The William W. Johnson collection on
B. Traven contains publications, correspondence, and other material related to Johnson's research on the author
B. Traven, which spanned more than forty years. This collection includes various articles on
B. Traven, newspapers from Chiapas, Mexico covering the three-day homage to B.
Traven, and Johnson's B.
Traven related research notes. Also includes correspondence with Rosa Elena Lujan (B.
Traven's wife), Lawrence Hill (B. Traven's United States publisher), and Paul Kohner (
B. Traven's agent) as well as a rare certified copy of Traven Torsvan Croves' will dated March 4, 1969 (in English).
William Weber Johnson (1909-1992) was a journalist, a professor of journalism at UCLA, and an author of countless articles
and a dozen books, the best known of which is
Heroic Mexico: the narrative history of a twentieth century revolution (New York: Doubleday, 1968). He served with Time, Inc. from 1941-61 as a writer (New York), war correspondent (European Theater
and WWII) and chief of various domestic and foreign bureaus (Mexico and Central America, Argentina and South America, Dallas,
Boston and Beverly Hills). Johnson's interest in
Traven began while Johnson was Time, Inc. bureau chief in Mexico City and continued well after Traven's death. Johnson was personally
acquainted with the elderly Hal Croves (as Traven was calling himself in Mexico City) and his wife Rosa Elena Lujan. Johnson
had many conversations and a lengthy cordial correspondence with Rosa Elena Lujan, and at one time intended to write the definitive
Traven biography. This was never fully realized, but his thirty years of collected research and correspondence on
Traven came to the University of California, Riverside in 1986.
1.5 linear feet
(3 document boxes)
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
This collection is open for research.