Guide to the Adda Bozeman Photograph Collection
RG 12.1 .2

Summary Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
Bozeman, Adda B., (Adda Bruemmer), 1908-
Adda Bozeman Photograph Collection
RG 12.1 .2
Date [inclusive]
undated, 1930s-1977
2.25 linear feet 1 document box, 1 flat box

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Sarah Lawrence College Archives July 2004

Sarah Lawrence College Archives
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY, 10708

Revision Description

 Finding Aid entered in Archivists' Toolkit by Elijah Black. July 2012

Terms of Use

The collection is open to researchers without restriction

Acquisition note

The photographs in this collection are part of the Adda Bozeman Papers, which were donated to the Sarah Lawrence College Archives in 1997 by Anya Bozeman Taylor.

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Biographical note

Adda von Bruemmer Bozeman was born in Latvia on December 6, 1908, the daughter of Baron Leon Charles von Bruemmer and Baroness Anna von Bruemmer, of Baltic German descent. Bozeman’s father was an officer in the Tsarist Guarde Regiment and a Marshal of Nobility of the Russian province of Vitebak. From 1921 to 1939, he was a Presiding Judge in the Civil Court of Latvia. Her parents divorced before 1920.

Bozeman studied at the Universities of Berlin and Heidelberg and graduated from the Interpreter’s College in Mannheim, Germany. In 1934, she received a diplomary from “Section Diplomatique, Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques” in Paris, considered Europe’s foremost school for the training of diplomats, and attended the Academy of International Law, The Hague. Accepted to the Middle Temple Inn of Court in London, Bozeman passed the bar examination in 1935 and was admitted to the English Bar. She worked for the Huberich firm as an interpreter and translator in various European cities and practiced law in London, The Hague, and Berlin, specializing in International Law and Conflicts of Law. She spoke fluent English, German, French, Russian and Latvian.

In 1936, the Huberich firm sent her to the United States and, in the following year, she graduated from Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas, Texas, with a Doctorate of Law. She married her first husband, Virgil Bozeman, in 1937; their daughter, Anya, was born in 1941. When the Texas Supreme Court denied Bozeman’s application for a law license, interrupting her career as an attorney specializing in private international law, she shifted to teaching history, law and international relations. Throughout the Second World War, Bozeman lived in Illinois, or on Army air corp bases while her husband served with Army intelligence in England. In Illinois, she sought employment in academic, government and legal communities and lectured to local organizations, such as the YWCA. Although Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois hired her during the early 1940s as a non-tenure track Associate Professor of History, Bozeman continued to seek permanent employment. In 1947, Sarah Lawrence College employed Bozeman as Professor of International Relations, a position she held until 1977. Adda and Virgil Bozeman divorced in 1947 and Adda and Anya moved to Bronxville, New York. In 1951, Bozeman married her second husband, Dr. Arne Barkhuus, who worked for the World Health Organization.

At Sarah Lawrence, Bozeman proved to be a popular teacher and successful author. Many of her students corresponded with Bozeman years after their graduations and claimed to have modeled their careers on Bozeman’s advice. Moreover, Bozeman published several full length books and numerous articles during her tenure at Sarah Lawrence. Among these were: The Future of Law in a Multicultural World (Princeton University, 1971) and Politics and Culture in International History (Princeton University, 1960). Many of her articles and essays, published in such journals as The Virginia Quarterly Review, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, and Yale Journal of World Public Order, deal with comparative studies of cultures, legal systems, and foreign policies. With her conservative politics, Bozeman was often at odds with other more liberal members of the faculty but she was also an active and influential supporter of Sarah Lawrence’s pedagogical tradition which guaranteed respect from her faculty peers. Bozeman gave the Convocation Address in 1953, 1962 and 1976. She retired from Sarah Lawrence at the mandatory retirement age in 1977.

Upon her retirement, Bozeman increased her involvement in academic, political and governmental organizations. She presented papers at the International Studies Association’s annual meetings, conferences sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, and many other symposiums. She also corresponded with William Hearst, Jr. and many members of the Republican National Committee. Other organizations Bozeman supported include: National Strategy Information Center, Committee for a Free China, Foreign Policy Research Institute, and Committee on the Present Danger. Bozeman continued to influence public policy until her death on December 3, 1994.

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Scope and Contents note

The photographs in this collection are from the Adda Bozeman Papers and consist of various portraits and candid shots of Adda Bozeman and her daughter, Anya Bozeman as well as a few images of both at an unidentified event. Also included are four photograph albums of various trips Adda Bozeman took.

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Related Materials

See Also

Adda Bozeman Papers and photographs of Adda Bozeman in the general photograph collection under faculty.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Taylor, Anya

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Collection Inventory

Inventory titles and locations
Title BoxFolder

Adda Bozeman undated 


Album of Trip to Mexico 1930s 


Anya Bozeman undated 


Unidentified 1961 

Title OversizeFolder

Arts and Civilizations Tour in Asia Minor 1977 


Treasures Tour of Persia Part I 1976 


Treasures Tour of Persia Part II 1976