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Series 1. Publications. 1948-1987, undated.
Press clippings regarding B. Traven (includes photocopies). circa 1966-1969.
Publications and press clippings regarding B. Traven from Mexican, United States, and British publishers. Includes book reviews, obituaries, an interview with filmmaker Gabriel Figueroa, and an invitation to subscribe to the B. Traven Newsletter published by Terrence L. Ponick. circa 1969-1976.
Article by E.R. Hagemann titled "Huye! A conjectural biography of B. Traven" (photocopy). 1961.
Article by Gerd Heidemann titled "Wer ist der Mann, der Traven heisst?" from Stern magazine. 1967.
Article by Stephen Meyer titled "From a journalist's notebook: William Weber Johnson's encounters with the legends of his time" in Reader (San Diego's Weekly) (photocopy). 1987.
Article by Luis Spota in the Mexican newspaper Mañana (photocopy). 1948.
Magazine titled Ramparts (vol. 6, no. 2-3). Includes articles by Judy Stone titled "The mystery of B. Traven" and "Conversations with B. Traven" (includes photocopies). 1967.
Magazine, correspondence, and other material regarding the article titled "Trying to solve the enigma of the Sierra Madre," by William W. Johnson in the Smithsonian (vol. 13, no. 12). circa 1982-1983.
Drafts, correspondence, and other material regarding an article by William W. Johnson for the Smithsonian. 1982-1983.
Magazines, correspondence, and other material regarding B. Traven. Includes issues of the B. Traven Newsletter by Terence L. Ponick and an article titled "Hitler's Munich" from Mankind (includes photocopies). circa 1966-1976, undated.
Newspapers from Chiapas, Mexico covering the three-day homage to B. Traven. 1969.
Book review by William W. Johnson of The Night Visitor and Other Stories, in the New York Times Book Review (vol. 71, no. 16, April 17, 1966). Includes correspondence prior to and reader reaction following the publication of the article. 1966.
Reviews of William W. Johnson's books and articles on B. Traven (includes photocopies). 1949-1980, undated.
Publication titled Texas Quarterly (vol. 6, no.1) including the B. Traven story Macario. 1963.
Series 2. Correspondence. 1946-1986.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Michael L. Baumann. circa 1976-1985.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and William L. Bischoff regarding Rolf Recknagel (an East German Traven researcher). 1966-1969.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Peter Briscoe. 1986.
Correspondence from Hal Croves (B. Traven) to the editors of Time and LIFE magazines regarding their article on the filming of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre and his role therein. 1948.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Karl S. Guthke. 1985.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Lawrence Hill. 1966-1974
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Paul Kohner. 1946-1983.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and the Sterling Lord Agency regarding a B. Traven biography to be written by Johnson. 1968-1970.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Rosa Elena Lujan. 1966-1980.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Rosa Elena Lujan regarding a biography of B. Traven to be written by Johnson. 1969-1970.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Esperanza Lopez Mateos. 1946.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and Charles Henry Miller. 1966.
Correspondence from B. Traven to Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1946.
Correspondence and reviews regarding books written by Will Wyatt and Jonah Raskin on B. Traven. Includes comments by Rosa Elena Lujan. 1967-1980.
Correspondence between William W. Johnson and various individuals regarding B. Traven. 1966-1985.
Correspondence and clippings regarding William W. Johnson and B. Traven. 1946-1986.
Series 3. Research material. 1966-1986, undated.
Application form completed by William W. Johnson for renewal of a Guggenheim Fellowship to undertake a B. Traven biography. 1969.
Research notes by William W. Johnson on B. Traven. Includes Alfred A. Knopf Inc. record of contracts to publish B. Traven books. 1966-1969, undated.
Research notes by William W. Johnson on B. Traven for a lecture to the Friends of the UCLA Library. 1969.
Synopsis of a proposed biography of B. Traven by William W.Johnson (photocopy). undated.
Program from a B. Traven conference held at Pennsylvania State University. 1982.
Typescript of The Great Traven Hunt, or Erica's Dream: A play in three acts by Robert B. Olafson. 1977.
Research notes, book reviews, and correspondence between William W. Johnson and various publishers and scholars. Includes correspondence from Peter Briscoe encouraging Johnson to donate his personal collection to the University of California, Riverside's Special Collections & Archives. circa 1985-1986, undated
Programs, photographs, and other material regarding the three-day homage to B. Traven in Chiapas, Mexico. Includes keepsake with soil from Chiapas, Mexico. 1969.
Notes on William W. Johnson's conversation with Rosa Elena Lujan regarding his projected biography of B. Traven. 1969.
Will (certified copy in English) of Traven Torsvan Croves. March 4, 1969
Notebooks kept by William W. Johnson. Includes his trip to Chiapas, Mexico and his conversations with Rosa Elena Lujan in Mexico City, Mexico. 1969.