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MS Am 2008

Traven, B. Papers by or about B. Traven: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2008
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Traven, B.
Title: Papers by or about B. Traven,
Date(s): 1950-1977.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence of American writer and editor Sanora Babb Howe concerning the mysterious American or German writer B. Traven. Also includes manuscripts by B. Traven.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*83M-2. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, received: 1983.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Papers By or About B. Traven (MS Am 2008). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Bruno Traven (d. 1969) a mysterious author, perhaps American, perhaps German, born in 1882 or 1890, lived in Mexico for much of his writing life. He signed his name Hal Croves in the letters in this collection.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is correspondence of Sanora Babb Howe, an author, editor at the California Quarterly, and friend of Traven. The letters concern the rights to a Traven story adapted for radio and television by Ted Allan, a playwright who worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Traven would not negotiate directly with Allan or the CBC. Also contains manuscripts by Traven with annotations by Howe and others, of his Indian mass industry and The uninvited guest.

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