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Register of the Bertram David Wolfe Papers, 1903-1999
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Indexing Terms
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Scope and Content of the Incremental Materials

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bertram David Wolfe papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1903-1999
    Collection Number: 77029
    Creator: Wolfe, Bertram David, 1896-1977
    Collection Size: 179 manuscript boxes, 2 card file boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 35 envelopes, 6 microfilm reels, 5 videotape cassettes, 13 phonotape reels, 8 phonotape cassettes. (84 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, notes, memoranda, clippings, other printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to Marxism; the international communist movement; communism in the Soviet Union, the United States, and elsewhere; literature and art in the Soviet Union and in Mexico; and the Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Includes some papers of Rivera, and papers of Ella Wolfe, wife of Bertram D. Wolfe. Materials in the increment consist largely of correspondence, writings, and printed matter added to the collection by Bertram D. Wolfe's widow, Ella Wolfe, in the years following his death in 1977. Additional items became part of the papers after Ella Wolfe's death in 2000. Much of the incremental materials pertain to Bertram Wolfe's career as a critic and historian of Marxism and Soviet communism, as well as his work as a biographer of Diego Rivera. They also document Ella Wolfe's role as her husband's collaborator and caretaker of his legacy, while showing her as a personality in her own right with a wide network of friends and correspondents. Phonotape cassette dubs of some sound recordings also available
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Box 183 closed; use copies available in box 12.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Register of the Bertram D. Wolfe Papers Incremental Materials, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives between 1977 and 2000.

    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 Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bertram David Wolfe papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Marx, Karl, 1818-1883.
    Communist International.
    Communist Party of the United States of America.
    Art--Mexico.
    Communism.
    Communism--United States.
    Communism and culture.
    Russian literature.
    Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
    Soviet Union--Politics and government.
    Mexico
    Lenin, Vladimir Il'ich, 1870-1924.
    Videotapes
    Phonotapes
    Wolfe, Ella.
    Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957.

    Biographical Note

    Bertram David Wolfe, 1896-1977

    1896, Jan. 19 Born, Brooklyn, New York
    1916 B.A., College of the City of New York
    1917 Married Ella Goldberg
    1917-1919 Member, Socialist Party
    1919-1929 Member, Communist Party, U.S.A.
    1925-1928 Agitation and Propaganda Director, Communist Party
    1928-1929 U.S. Representative, Executive Committee, Communist International
    1929-1940 Affiliated with Lovestoneite opposition party
    1931 M.A., Columbia University
    1939 Author, Diego Rivera: His Life and Times
    1948 Author, Three Who Made a Revolution
    1950-1954 Chief Ideological Adviser, International Broadcasting Division, U.S. Department of State
    1956 Author, Six Keys to the Soviet System
    1957 Author, Khrushchev and Stalin's Ghost
    1961-1962 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, Davis
    1963 Author, The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera
    1965 Author, Marxism: 100 Years in the Life of a Doctrine, and Strange Communists I Have Known
    1966-1977 Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
    1967 Author, The Bridge and the Abyss: The Troubled Friendship of Maxim Gorky and V. I. Lenin
    1969 Author, An Ideology in Power: Reflections on the Russian Revolution
    1977, Feb. 21 Died, Palo Alto, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Writings, correspondence, notes, memoranda, clippings, other printed matter, and audiovisual material, relating to Marxism; the international communist movement; communism in the Soviet Union, the United States, and elsewhere; literature and art in the Soviet Union and in Mexico; and the Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Includes some papers of Rivera, and papers of Ella Wolfe, wife of Bertram D. Wolfe.

    Scope and Content of the Incremental Materials

    The materials in the increment consist largely of correspondence, writings, and printed matter added to the collection by Bertram D. Wolfe's widow, Ella Wolfe, in the years following his death in 1977. Additional items became part of the papers after Ella Wolfe's death in 2000. Much of the incremental materials pertain to Bertram Wolfe's career as a critic and historian of Marxism and Soviet communism, as well as his work as a biographer of Diego Rivera. They also document Ella Wolfe's role as her husband's collaborator and caretaker of his legacy, while showing her as a personality in her own right with a wide network of friends and correspondents.
    The Speeches and Writings series of the papers contains an unpublished, book length manuscript by Bertram Wolfe, "The Corrido in Mexico." A work of cultural anthropology, this study explores how the corrido, a folk ballad form, has served as a vehicle for the expression of popular sentiment in Mexico, including as a means of commentary on various topical issues. In this series there is also a rare pamphlet in Spanish containing a text written by Wolfe during his visit to Spain in 1937, at the height of the Civil War. The series additionally includes the typescript draft of Bertram Wolfe's autobiography, A Life in Two Centuries, and the proofs of another posthumously published work, Revolution and Reality.
    The Correspondence series records Bertram Wolfe's dealings with his publishers, as well as his exchanges with a number of colleagues in the fields of Soviet history and Marxist studies. A substantial amount of the correspondence relates to Ella Wolfe and her many friends and acquaintances. Included in this are many letters written to Ella Wolfe by Svetlana Allilueva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin. The Writings by others series includes a number of unpublished papers, mainly relating to Soviet history, Marxism, and the Spanish Civil War.
    The Photographs series includes many pictures of Bertram and Ella Wolfe. There are also several hundred photographs that depict paintings, sketches, and murals by Diego Rivera. These were used by Bertram Wolfe in the preparation of his book, The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera. There are copies of a number of books by Bertram Wolfe, including Italian, Spanish, and German translations of some of them, in the Printed Matter series of the increment.
    The Biographical file contains college yearbooks, membership cards, as a well as number of tributes to Bertram Wolfe written after his death. It also includes the transcript of an oral history interview with Ella Wolfe.