Guide to the Hartley Burr Alexander Papers

Guide prepared by Kenneth W. Homsley for History Associates Incorporated.
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Administrative Summary

Title: Hartley Burr Alexander Papers next hit
Creator: Alexander, Hartley Burr
Dates: 1897-2000
Date (bulk): (bulk 1908-1938)
Quantity: 8.0 cubic feet
Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library.
1090 Columbia Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Abstract: The previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander Papers next hit contain correspondence, financial material, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, music manuscripts, and blueprints documenting previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander’s many educational and cultural activities. The collection contains papers next hit relating to his teaching career, his writings and musical compositions, his work on architectural inscriptions and decoration, and his work on Indian art in North America. The collection covers the years 1897-2000 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1908-1938. This collection also contains materials of documenting the writing activities of other scholars who were working on similar activities or who had working relationships with Hartley Burr Alexander.
Collection Number: D1943.1
Physical Location: Ella Strong Denison Library
Language: English

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research with permission from Ella Strong Denison Library staff.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Denison Library.

Related Materials at Ella Strong Denison Library

Title: Hartley Burr Alexander Projects,
Date: 1929-1933

Separated Materials

Oversize material is located in oversize box numbers 1 and 2.

Preferred Citation

previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander Papers next hit . Ella Strong Denison Library, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Aquisition Information

Gift of Hartley Burr Alexander in 1943.

Processing Information

Preliminary arrangement by library staff. Processed by History Associates Incorporated, 2005

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

Biography of Hartley Burr Alexander

Hartley Burr Alexander (1873-1939), educator, author, poet, philosopher, was born on April 9, 1873 in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in Syracuse, Nebraska by his father, George Sherman Alexander, a self-educated Methodist Minister from Massachusetts, and his artist-stepmother, Susan Godding Alexander. His mother, Abbey Gifford Smith Alexander died when he was three.
After graduating from Syracuse High School, Alexander attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1897 with an A.B. degree. Alexander began his teaching career in the English Department before accepting the Harrison Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (1898-1900). He then transferred to Columbia University where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1901. In 1908 he accepted a position teaching philosophy at the University of Nebraska (1908-1927), after which he became Professor of Philosophy at Scripps College in Claremont, California.
Alexander began his prolific writing career as a member of the editorial staff for G. & C. Merriam Company’s Webster’s New International Dictionary (1903-1908), where he revised the words from “bicycle” to “marriage.” While at G. and C. Merriam Company he was promoted to assistant chief of the editorial staff, revising definitions for words used in philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and mythology. Dr. Alexander’s writing career continued in the publication of several books and numerous articles. In 1904 he published articles and poems constantly, and in 1905 published “Poetry and the Individual” and “Mid Earth Life,” a collection of poems. His most important philosophical contributions include Nature and Human Nature (1923); Truth and the Faith (1929); “The Great Art which is Philosophy,” in Contemporary American Philosophy , Volume I (1930); and God and Man’s Destiny (1936).
Dr. Alexander also researched extensively in anthropological issues related to philosophy. A significant amount of his work involved recording dances, songs, poems, and sacred stories from many American Indian cultures. Between 1914 and 1917 he devoted his time to his work on the mythology of the North American Indians. It was during this time that he also wrote and directed three summertime pageants that were staged in Lincoln, Nebraska on the University campus. But, Alexander did not solely concentrate on the cultures of the North American Indian. He also created works about the peoples south of the United States, including those of Mexico, the Antilles, and Central and South America. The most significant of which was his publication of “Mythology of all Races, Latin American,” which led to his delivery of a series of lectures at the Sorbonne in Paris [lectures on the “Art and Philosophy of the North American Indians”](1925). As a result of his lecture at the Sorbonne and for his work on behalf of French war orphans, he became a member of the Societe des Americanistes de Pari s, and a recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur.
Alexander’s interest in native cultures manifested itself into the publication of several important works, his most important of which include his contributions to The Mythology of All Races , Vol. X (1916) and Vol. XI (1920); Odes and Lyrics (1922), a collection of poems; L’Art et la Philosophie des Indiens de l’Amerique du Nord (1926), a publication of his Sorbonne lectures; and The World’s Rim: Great Mysteries of the North American Indians (1953).
Dr Alexander also combined his interests in philosophy and anthropology in the publication of numerous poems and articles about poetry. He also had great interest in the theater, writing several operettas and plays on the subject of American Indians. Alexander was the author of several popular pageants presented in Lincoln, Omaha, and at the University of Nebraska, including “The Pageant of Lincoln” (1915), “The Gate City” (1916), and the Ak-Sar-Ben Pageant for 1922.
Hartley Burr Alexander’s interests in philosophy, anthropology, and the arts synthesized with his interest in architecture. Many of Alexander’s thoughts have been cut into stone in the form of inscriptions and symbolic programs in several monuments of American architecture throughout the United States. The most notable are those he created for the Nebraska State Capitol in 1925, Memorial Stadium at the University of Nebraska, Rockefeller Center in New York City, Bertram Goodhue’s Los Angeles Public Library, and for several buildings at the Century of Progress Exhibition at the 1933in Chicago.
In 1919, it had been decided that a new capitol should be built in Lincoln, Nebraska. Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue was selected, and construction began in 1922. Goodhue’s design – Roman chariots prancing on a roof – so offended Alexander’s sense of what was appropriate for Nebraska that he wrote Goodhue with suggestions of more appropriate art. Goodhue was so impressed, that he hired Alexander on the spot to direct the artwork and write the inscriptions for the building. It was during his work on the capitol that Alexander first worked with tile designer Hildreth Meiere, and sculptor Lee Lawrie. Alexander worked with them again on other Goodhue buildings, such as the Los Angeles Public Library; the Fidelity Mutual Insurance Building in Philadelphia; Pennsylvania State Finance Building, Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition; the City Hall and Courthouse in St. Paul, the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C.; the Joslyn Memorial Building in Omaha, Rockefeller Center; and others.
Several works were written by Alexander concerning his work on the Nebraska State Capitol building, such as “Nebraska’s Monumental Capitol” in Western Architect , 1923; “Lee Lawrie’s Sculptures” in Nebraska State Journal, 1923; “The Nebraska Capitol” in Goodhue Memorial Volume published by the American Institute of Architects, 1925; and Nebraska State Capitol: Synopsis of Decorations and Inscriptions , State Capitol Commission, 1926.
Between 1935 and 1939, Alexander, in addition to his teaching, remained an extremely active writer. During this period he finished a book on Indian ceremonies entitled “The Great Mysteries of the North American Indians,” and another book which was eventually entitled God and Man’s Destiny (1936). Although Oxford published God and Man’s Destiny in 1936, “The Great Mysteries of the North American Indians” was not published until 1953 by the University of Nebraska Press under the title The World’s Rim.
Alexander died at his home in Claremont in 1939 at the age of 66. The memorial service was held in Balch Hall Auditorium at Scripps College on July 29. Scripps College honored him posthumously with the establishment of the Hartley Burr Alexander Professorship in the Humanities.

