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 B.
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 B. Traven biography. This
was never fully realized, but his thirty years of collected research and
correspondence on B. Traven came to the University of California, Riverside in
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.