Finding Aid to the Norman Jacobson Papers, 1949-2002

Finding Aid written by Marjorie Bryer
Funding for processing this collection was provided by Matt Jacobson
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Finding Aid to the Norman Jacobson Papers, 1949-2002

Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/223

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California Funding for processing this collection was provided by Matt Jacobson
Finding Aid Written By:
Marjorie Bryer
Date Completed:
May 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Norman Jacobson papers
Date (inclusive): 1949-2002
Collection Number: BANC MSS 2006/223
Creators : Jacobson, Norman
Extent: Number of containers: 4 cartons, 1 box Linear feet: approximately 5.6
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: The Norman Jacobson papers, 1949-2002, document his professional career as a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of South Carolina. The bulk of the materials consist of Jacobson's scholarly writings in the field of political science, his popular writings in other genres, and his course materials.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Norman Jacobson Papers, BANC MSS 2006/223, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.
Additional Notes on Collection:
Joint copyright with Robert Peyton of the movie scripts included in this collection were transferred to Peyton. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use these specific materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94270-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. Even if copyright is not granted, persons given access to these materials may, unless otherwise stated, make single reference photocopies in lieu of note taking.

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Free Speech Movement: scrapbook, 1964-1967 (bulk 1964-1965). UC Archives 308h.F85.s
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Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library. Videotapes/sound recordings have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Jacobson, Norman--Archives
University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Political Science
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley, Calif.)
Political science--20th century
Political science--Philosophy
Bucky, Jean-Bernard
Burdick, Eugene
Peyton, Robert
Sanford, Thomas Michael

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Norman Jacobson Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Norman Jacobson on December 2006.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Marjorie Bryer in 2007.

Biographical Information

Norman Jacobson was born in New York City on October 15, 1922. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He graduated from St. John's University in 1946 and received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with the renowned political theorist Merle Curti, in 1951.
Jacobson had an illustrious career in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley from 1951 through 1989. Following his retirement, he held the title Professor Emeritus and continued to teach and consult at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of South Carolina. Jacobson was the subject of an hour-long television program, "Men Who Teach" in 1969. He was chosen State of California Professor of the Year in 1988 by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Jacobson's areas of interest included political theory, the history of ideas, and literature and politics, and he taught a variety of courses in these subjects. He earned a reputation as a dedicated teacher and, in 1965, was one of the founding faculty of the University of California, Berkeley's Experimental College Program. Jacobson has published widely on the topics of European and American political thought from the Renaissance to the present, and on such figures as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Paine, Lincoln, Dostoevsky, Thoreau, Arendt, Orwell and Camus. His publications include Pride & Solace: The Functions and Limits of Political Theory.
Jacobson served as an alternate member of the U.S. Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in 1955, and as a consultant to Fund for the Republic, an organization dedicated to defending civil rights and civil liberties, from 1957-1958. In addition to teaching political theory, Jacobson was a psychotherapist in the Department of Psychiatry at Cowell Memorial Hospital in Berkeley between 1965 and 1970, and led seminars in the Department of Psychiatry at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco in 1970. His interests also extended into the realms of television, film, and theater. Jacobson collaborated on a number of (unproduced) television scripts with fellow political scientist, Eugene Burdick, and a screenplay about John Brown with Robert Peyton. He co-produced the U.S. premieres of two pieces by Bertolt Brecht at UC Berkeley in 1969: the symphony "Primer of War" and the opera "The Measures Taken." Jacobson also co-produced and wrote Report, a short film about teaching and learning at a large American University in the early seventies.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Norman Jacobson papers, 1949-2002, document his professional career as a professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of South Carolina. The bulk of the materials consist of Jacobson's scholarly writings in the field of political science, his popular writings in other genres, and his course materials.
The collection has been divided into five series: Correspondence; Writings; Political Activities; Professional Activities; and Course Materials. Though they were arranged to correspond to these logical series, most of Jacobson's original folders, folder titles, and the original order within each folder were maintained. Jacobson's son, Matt Jacobson, created a preliminary inventory of the collection. His annotations were used to help identify unnamed materials. Researchers should note that the original folder titles are abbreviated descriptions of folder contents. They should consult the more detailed folder titles in the container list for the most accurate descriptions of their contents.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1949-1989

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 1-16

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence of both a personal and professional nature, as well as departmental memos concerning University of California, Berkeley business. Researchers should note that correspondence related to specific issues, such as the publication of a particular monograph or the Free Speech Movement, may also be found in the folders relating to those topics. This series also includes reprints of some of Jacobson's colleagues' articles. Correspondents include Eric Hoffer, Clark Kerr, Chester Bowles, John Schaar, Willie Brown, and numerous students and colleagues from Political Science Departments across the country.
Carton 1, Folder 1-6

