow Traven scholar William Weber Johnson. Ephemeral items are also included.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 22

Bibliography on B. Traven by Edward R. Hagemann (typescript, original, and carbon copy). undated, circa 1959.

Box 1, Folder 23

Research notes for B. Traven bibliography by Edward R. Hagemann. undated, circa 1957-1959.

Box 1, Folder 24

Bibliographical materials on B. Traven. Includes photocopies from Rolf Recknagel's B. Traven: Beitraege zur Biographie (2nd ed., Leipzig, 1971). 1966-1971, undated.

Box 1, Folder 25

Press clippings by and about William Weber Johnson. 1966-1969.

Box 1, Folder 26

Ephemera including a sheet of B. Traven photographs, a radio script on the life of Traven, a conference program for "Conference on the Life, Literature and Cinema of B. Traven" held at the University of Arizona, and sheet music for a song titled "The Treasure of Sierra Madre." 1966, undated.

Box 3

Movie poster for "Treasure of Sierra Madre" from the 1956 re-release. 1956.

 

Series 4. Stories by B. Traven. 1936-1969, undated.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains typescripts, press clippings, and magazines containing the published stories by B. Traven in English.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 2, Folder 1

Press clippings of "Assembly Line" from Chicago, August 1954 and "An Unexpected Solution" from Short Stories, June 1957 (photocopies). 1954-1957.

Box 2, Folder 2

Typescript of "Tin Can" (No. 1489R, B.P. Singer Features) and original pages (p. 41-68) from the publication Sir! no. 21. March 1965.

Box 2, Folder 3

Typescript of "Midnight Call" (No. 1940, B.P. Singer Features). circa 1960-1969.

Box 2, Folder 4

Typescript of "Burro Trading" (No. 1584R, B.P. Singer Features). circa 1960-1969.

Box 2, Folder 5

Typescript of "The Uninvited Dinner Guest" (iIncludes folder for Paul Kohner, Inc.). circa 1960-1969.

Box 2, Folder 6

Typescript of "Ceremony Slightly Delayed" (No. 3979, B.P. Singer Features). circa 1960-1969.

Box 2, Folder 7

Typescript of "A Box on a Bus" (no. 1861, B.P. Singer Features). circa 1960-1969.

Box 2, Folder 8

Typescript of "Effective Medicine" (No. 2570, B.P. Singer Features) circa 1960-1969

Box 3

Magazine titled Fling. Includes short story "The Quarter" by B. Traven. March 1966.

Box 3

Novella titled "Death Ship" serialized in 1936 Sunday Worker (N.Y.C.). Includes partial issues of January 12, January 26, February 16, February 23, March8, and April 19, 1936. 1936.