Chronology

1873 Born on April 9 in Lincoln, Nebraska
1897 Graduated from the University of Nebraska with an A.B. degree.
1898-1900 Taught English at the University of Nebraska
1901 Received his Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University
1908-1927 Taught philosophy at the University of Nebraska
1922 Began designing architectural descriptions for Nebraska State Capitol building
1924-1931 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, California
1926-1932 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1927-1933 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Home Office Building in Ottawa, Canada
1929-1932 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Joslyn Memorial Building in Omaha, Nebraska
1930-1933 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Century of Progress Exhibition in Chicago Illinois
1931-1933 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Rockefeller Center in New York, New York
1932-1934 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1932-1935 Designed architectural inscriptions for the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.
1939 Died at his home in Claremont, CA. at the age of 66

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander Papers next hit contain correspondence, financial material, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, music manuscripts, and blueprints documenting previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander’s many educational and cultural activities. The collection contains papers next hit relating to his teaching career, his writings and musical compositions, his work on architectural inscriptions and decoration, and his work on Indian art in North America. The collection covers the years 1897-2000 with the bulk of the material ranging from 1908 to 1938. This collection also contains materials of documenting the writing activities of other scholars who were working on similar activities or who had working relationships with Hartley Burr Alexander.
Documents authored by previous hit Hartley Burr Alexander may be found in Series 3, Correspondence; Series 4, Faculty Papers ; Series 6, Project Records; and Series 8, Writings. Much of the other material in this collection is authored by Hartley Burr Alexander’s family members, friends, and business acquaintances, especially Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who hired him to direct the art work and write the inscriptions for many of the buildings Goodhue constructed, as well as, material authored by Lee Lawrie, and Meiere Meredith, who worked with Alexander on creating the designs for these buildings.
With the exception of Series 5 Photographic/Illustrations, and a few photographic prints scattered throughout other series, this collection consists largely of textual records. Textual record types primarily include correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, notes, financial statements, publications, and manuscripts.
The largest series is Series 3, Correspondence. Additional correspondence is scattered throughout other series. Other large series include Series 9, Writings, and Series 10, Writings by Others.
The collection is organized into eleven series:
  • Series 1. Donor Records
  • Series 2. Biographical Material
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Faculty Papers, 1919-1937
  • Series 5. Photographs/Illustrations
  • Series 6. Project Records, 1922-1938
  • Series 7. University of Nebraska, 1922-1933
  • Series 8. Writings, 1924-1989
  • Series 9. Writings by Others
  • Series 10. Topical Files
  • Series 11. Oversize Material

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

Alexander, Hartley Burr, 1873-1939 – Archives
Scripps College (Claremont, Calif.)--Archival resources.
Scripps College – Faculty – Archives
Nebraska State Capitol (Lincoln, Neb.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Rockefeller Center
Architectural inscriptions – United States
Decoration and ornament, Architectural – United States
Indian art – North America
Indian painting – North America
Architecture – Slides
Musicals – United States

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Genres and Forms of Materials

Blueprints
Correspondence
Pamphlets
Photographs
Sketches
Manuscripts
Scrapbooks
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Programs


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Donor Records, 1943-1988

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, photographs, and inventories for manuscripts and ephemera material donated to Scripps College by H.B. Alexander’s son, Dr. Hubert Alexander. Several letters from Dorothy M. Drake, Librarian at Scripps College, to the University of Nebraska, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the Department of Justice, and other libraries and organizations are also located in this series. These letters document her search to locate material documenting Alexander’s life and career. This series also contains a memo from Susan Allen, dated September 9, 1988, indicating that Honnold Library has Alexander’s collection of Pueblo Indian Art and Sioux Indian Art plates (which are now located in the Denison Library Archives).
 