General Professional Correspondence 1949-1965

Carton 1, Folder 7

Bowles, Chester 1954-1956

Carton 1, Folder 8

Schaar, John 1958-1959

Carton 1, Folder 9

Rockefeller Foundation Grant 1956-1960

Carton 1, Folder 10

Personal Correspondence and Reprints 1958-1960

Carton 1, Folder 11

Reactions to Publication of "Political Science and Political Education," and Address, "Political Behavior" 1961-1965

Carton 1, Folder 12

Outgoing Correspondence 1962-1964

Carton 1, Folder 13

Incoming Correspondence 1964

Carton 1, Folder 14

Brown, Hon. Willie L., Jr. 1967

Carton 1, Folder 15-16

General Personal and Professional Correspondence 1978-1989

 

Series 2 Writings 1950-2000

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 17-42, Carton 2, Carton 3, folders 1-30

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically. Divided into two subseries: 2.1 Manuscripts; and 2.2 Addresses and Lectures.

Scope and Content Note

Writings includes Jacobson's manuscripts, addresses given at academic meetings, public lectures, and transcripts of Jacobson's KPFA radio series, "The Political Animal." These works span 50 years and a number of different genres. In addition to scholarly work, Jacobson wrote or co-wrote screenplays and scripts for television shows. One of Jacobson's collaborators, fellow political scientist Eugene Burdick, wrote the 1962 classic, Fail-Safe. Together, the duo proposed a myriad of television series, from children's cartoons, to game shows to dramas. Two folders contain material related to a drama, "Matador," which was later rewritten as "Rodeo," so as to appeal more to American viewers. Researchers should note that it was not always possible to distinguish between drafts of essays, public addresses, and class lectures, so they should consult both Series 2 and Series 5 if they are looking for particular subjects or works.
 

Subseries 2.1 Manuscripts 1951-2000

Physical Description: Carton 1, folders 17-42, Carton 2, Carton 3, folders 1-4

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of scholarly writings in the field of political science, as well as more popular works. These include drafts and final copies of student work; essays; monographs; memoirs; plays he wrote and co-produced; screenplays; proposals, scripts, publicity, and production materials for television shows; transcripts, a proposal for a game called "Politics"; reprints of writings by others that he has annotated; and correspondence. Researchers should also note that the manuscripts contained in the folders labeled "Science" and "Science/Images/Mirrors" are probably different versions of the monograph, "Image of Science and Social Science," that Jacobson wrote with fellow political science professor Thomas M. Sanford in the late fifties. "The Mirror of Science: Reflections on Science and Social Science," circa 1960 is, most likely, a later version of this book.
Carton 1, Folder 17

Adlai Stevenson -- Draft Analysis of Speeches and Related Correspondence 1952

Carton 1, Folder 18

The Americans -- Screenplay by Norman Jacobson and Robert Peyton circa 1970

Carton 1, Folder 19

"Behold Leviathan" circa 1966

Scope and Content Note

Essay
Carton 1, Folder 20-22

John Brown: Or the American -- Screenplay by Jacobson and Peyton, Fragments, and Correspondence 1971-1972

Carton 1, Folder 23

"Building National Consensus: Revolution, Constitution and Culture" undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft
Carton 1, Folder 24

"'Damn Your Eyes!': Thoreau and Male Friendship in America" 1999-2000

Scope and Content Note

Essay and Correspondence
Carton 1, Folder 25

A Distant Drummer -- Screenplay by Jacobson and Peyton circa early 1970s

Carton 1, Folder 26

"The European Visitor's Conceptions of the Social Setting of the American Frontier, 1760-1860 1950

Scope and Content Note

Term Paper
Carton 1, Folder 27

"Franco" -- "Playlet" and Newspaper Clipping undated

Carton 1, Folder 28

Game Proposal -- "Politics" 1956

Carton 1, Folder 29-39

The Image of Science in the Social Sciences circa 1956-1960

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and Correspondence
Carton 1, Folder 40

Kirk (Russell) and Viereck (Peter) Book Reviews for The American Political Science Review 1956-1957

Carton 1, Folder 41-42

"Language and Politics" 1953, 1979-1984

Scope and Content Note

Draft, Research, and Notes
Carton 2, Folder 1-3

The Mirror of Science: Reflections on Science and Social Science circa 1960

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and Correspondence
Carton 2, Folder 4

