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Finding Aid to the James Ralston Caldwell Papers, 1925-1988, bulk 1925-1965
BANC MSS 67/97 c  
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  • Collection Summary
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  • Administrative Information
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: James Ralston Caldwell papers
    Date (inclusive): 1925-1988,
    Date (bulk): , bulk 1925-1965
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 67/97 c
    Creators : Caldwell, James Ralston, 1900-1965
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes Linear feet: 1.0
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Abstract: The James Ralston Caldwell papers include materials relating to the Loyalty Oath Controversy on the University of California and the University of Nevada campuses, a small amount of material relating to Caldwell's writing, and personal papers containing correspondence and materials concerning Caldwell's death. Correspondents include Reginald Francis Arragon, George Boas, Arthur H. Brayfield, the University of California Board of Regents, Robert G. Sproul, Group for Academic Freedom, Charlton Laird, and personal correspondence between James Caldwell and his wife Katherine Field (Katherine Ehrgott Caldwell) and with Caldwell's sister Josephine Caldwell.
    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.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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 the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Ralston Caldwell Papers, BANC MSS 67/97 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Separated Material

    Printed materials have been transferred to the book 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.
    Caldwell, James Ralston, 1900-1965--Archives
    Field, Katherine--Correspondence
    University of California (1868-1952)
    University of Nevada
    Oaths--California
    Oaths--Nevada
    Authors, American--California--Berkeley
    Minutes.
    Faculty papers.
    Poems.
    Reviews.
    Manuscripts for publication.
    Brayfield, Arthur H
    Arragon, Reginald Francis
    Boas, George, 1891-
    Laird, Charlton Grant, 1901-
    Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975
    Field, Katherine
    Caldwell, Josephine
    University of California (1868-1952). Regents
    Group for Academic Freedom

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The James Ralston Caldwell papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Katherine Field Caldwell on January 9, 1967. Additions were made by Dan Caldwell on May 5, 2004.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2004.

    Chronology

    1900 Born on Jan. 20 in Hastings, Minnesota.
    1922 Received baccalaureate from Princeton University, major in philosophy.
    1925 Received A.M. from University of Wisconsin, in English.
    1929 On September 1, married Katherine Field Ehrgott.
    1930 Awarded Ph.D. from Harvard.
      Joined University of California faculty in Berkeley, California, as assistant professor of English.
    1946 Attained professorship at the University of California.
    1950-1951 Loyalty Oath Controversy at the University of California.
    1965 Died on April 4.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The James Ralston Caldwell papers include materials relating to the Loyalty Oath Controversy on the University of California and the University of Nevada campuses, a small amount of material relating to Caldwell's writing, and personal papers containing correspondence and materials concerning Caldwell's death. Correspondents include Reginald Francis Arragon, George Boas, Arthur H. Brayfield, the University of California Board of Regents, Robert G. Sproul, Group for Academic Freedom, Charlton Laird, and personal correspondence between James Caldwell and his wife Katherine Field (Katherine Ehrgott Caldwell) and with Caldwell's sister Josephine Caldwell.
    The Loyalty Oath Controversy began when Universities around the country insisted on faculty and staff to sign oath of loyalty to the United States and state that they did not belong or believe in any organizations advocating the overthrow of the United States government including the Communist Party. In 1949 the University of California instituted such an oath and 31 professors and many university employees were dismissed for not signing. A Loyalty Oath was also instituted at the University of Nevada where professor Frank Richardson was fired for refusing to sign and took the University to court. The Caldwell papers include correspondence relating to the controversy at the University of California as well as other campuses across the United States, different University of California committee papers relating to the controversy, and documents and clippings about the dismissal proceedings by the University of Nevada against Frank Richardson.
    Materials relating to Caldwell's writing includes letters of praise for his work John Keats Fancy, correspondence about his poetry and to his wife about publishing an unfinished work after his death. Manuscripts include, "Consider the Source," "What to Tell the Emperor," other essays and some poems. Also included are some reviews of Caldwell's work as well as reviews done by Caldwell and a list of publications by Caldwell from early in his career in 1939.
    The personal papers of James Caldwell include correspondence, and items relating to his death. Correspondence is between Caldwell and his wife, most during their years of courtship while Caldwell was still in Wisconsin and Katherine was in Cambridge, Mass., and while Katherine was traveling in Italy and Greece. Also includes correspondence with Caldwell's sister, Josephine Caldwell, and a small amount of correspondence from other family members.