The Eugene Burdick collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, research material, professional material, personal memorabilia, legal material, and medical records.
Manuscripts in the collection include book drafts, movie scripts, articles, speeches, essays, notes, among other projects. Book titles include The Ninth Wave (1956), Ugly American (1958), Blue of Capricorn (1961), Fail Safe (1962), The 480 (1965), Nina’s Book (1965), and Sarkhan: a Novel (1966). Chapter drafts are repeatedly accompanied by notes or publisher corrections. Movie script and screenplay drafts are also included for multiple works, such as for the film adaptation of Ugly American. Essay drafts and holograph notes are present for American Voting Behavior. Also included is Burdick’s 1950 thesis at Oxford University.
Printed material in the collection includes articles, pamphlets, posters, galley proofs, page proofs, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Printed material is extensive and dates from 1945 to 1964.
Correspondence in this collection includes professional, personal, and general correspondence in the form of letters, telegrams, and invitations. Professional correspondence ranges from the early 1950s up to 1965 (before his death on July 26th). It includes correspondence with publications such as The New York Times, Holiday Magazine, and publishers such as Curtis Brown, Ltd. There is also a large amount of professional correspondence between Burdick and various individuals regarding Burdick’s work. Personal correspondence dates from 1958 to 1959. General correspondence dates from 1947 to 1961.
Notable correspondents include Birch Bayh, Harry Belafonte, Melvin M. Belli, George Englund, Martin Gang, Eric F. Goldman, Eric Hoffer, Hubert H. Humphrey, Robert M. Hutchins, Nunnally Johnson, Captain William J. Lederer, Miriam Makeba, Colin McEvedy, Mike Mansfield, Richard H. Nolte, Moses Rischin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leo Rosten, Vidya Charan Shukla, Benjamin Spock, Louis Untermeyer, among others.
Research material in the collection includes notes and interviews that date from the mid to late 1950s. There is a significant amount of research for American Voting Behavior, such as voting statistics and other political data.
Professional material in the collection relates to Burdick’s career as a political science professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The material includes course materials, lecture outlines, student papers, schedules, minutes, and reports.
Personal memorabilia in the collection includes forms and papers regarding his service as Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy during World War II. There is also certificate for his 1950 to 1952 service as Assistant to Vice-Admiral Conolly at the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island.
Legal material in the collection includes contracts and a U.S. passport belonging to Burdick. Medical records in the collection include personal health reports.