Guide to the Michael L. Baumann collection on B. Traven

Processed by Heidi Hutchinson.

Special Collections & Archives
The UCR Libraries
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
Email: specialcollections@ucr.edu
URL: http://library.ucr.edu/?view=collections/spcol
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Michael L. Baumann collection on B. Traven
Date (inclusive): 1992-2002
Date (bulk): 1997-1999
Collection Number: 246
Creator: Baumann, Michael L.
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 document box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains several drafts of the manuscript of Mr. Traven, I presume? by author Michael L. Baumann as well as correspondence between Baumann (or his wife) and Peter Briscoe and Sid Berger, both former staff members of the UC Riverside Libraries, regarding his publications.
Languages: The collection is in English.

Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item]. Michael L. Baumann collection on B. Traven, Collection 246. University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

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Processing History

Processed by Heidi Hutchinson, 2012.

Biography

Michael L. Baumann was a professor of English at California State University, Chico from the 1970s to the 1990s. His doctoral dissertation on B. Traven was published in 1976 by University of New Mexico Press under the title B. Traven: An Introduction. In later years, he submitted the manuscript of his book Mr. Traven, I presume? to the UCR Library's Special Collections Department for publication.
B. Traven was the pseudonym for an internationally famous writer who guarded his identity with jealousy and determination throughout his life, creating one of the greatest literary puzzles of the 20th century. Other names he went by in his lifetime are Traven Torsvan, Hal Croves, and Ret Marut. His twelve novels, the best known of which are The Death Ship and the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and many short stories have been translated into numerous languages. Films have been made of his the Treasure of the Sierra Madre, White Rose, Macario, The Death Ship, and Rebellion of the Hanged. He died in March 1969 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains several drafts of the manuscript of Mr. Traven, I presume? by author Michael L. Baumann as well as correspondence between Baumann (or his wife) and Peter Briscoe and Sid Berger, both former staff members of the UC Riverside Libraries, regarding his publications.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series. The series arrangement of this collection is as follows:
  • Series 1. Correspondence, 1992-2002.
  • Series 2. Typescripts and publications, 1997-1999.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Baumann, Michael L.
Traven, B.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Correspondence.
Manuscripts.


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Series 1. Correspondence. 1992-2002.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains correspondence between Michael L. Baumann or his wife Friedl Baumann and Sid Berger or Peter Briscoe.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence between Michael L. Baumann or his wife Friedl Baumann and Sid Berger or Peter Briscoe. 1992-2002.

 

Series 2. Typescripts and publications. 1997-1999.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains various drafts and the final copy of Baumann's Mr. Traven, I presume?.

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged sequentially according to box and folder number.
Box 1, Folder 2

Typescript of Mr. Traven, I presume?; includes cover letter to Sid Berger. May 16, 1998.

Box 1, Folder 3

Typescript of Mr. Traven, I presume?; includes cover letter to Sid Berger. August 9, 1999.

Box 1, Folder 4

Final draft of Mr. Traven, I presume? for publication by Special Collections Department, UC Riverside; dated 1997, published 1999. The book (in a "preliminary version") was also distributed free to participants at the B. Traven Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden, August 19-22, 1999. 1997-1999.

Box 1, Folder 5-7

Publication, Mr. Traven, I presume? "Published by the B. Traven Collection at the University of California, Riverside from the original typescript in the Special Collections Library at UCR, 1997" (quantity, 6). 1997.