Scope and Content
Title: Bernhard Joseph Stern papers
Inclusive Dates: 1926-1943
Collection Number: mssStern
Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956
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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.
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Bernhard Joseph Stern papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
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.
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
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
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