"Parable and Paradox: Hannah Arendt's On Revolution" undated

Scope and Content Note

Essay
Carton 2, Folder 5

"III. The Perspectives of Science -- Sociological Man: Marx undated

Carton 2, Folder 6

"The Politics of Irony" 1981-1989

Scope and Content Note

Drafts, and Correspondence
Carton 2, Folder 7

"The Possessed: Masters and Disciples, Intellectuals and Masses undated

Scope and Content Note

Draft
Carton 2, Folder 8

Pride and Solace Correspondence 1978-1982

Carton 2, Folder 9

"Primer of War" and "The Measures Taken" -- Brecht's Plays and Jacobson's Notes circa 1969, undated

Carton 2, Folder 10

"II. Psychological Man: Freud" 1965

Carton 2, Folder 11

"Realism in Political Analysis in America" circa early 1950s

Scope and Content Note

Draft
Carton 2, Folder 12

"Rodeo"-- Memoir of Attending a Rodeo in 1968 undated

Carton 2, Folder 13-15

Report circa 1970-1972

Scope and Content Note

Script, Production and Publicity Materials, and Correspondence
Carton 2, Folder 16-21

Rulers circa 1951

Scope and Content Note

Unpublished Monograph, Revision of Doctoral Dissertation
Carton 2, Folder 22

"Scholar" 1958, 1964

Scope and Content Note

Short Story
Carton 2, Folder 23-25

Science -- Earlier Version of "The Mirror of Science" 1961, 1963, 1970

Scope and Content Note

Drafts
Carton 2, Folder 26-28

"Science/Images/Mirrors" Book(s) undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes
Carton 2, Folder 29

"Scientific Method and Political Theory: A Reactionary View" circa 1950s

Scope and Content Note

Draft
Carton 2, Folder 30-33

Television Series circa 1956-1958

Scope and Content Note

Scripts, Proposals, Correspondence
Carton 3, Folder 1

"The Toll Taker" undated

Scope and Content Note

Movie Idea
Carton 3, Folder 2

"Truman" 1988

Scope and Content Note

Drafts and Correspondence
Carton 3, Folder 3

"The U.S. Constitution and the Politics of Irony" undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes
Carton 3, Folder 4

Reprints of Articles 1953-1971

 

Subseries 2.2 Addresses and Lectures 1952-1982

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 5-30

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Undated addresses and lectures follow and are arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes public addresses, lectures, and transcripts of Jacobson's KPFA Radio Series.
Carton 3, Folder 5

"Values and Science in Political Theory" 1952 September 13

Carton 3, Folder 6

"The Unity of Political Theory: A Case for Commitment" 1955 January

Carton 3, Folder 7

"American Institutions in the Age of Analysis: The Descent into Reality" 1956 September 6

Carton 3, Folder 8-11

Pieces for KPFA Radio Program "The Political Animal" circa 1956-1959

Carton 3, Folder 12

Rousseau Lecture, Mills College Late 1950s

Carton 3, Folder 13

"Berkeley v. Statewide" Early 1960s

Carton 3, Folder 14

"Civil Disobedience: Philosophy and Tactics" 1964 Oct. 9

Carton 3, Folder 15

"Perspectives on Politics: Dostoevsky on Authority and Rebellion" 1965 March

Carton 3, Folder 16

"The City in American Political Theory" 1965 November 5

Carton 3, Folder 17-18

"Men Who Teach" 1968 April

Scope and Content Note

Transcript of Television Show and Correspondence
Carton 3, Folder 19

"Lincoln and Nixon" circa 1972-1974

Carton 3, Folder 20

"On Modernization: A New World Passional" 1976 April 29

Carton 3, Folder 21

"Science & History as Ideology: New Men in the Academy" 1974 April

Carton 3, Folder 22

"The Abuse of Public Language and the Teaching of Politics" 1978 April 29-30

Carton 3, Folder 23

"O Brave New World" 1980 May

Carton 3, Folder 24

"The Fate of Two Classics: Democracy in America and The Federalists 1981 May 9

Carton 3, Folder 25

"Doing Political Theory and Psychotherapy: Some Experiences of the '60s" 1981 September

Carton 3, Folder 26

"Political Theory and Political Science" 1982 September

Carton 3, Folder 27

Between Past and Future undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes for Proposed Lecture Colloquium
Carton 3, Folder 28

"Gold Rush" undated

Scope and Content Note

Poem, Note for Lecture
Carton 3, Folder 29

"Phaedrus" undated

Scope and Content Note

Lectures
Carton 3, Folder 30

"Science and Politics" undated

 

