Finding Aid for the Bernard Brodie papers, 1931-1978

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Bernard Brodie papers,
Date (inclusive): 1931-1978
Collection number: 1223
Creator: Brodie, Bernard, 1910-
Extent: 35 boxes (17.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Bernard Brodie (1910-1978) was a senior staff member at the Rand Corporation (1951-66), professor of political science at UCLA (1966-77), fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and author of various books. The collection consists of professional correspondence, writing files, and various printed materials related to Brodie's interests in political science and strategic planning.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
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.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Fawn Brodie, 1978-79.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bernard Brodie Papers (Collection 1223). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709486 


Bernard Brodie was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 20, 1910; Ph.D, University of Chicago, 1940; instructor at Dartmouth, 1941-43; associate professor and later Director of Graduate Studies, Yale, 1945-51; senior staff member, Rand Corporation, 1951-66; professor of political science, UCLA, 1966-77; technical expert, UN conference, San Francisco, California, 1945; fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; author of various books, including: Sea power in the machine age (1941), A guide to naval strategy (1944), The absolute weapon (1946), Strategy in the missile age (1959), From cross-bow to H-bomb (1973), Escalation and the nuclear option (1966), and War and politics (1973); died November 24, 1978.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of professional correspondence, writing files, and various printed materials related to Brodie's interests in political science and strategic planning.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Professional correspondence (Boxes 1-9).
  2. Writings (Boxes 10-23).
  3. Pamphlets by others (Boxes 24-32).
  4. Reviews, notes, lectures, and letters (Box 33).
  5. Research materials related to strategic planning (Boxes 34-35).
  6. Scrapbook related to Sea power in the machine age (Box 55).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Brodie, Bernard, 1910- --Archives.
University of California, Los Angeles--Faculty--Archival resources.
Political scientists--United States--Archival resources.


Professional Correspondence

Boxes 1-4

“Early correspondence.” ca. 1940s-1950s

Scope and Content Note

  • Boxes 1 and 2 contain an alphabetical sequence in folders marked A - Z (Box 1: A-L and Box 2: M-Z).
  • Boxes 3 and 4 contain files under the names of authors and agencies.
Boxes 5-9

Correspondence. ca. 1960s-1978

Scope and Content Note

Formerly contained in 2 metal file drawers. Like the “early correspondence,” there is amixture of alphabetical sequences in files marked “A,” “B,” etc. to “Z” and files under names of authors.
Box 9 contains the last paper written by Professor Brodie, October 1978, in response to a request from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.


Scope and Content Note

  • Boxes 10-21 contain original files labeled with title and date, arranged chronologically.
  • The files, which include speeches as well as written items, contain manuscripts, offprints and very occasionally original correspondence.
  • Boxes 22 and 23 comprise printed and typed (copy) materials found loose in the collection.
Box 10


Scope and Content Note

Includes files removed from scrapbook.
Box 11



Several folders in this box are missing; collection probably received with empty folders - folder contents so indicated.
Box 12


Box 13


Box 14


Box 15


Box 16


Box 17


Box 18


Box 19


Box 20


Box 21


Scope and Content Note

Also includes 3 term papers, written while Professor Brodie was at the University of Chicago (1931-1932).
Boxes 22-23



“Pamphlets by Others”

Scope and Content Note

  • This series (Boxes 24-28) comprises various printed materials, including some phemera, arranged in alphabetical files, mostly by author but including some subject categories.
  • Boxes 29-32 contain materials found loose in the collection.
Box 24

A - Fo.

Box 25

Fp - Kah.

Box 26

Kai - Ne.

Box 27

Ni - Sche.

Box 28

Schi - Z.

Boxes 29-32


Box 35

Scrapbook re Professor Brodie's book, Sea Power in the machine age. 1941

Scope and Content Note

Includes some original correspondence.


2 files, relating respectively to this book and to Guide to Naval Strategy (1941), were found at the end of the scrapbook, and have been filed in Box 10, in sequence with the other writing files.