Series 2 Biographical Material, 1906-1991

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains essays, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and an issue of Present-Day American Literature documenting the life and career of Hartley Burr Alexander during his tenure as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska and as Chairman of the Philosophy department at Scripps College. This series also contains financial material, including contract agreements, invoices from bookstores that purchased Alexander’s writings, and royalty statements from various publishing companies, including E.P. Dutton and Company and Henry Holt and Company.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

Curriculum Vitae written by Alexander, 1935

Box 1, Folder 2

Essay by Emile Calliet, “The Man,” 1940

Box 1, Folder 3

Induction to the Nebraska Hall of Fame, 1988-1991

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Financial Records, 1918-1938

Box 1, Folder 4

Contract Agreements, 1918-1934

Box 1, Folder 5

Invoices from Publishing Companies, 1928-1935

Box 1, Folder 6

Royalty Statements, 1926-1938

Box 1, Folder 7

Military Service, 1917

Box 1, Folder 8

Newspaper Clippings, 1906-1937

Box 1, Folder 9

Present-Day American Literature , Vol. II, No. 3, July, 1929

Box 1, Folder 10

Scrapbook, 1920’s - 1930’s

Box 1, Folder 11

Transcription of Telephone Conversation with President Jacqua, December 9, 1971

Box 1, Folder 12

Tributary Material, 1946, undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Untitled essay on Alexander, undated

 

Series 3 Correspondence, 1908-1938

Physical Description: 1.75 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence between Hartley Burr Alexander and his business associates, fiends, and acquaintances. Correspondence related to specific subjects, such as correspondence concerning particular publications, are located with those subjects. The correspondence series is divided into two sub-series, “Incoming Correspondence” and “Outgoing Correspondence.” Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and includes correspondence from anonymous and unidentifiable correspondents filed at the end of the sub-series. Outgoing correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
 

Sub-series 3.1 Incoming Correespondence, 1938

Physical Description: 1.5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series includes major correspondents such as J.C. Harper, Ernest Jacqua, Lee Lawrie, and Hildreth Meiere. Additional correspondence is located throughout the collection.
This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
Box 1, Folder 14

Abbott, Keene and Mabel, 1909-1936

Box 1, Folder 15

Alexander,George, 1909-1913

Box 1, Folder 16

Allen, F. Sturges, 1909-1913

Box 1, Folder 17

Ansley, C.F., 1910-1913, 1918, 1927

Box 1, Folder 18

Atkins, Elizabeth, 1923, 1926

Box 1, Folder 19

Bigelow, S.E., 1908, 1911

Box 1, Folder 20

Blish, Helen, 1924-1938

Box 1, Folder 21

Bode, B.H., 1918

Box 1, Folder 22

Buckham, John Wright, 1920, 1929, 1936

Box 1, Folder 23

Bureau of American Ethnology, 1910

Box 1, Folder 24

Burkart, Anna, 1926

Box 1, Folder 25

Bush, W.T., 1938

Box 1, Folder 26

Cady, Rev. Frank T., 1910

Box 1, Folder 27

Cardin, Fred, [1929], 1931

Box 1, Folder 28

Carr, Geraldine Wilda, 1927, 1935

Box 1, Folder 29

Carter, M.A.W., 1909-1910

Box 1, Folder 30

Chan, undated

Box 1, Folder 31

Chen, Kwel, 1925-1938

Box 1, Folder 32

Christmas Cards, [193-], undated

Box 1, Folder 33

Chung, Henry, 1918

Box 1, Folder 34

Commonwealth Club of California, 1937

Box 1, Folder 35

Cunningham, Henry Francis, 1931-1938

Box 1, Folder 36

E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc., 1927-1935

Box 1, Folder 37

Esto Publishing Co., 1936

Box 1, Folder 38-41

Evans, T. Horace, 1902-[1927]

Box 1, Folder 42

Fifter, Orian W., 1926, 1929

Box 1, Folder 43

Flanders, Ruth, 1927-1928

Box 1, Folder 44

Fletcher, Alice, 1918

Box 1, Folder 45

Gray, Louis, 1908-1916

Box 1, Folder 46

Guerin, E., 1918

Box 1, Folder 47

Haggard, D. Avery, 1928

Box 1, Folder 48

Harper, J.C., 1934-1936

Box 1, Folder 49

Harris, Celia, 1927, 1935

Box 1, Folder 50

Henry Holt and Company, 1935

Box 1, Folder 51

Howie, Hardinia B., 1913

Box 1, Folder 52

Invitation to “Exhibition of Sculpture in the Open Air,” 1933

Box 1, Folder 53

Jacqua, Ernest J., 1927, 1935-1936

Box 1, Folder 54

Johnson, Alvin, 1909, 1918

Box 1, Folder 55

Journal of Philosophy, Psychology, and Scientific Methods, 1910-1911

Box 1, Folder 56

Kasper, Victor Hugo, 1928-1934

Box 1, Folder 57

Klett, Martha Ada, 1928, 1936-1937

Box 1, Folder 58

Lamont, F., 1906

Box 1, Folder 59-61

Lawrie, Lee, 1923-1928

Box 1, Folder 62

Lehmer, Derrick, 1918, 1922, 1931

Box 1, Folder 63

Leorie, A.M., 1932

Box 1, Folder 64

Lewis, E.H., [Edwin Herbert], 1911-1937

Box 1, Folder 65

Lhasshekankrakrya, Anagarika (The Universal Union for the Diffusion of Busshism), [193-]

