The following collections were recently processed, and are now open for research.
Hans H. Baerwald Papers (Collection 531). Hans Baerwald was a UCLA professor emeritus and internationally renowned scholar of Japanese politics. The collection consists of correspondence, Baerwald’s master publication file, lecture notes, professional organization and conference files and research files on subjects such as the purge, the Lockheed case, elections, the Economic Bubble, occupation policy, the Diet, Japanese Prime Ministers and the Showa Emperor.
Everett Claire Olson Papers (Collection 583). Dr. Everett C. Olson, a zoologist, paleontologist and geologist, began his long-term field program in the American Southwest, studying Permian vertebrate fossils during the 1930s while working within the University of Chicago’s Department of Geology. In 1969, Olson joined the UCLA faculty where he taught zoology and later served as chair of UCLA’s Department of Biology. The collection includes research documents such as field notes, geological maps, photographs, negatives, slides, drawings, and figures, as well as correspondence, conference materials, publications collected by and authored by Olson, lectures written by Olson, and presentation materials.
Daniel M. Popper Papers (Collection 584). Daniel M. Popper joined the new astronomy department at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1947 as its first stellar astronomer. At UCLA, Popper became a full professor in 1955, chaired the department from 1951-1957 and 1959-1963, and retired as professor emeritus and research astronomer in 1978. The collection includes research files, the UCLA Astronomy Department’s administrative documents, information on Popper’s courses, correspondence, and publications.
Ruth St. Denis Papers (Collection 1031). Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968) was a modern dance pioneer who combined spirituality and dance. Throughout her career, St. Denis’s dances were greatly influenced by eastern culture and religion. In the later years of her career, Christian themes were also explored and depicted in her works. Her papers include handwritten journals, personal and professional correspondence, essays, poems, lectures, choreographic notes, musical scores, dance programs and ephemera, photographic prints, reel-to-reel audio recordings, books from her personal library, and business materials. The collection spans the majority of her life, though the bulk of collection derives from the 1920s to her death in 1968.
Omar Suttles Papers (Collection 1292). Omar Suttles (1893-1980) was the founder of the Airfloat Coach Manufacturing Company and manufactured one of the earliest travel trailers built specifically for recreation. He co-founded the Trailer Coach Association (TCA), presently known as Manufactured Housing Institute, and wrote a long-running column for Trailer Life magazine. The collection consists primarily of Suttles’ scrapbooks, photographs, reminiscences, correspondence, memorabilia, brochures, and other printed materials, ranging from approximately 1927 to 1981, with Suttles posthumously receiving correspondence and honorary mentions in serials.
Blood Relatives and Tomorrow Never Comes motion picture scripts and publicity material (Collection 1354). Blood Relatives (1977) and Tomorrow Never Comes (1978) are two feature films produced by Michael Klinger and Julian Melzack. The collection consists of publicity and script material representing the two films.
Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection (Collection 1872). The collection includes 143 mounted photographs, 137 of which were taken by Barbara Morgan and 6 by her husband, Willard D. Morgan. The photographs include images of dancers, nature, Camp Treetops, a Southwest series, New York cityscapes, and a junkyard series.
Leon Knopoff Papers (Collection 1876). The papers document the professional and research career seismologist, geophysicist, and UCLA Professor Leon Knopoff (b.1925-d.2011). Knopoff was known for his range of theoretical advances including a framework for the “double couple” model of an earthquake. The papers include: correspondence, files documenting Knopoff’s research projects, files generated by Knopoff as director of the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (1972-1986); laboratory notebooks, speeches, and lectures. Additionally, the collection documents Knopoff’s correspondence, research, and teaching as a musician and musicologist.