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Robert Ross Alden papers, 1935-1973

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 feet (20 boxes 1 oversize folder)
Language(s) 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 three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 10 series: Series I: Cataloged Correspondence; Series II: Arranged Correspondence; 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 Subseries VIII.1: Magazines; Subseries VIII.2: Newspaper Clippings; Series IX: Scrapbooks; Series X: Art Work

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on 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 three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known);Robert Ross Alden papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Processed BRC/HR 07/20/77.

Revision Description

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.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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"CUL Collections:"
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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Dryfoos, Orvil E Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Journalists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reston, James, 1909-1995 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulzberger, Iphigene Ochs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

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.