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Guide to the Robert Alexander Papers MSS.114

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Collection processed by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, September - December 2001. Media updates by Rhyannon Rodriguez, December 2009.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 12, 2018
Finding aid written in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to reflect incorporation of video preservation master and sub-master files  , March 2017

Scope and Content Note

The Robert Alexander Papers are a part of the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU libraries, housing nearly 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel.

The Robert Alexander Papers comprise mainly photographs, contact sheets and negatives, and slides. There is one box of personal papers, correspondence, and memorabilia, and two boxes containing other media, such as 16mm and Super 8 films and audio cassettes. The negatives and contact sheets have been kept in chronological order, as Alexander had organized them, and the prints and slides have been arranged alphabetically. There are three boxes of unprocessed material at the end of the collection.


Folders are generally arranged alphabetically by subject but sometimes chronologically within each series.

The files are grouped into 7 series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Prints
  2. Series II: Slides
  3. Series III: Negatives and Contact Sheets
  4. Series IV: Printed and Other Materials
  5. Series V: Film
  6. Series VI: Video recordings
  7. Series VII: Sound recordings