Contents and Arrangement Expanded View

Collection Overview

Creator:
Alexander family
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Alexander Autograph Collection
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rv042t107
Dates:
1527-1937 (mostly 1775-1915)
Size:
3 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3
Language:
English

Abstract

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

Description:

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.

Arrangement:

Organized into one series:

Collection Creator Biography:

James W. Alexander (1804-1859) was an American clergyman; James W. Alexander (1839-1915) was president of an insurance company; John W. Alexander (1856-1915) was an American portrait painter.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of DeForest M. Alexander.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Finding aid written by Christine Call in September 2008.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Other Finding Aids:

A checklist, with a brief identification of all persons represented in the collection, is available.

Credit this material:

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

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/rv042t107
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184