Box 1, Folder 66

Librarie Ernest Leroux, 1926-1935

Box 1, Folder 67

McCaleb, W.F., 1909-1910, 1932

Box 1, Folder 68

McDowell, Margaret, 1911-1913

Box 1, Folder 69

Marshall Jones Company, 1918

Box 1, Folder 70-72

Meiere, Hildreth, 1925-1936

Box 2, Folder 1

Newbold, William Romaine, 1909-1926

Box 2, Folder 2

Newbranch, N.E., 1928, undated

Box 2, Folder 3

Newman, George S., 1909-1912

Box 2, Folder 4

Open Court Publishing Company, 1909-1922

Box 2, Folder 5

Patterson, Austin, 1936

Box 2, Folder 6

Peterson, Emily, 1938

Box 2, Folder 7

Pijuan, Joseph, 1932, 1937

Box 2, Folder 8

Pound, Louise, 1933-1934

Box 2, Folder 9

Primavera Press Inc., 1934-1935

Box 2, Folder 10

Princess Te Ata, 1919, 1932, 1935

Box 2, Folder 11

Reckaugel, Laura, 1936

Box 2, Folder 12

Robbins, Rignald C., 1935

Box 2, Folder 13

Roosevelt, Theodore, 1918

Box 2, Folder 14

Rowley, George (Mrs.), 1927, 1937

Box 2, Folder 15

Sargent, Joseph A., 1908-1932

Box 2, Folder 16

Selleck, Willard C., 1930, 1938

Box 2, Folder 17

Sharp, Frank C., 1927, 1928

Box 2, Folder 18

Steiner, Edward A., 1934, 1937

Box 2, Folder 19

Swift, Otis Peabody, 1937, undated

Box 2, Folder 20

Telegram Informing Alexander of Receipt of the Legion of Honor, undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Theatre Arts Monthly, 1932

Box 2, Folder 22

Van Name, W.G., 1908-1910, 1928

Box 2, Folder 23

Webster, William, 1912

Box 2, Folder 24

Werkmeister, W.L., 1918

Box 2, Folder 25

Westerman, W.L., 1918

Box 2, Folder 26

Zeitlin, Jake (Jake Zeitlin: Books), 1935

Box 2, Folder 27-30

Miscellaneous, A to Z, 1909-1938

Box 2, Folder 31-46

Unidentifiable, A to Z, 1908-1939, undated

 

Sub-series 3.2 Outgoing Correspondence, 1924-1936

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series includes major correspondents such as Lee Lawrie and Hildreth Meiere.
This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject.
Box 2, Folder 47

Alexander, 1927, 1939

Box 2, Folder 48-49

Alexander to Lee Lawrie, 1926-1933

Box 2, Folder 50-52

Alexander to Hildreth Meiere, 1926-1932

Box 2, Folder 53

Christmas Cards, undated

Box 2, Folder 54

Christmas Greetings, 1928, undated

Box 2, Folder 55

Research for Texts on Native Americans, 1924-1933

Box 2, Folder 56

Wedding Announcement: Alexander, Hubert Griggs, 1936

 

Series 4 Faculty Papers, 1919-1937

Physical Description: .75 cubic feet
 

Sub-series 4.1 General Faculty Papers, 1919-1937

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains correspondence, lecture notes, lecture programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to anthropology, ethnology, and Native American Art.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 1

Anthropology and Ethnology Course Material, undated

Box 3, Folder 2

Architecture Inscription Information, undated

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence and Sketches Concerning the Presentation of Indian Cultures at Golden State Expo, 1936-1937

Box 3, Folder 4

Faculty and Picture Bulletin Information, 1934-1935, undated

Box 3, Folder 5

Handouts for Art History, undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Lecture Given in Connection with “Music and American Youth” Program, Coast-to-Coast, Nov. 21, 1937

Box 3, Folder 7

Lecture Notes, undated

Box 3, Folder 8

Lecture Programs, 1919-1936, undated

Box 3, Folder 9

Reading Syllabi, undated

Box 3, Folder 10

Student Records, 1934, undated

Box 3, Folder 11

Notes/Charts: Anthropology and Ethnology, undated

 

Sub-series 4.2 Research Material, 1923-1937

Physical Description: .5 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs on Native American art and culture. This sub-series also contains correspondence, journal articles, and notes on paintings made by Native Americans on cowhide, buffalo, and deer skins. Of special interest are several letters from A. Wetmore, Assistant Secretary at the Smithsonian Institution, United States National Museum in Washington, D.C. discussing collections of paintings made by various groups of Plains Indians.
This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1932-1937

Box 3, Folder 13-16

Indian Collection Information, 1935-1936, undated

Box 3, Folder 13

Correspondence, Incoming, Wetmore, A., 1936

Box 3, Folder 14

“Episode I. Events Perhaps Earlier than 1856,” undated

Box 3, Folder 15

Kluckhorn, Clyde, “A Note on the Sources of the Drawings in the Del Rio Volume on Palenque.” In Maya Research, Vol. II, No. 3, July, 1935, 1935

Box 3, Folder 16

Notes on Paintings, undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Native American Artifacts and Education, 1923, 1928, undated

Box 3, Folder 18

Newspaper Clippings, undated

Box 3, Folder 19

Notes on Native American Indians, undated

Box 3, Folder 20

Photographs of Drawings, Murals, and Sculptures of Indian Themes, 1931, undated

Box 3, Folder 21

Prehistoric Artifacts/Tools, 1937, undated

 

