Register of the Alexander H. Buchman papers

Finding aid prepared by Sally DeBauche
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Alexander H. Buchman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1920-2003
Collection Number: 84075
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 10 envelopes, 5 motion picture film reels, 2 videotape cassettes, 14 slides, 6 phonotape cassettes (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, police reports, printed matter, motion picture film, still photographs, and slides, relating to Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism, especially in China and the United States, to the Trotskyist C. Frank Glass, and to Rayna Prohme, revolutionary American journalist in China.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Buchman, Alexander H.

Access

Collection open for research.
Use copies of the motion picture material in this collection are available for immediate access including

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander H. Buchman papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Biographical Note

1911 Born, Cleveland, Ohio
1933 Received degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Case School of Applied Science
1933-1939 Lived in Shanghai, China
1939-1940 Lived in Cayoacan, Mexico; served as Leon Trotsky's bodyguard
2011 Died, Los Angeles, California

Scope and Contents note

The Alexander H. Buchman papers document his activities as an amateur photographer living in Shanghai, China and Coyoacan, Mexico and his relationship with Leon Trotsky. The collection includes film and photographs of Leon Trotsky and members of his entourage, including his wife, Natalia Sedova, Diego Rivera, and others, in Coyoacan, Mexico between 1939-1940. Buchman’s photographs of Shanghai and other areas of China include scenes of the bombing of Shanghai in 1937 and executions of leftists in China between 1927 and 1932. The collection also includes a sound recording of a telephone address to followers in the United States made by Trotsky from Mexico in 1938.
Among Buchman’s papers are also significant collections of correspondence with friends and colleagues who shared his interest in the history of Trotskyism, including Baruch Hirson, Susan Weissman, and Trotsky’s grandson, Esteban Volkov.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Fourth International.
Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.
China--Views.
China.
Communism.
Mexico.
Moving-pictures.
Phonotapes.
Russia (Federation)
Shanghai (China)
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945.
Slides (Photography).
Soviet Union.
Video tapes.

 

Biographical File, 1920-2002

Box/folder 1 : 1

Articles about Alexander Buchman, 2001

Box/folder 1 : 2

Identification documents, photocopies, 1937

Box/folder 1 : 3

Jokes collected by Alexander Buchman, 2002

Box/folder 1 : 4

Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance reports and interview transcripts, with related correspondence, 1920-2000

 

Correspondence, 1937-2003

Box/folder 1 : 5

Unidentified, 2001

Box/folder 1 : 6

The China Leprosy Association/Foundation, 1988

Box/folder 2 : 9

Columbia University Press, 1999-2000

Box/folder 1 : 7

Crook, David, 1988-1996

Box/folder 1 : 8

Durdin, Tillman, 1983-1994

Box/folder 1 : 9

Epstein, Israel, 1998

Box/folder 1 : 10

Glotzer, Albert, 1990-1998

Box/folder 4 : 3

Gould, Randall, 1988

Box/folder 1 : 11

Grunefeld, A. Tom, 1993

Box/folder 1 : 12

Hirson, Baruch, 1991-1999

Box/folder 1 : 13

Hirson, Yael, 1998-2001

Box/folder 1 : 14

Hoover Institution Library & Archives, 1984-1992

Box/folder 1 : 15

Hunt, Sam, 1988-1989

Box/folder 1 : 16

Isaacs, Harold and Viola, 1975, 1984-1986, 1990-1993

Box/folder 1 : 17

Jan Frankel search correspondence, 1937, 1986-1997

Box/folder 1 : 18, 2 : 1

Knodel, Arthur, 1993-1996

Box/folder 4 : 3

MacKinnon, Stephen, 1988

Box/folder 2 : 2

Marcopoulos, George, 1990-1993

Box/folder 2 : 3

Messmer, Matthias, 2003

Box/folder 2 : 4

Moustakis, Elizabeth, 1987-1994

Box/folder 2 : 5

Rand, Peter, 1989-1998

Box/folder 2 : 6

Rosholt, Malcolm, 1994-1998

Box/folder 1 : 15, 2 : 7

Turnbull, Emily (Prometheus Research Library), 1988-1989, 1996-2001

Box/folder 2 : 8

Volkov, Esteban, 1982-1989

Box/folder 2 : 9

Wang Fanxi, 1999-2000

Box/folder 2 : 10

Wang, Y. Y., 2000-2001

Box/folder 2 : 11-13

Weissman, Susan, 1988-2000

 

Writings by Others, 1973-1994

Box/folder 2 : 14

Benton, Gregor, 1994

Box/folder 2 : 15, 3 : 1-2

Hirson, Baruch, 1973-1988

Box/folder 3 : 3

Kessler, Ralph, 1988

Box/folder 3 : 4-6

Knodel, Arthur and Baruch Hirson, circa 1990

Box/folder 3 : 7

Pantsov, Alexander, 1994

Box/folder 3 : 8

Petras, James, circa 1991

Box/folder 3 : 9

Wang, Fanxi, 1988-1991

Box/folder 3 : 10

Weissman, Susan, 1988-1994

 

