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
Call No.: MS Am 2008
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Traven, B.
Title: Papers by or about B. Traven,
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.
*83M-2. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund, received: 1983.
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Papers By or About B. Traven (MS Am 2008). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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.
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.
- (1). Allan, Ted. 27 letters to Sanora (Babb) Howe; 1953-1960.
- (2). Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 letters to Sanora (Babb) Howe; 1952-1954.
- Papers by or about B. Traven,
Croves, Hal, 1890-1969. See Traven, Bruno,pseud., 1890-1969.
- (3). Howe, Sanora (Babb) 6 letters to Ted Allan; 1952-1958.
With a note by Sanora (Babb) Howe about this collection. A.MS.; Hollywood, Oct 1977. 1s.(2p.)
- (4). Howe, Sanora (Babb) 3 letters to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; -1954.
Item 1 lacks first page(see no. 10 in this series, item 9).
- (5). Howe, Sanora (Babb) 1 letter to Edgar Y. H. Harburg; 1954.
- (6). Howe, Sanora (Babb) 10 letters to Bruno Traven, pseud.; 1952-1954.
Addressed to Hal Croves.
- (7). Lujan, Rosa Elena. 2 letters to Sanora (Babb) Howe; 1967.
- (8). Stevenson, Philip. 1 letter to Sanora (Babb) Howe; 1961.
- (9). Traven, Bruno, pseud., 1890-1969. 1 letter to James Wong Howe; 1950.
Signed Hal [Croves].
- (10). Traven, Bruno, pseud., 1890-1969. 22 letters to Sanora (Babb) Howe; 1951-1966.
Item 22 with copy of another letter of same date.
Signed Hal Croves.
- (11). Traven, Bruno, pseud., 1890-1969. Indian mass industry. TS. and TS. (carbon copy) with MS. revisions and annotations in the hands of Sanora (Babb) Howe and others; [n.p., n.d. and 1952]. 23s.(24p.)
Translation of Traven's story by Esperanza Lopez Mateos; revised by California Quarterly editors.
With notes, revised beginning entitled "A legend of Oaxaca/Oaxaca legend, "and editors' comments on the story. TS. and MSS. in the hands of Sanora (Babb) Howe,
Philip Stevenson, and Wilma Shore; [Hollywood, 1952]. 4s.(5p.)
With copy of California Quarterly (Winter 1952) in which the story is printed as "A legend of Huehuetoc."
- (12). Traven, Bruno, pseud., 1890-1969. The uninvited guest. TS.(carbon copy) and TS.; [n.p., n.d.]. 48s.(48p.)
With envelope, Sep 1950, addressed to James Wong Howe.