Series 5 Photographs/Illustrations, undated

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains photographs and illustrations on various aspects of Native American Indian art and culture. This sub-series also contains slides of inscription and symbolic programs of work possibly conducted by Alexander.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 22

Illustrations by Anders John Haugseth, undated

Box 3, Folder 23

Indian Themes, undated

Box 3, Folder 24

Inscription Projects, undated

Box 3, Folder 25

Japanese Theatre and Musical Instruments, undated

Box 3, Folder 26

Native Americans, Ancient Mexico, Black Americans, undated

Box 3, Folder 27

Native American Artwork (Mostly Alaskan), undated

 

Series 6 Project Records, 1923-1938

Physical Description: .75 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of correspondence, blueprints, sketches, and photographs documenting Alexander’s work as a consultant for the artwork and inscriptions created for several important buildings, including the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Nebraska State Capitol. Of significance is correspondence from Bertram Goodhue (Goodhue Correspondence), whom he worked with on the Nebraska State Capitol, and several other buildings of significance throughout the United States.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 28

Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial, undated

 

“Synopsis of the Sculpture and Inscriptions”

Box 3, Folder 29

Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia

 

Brochure: A Substantial New Building for A Substantial Old Company,” 1927

Box 3, Folder 30-32

Kansas City, MO. City Hall, 1936, undated

Box 3, Folder 30

Correspondence, 1936

Box 3, Folder 31

Photographs of Sculptures, undated

Box 3, Folder 32

Sketches, and Elevations of Sculptures, undated

Box 3, Folder 33

Los Angeles Public Library

 

Correspondence, Incoming, Goodhue, Bertram G., 1924

Box 3, Folder 34-38

Nebraska State Capital

Box 3, Folder 34-35

Correspondence, 1922-1927

Box 3, Folder 34-35

“Goodhue Correspondence,” (Bertram Goodhue, Architect), 1922-1924

Box 3, Folder 36

“Goodhue Correspondence,” Originals, 1923

Box 3, Folder 37

Miscellaneous A to Z, 1925, 1927

Box 3, Folder 38

“Synopsis of Decorations and Inscriptions,” undated

Box 3, Folder 39-42

Northrop Auditorium, University of Minnesota

Box 3, Folder 39

Blueprints of Inscriptions, undated

Box 3, Folder 40

Brochure: “Why Minnesota?” [193-]

Box 3, Folder 41

Correspondence, 1935-1936

Box 3, Folder 42

Photographs, [193-]

Box 3, Folder 43-44

Oregon State Capitol, Salem Oregon, 1936-1937, undated

Box 3, Folder 43

Blueprints for Inscription Work, undated

Box 3, Folder 44

Correspondence, 1936-1937

Box 3, Folder 45-47

State Finance Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1930-1938, undated

Box 3, Folder 45

Correspondence, 1930-1938

Box 3, Folder 46

Photographs, 1930, undated

Box 3, Folder 47

Sketches and Elevations, 1938, undated

 

Series 7 University of Nebraska, 1908-1930

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs from Alexander’s tenure as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nebraska. The majority of the material in this series relates to Alexander’s resignation from his faculty position at the University.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 3, Folder 48-52

Correspondence, Incoming, 1924-1928

Box 3, Folder 48

Genderson, L.E. (Office of Finance Secretary), 1924-1927

Box 3, Folder 49

James, Herman, 1925-1928

Box 3, Folder 50

Jenson, Anton, 1928-1930

Box 3, Folder 51

Warner, P., 1927

Box 3, Folder 52

Miscellaneous A to Z, 1908-1927

Box 3, Folder 53-56

Correspondence, Outgoing, 1922-1933

Box 3, Folder 53

Correspondence with Samuel Avery (Chancellor), 1922-1925

Box 3, Folder 54

Correspondence with Herman James (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences), 1925- 1927

Box 3, Folder 55

Correspondence with William P Warner (President of the Board of Regents), 1927

Box 3, Folder 56

Correspondence with Others, 1922-1933

Box 3, Folder 57

Newspaper Clippings, 1933

Box 3, Folder 58

Petition to keep Alexander at the University of Nebraska, 1927

Box 3, Folder 59

Photographs, undated

Box 3, Folder 60

Reconstruction Program, undated

 

Series 8 Writings by Hartley Burr Alexander, 1924-1989

Physical Description: 1.0 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains copies of manuscripts, books, articles, plays, musical scores, operettas, translations and book reviews by Hartley Burr Alexander. Correspondence, notes and reviews relating to the aforementioned are arranged alphabetically by publication or writing title.
 

