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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 (mss): 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


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:

Alexander family

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


Gift of DeForest M. Alexander.


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 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.

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