Series 3 Political Activities 1954-1985

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 31-44

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, reports and working papers related to the Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; communications, correspondence, memos, papers, proceedings, and studies related to the Fund for the Republic; correspondence and the indictment related to the sedition trial of John William Powell, publisher of the China Monthly Review, who reported allegations that Japan and the U.S. were conducting germ warfare in China and Korea; materials related to the Free Speech Movement, including "the Slate Supplement," correspondence, briefs, press releases, leaflets, position papers, petitions, public statements, and publications; a program from the Cliford Odets' play, Awake and Sing; and correspondence about a demonstration regarding South Africa.
Carton 3, Folder 31-32

U.S. Commission on Intergovernmental Relations 1954-1955

Carton 3, Folder 33-36

Fund for the Republic 1956-1959

Carton 3, Folder 37

Powell Sedition Trial 1958

Carton 3, Folder 38

"Slate Supplement to the General Catalog" 1964

Carton 3, Folder 39-42

Free Speech Movement 1964-1965

Carton 3, Folder 43

Awake and Sing Program 1969

Carton 3, Folder 44

South Africa Demonstration -- Correspondence Spring 1985

 

Series 4 Professional Activities 1965-1995

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 1-6

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes curriculum vitae, a faculty profile, and announcements and correspondence regarding Jacobson's tenure, awards, and retirement.
Carton 4, Folder 1

Letter Re: Promotion to Professor 1965 July 19

Carton 4, Folder 2-3

CASE Award as California Professor of the Year 1988-1989

Scope and Content Note

Announcement and Correspondence
Carton 4, Folder 4

Retirement 1989

Scope and Content Note

Newsletter and Correspondence
Carton 4, Folder 5

Curriculum Vitae 1989, 1995

Carton 4, Folder 6

"Faculty Profile: An Interview with Professor Norman Jacobson" undated

 

Series 5 Course Materials 1951-2002

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 7-48, Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged in ascending order according to course number and arranged chronologically within each course. Miscellaneous lecture notes and course materials follow and are arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes lecture notes, lectures, syllabi, and exams from the Political Science classes Jacobson taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of South Carolina. Folders are arranged in ascending order according to course number. Since course numbers from the different schools do not overlap, class materials from each university remain grouped together. Researchers should note that Jacobson's original folders and labels were maintained. He organized some folders by topic, so some of them contain course materials from more than one class. Researchers should note that materials relating to student records have been removed from the collection.
Carton 4, Folder 7-9

PS 1, "Introduction to American Politics" 1983-1985, undated

Carton 4, Folder 10

PS 1 and PS 4, "Introduction to Political Theory" 1984

Carton 4, Folder 11-12

PS 3, "Introduction to Political Science: Scope and Methods in Political Science" 1978-1980

Carton 4, Folder 13-14

PS 44C, "The Enlightenment" circa 1987

Carton 4, Folder 15

PS 110, "Contemporary Issues and Political Theory" 1965

Carton 4, Folder 16

PS 111, "Principles of Political Theory" 1950s

Carton 4, Folder 17

PS 111A, "Principles of Political Theory," PS 118A "History of Political Theory," and PS 290A, "Scope and Method of Political Science" 1955-1961

Carton 4, Folder 18-20

PS 112B, "History of Political Theory" 1989, undated

Carton 4, Folder 21-29

PS 113A-B, "American Political Theory" 1950s-1999

Carton 4, Folder 30-36

PS 118A-B, "History of Political Theory" 1950s

Carton 4, Folder 37-45

PS 151A-C, "History of Political Theory/Thought" 1995-2000, undated

Carton 4, Folder 46-47

PS 160, "Politics of Business I" and American Government & Politics, X106 ABC 1952, 1956

Carton 4, Folder 48

PS 217, "Politics and Culture" circa 1989

Box 1, Folder 1-4

PS 255, "Graduate Seminar in Political Theory and Literature" 1995-2002, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

PS 261, "American Political Thought" 2000

Box 1, Folder 6

GINT 304, "Contemporary Political Theory" 1993

Box 1, Folder 7

GINT 504, "Politics and Ethics" 1994

Box 1, Folder 8

"The Age of Enterprise" undated

Box 1, Folder 9

"Aristotle" undated

Box 1, Folder 10

"Edmund Burke" undated

Box 1, Folder 11

"Dostoevsky" undated

Box 1, Folder 12

"Immigrants" 1973-1977

Box 1, Folder 13

"Jefferson and Adams" undated

Box 1, Folder 14

Bertrand de Jouvenal, On Power undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Machiavelli, Prince circa 2000

Box 1, Folder 16

"On Metaphor and Dramatic Structure in Political and Scientific Thinking" undated

Box 1, Folder 17

"Moses and Aaron" -- Political Science/Music Class undated

Box 1, Folder 18-19

"Plato" circa 1992-1994

Box 1, Folder 20

"Rousseau" undated

Box 1, Folder 21-23

Miscellaneous Syllabi and Exams 1951-2000