Sub-series 8.1 General Writings, 1924-1989

Physical Description: .75 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series includes essays, poetry, plays, operettas, and musical scores written by Alexander. These writings are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 4, Folder 1

“Academe: A Masque of the College of Arts,” undated

Box 4, Folder 2

“Academe: A Masque of the College of Arts with Initiation,” undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Advertising Pamphlet for Inscription Work, undated

Box 4, Folder 4

“Arikara,” 1933-1934

Box 4, Folder 5

Bibliographies of Published and Unpublished Works, 1976-1989, undated

Box 4, Folder 6

“Bibliographical Record: Hartley Burr Alexander,” [1934]

Box 4, Folder 7

“Costume Design,” undated

Box 4, Folder 8

“Critique of ‘Deuxieme Arabesque,’ by Claude Bebussy,” undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Description of “Amos Bad Heart Bull” Manuscript, undated

Box 4, Folder 10

“Diamond Jubilee Pageant” Directors Schedules, undated

Box 4, Folder 11

“Eriks Saga Rauda,” (Icelandic Saga), undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Essay on Chinese Art, 1936

Box 4, Folder 13

“Evangelium Christi,” undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Greetings (letters to classes), 1932-1939

Box 4, Folder 15

“Hildreth Meiere’s Work for Nebraska,” 1924-1925

Box 4, Folder 16

“La Munuette: A Lyrical Ballet in Two Acts,” undated

Box 4, Folder 17

“Luck in the House,” 1933-1934

Box 4, Folder 18

“The Lucky Prince,” [1934, 1937]

Box 4, Folder 19

“The Making of Nebraska: A Pageant of the Plains,” Directors Book

Box 4, Folder 20

“Minnewakan,” undated

Box 4, Folder 21-23

Musical Scores, undated

Box 4, Folder 21

“Ivy Song,” by Hartley and Nelly Alexander

Box 4, Folder 22

“Old French Song”

Box 4, Folder 23

Untitled

Box 4, Folder 24

“Notes on Library Needs in California,” and Correspondence, 1936-1937

Box 4, Folder 25

“Odes and Lyrics” Typographic Plates, undated

Box 4, Folder 26-27

Operettas, undated

Box 4, Folder 26

“The Pasque”

Box 4, Folder 27

“Priscilla”

Box 4, Folder 28

“The Philosopher,” undated Poetical Anthology, undated

Box 4, Folder 29

“The Pipe of Peace,” undated

Box 4, Folder 30

Poetical Anthology, undated

Box 4, Folder 31

“The Repeaters: A Drama of the Post-Diluvians,” undated

Box 4, Folder 32

“The Rice Sprouting Song,” undated

Box 4, Folder 33

“The Rocks are Ringing,” undated

Box 4, Folder 34

Scrapbook of Articles by Alexander, undated

Box 4, Folder 35

“Scripps College: Arms and Needs,” undated

Box 4, Folder 36

“The Singing Girl of Copan: A Ballet in the Maya Mode,” Newspaper Clipping, undated

Box 4, Folder 37

“The Singing Girl of Peten,” undated

Box 4, Folder 38

“Songs of the Seasons,” undated

Box 4, Folder 39

Student Papers written by Alexander

Box 4, Folder 40

“Three Chinese Folk-Dramas, Translated by Kwei Chen, [1934-1937]

Box 4, Folder 41

“Un representant authentique de la Culture americaine,” undated

Box 4, Folder 42

“Van Gogh: Art and the Man,” 1935-1985

Box 4, Folder 43

“Worlds In Which We Particpate,” 1935

 

Sub-series 8.2 Manuscripts, undated

Physical Description: .15 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains copies and originals of maunuscripts written by Alexander. These writings are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 4, Folder 44-48

“A Book About Indians"

Box 4, Folder 49-51

“God and Philosophical Thinking”

Box 4, Folder 52

“Memoirs”

Box 4, Folder 53

“Pueblo Indian Painting”

Box 4, Folder 54

“The Tree of Life”

 

Sub-series 8.3 Plays, undated

Physical Description: .10 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains copies and originals of plays written by Alexander. These writings are arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 5, Folder 1

“The Corn Maidens”

Box 5, Folder 2

[Minnetonka]

Box 5, Folder 3-6

“Priscilla"

Box 5, Folder 7

Programs

Box 5, Folder 8

“The Tear”

Box 5, Folder 9-11

“Taiwa” (Play and Musical Script)

Box 5, Folder 12

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home”

 

Sub-series 8.4 Published Writings and Related Material, 1910-1952

Physical Description: 1.0 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains printed copies of books, articles, speeches, and lectures written by Hartley Burr Alexander, with correspondence, notes and reviews relating to each, arranged alphabetically by publication or writing.
Box 5, Folder 13

“Alexander in Babylon: A Tragedy in Five Acts,” Open Court Publishing Company, Chicago, 1923

Box 5, Folder 14

“Alogistic Intelligence and Philosophical Wisdom.” Reprint from the University of California Chronicle , April, 1928.

Box 5, Folder 15

“At the Heels of Progress,” The Nebraska Alumnus , Vol. XXXI, No. 9, November 1935

Box 5, Folder 16

“Aztec Gods.” Reprinted from the American Archaeology Number of Art and Archaeology , July-August, 1923

Box 5, Folder 17

“Cooke-Daniels Lectures: First Series,” Denver. Denver Art Museum, 1927

Box 5, Folder 18

“Coronado in Quivera,” – Ak-Sar-Ben Pageant, Knights of Ak-Sar_Ben, Omaha, 1932

Box 5, Folder 19

“Drama As A Cosmic Category.” Reprinted from the Philosophical Review , Vol. XXXIX, No. 2, March, 1930

Box 5, Folder 20

“Education in the Open,” University of New Mexico Press , 1932

Box 5, Folder 21

“Field Notes: 1928.” Reprint from the University of California Chronicle , April, 1929

Box 5, Folder 22

“Francis La Flesche.” Reprinted from American Anthropologist , Vol. 35, No. 2, April-June, 1933

