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Finding Aid to the Franz Schurmann papers, circa 1955-1986 (bulk 1957-1970)
BANC MSS 98/123 cz  
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Description
The papers of Franz Schurmann, American historian and sociologist and expert on China during the Cold War.
Background
Franz Schurmann, born in 1926 in Astoria, Queens, was an American sociologist and historian (though he referred to himself as an explorer-journalist). An expert on China during the Cold War, Schurmann taught in both the Departments of History and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley for thirty-eight years. He also served for some time as the head of the Center for Chinese Studies. Schurmann was fluent in as many as twelve languages (partly the product of the fact that his father spoke five). He served in World War II, during which he met Stephen Brecht, the son of Bertolt Brecht. The two would remain friends and Schurmann was known to spend granduate school summers at Brecht's house in Southern California. Schurmann received his Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Harvard University after the war. One of his first major projects was to spend two years in Afghanistan during the late 1950s documenting a tribe thought to be descended from the invasions of Ghengis Kahn. He published his findings in a book entitled The Mongols of Afghanistan (1962). Schurmann's major work was his book Ideology and Organization in Communist China, which was first published in 1966 at the start of Mao's Cultural Revolution. Schurmann was an opponent of the Vietnam War and founded the Berkeley Faculty Peace Committee in 1964. He toured parts of Vietnam in 1968 with fellow activist Mary McCarthy. Schurmann also was instrumental in starting the Pacific News Service in 1970 in order to bring more journalism about Asia to the United States.
Extent
Number of containers: 6 cartons, 2 boxes, 1 cardfile box (linear feet: 8.25)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Availability
Collection is open for research.