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  • Title: Alexander H. Buchman papers
    Date (inclusive): 1920-2003
    Collection Number: 84075
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 10 envelopes, 5 motion picture film reels, 2 videocassettes, 14 slides, 6 sound cassettes (2.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, police reports, printed matter, motion picture film, still photographs, and slides relating to Leon Trotsky and Trotskyism, especially in China and the United States, to the Trotskyist C. Frank Glass, and to Rayna Prohme, revolutionary American journalist in China.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Buchman, Alexander H., 1911-2003.


    Collection is open for research.
    Use copies of all motion picture material in this collection are available for immediate access. To access sound recordings or video recordings, 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], Alexander H. Buchman papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1984.


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

    Biographical Note

    1911 Born, Cleveland, Ohio
    1933 Received degree in aeronautical engineering from Case School of Applied Science
    1933-1939 Lived in Shanghai, China
    1939-1940 Lived in Cayoacan, Mexico; served as Leon Trotsky's bodyguard
    2003 Died, Los Angeles, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Alexander H. Buchman papers document Buchman's activities as an amateur photographer living in Shanghai, China and Coyoacan, Mexico, and his relationship with Leon Trotsky. The collection includes film and photographs of Leon Trotsky and members of his entourage, including his wife, Natalia Sedova, Diego Rivera, and others, in Coyoacan, Mexico between 1939 and 1940. Buchman’s photographs of Shanghai and other areas of China include scenes of the bombing of Shanghai in 1937 and executions of leftists in China between 1927 and 1932. The collection also includes a sound recording of a telephone address to followers in the United States made by Trotsky from Mexico in 1938.
    Also among Buchman’s papers is correspondence with friends and colleagues who shared his interest in the history of Trotskyism, including Baruch Hirson, Susan Weissman, and Trotsky’s grandson, Esteban Volkov.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940.
    Shanghai (China)
    Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945.
    Communism--United States.
    Glass, C. Frank (Cecil Frank), 1901-1988.
    Fourth International.
    China--Pictorial works.
    Prohme, Rayna, -1927.
    Video tapes.
    Motion pictures.
    Slides (Photography)