Guide to the Bruce C. Hopper Collection, 1913-1970

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Department of Special Collections
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Guide to the Bruce C. Hopper Collection, 1913-1970

Collection number: Bernath Mss 10.

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara

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  • Davidson Library
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Date Completed:
Latest revision 4/8/99.
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Front matter encoded by Todd Chatman.
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bruce C. Hopper Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1913-1970
Collection number: Bernath Mss 10.
Creator: Donation, 1975.
Extent: 18 linear feet (44 boxes).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Donation, 1975.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bruce C. Hopper Collection, Bernath Mss 10, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.


Bruce Campbell Hopper was born August 24, 1892 in Litchfield, Illinois, and grew up in Montana. From 1913 to 1916 he attended the University of Montana, and Harvard 1916-1917. During World War I he served with the American Field Service (1917), the Air Service, A.E.F. (1917-1919), the Historical Section, G.H.Q., Chaumont (1919) and Sorbonne Detachment (1919). In 1919-1920 he attended the Sorbonne and Oxford University.
From 1920 to 1923 Hopper traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, India, Burma, and China, including an exploratory trip to the Upper Yangtze and Szechuen. During this time he was a newspaper reporter in Honolulu, Montana, and Shanghai. He returned to Harvard, obtaining a B.S. in 1924 and an M.A. in 1925. From 1926 to 1929 he was an observer in the U.S.S.R for the Institute of Current World Affairs, his work involving studies in the Communist Academy and frequent field trips to areas such as the Urals, Caucasus and Arctic.
Hopper received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1930. He taught there in the Department of Government, from 1930 on, and also lectured in the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island., and the Army War College. During World War II he was Historian for the 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Air Forces, and was an O.S.S. Observer in Sweden. He also was Special Consultant for General Spaatz at the Pentagon, and was a civilian member of the Board to Select the Air Academy Site (Colorado Springs).
In the 1950s he participated in a number of lecture tours, including one to Panama in 1953 (as part of a counter-Communism mission), to 11 countries in Europe during 1954, and to German institutions and universities in 1958.
Hopper also served as Trustee of the World Peace Foundation, member of the Institute of Pacific Relations and the American-Russian Institute; and member of the Council of the Foreign Policy Association and the Council on Foreign Relations.
After retiring in 1961 from teaching at Harvard, Hopper spent his later years in Santa Barbara. He died in 1973.
Hopper's publications include: a series of articles "Through China's Back Door," 1921-1922; Pan-Sovietism, the Issue Before America and the World, 1931 (also published as What Russia Intends: The Peoples, Plans & Policy of Soviet Russia, 1931); Soviet Sovereignty in the Arctic, 1937; Potentials of Soviet Foreign Policy, 1939; The Second World War -- Why?, 1940; How Much Can and Will Russia Aid Germany?, 1940; Narkomindel and Comintern, Instruments of World Revolution, 1941; The War for Eastern Europe, 1941. He also contributed numerous articles and book reviews to The Spectator, Harvard Alumni Bulletin, American Political Science Review, American Historical Review, Foreign Affairs, and others.

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into several alphabetically arranged series, followed by photographs and oversize materials. More detailed information about Hopper, including resumes and Who's Who entries, may be found in the Biographical/Personal Material.
The extensive Correspondence series covers the period 1930-1970. Correspondence for earlier periods, however, was left as found in other folders, and is located in the World War I series (1917-1919), the Tours and Trips series (1919-1923), the Harvard series (1923-1926), the Institute of Current World Affairs series (1926-1929).
Materials relating to Hopper's extensive travels from 1917 through 1930s are found throughout the collection. Of particular note are the World War I, Institute of Current World Affairs, Research Files, and Tours and Trips series. Included in those series are a diverse mix of correspondence, travel notes, articles, reports and documents.

Container List

Box 1

Armed Forces Staff College (includes lecture notes), ca. 1948-1956

Box 2

Awards, Honors, Medals, ca. 1917-1950s

Box 3

Biographical/Personal Material (includes clippings, correspondence lists, resumes, Who's Who entries, and photos)

Box 4

Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (includes notes taken at meetings), ca. 1960s



Box 5


Box 6


Box 7

1948, 1950

Box 8


Box 9


Box 10


Box 11


Box 12


Box 13



Diaries and Notebooks

Box 14

1920s, 1954-1960

Box 15

1961-1965, 1967


Harvard (includes syllabi from classes taught there and talks at Harvard Chapel)

Box 16


Box 17



Institute of Current World Affairs

Box 18

Field Force (includes correspondence, documents and reports while in USSR) 1926-1929


Reports, 1961-1965


Public Lectures and Speeches

Box 19


Box 20


Box 21



Publications by Hopper (includes articles and book reviews)

Box 22


Box 23


Box 24

Publications by Others (includes items signed by Henry Kissinger and others)


Research Files (includes pamphlets, newspapers, notes, translations, clippings, and other material)

Box 25-26

Early: Afghanistan, Iraq, Persia, Turkey, and USSR, 1920s-1930s

Box 27-29

Asia (includes Japan, China, and Mongolia), ca. 1930-1941

Box 30

Atlantic Alliance, 1960s


Germany, 1947


Japan, ca. 1930s

Box 31-37

USSR (also includes China and Mongolia), ca. 1920s-1940


Tours and Trips (includes correspondence, travel notes, articles, passports, and other documents)

Box 38

1919-1920,Oxford University


1920-1923,Europe, Middle East, India, Burma, China

Box 39





1953,Panama Lecture Trip


1954,European Speaking Tour




World Peace Foundation, 1939, 1965

Box 40

World War I (includes correspondence and documents)


World War II

Box 41

Air Force Historian; O.S.S. Observer in Sweden

Box 42

Eastern Europe (publications and documents)

Box 43

Photographs, ca. 1940s-1950s

Box 44

Oversize - Weekly Kaimin (University of Montana, Missoula, newspaper), 1913-1914