Box 5, Folder 23

“Giver of Life.” In New Mexico Quarterly , Vol. XX, No.3, Autumn, 1950

Box 5, Folder 24

“The Great Spirit.” In The New Mexico Quarterly , undated

Box 5, Folder 25

“Hildreth Meier’s Work of Nebraska,” Architecture, Vol. LXII, No. 6, June 1931

Box 5, Folder 26

“The Indian’s Philosophy of Life.” In Indians at Work , Office of Indian Affairs, May 15, 1935

Box 5, Folder 27

“Intelligence and the Intelligentsia.” Reprint from Scripps College Papers , No. 1, Lectures in Philosophy, 1929

Box 5, Folder 28

Journal Covers, 1902-1931

Box 5, Folder 29

“Kiowa Indian Paintings,” Correspondence, 1934-1935

Box 5, Folder 30

L’Art Et La Philosophie des Indiens de L’Amerique du Nord ,” Editions Ernest Leroux, Paris, 1926

Box 5, Folder 31

“The Last Architecture,” undated

Box 5, Folder 32

Latin-American Mythology” Galley Proofs, [1916]

Box 5, Folder 33

“Man,” Dune Forum , undated

Box 5, Folder 34

“The Mystic Way.” In The Personalist , undated

Box 5, Folder 35-36

“Odes on the Generation of Man,” 1920-1913, undated

Box 5, Folder 35

Correspondence, 1910-1913

Box 5, Folder 36

Publication Announcement, undated

Box 5, Folder 37

“Old Foundations for a New Opera.” Reprinted from the University of California Chronicle , Vol. XXXIV, No. 3, July, 1932

Box 5, Folder 38

“On Making Friends with Art,” 1936

Box 5, Folder 39

“Ours is the Future,” Twelfth Annual Convocation Address, June 10, 1939

Box 5, Folder 40

“The Perception of Motion,” The Journal of Philosophy Psychology and Scientific Method s, Vol. XI, No. 11, May 21, 1914

Box 5, Folder 41

“Philosophic Imagination in Indian America.” In The New Mexico Quarterly , [1931]

Box 5, Folder 42

“Poetry and the Individual” Correspondence, 1906-1911

Box 5, Folder 43-48

“Pueblo Indian Paintings,” 1929-1935

Box 5, Folder 43-46

Incoming Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 43

Chapman, Kenneth M. (Laboratory of Anthropology), 1933-1934

Box 5, Folder 44

Jake Zeitlin Books, 1933-1934

Box 5, Folder 45

Szwedzicki, C., 1931-1935

Box 5, Folder 46

Miscellaneous A to Z, 1932-1935

Box 5, Folder 47

Outgoing Correspondence, 1929-1935

Box 5, Folder 48

Publication Announcement, undated

Box 5, Folder 49

“The Rocks are Ringing.” Reprint from the University of California Chronicle , July, 1928

Box 5, Folder 50

“The Sculpture of Lee Lawrie.” Reprinted from The Architectural Forum , May, 1931

Box 5, Folder 51

“The Sense of Antiquity in Indian Mythology.” In The Masterkey , Vol. VII, No. 5, September, 1933

Box 5, Folder 52

“The Serpent Symbol and Maize Culture.” In New Mexico Quarterly , Vol. XXII, No. 3, Autumn, 1952

Box 5, Folder 53

“The Singing Girl of Copan: A Ballet in the Maya Mode.” In Theatre Arts Monthly , August, 1933

Box 5, Folder 54-60

“Sioux Indian Painting,” 1930-1937

Box 5, Folder 54-57

Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 54-55

Incoming Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 54

Exposition of Indian Tribal Arts, Inc., 1931-1934

Box 5, Folder 55

Szwedzicki, C. 1930-1937

Box 5, Folder 56

Outgoing Correspondence, 1936-1937

Box 5, Folder 57

Miscellaneous Correspondence (A to Z), 1937

Box 5, Folder 58

Introduction and Notes, 1930-1937

Box 5, Folder 59

Publication Announcement, 1937

Box 5, Folder 60

Shipping Invoice, 1938

Box 5, Folder 61

“Symbolism and Inscriptions,” American Architect , October, 1934

Box 5, Folder 62

“The Tear (After A Shoshone Legend).” Reprinted from the University of California Chronicle , XXXIII, No. 4, October, 1931

Box 5, Folder 63

“Thank God for Deserts.” Reprint from the University of California Chronicle , Vol. 32, No. 2, April, 1930

Box 5, Folder 64

“Three Chinese Folk-Dramas.” Translated by Kwei Chen. Theatre Arts Monthly , November, 1930

Box 5, Folder 65

“Worlds in Which We Participate.” In The Personalist , Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring, 1935

 

Series 9 Writings by Others, 1925-2000

Physical Description: 1.25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains journal articles, poems, essays, bibliographies, and advertisements/reviews of books by authors other than Alexander. This series also includes several printed copies of entire architectural journals, and brochures announcing the publication of various dictionaries and encyclopedias.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject or author.
 

