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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Richard Baum papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2272
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.8 linear feet (19 document boxes, 1 record carton, 1 shoe box)
    Date (inclusive): 1961-2012
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials related to the career of UCLA professor of Political Science, US policy advisor, and China scholar Richard Baum. Baum was founder of the listserv Chinapol and was an influential authority on contemporary Chinese politics who authored more than 50 scholarly studies and six books. The materials include correspondence, conference files, Baum’s writings, course materials, and recordings of Baum’s lectures.
    Language of Materials: Materials are primarily in English, some materials in Chinese.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Baum, Richard, 1940-2012

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA Library Special Collections Librarian Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: ©The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIO/VISUAL RECORDINGS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for access. To access audio/visual recordings, please notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Baum Papers (Collection 2272). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7687047 

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Karin Joffe, 2013.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processed by Mary Priest in 2015 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT)  with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the Constantine and Perina Panunzio Endowment for University Archives. Further processing by Caitlin Denny in 2016 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT)  with assistance from Courtney Dean.

    Biography/History

    Richard Baum was born in Los Angeles, CA on July 8, 1940. Baum Studied political science at UCLA, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1962. Baum continued his political science studies at UC Berkeley, receiving his master’s degree in 1963 and his doctorate in 1970. Baum traveled to Taiwan in 1967 to study Mandarin while working towards his doctorate degree. It was during this trip that Baum discovered classified materials documenting activities at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Baum launched into his scholarly career when he made unauthorized copies of these documents and used the materials to write an analysis of the conflicts between Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution and the interests of the CCP.
    Baum began teaching Political Science at UCLA in 1968 and continued his career there for 44 years. While at UCLA, Baum was also the director of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1999 until 2005. Throughout his career, Baum was an influential authority on contemporary Chinese politics, serving as a popular media commentator and a high-level U.S. policy advisor. Baum served on the editorial boards for numerous scholarly journals, including the US-China Institute and China Quarterly. Baum was the founder of Chinapol, an extensive listserv used by scholars, officials, and journalist to discuss Chinese politics. Additionally, Baum authored more than 50 scholarly studies and six books, including Burying Mao: Chinese Politics in the Age of Deng Xiaoping. Baum died in Los Angeles, California on December 14, 2012.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of professor, advisor, and China scholar Richard Baum. The materials include correspondence, conference files, Baum’s writings, course materials, and recordings of Baum’s lectures. The collection relates to Baum’s teaching and directing roles at UCLA, high-level U.S. policy advising, trips to China, speaking engagements, and conference presentations. Many notes in this collection include the intricate mandala doodles of Baum.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1: Professional Files, 1961-2012
    • Subseries 1.1: Correspondence
    • Subseries 1.2: Conference Files
    • Subseries 1.3: Faculty Papers
    • Subseries 1.4: Professional Activities Files
    • Subseries 1.5: Writings
    • Series 2: Recorded Lectures and Interviews, 1972-1996

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Baum, Richard, 1940-2012 -- Archives
    University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Political Science--Faculty. -- Archives