M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives

GERMAN AND JEWISH INTELLECTUAL ÉMIGRÉ COLLECTION

Finding Aid for the
WOLFRAM EBERHARD
PAPERS, 1933-1957

(GER-026)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Sandra H. Hawrylchak
May 2007



 
 
 
 
 
 

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VOLUME: 1 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION:The materials were donated by Professor Wolfram Eberhard, May 1981.

ACCESS: Access to these records is unrestricted.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Bibliography of Eberhard’s writings represented in the collection

Chronology of Events

Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Biographical Sketch

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Wolfram Eberhard was born in Potsdam, Germany in 1909, the son of Gustav B. and Gertrud Mueller Eberhard. From 1927 to 1929, Wolfram Eberhard studied Chinese at the Seminar for Oriental Languages in Berlin. Also in 1927, Eberhard began his studies of sinology, ethnology and philosophy at the University of Berlin, where he received his doctorate in 1933. In 1934, Eberhard married Alide Roemer and shortly thereafter Eberhard and his wife left Germany and went to China. While in China, he taught German-language and Latin classes. In 1935, he returned to Germany and worked as the curator of the Asian section of the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, however Nazi pressure to join their organizations forced him to leave again. In 1937, the Eberhards traveled to Japan, Sachalin and China. Soon after, Eberhard took a position at the University of Ankara and spent the next eleven years in Turkey as a teacher of sinology. He taught and studied Chinese folklore and fiction, Chinese history, local cultures within China and a historically based theory of the development of Chinese civilization. He also studied Turkish and comparative folklore. In 1948, Eberhard accepted a position from the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught in the Department of Sociology until his retirement in 1976. From 1961 to 1977, he traveled almost every summer, most often to Taiwan, where he taught, studied and served as a consultant, but also to Burma, Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Throughout his career, Eberhard published extensively. His publications comprise some 35 books, 185 articles, 300 book reviews and numerous shorter notes in Chinese, German, Turkish and English. In 1983, he published his last major work, A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols.


Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Bibliography of Eberhard’s writings represented in the collection (with folder locations given in parentheses at the end of each entry):

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Books

Beiträge zur kosmologischen Spekulation der Chinesen der Han-Zeit. Inaugural-Dissertation, Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Berlin 1933. (7)


Türkische Turfan-Texte VII. Von Dr. G. R. Rachmati mit sinologischen Anmerkungen von Dr. W. Eberhard. Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1936. (8)

Articles:

“Zweiter Bericht über die Ausgrabungen bei An-yang (Honan),”Ostasiatische Zeitschrift, N.F. IX (1933), No. 6, 208-213. (15)
“Beiträge zur Astronomie der Han-Zeit. I.” Von W. Eberhard u. Robert Henseling. Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1933. (16)
“Beiträge zur Astronomie der Han-Zeit. II.” Von W. Eberhard unter Mitarbeit von Rolf Müller u. Robert Henseling. Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1933. (16)
“Früherer und jetziger Stand der Volkskundebewegung Chinas,” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, LXV (1933), 316-325. (17)
“Nuevos datos sobre la primitive astronomia china,” Investigacion y progreso (Madrid), VII (1. Nov. 1933), No. 11, 338-344. (29)
“Der Stierkampf in Chin-hua (Prov. Chêkiang),” China-Dienst, III (Dec. 1, 1934), No. 25, 941-945. (22)
“Pekinger Stampferlieder. Gesammelt von Ho Fengju, bearbeitet von Wolfram Eberhard,” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, LXVII (1935), 232-248. (17)
“Zur Volkskunde von Chêkiang. Ergebnisse meiner mit Hilfe der Baesslerstiftung ausgeführten Studienreise 1934-1935,” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, LXVII (1935), 248-265. (17)
“Contributions to the Astronomy of the Han Period III” / “Astronomy of the Later Han Period,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, I (1936), No. 2, 194-241. (16)
“Contributions to the Astronomy of the San-kuo Period” by W. Eberhard and R. Müller, Monumenta Serica, II (1936), No. 1, 149-164. (16)
“Das astronomische Weltbild im alten China. (2. Jahrh. v. Chr. bis 2. Jahrh. n. Chr.),” Die Naturwissenschaften, XXIV (1936), No. 33, 517-519. (15)
“Eine neue Arbeitshypothese über den Aufbau der frühchinesischen Kulturen.” Sonderabdruck aus dem Tagungsbericht der Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, Tagungsberichte der Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde, II (1937), 90-107. (9)
“Chinesische Volkskalender und buddhistisches Tripitaka,” Orientalistische Literaturzeitung (1937), No. 6, 346-349. (15)
“Once Upon a Time – In China,” The International Quarterly (Fall 1937), 9-11. (24)
“Eine neue These über die Chronologie des Ch’un-ch’iu und der Chou-Zeit,” Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, XLII (1939), No. 2, 73-76. (15)
“Die Struktur einer mittel-chinesischen Lokalkultur,” undated (ca. 1938). (10)
“Chinesische Bauzauber. Untersuchungen an chinesischen Volksmärchen,” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, LXXI (1939), 87-99. (24)
“Die Geschichten vom Grafen Hu. Untersuchungen an chinesischen Volksmärchen 2,” Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, LXXI (1939), 293-300. (24)
“Das ältere China und Japan bis zur Berührung mit der abendländischen Welt. Von Wolfram Eberhard u. Fritz Rumpf,” Propyläen-Weltgeschichte (1939), 101-151. (25)
“Türkler ve Komsularinda Spor,” Ulkü (Mayis 1940), 209-215. (24)
“Beygir yetisdirme hakkinda mâlûmat,” Ülkü (Birincitesrun 1940), 161-172. (24)
“Çin’de kimiz ve yogurdun yapilmasi,” Ülkü (Nov. 1940), 207-210. (24)
“Sinologische Bemerkungen über den Stamm der Kay,” Monumenta Serica, VII (1947), 204-223. (11)
“Some Sociological Remarks on the System of Provincial Administration during the Period of the Five Dynasties,” Studia Serica (Ch’engtu), VII (1948), 1-18. (12)
“Die Beziehungen der Staaten der T’o-pa und der Sha-t’o zum Ausland” / “Toba ve Sato devleterinin diplomatic münasebetleri,” Annales de l’université d’Ankara, II (1948), 141-216. (13)
“Some Cultural Traits of the Sha-t’o Turks,” Oriental Art, I (Autumn 1948), No. 2, 50-55. (20, 22)
“A New Approach to Indian Buddhism,” Oriental Art, II (Summer 1949), No. 1, 8-10. (20, 22)
“The Formation of a new Dynasty,” Beiträge zur Gesellungs- und Völkerwissenschaft. Festschrift zum achtzigsten Geburtstag von Professor Richard Thurnwald. Berlin: Verlag Gebr. Mann, 1950, 54-66. (26)
“Riddles from Erzurum.” Turkish riddles collected by Bahaeddin Ögel, translated by W. Eberhard, Journal of American Folklore, Oct.-Dec. 1950, 413-424. (18)
“The Girl that became a Bird,” Semitic and Oriental Studies, XI (1951), 79-86. (18)
“Remarks on the Bureaucracy in North China during the Tenth Century,” Oriens, IV (1951), No. 2, 280-299. (26)
“The Foundation of Sha-t’o Power in North-China (10th Century),” Z. V. Togan Armagani (n.d.), 1-13. (26)
“Geschichte Chinas bis zum Ende der Han-Zeit,” Historia Mundi. 2. Bd.: Grundlagen und Entfaltung der ältesten Hochkulturen. Bern: Francke Verlag; München: Lehnen Verlag, 1953, 565-606. (19)
“Nomads and Farmers in Southeastern Turkey,” Oriens, VI (1953), No. 1, 32-49. (23)
“Types of Settlement in Southeast-Turkey,” Sociologus, N.F. III (1953), No. 1, 49-64. (23)
“New Research on China’s Economic History,” Pacific Affairs, XXVII (1954), No. 3, 263-266. (19)
“The Leading Families of Ancient Tun-huang,” Sinologica, IV, No. 4 (1956), 209-232. (14)
“The Formation of Chinese Civilization according to Socio-Anthropological Analysis,” Sociologus, VII (1957), No. 2, 97-112. (21)

Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Chronology of Events

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1909Born on March 17 in Potsdam, Germany.
1927-1929Student at the School of Oriental Languages in Berlin.
1927-1933Studied sinology, ethnology and philosophy at the University of Berlin, receiving his doctorate in 1933.
1929-1934Assistant in the Far East Department of the Museum of Anthropology , Berlin, Germany.
1934Married sociologist Alide Roemer on May 19. Awarded Baessler Foundation Fellowship, Berlin.
1934-1935Assistant Professor of German and Latin in China at the National Peking University, Peiping Municipal University, and Hopei Provincial Medical College.
1935-1936Chief, Far East Department of the Grassi Museum of Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
1937Travels in Japan, Sachalin and South China. Received Moses Mendelsohn Foundation (NY) Award
1937-1948Professor of Chinese, University of Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
1948-1949Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
1949-1952Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.
1950Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship
1952-1976Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
1956-1958Field research in Pakistan, Adviser to the Asia Foundation
1958Field research in Burma
1960Field research in Afghanistan, Korea and Taiwan
1964-1965Field research in Taiwan (also 1967-1971, 1973, 1975).
1989Died in El Cerrito, California.

Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Scope and Content Note

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The Wolfram Eberhard Papers consist of 1 cubic ft. of original typescripts and shorter publications by Eberhard on Chinese history, culture and folklore. Eberhard’s book publications have been catalogued and placed in the University at Albany’s circulating collection.