Sub-series 9.1 General Writings, 1925-2000

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains general unplubished writings arranged in alphabetical order by author or title.
Box 6, Folder 1

Advertisements and Reviews of Books by Other Authors, 1929-1933

Box 6, Folder 2

Advisee and Returning Students Papers, 1933-1938

Box 6, Folder 3

Anthropology and Ethnology Bibliographies, undated

Box 6, Folder 4

Brochure: the Hsiung Sisters, undated

Box 6, Folder 5

Eames, Henry Purmort, “A Tribute to the Memory of Hartley Burr Alexander,” 1939

Box 6, Folder 6

Gilmore, Melvin, “Making Records of Ancient Rituals of the Arikara Tribe in North Dakota,” and Correspondence, 1933-1934

Box 6, Folder 7

Haller, Bob, 1991

Box 6, Folder 8

Kipling, Rudyard, “Chartres Windows,” [1925]

Box 6, Folder 9

Lewis, Edwin Herbert, “The Physicians,” 1935

Box 6, Folder 10

Piper, Janet, 1931-1932, undated

Box 6, Folder 11

Saliola, Gregory, “Art Deco’s Romance with Progress: Chicago’s Century of Progress Exhibition Manifested at Rockefeller Center,” 2000

Box 6, Folder 12

Shepard, Anna O., 1928

Box 6, Folder 13

Stephens, John, “A Definition of Man,” [194-]

 

Sub-series 9.2 Publication Brochures, 1909-1922

Physical Description: .25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This sub-series contains brochures about dictionaries and encyclopedias. Of particular interest is a brochure for “Webster’s New International Dictionary,” published in 1909, which Alexander worked on as a member of the editorial staff.
This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 6, Folder 14

“The Century Dictionary,” undated

Box 6, Folder 15

“The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia,” 1914

Box 6, Folder 16

"Encyclopedia Britannica,” 11th Edition, University of Cambridge, undated

Box 6, Folder 17

“The Standard Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases,” The Kelmscott Society, undated

Box 6, Folder 18

“Webster’s New International Dictionary,” G&C Merriam Co., 1909

Box 6, Folder 19

“The Wonderful Decade, 1911-1921,” Encyclopedia Britannica, 1922

 

Sub-series 9.3 Published Writings, 1897-1948

Physical Description: .75 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains journals, journal articles, musicals, pamphlets, and other writings by authors other than Alexander.
This sub-series is arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 6, Folder 20

Allen, F. Sturges, “Noah Webster’s Place Among English Lexicographies,” G&C Merriam Co., 1909

Box 6, Folder 21

The Architectural Forum , January, 1932

Box 6, Folder 22

The Architectural Forum , Vol. LVI, No. 2, February, 1932, Part 1

Box 6, Folder 23

The Architectural Forum , July, 1932, [Part 2]

Box 6, Folder 24

Architecture, June, 1931

Box 6, Folder 25

Beethoven, L. van, “Quartet No. 3.” Payne’s Kleine Partior-Ausgabe, undated

Box 6, Folder 26

Evans, T.H., “The Epileptic Criminal; With Report of Two Cases.” Reprint from the Medical Record , February 25, 1905

Box 6, Folder 27

Gurney, George, “The Department of Justice Building.” In Sculpture and the Federal Triangle , Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institute Press, 1985

Box 6, Folder 28

Hale, Edward Everett, “Memoirs of a Hundred Years.” In The Outlook , Vol. 69, No. 9, November 2, 1901

Box 6, Folder 29

The Journal of Germanic Philogy , Vol. 1, No. 4, 1897

Box 6, Folder 30

“Letter,” The Nebraska Alumnus , Vol. XXXVI, No. 4, April, 1940

Box 6, Folder 31

Long, Percy W., “English Dictionaries Before Webster.” Reprinted from Papers, Bibliographic Society of America , Vol. 4, 1910

Box 6, Folder 32

Los Angeles Public Library, “ Inscriptions and Sculptures,” 1925

Box 6, Folder 33

McClintock, Walter, “Painted Tipis and Picture-Writing of the Blackfoot Indians.” In Southwest Museum Leaflets ,” No. 6, 1936

Box 6, Folder 34

Meire, Hildreth,”The Question of Decoration,” The Architectural Forum , Vol. LVII, No. 1, July, 1932

Box 6, Folder 35

“Myron Taylor Hall,” Cornell University Law School, Ithaca, New York, undated

Box 6, Folder 36

“Of Men and Books,” Northwestern University on the Air , Vol. 1, No. 22, February 28, 1942

Box 6, Folder 37

Pamphlets: Art and Architectural Organizations, 1936

Box 6, Folder 38

Pound, Louise, “Hartley Alexander as an Undergraduate,” Prairie Schooner , 1948

Box 6, Folder 39

The Scripture : Incipit Vita Nova, Vol. XI, No. 9, December 3, 1940

Box 6, Folder 40

Sheffield, Alfred Dwight, “The Rational Study of English Grammar,” Reprinted from The School Review , Vol. XVIII, No. 9, November, 1910

 

Series 10 Topical Files, 1918-1931

Physical Description: ,25 cubic feet

Scope and Content Note

This series contains miscellaneous items, such as information concerning the Selective Service Law, and a tourist map of Peiping. Of significance is biographical material about Hildreth Meiere, including a photograph of Meiere, and several photographs of inscription work by Meiere.
This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 6, Folder 41

Selective Service Law, 1918

Box 6, Folder 42

Meiere, Heldreth: Newspaper Clippings, and Photographs, 1924-1925

Box 6, Folder 43

Metropolitan Square Groundplan, 1931

Box 6, Folder 44

Tourist Map of Peiping, undated

 

Series 11 Oversize Material

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of oversize material that was removed and filed separately in oversize boxes. Oversize material is located in oversize box numbers 1 and 2.