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   Robert Ross Alden Papers, 1935-1973

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Identification of specific item; Robert Ross Alder Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0014
Bib ID:4078413 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Alden, Robert Ross.
Title:Robert Ross Alden Papers, 1935-1973
Physical description:10 linear ft (20 boxes and 1 oversize folder).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-23. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 10 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Professional and personal papers containing correspondence, manuscripts (chiefly typescript versions, many with holograph corrections), documents, photographs, memorabilia, newspapers clippings, printed materials, and some art work. The letters cover his professional, personal and family life. Among the significant correspondents are Orvil E. Dryfoos, James B. Reston and the Sulzberger family. The majority of the papers consist of Alden's manuscripts for his articles and editorials written for the "New York Times." There are some articles that were submitted to various magazines, as well as copy under the pseudonym, Carlton (Tubby) Belmont, written for the Women's news Service. Alden's "Times" writings deal with the New York metropolitan area, the 1963-64 World's Fair, France, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Ships, and the United Nations. In addition there are manuscripts of his stories, novels and poetry. The stories and novels deal with reporters, politics, war and show business. Alden's personal papers and documents relate to his years at City College and in the Army and contain other personal items. Also included is a typescript copy of his autobiography. The newspaper clippings and printed matrerials are mostly of his writings. There are numerous photographs as well as more than one box of memorabilia.

The letters cover his professional, personal and family life. Among the significant correspondents are Orvil E. Dryfoos, James B. Reston and the Sulzberger family. The majority of the papers consist of Alden's manuscripts for his articles and editorials written for The New York Times.

There are some articles that were submitted to various magazines, as well as copy under the pseudonym, Carlton (Tubby) Belmont, written for the Women's News Service. Alden's Times writings deal with the New York metropolitan area, the 1963-64 World's Fair, France, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Ships, and the United Nations. In addition there are manuscripts of his stories, novels and poetry.

The stories and novels deal with reporters, politics, war and show business. Alden's personal papers and documents relate to his years at City College and in the army and contain other personal items.

Also included is a typescript copy of his autobiography. The newspaper clippings and printed matrerials are mostly of his writings. There are numerous photographs as well as more than one box of memorabilia.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically

Series III: Manuscripts

Subseries III.1: Articles for Periodicals

Subseries III.2: Novels

Subseris III.3: Stories

Series IV: Personal Papers and Documents

Series V: Manuscripts

Series VI: Memorabilia

Series VII: Photographs

Series VIII: Printed Materials

Sunseries VIII.1: Magazines

Subseries VIII.2: Newspaper clippings

Arranged chronologically

Series IX: Scrapbooks

Series X: Art Work

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

 The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-23. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Robert Ross Alder Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Processed July, 1977 by Bernard Crystal and Henry Rowen.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion December 2, 2008 Finding aid written in English.
    2009/01/21 xml document instange created by Patrick Lawlor
    2009-05-04 xml document instance edited by Carrie Hintz
    2010-01-20 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Dryfoos, Orvil E.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
JournalistsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York times.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reston, James, 1909-1995.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Iphigene Ochs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Robert Ross Alden, 1922-1973, (born Robert A. Rosenfeld) began working at the New York Times in 1941 as a messenger boy while he was still an undergraduate at City College. Except for his army service during World War II, his entire career was spent at the Times in a wide variety of positions including local reporter; war, diplomatic, and Southeast Asia correspondent; director of real estate news; assistant metropolitan editor; and at his death, United Nations Bureau Chief.

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