Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956

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Columbia University Ph.D., 1927.

From the description of Papers, 1859-1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122571492

Dr. Bernhard Stern was a lecturer in anthropology at Columbia University in the 1930s and 1940s with a particular interest in race relations. Dr. Alain Locke was Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University and the principal spokesman of the "New Negro Movement," the black arts movement of the 1920s.

From the description of Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122626544

From the guide to the Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955, (The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.)

Bernhard Joseph Stern (1896-1956), American sociologist and anthropologist, author of Lewis Henry Morgan : social evolutionist (University of Chicago Press, 1931). In 1936, he became the American member of the editorial committee for the publication of complete works of Lewis Henry Morgan. The project, sponsored by the Institute of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union, was evidently never realized.

From the description of Papers Bernhard Joseph Stern, 1926-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122446480

Historian Edward Potts Cheyney taught at the University of Pennsylvania.

From the guide to the Drafts of chapters for "Freedom of inquiry and expression, " 1936-1938, 1936-1938, (American Philosophical Society)

Bernhard Joseph Stern (1894-1956), was a social anthropologist at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research and an "independent Marxist" who worked hard for and wrote extensively about socialized medicine, freedom of speech, and rights of the foreign born, blacks and women.

Stern was born and initially educated in Chicago, Illinois. After a brief period at the University of Chicago, Stern went on to the Universities of Cincinnati (B.A. 1916, M.A. 1917) and Michigan, the London School of Economics and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1927). From 1927 to 1930, Stern was on the faculty in Sociology at the University of Washington, and from 1931 until his death he taught "by Socratic method" at Columbia and the New School.

From 1930 to 1934, Stern was Assistant Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, and within it he wrote a celebrated article on the position of women in society (not included in this collection). His article on writing (11/2) expressed the standards he held of the writing of other contributors and of himself.

In the fall of 1936, Stern helped found the quarterly journal Science and Society, which adopted a Marxist approach in general, but did not print only Marxist writers. In 1943, Stern became Chairman of the Board of Editors and he served in that position until his death, which came the day after the twentieth anniversary issue was put to bed. That issue (Winter 1957) contains tributes by long-time friends and colleagues Corliss Lamont and Robert K. Merton, as well as a reprint of Stern's article on "Historical Materialism" that explains his Marxist views.

Stern began doing scholarly research in the late 1930's for the Commission on Human Relations, the Progressive Education Association, the National Resources Committee, the Committee on Research in Medical Economics, the Bureau of Educational Research in Science and the Carnegie Study of the Negro in America. The research, and reports for these institutes, comprised much of his published work of this period. In the early 1940's, he also became Secretary Treasurer of the Eastern Sociological Society, a position he held until his death.

In the early 1950's Bernhard Stern and his wife Charlotte Todes Stern, were among many Americans summoned by Senator McCarthy's Committee on Un-American Activities. Charlotte Stern was one of 25 literary names who defied the Committee and faced jail sentences. In addition, three of Stern's own books (all on medicine) were banned from the State Department's overseas libraries. As a result of this Committee's questioning and the "red scare", both the Sterns worked all the harder for the Bill of Rights guarantees.

At his death, Stern was survived by his wife, Charlotte, a literary name in her own right, and his daughter Mira.

From the guide to the Bernhard J. Stern papers, circa 1894-1956, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

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creatorOf Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Drafts of chapters for "Freedom of inquiry and expression, " 1936-1938, 1936-1938 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Bernhard J. Stern papers, circa 1894-1956 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Cheyney, Edward Potts, 1861-1947,. Drafts of chapters for "Freedom of inquiry and expression," 1936-1938. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. Papers, 1859-1959. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Weinerman, E. Richard (Edwin Richard), 1917-1970. Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. Papers Bernhard Joseph Stern, 1926-1943. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bernhard J. Stern: Samuel Bloom Files (on Stern), undated Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Field, Eugene H. Eugene H. Field Lummi Indian photographs, circa 1930-1933 [graphic]. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Collier, John, 1884-1968. John Collier papers, 1910-1987 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
creatorOf Bernhard J. Stern papers, circa 1894-1956 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Collier papers Yale University Library
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn John Collier papers, 1910-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Louis Lozowick Papers, 1922-1974 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. Bernhard Stern/Alain Locke collection, 1931-1955. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Edwin Richard Weinerman papers, 1908-1970 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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associatedWith American Academy of Political and Social Science. corporateBody
associatedWith Ascoli, Max, 1898-1978 person
associatedWith Bloom, Samuel William, 1921-2006 person
associatedWith Bowden, Witt, 1886- person
associatedWith Cannon, Walter B., (Walter Bradford), 1871-1945 person
associatedWith Cheyney, Edward Potts, 1861-1947, person
associatedWith Collier, John, 1884-1968. person
associatedWith Conklin, Edwin Grant, 1863-1952 person
associatedWith Field, Eugene H. person
associatedWith Field, Eugene H. person
associatedWith Fison, Lorimer, 1832-1907. person
associatedWith Hartshorne, Edward Yarnall, 1912- person
associatedWith Howitt, A. W. (Alfred William), 1830-1908. person
correspondedWith Institut antropologii i ėtnografii (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR) corporateBody
associatedWith Kosven, M. O. (Mark Osipovich), b. 1885. person
associatedWith Locke, Alain LeRoy, 1886-1954. person
associatedWith Lowie, Robert Harry, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Lozowick, Louis, 1892-1973 person
associatedWith Mecklin, John Moffatt, 1871-1956 person
associatedWith Morgan, Lewis Henry, 1818-1881. person
associatedWith Mosley, Philip person
associatedWith Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898- person
associatedWith Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898-1987. person
associatedWith New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nichols, Roy F., (Roy Franklin), 1896-1973 person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
associatedWith Shils, Edward, 1910-1995 person
associatedWith Stern, Bernhard Joseph, 1894-1956. person
correspondedWith University of Chicago. Press corporateBody
correspondedWith University of Rochester. Library. Dept. of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives corporateBody
associatedWith Weinerman, E. Richard (Edwin Richard), 1917-1970. person
associatedWith Wilkerson, Doxey Alphonso, 1905-1993. person
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Australia
Soviet Union--Intellectual life
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Soviet Union
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Indians of North America--Kinship
Anthropology--Study and teaching
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Freedom of the press
Teaching, Freedom of
Race relations
Sociology
Aboriginal Australians--Kinship
Indians of North America--Pictorial works
Biographers--Archives
Missionaries
Ethnology
Architecture
Liberty
Sociologists--Archives
Indians of North America--Commerce
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Lummi Indians
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Death 1956

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