Bruce Campbell Hopper Papers, 1923-1973  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Hopper, Bruce Campbell, 1892-1973
Bruce Campbell Hopper Papers
1923-1973 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 462 (collection)
Dr. Bruce Campbell Hopper was a professor of political science and Soviet expert at Harvard University from 1931 to 1961. The collection includes clippings, speeches and writings, and photographs pertaining to the life and career of Bruce Campbell Hopper from 1951 to 1973.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Bruce Campbell Hopper was born in Illinois in 1892 and grew up in Montana. He attended the University of Montana for a short time and in 1916, he went to Harvard on a scholarship from the Montana Harvard Club. During World War I he served in the American Field Service (1917), the Air Service (1917-1919), the Historical Section G.H.Q., Chaumont (1919), and Sorbonne Detachment (1919). In the spring of 1918, he was disabled in an air crash, but recovered to become a flight leader in the 96th Squadron. He later wrote a book about the 96th Squadron. He also worked as a consultant and speechwriter for General Carl A. Spaatz. Hopper received the Croix de Guerre, the Pershing Citation, the Legion of Honor, among numerous other decorations for his service in World War I. Upon his discharge in 1919, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Oxford University.

From 1920 to 1923 Hopper traveled all over Europe, the Middle East, India, Burma, and China. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Honolulu, Montana, and Shanghai. Hopper studied in the Soviet Union as a fellow of the Institute of Current and World Affairs from 1926 to 1929. He went on to earn a B.S. (1924), an M.A. (1925), and a Ph.D. (1930) from Harvard University. He was made an assistant professor in 1930 and an associate professor in 1937. Hopper took a six year sabbatical from teaching during World War II to serve with the OSS in Sweden and he was also a Historian with the 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Air Forces. He subsequently served in the Pentagon as special consultant to General Spaatz. He was involved in Air Force missions to Europe during the post-war years and he co-founded the Air University (Colorado Springs), 1946-1947.

In the 1950s, Campbell lectured internationally including tours in Panama in 1953, eleven European countries in 1954, and to German universities in 1958. Hopper was also a Trustee of the World Peace Foundation and member of the Institute of Pacific Relations and the American-Russian Institute, and Council of the Foreign Policy Association and Council on Foreign Relations. After retiring from Harvard in 1961, Hopper lived in Santa Barbara, California. Hopper died on July 6, 1973.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes clippings, speeches and writings, and photographs pertaining to the life and career of Bruce Campbell Hopper from 1951 to 1973

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Bruce Campbell Hopper Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is divided into three series:

Series I: Clippings, 3 items, circa 1951-1973

Series II: Speeches and Writings, 6 items, 1952-1968

Series III: Photographs, 5 photographs, 1923

Custodial History

Materials in this collection remained with the Hopper Family until donation to the Mansfield Library.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph R. Hopper, date unknown

Processing Note

The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 2002, the collection was re-described.

Related Materials

The University of California at Santa Barbara holds the main body of Hopper's papers.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Clippings , circa 1951-1973Return to Top

3 items

The series includes newspaper clippings about Bruce C. Hopper. The clippings include articles written by Hopper from the Harvard Times Republican about U.S. policy towards the Soviet Union. The articles also include Hopper's 1973 obituary from the New York Times.

The series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
ca. 1951-1973

Series II:  Speeches and Writings , 1952-1968Return to Top

6 items

The series includes motivational speeches Hopper delivered at Harvard Chapel. His topics included: Capacity for Wonder, Quest for Equilibrium: Know-How, Know-Why, and The Alumni: Keepers of the Harvard Mystique. Included is a speech Hopper delivered at a Class of 1918 Luncheon entitled, Notes on America's Opportunities. The series also contains a report about Bruce C. Hopper's retirement including a description of his accomplishments at Harvard University and abroad. One notable item is a biographical speech Hopper delivered in 1968, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Harvard Class of 1918.

The series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Speeches and writings

Series III:  Photographs , 1923Return to Top

5 photographs

The series contains photographs of Bruce C. Hopper, including snapshots and studio portraits. One notable photograph pictures Hopper receiving the Exceptional Civilian Service Award and Silver Star (WWI) from General Carl Spaatz, undated

Container(s) Description Dates
462(III)1: "Uncle Joe and I going for hay"
462(III)2: Bruce C. Hopper with garden plow
462(III)3: Bruce C. Hopper portrait
462(III)4: Bruce C. Hopper with pipe, portrait
462(III)5: General Carl Spaatz presenting the Exceptional Civilian Service Award and Silver Star (WWI) to Dr. Bruce C. Hopper

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American

Corporate Names

  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs