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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bernhard Joseph Stern papers
    Inclusive Dates: 1926-1943
    Collection Number: mssStern
    Collector: Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956
    Extent: 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
    Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Bernhard Joseph Stern correspondence and papers reflects his work on the biography of Lewis Henry Morgan.
    Language of Material: The records are in English and Russian.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Bernhard Joseph Stern papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Bernhard Joseph Stern, 1968 and 1977.


    Bernhard Joseph Stern (1894-1956) was an American born sociologist, who received his Ph.D. from Columbia. As a professor, author, and lecturer, his interests were many faceted with special emphasis on anthropology.
    He became so absorbed in Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881 - the first social evolutionist in the United States to gain an international reputation) that he wrote the book, Lewis Henry Morgan: Social Evolutionist. It was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1931.
    In 1936 Dr. Stern entered into an agreement with the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences in the Soviet Union. He was authorized to be the American member of the editorial committee for the publication of the complete works of Lewis Henry Morgan.

    Scope and Content

    This collection includes subject matter related to Stern’s book about Lewis Henry Morgan and also his contract with the Soviet Union in 1936. There are over 100 letters during the period 1926-1938 addressed to the University of Rochester Library where so much Morgan material was deposited. In response, there are over 70 letters from the Rochester librarians. There are several letters to publishers requesting them to consider his manuscript. Corresponding to this group are over 40 letters from various American publishers in which they express reaction to his letters from various American publishers in which they express reaction to his projected volume. Letters to persons who had known Morgan are included. There are copies of over 140 Morgan letters and/or excerpts of them addressed to Joseph Henry (over 100 letters to him) and others during the period 1862-1881. There are approximately 100 pieces including miscellaneous notes, drafts of articles, and outlines that were working material for the volume. There are 20 printed reviews of the Morgan volume, three of which, appeared in the Soviet Union.
    During the period 1931-1940 there are over 50 Stern letters to various Soviet scholars and over 20 letters written by the Soviets to him. These letters (some in Russian with an accompanying translation) are concerned with the mutual interest in Morgan and the 1936 contract, which was not trouble free.
    Significant persons represented are: Robert Henrich Lowie (4 letters addressed to Stern, 1928-1929); and the Soviet scholars: A.A. Busigin, J. Winnikow, I.I. Meshchaninov, I.P. Alcor-Koshkin, and M. Kosven.
    Box 1 consists of letters addressed to Stern arranged alphabetically by author.
    Box 2 consists of letters (copies) written by Stern to various persons arranged alphabetically by addressee; Stern’s notes and drafts; printed reviews of his book Lewis Henry Morgan: Social Evolutionist.
    Box 3 consists of letters and/or excerpts (all copies) written by Morgan to various persons arranged alphabetically by addressee. Other related material includes printed ephemera and photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Kosven, M. O. (Mark Osipovich), 1885-
    Lowie, Robert Harry, 1883-1957
    Morgan, Lewis Henry, 1818-1881
    Morgan, Lewis Henry, 1818-1881 -- Correspondence
    Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956 -- Archives
    Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956 -- Lewis Henry Morgan : social evolutionist

    Corporate Names

    Institut antropologii i ėtnografii (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR) -- Correspondence
    University of Chicago -- Press -- Correspondence
    University of Rochester -- Library -- Department of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives --Correspondence


    Anthropologists -- Soviet Union -- Correspondence
    Anthropologists -- United States -- Correspondence
    Biographers -- United States -- Archives
    Sociologists -- United States -- Archives

    Geographic Areas

    Soviet Union -- Intellectual life -- Sources
    United States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century -- Sources


    Letters (correspondence) -- Soviet Union
    Letters (correspondence)-- United States
    Professional papers -- United States
    Personal papers -- United States