Wolfram Eberhard Papers
series Descriptions

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Series 1: Typescripts. 6 file folders, arranged chronologically.

This series consists of original typescripts, many with handwritten corrections of German translations of Chinese folktales, accounts of Eberhard’s China trip, 1934-1935, as well as the typescript of an original unpublished historical novel, written by him in 1937.

Series 2: Publications of Wolfram Eberhard. 27 file folders, arranged chronologically and by topic. This series consists primarily of bound reprints of Eberhard’s articles and reviews. Several of the articles are separately bound, however most of the articles and reviews are grouped and bound together according to topic. Also included in this section is a copy of Eberhard’s dissertation from the University of Berlin: Beiträge zur kosmologischen Spekulation der Chinesen der Han-Zeit (Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Berlin 1933), as well as reviews of his writings.


Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Typescripts

Box 1
Folder

1. “China-Aufenthalt 1935.” Bound typescript, undated.
2. “Chinesische Volksmärchen in Uebersetzungen. Rohübersetzungen.” Bound typescript with numerous h. corr., dated Juni 1935.
3. “Chinesische Volksmärchen in Uebersetzungen. Rohübersetzungen. Bound typescript with numerous h. corr., dated August 1935.
4. “Materialien von der China-Reise 1934-1935 zur Volkskunde und Astronomie Chinas.” Typescript with clippings pasted in, bound, dated Mai 1936.
5. “Kaiser der Idee.” Typescript of an unpublished historical novel, dated 18. Mar. 1937. Included with the novel is a letter by Eberhard, dated March 1981, in which he states that the novel “should never be published”.
6. “Bibliographisches Wörterbuch, Beamtentitel Hsiung-nu-Texte.” Bound typescript, dated 1943.


Wolfram Eberhard Papers
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Publications of Wolfram Eberhard.

Box 1 Continued
Folder

Articles, bound separately:

7. Beiträge zur kosmologischen Spekulation der Chinesen der Han-Zeit. Inaugural-Dissertation, Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Berlin 1933.
8. Türkische Turfan-Texte VII. Von Dr. G. R. Rachmati mit sinologischen Anmerkungen von Dr. W. Eberhard. Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1936.
9. “Eine neue Arbeitshypothese über den Aufbau der frühchinesischen Kulturen.” Sonderabdruck aus dem Tagungsbericht der Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde. 2. Tagung 1936 in Leipzig.
10. “Die Struktur einer mittel-chinesischen Lokalkultur,” undated (ca. 1938).
11. “Sinologische Bemerkungen über den Stamm der Kay,” Monumenta Serica, VII (1947), 204-223.
12. “Some Sociological Remarks on the System of Provincial Administration during the Period of the Five Dynasties,” Studia Serica (Ch’engtu), VII (1948), 1-18.
13. “Die Beziehungen der Staaten der T’o-pa und der Sha-t’o zum Ausland” / “Toba ve Sato devleterinin diplomatic münasebetleri,” Annales de l’université d’Ankara, II (1948), 141-216.
14. “The Leading Families of Ancient Tun-huang,” Sinologica, IV, No. 4 (1956), 209-232.

Collections of bound articles, grouped by topics:

15. “An-yang Grabungen” / “Reviews”. Articles, reviews, 1933-1937.
16. “Astronomie der Han-Zeit.” Articles, 1933, 1936.
17. “Folklore.” Articles, 1933-1935.
18. “The girl that became a bird” / “Erzurum Riddles.” Articles, 1950-1951.
19. “Historia Mundi” / “Economic History.” Articles, review, 1953-1954.
20. “Oriental Art.” Articles, 1948-1949.
21. “Publications 1956-7.” Article, reviews, reviews of Eberhard’s publications.
22. “Sha-to culture” / “Buddhist studies” / “Stierkampf.” Articles, reviews, 1934, 1948, 1950.
23. “South-Eastern Turkey.” Articles, 1953.
24. “Sport, Pferde, Yogurt” / “Bauzauber” / “Graf Hu.” Articles, 1939-1940.
25. “Weltgeschichte” / “Reviews.” Articles, reviews, reviews of Eberhard’s writings, 1939.
26. “Wu-tai” / “Social structure.” Articles, 1950-1951.
27. “Reviews.” Reviews by Eberhard, 1944, 1950-1951.
28. “Reviews 1948-51.” Reviews by and about Eberhard’s writings.
29. “Reviews 1952-1954.”
30. “Reviews in ‘Oriens’.” 1948-1951.

Reviews of Eberhard’s writings:

31. Reviews of Eberhard’s work, Chinas Geschichte, 1949-1951.
32. Reviews of Eberhard’s publications, 1952-1953.
33. Reviews of Eberhard’s publications, clippings, 1951-1954.


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