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Alexander family
Alexander Autograph Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1527-1937 (mostly 1775-1915)
3 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3


Consists of approximately 500 miscellaneous letters relating to the Alexander family of Princeton, N.J., including autograph letters collected by them.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of approximately 500 miscellaneous letters, most of which fall into one of the following categories: letters addressed to members of the Alexander family of Princeton, notably the Rev. James W. Alexander (1804-1859), the financier James W. Alexander (1839-1915), and the artist John W. Alexander (1856-1915), from a wide variety of mostly American clergymen, educators, and political and literary figures, and many French and American artists; a lot of 7 Confederate Civil War items addressed to Robert E. Lee from the field, with a note from Lee to Jefferson Davis; 50 unrelated signed, autograph letters of Italian artists, writers, composers, noblemen, patriots, and public officials from the 16th-19th centuries, including a letter of Giuseppe Mazzini in French.


Organized into one series:

Collection Creator Biography:

Archibald Alexander (1772–1851) was an American Presbyterian theologian and professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He served for twenty-seven years (1812-1840) as that institution's first principal. Joseph Addison Alexander (1809-1860) was an American biblical scholar, the third son of Archibald Alexander, brother to James Waddel Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1826, and later taught at the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he became chair of biblical and ecclesiastical history. His brother, James Waddel Alexander (1804-1859), born in Louisa County, Virginia, was a famous Presbyterian preacher. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1820.

Collection History


Gift of DeForest M. Alexander in 1958 (AM 16463).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Christine Call in September 2008.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Alexander Autograph Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3