Finding Aid for the Alexander Saxton Papers, 1846-1990 bulk 1936-1990

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Finding Aid for the Alexander Saxton Papers, 1846-1990 bulk 1936-1990

Collection number: 1697

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff, August 1992
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé, June 2004
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, June 2004
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Saxton Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1846-1990 bulk 1936-1990
Collection number: 1697
Creator: Saxton, Alexander
Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Alexander Plaisted Saxton (b.1919) taught at UC Berkeley and Wayne State University before joining the Department of History at UCLA in 1968. His writings include Grand crossing (1943), The great midland (1948), Bright web in the darkness (1958), The great fear (1970), and The indispensable enemy: labor and the anti-Chinese movement in California (1971). The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, notes, and clippings related to Saxton's professional life, materials related to his teaching in the Department of History at UCLA, and family papers (1846-1943).
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alexander P. Saxton, 1992.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander Saxton Papers (Collection 1697). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

Alexander Plaisted Saxton was born July 16, 1919 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; AB, University of Chicago, 1940; MA (1962) and Ph.D (1967), UC Berkeley; after teaching at UC Berkeley and Wayne State University, Saxton began teaching in the Department of History at UCLA in 1968; his writings include Grand crossing (1943), The great midland (1948), Bright web in the darkness (1958), The great fear (1970), and The indispensable enemy: labor and the anti-Chinese movement in California (1971).

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, notes, and clippings related to the professional life of writer Alexander P. Saxton. Includes materials related to his teaching in the Department of History at UCLA as well as family papers (1846-1943).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Saxton, Alexander--Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of History--Faculty--Archival resources.
Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources.
Historians--United States--Archival resources.


Container List

 

Hull House, Chicago: 1938-1940

Box 1, Folder 1

Drawings and block prints for Hull House Magazine, 50th anniversary brochure.

 

Writings. 1938-1980

 

1938-1940

Box 1, Folder 2

The road to Damascus.

Box 1, Folder 3

Harvest home.

Box 1, Folder 4

Trucker.

Box 1, Folder 5

The second raters.

Box 1, Folder 6

The night before the war.

Box 1, Folder 7

Cave's hollow.

Box 1, Folder 8

Democracy on West Madison Avenue.

Scope and Content Note

Photo essay.
Box 1, Folder 9

Under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Box 1, Folder 10

Conversation on Fourteenth Street.

Box 1, Folder 11

Pittsburgh.

Box 1, Folder 12

Steel town.

Box 1, Folder 13

Notes on a point in eternity.

Box 1, Folder 14

Radio play [untitled].

Box 1, Folder 15

Class poems for Exeter Review and limericks.

 

1939-1940

Box 1, Folder 16

Notes on a point in time.

Box 1, Folder 17

Boxcars [notes].

 

1936-1943

Box 1, Folder 18

An isle in the sea.

 

1938-1943

Box 1, Folder 19

Defiance.

 

1936-1943

Box 1, Folder 20

The storekeeper.

Box 1, Folder 21

The wrong town.

Box 1, Folder 22

“Education in democracy” - written for Common Ground. 1941.

Box 1, Folder 23

For the younger generation.

 

1936-1941

Box 1, Folder 24

The foreman.

 

1941-1943

Box 1

“Stop, look & listen” - New York Daily Worker

Box 1, Folder 26

July 1942.

Box 1, Folder 27

August 1942.

Box 1, Folder 28

September 1942.

Box 1, Folder 29

October 1942.

Box 2, Folder 1

November 1942.

Box 2, Folder 2

December 1942.

Box 2, Folder 3

January 1943.

Box 2, Folder 4

February 1943.

Box 2, Folder 5

March / April 1943.

 

1943[?]

Box 2, Folder 7

Discrimination on the railroads.

 

No Date

Box 2, Folder 9

Notes by Emma Balchunas on Chicago race riots of 1919.

 

1944-1945

Box 2, Folder 10

Shipping - notes, articles on Marseilles, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.

 

1945

Box 2, Folder 11

The Albatross - ship newspaper for the S.S. Champ Clark.

Note

APS was one of the editors.
 

1945-1950

Box 3, Folders 2-3

Bright web - deleted chapters.

 

1949-1954

Box 3, Folder 4

The voyage of the Andrew Rogers.

Box 3, Folder 5

The woman who made Rich Bar famous by Mary Wright.

Box 3, Folder 6

When I felt like some watcher of the skies.

Box 3, Folder 7

Vacation for two.

Box 3, Folder 8

Rose Sakaala's vacation.

Box 3, Folder 9

Over here it's different.

 

1954-1060

Box 3, Folder 10

The captive year.

Box 3, Folder 11

Crying with their little mouths.

Box 3, Folder 12

Coming of age in Carrolswood Garden.

Box 3, Folder 13

The heart need never be fatal.

Box 3, Folder 14

Masquerade.

Box 3, Folder 15

The last days of Christmas.

Boxes 3-4

Just call me killer.

Note

[Materials in Box 3, folder 16 and Box 4, folder 5]
Box 3, Folder 17

The formula story.

Box 3, Folder 18

Tickets to the ballet.

Box 4, Folder 1

The Internment.

Box 4, Folder 2

On the road to Mojave.

Box 4, Folder 3

First ascent.

Box 4, Folder 4

Rixie.

Box 4, Folder 6

On the last day of Christmas.

Box 4, Folder 7

The Academy revisited.

Box 4, Folder 8

Redbook (January 1959).

Box 4, Folder 8

Saturday Evening Post (June 1, 1957).

Box 4, Folder 8

Chateleine (June 1960).

Box 4, Folder 8

Stories by Alexander Saxton.

 

1959-1960

Box 4, Folder 9

“A day's log of Olympus” & “Top of the mountain to you.”

 

1958-1959

Box 4, Folder 10

To dance in the bower.

 

1949-1950

Box 4, Folder 11

The city in the sea.

 

1959-1960

Box 4, Folders 12-13

In the holy city.

Box 5, Folders 1-2

Casa Bottarelli.

 

1941-1945

Box 5, Folder 4

Grand crossing - reviews.

Box 5, Folder 5

Grand crossing.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, including letters from Thornton Wilder, Christopher Morley. Also letters from John Dos Passos, E.B. White, William Maxwell, Lewis Perry, Edward Aswell.
Box 5, Folder 6

Great Midland - correspondence with Harper's.

 

1944-1945

Box 5, Folder 7

Great Midland.

Scope and Content Note

Contracts, reader's reports, correspondence from Howard Fast and Jack Conroy. Aslo letters from Peter Zagorin, Maxim Lieber, Willard Motley, Norris Gisnet, Michael Blankfort.
Box 5, Folder 8

Great Midland - reviews.

Box 5, Folder 9

Great Midland - publication abroad.

 

1950-1959

Box 5, Folder 12

Writer's Workshop Magazine.

 

1955-1962

Box 5, Folder 13

One tenth of a nation (TV documentary) and correspondence with Negro Historical and Cultural Society.

Box 5, Folder 14

The letter writer - play for California Labor Theatre.

Box 5, Folder 15

One-act play [untitled].

Box 6, Folder 1

Book reviews and correspondence, and fundraising letter, Fair Play for Cuba Committee.

 

1948-1960

Box 6, Folder 2

Contracts for Bright Web in the Darkness and In the Holy City (not published).

 

1959

Box 6, Folder 3

Bright Web - reviews.

 

1960-1961

Box 6, Folder 6

“Genteel apartheid” - published in Frontier (August 1961), and related material.

 

1962-1967

Box 6, Folder 7

“Caesar's Column” in American Quarterly. 1967, and related material.

 

1963-1970

Box 6, Folder 8

Unpublished papers.

 

1968-1975

Box 6, Folder 9

Indispensable enemy - correspondence with publishers and others.

 

1967-1975

Box 6, Folder 10

Indispensable enemy - reviews and correspondence, and Commonwealth Club award.

 

1970-1980

Box 6, Folder 12

Race in the house of labor - final typescript and correspondence.

 

Labor Movement. 1941-1943

 

1941-1942

Box 1, Folder 25

Clippings and brochures.

 

1941-1943

Box 2, Folder 6

Chicago Committee on Railroad Employment - press releases and related material.

 

Family Papers: 1846-1943

Box 5, Folder 3

Letters.

 

House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC): 1948-1959

Box 5, Folder 10

U.S. State Department denial of passport and transcript of Saxton HUAC testimony.

 

Political activity: 1948-1959

Box 5, Folder 11

Printed material re Harold Sawyer, Smith Act, deportation of William Heikkila.

 

Correspondence: 1950-1960

Box 6, Folder 4

General correspondence.

 

UC Berkeley: 1962

Box 6, Folder 5

UC Berkeley - admissions materials, M.A. and Ph.d. degrees.

 

UCLA. 1976-1990

 

1970-1976

Box 6, Folder 11

“Class organization in a racially segmented society” - UCLA colloquium paper, Asian American Studies.

 

1979

Box 6, Folder 13

Review of UCLA Theatre Arts Department.

 

1970-1980

Box 6, Folder 14

Correspondence with and re Ronald Takaki, UCLA and UC Berkeley.

Box 7, Folder 11

Correspondence - publishers.

 

1980

Box 7, Folder 1

Chinese American Cultural Society - related material, including conference address and correspondence.

Box 7, Folder 3

U.S. Immigration Committee hearings - testimony.

Box 7, Folder 6

USSR list of “Higher School” readings in American literature.

 

1976-1980

Box 7, Folder 2

“Historical explanations of racial inequality” - published in Marxist Perspectives.

 

1979-1981

Box 7, Folder 4

“Saxton's late proletarian-triptych” by Frederick Stern, published in Mid-America (VII).

 

1981

Box 7, Folder 5

“Race and racism, class and class consciousness.”

Note

Paper for Wester Association of Marxist Historians.
 

1978-1980

Box 7, Folder 7

NEH grant for project that became Rise and Fall of the White Republic.

 

1980-1990

Box 7, Folder 8

A view from the garden - and related material.

Box 7, Folder 9

Correspondence with and re Don Nakanishi.

Box 7, Folder 10

“Racial trajectory of the western hero” and “The new world order and the Rambo Syndrome”. Published in Amerasia Journal. 1984, 1991.

Box 7, Folder 19

Correspondence with publishers re The White Republic.

 

1970-1990

Box 7, Folder 12

Correspondence - journals - miscellaneous.

Box 7, Folder 13

Correspondence - Pacific Historical Review.

Box 7, Folder 14

Correspondence - American Quarterly.

Box 7, Folder 15

Correspondence, memos, reviews.

Box 7, Folder 16

Letters to newspapers.

Box 7, Folder 17

Manzanar - photos and address. 1990.

Box 7, Folder 18

Reviews of books and correspondence.