Conferences File, 1989-1993

Box/folder 4 : 1

"International Trotsky Symposium," 1989-1993

Box/folder 4 : 2

"Trotsky in Cardenas' Mexico: 1937-1987" colloquium, 1986-1987

 

Subject File, 1926-1998

Box/folder 4 : 3

Agnes Smedley, 1927-1988

Box/folder 4 : 4

Esteban Volkov, 1940-1990

Box/folder 4 : 5

Irving Weissman, 1986-1988

Box/folder 4 : 6

Leon Trotsky, 1926-1998

 

Photographs and Slides, 1927-1945

Envelope A-C

Approximately 750 contact prints of Leon Trotsky and members of his entourage in Coyoacan, Mexico, circa 1939-1940

Envelope D

12 enlarged prints of Leon Trotsky in Coyoacan, Mexico, circa 1939-1940

Envelope E

6 enlarged prints of Leon Trotsky with his wife and members of his entourage in Coyoacan, Mexico, circa 1939-1940

Envelope F

14 enlarged prints of members of the entourage of Leon Trotsky in Coyoacan, Mexico, circa 1939-1940

Envelope G

3 enlarged prints, including 2 of Diego Rivera in Coyoacan, Mexico and 1 of a painting by Rivera, circa 1939-1940

Envelope H

40 prints of executions of leftists in China, circa 1927-1932

Slide Box I

14 color slides of Leon Trotsky in Mexico, circa 1939-1940

Envelope I

2 copies of one print and negative depicting the core members of the provisional central committee of the Communist League of China (Trotskyist opposition), 1936

Envelope J

19 prints depicting members of the Communist League of China, 1923-1928, and atrocities in the Wuhan area, 1929-1930

Scope and Contents note

Includes a print of Agnes Smedley with others, 1932 or 1933.
Box/folder J

1 print depicting Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center, 1941-1945

 

Sound Recordings,

Cassette Cabinet

"Trotsky Speech from Mexico to NYC. Oct. 18 1938. 16 min. With Intro," sound cassette

Cassette Cabinet

"Esteban Volkov San Francisco Speech, Aug. 6 1988. Intro by Paul Siegel," sound cassette

Cassette Cabinet

"Memorial Service for Milt Genecin San Francisco February 5, 1989," sound cassette

Cassette Cabinet

"Memorial Service for Frank Glass Los Angeles California 4/23/88," sound cassette

Cassette Cabinet

"L. Trotsky Speech 10-18-39 on 10th Anniv. of U.S. Left Opposition," sound cassette

Cassette Cabinet

"Portraits of USSR - KPFK Los angese Interview with Sieva Volkov 02/18/88," sound cassette

 

Film Reels, 1937-1940

Box/folder 1-2

Leon Trotsky and members of his entourage in Coyoacan, Mexico, 16 mm print, silent circa 1939-1940

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 84075_f_0007971.
Moving Images 3

Street scenes in Shanghai, China, 16 mm print, silent, circa 1938-1939

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 84075_f_0010513.

Scope and Contents note

Depicts the foreign presence in Shanghai. Opening shots show U.S.S. Augusta leaving Shanghai. Other scenes show French, British, American (4th Marines), and Shanghai Municipal Police.
Box/folder 4

Bombing of Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War, 16 mm print, black & white, silent, 1937

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 84075_f_0010530.

Scope and Contents note

Primarily scenes on or near the Shanghai Bund on "Bloody Saturday," August 14, 1939, when Chinese aircraft tried to bomb the Japanese cruiser Idzumo but instead bombed Nanking Road and the Bund, and Nanking Road at the New World Entertainment Centre.
Box/folder 5

Foreign warships and troops in Shanghai, China, circa 1937-1939

General Physical Description note: 16mm print, black & white, silent

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 84075_f_0010531.

Scope and Contents note

Scenes of poverty, life on the streets, the dispossessed, refugees. Shanghai, 1938-1939.
 

Printed Matter, 1927-2003

Box/folder 4 : 7

"Against the Current," 1940

Box/folder 4 : 8

Against the Current, 2001

Box/folder 4 : 9

The Catholic Worker, 2003

Box/folder 4 : 10

The China Connection, 2001

Box/folder 4 : 11

Christianity's Social Record, undated

Box/folder 4 : 12

"Daybreak," 1939

Box/folder 4 : 13

"Fifth Conference on Leon Trotsky Highlights the Relevance of his Work," 1999

Box/folder 4 : 14

Form letters, 1995

Box/folder 4 : 15

Heritage, 2003

Box/folder 4 : 16

Living Age, circa 1930-1940

Box/folder 4 : 17

Newspaper clippings, 1927, 1989-1992

Box/folder 4 : 18

"Photos by Rewi Alley," 1987

Box/folder 4 : 19

Publisher newsletters, 1986-2002

Box/folder 4 : 20

Shanghai city guide, incomplete photocopy, 1945