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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.

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.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Dion Alden (Mrs. Robert), 1977.

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

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

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Dryfoos, Orvil E. (Orvil Eugene), 1912-1963 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, 1926-2012 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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically



Box 1 Brooks, Gladys Rice Billings (Mrs. Van Wyck)


Box 1 Crowther, Bosley


Box 1 Dryfoos, Orvil E.


Box 1 Farago, Ladislas


Box 1 Heubsch, Ben W.


Box 1 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald Certificate


Box 1 Levine, Joseph E.


Box 1 Lindsay, John Vliet


Box 1 Lynes, Russell


Box 1 Mancroft, Stormont, 2nd Baron


Box 1 Reston, James Barrett


Box 1 Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich


Box 1 Romulo, Carlos P.


Box 1 Sinclair, Upton


Box 1 Steinhem, Gloria


Box 1 Sulzberger, Arthur Hays


Box 1 Sulzberger, Arthur Ochs


Box 1 Sulzberger, Iphigene Ochs (Mrs. Arthur H.)


Box 1 Waldheim, Kurt


Box 1 A-G

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Arranged alphabetically



Box 2 H-Z, Unidentified correspondence, Family correspondence



Box 3 Letters of Condolence

[These letters are unfolded, most still in their original envelopes]

Series III: Manuscripts


Subseries III.1: Articles for Periodicals



Box 4 General: chiefly New York City Metropolitan Area



Box 5 Writings about various countries in Asia, Cuba and France. Also, related research materials.



Box 6 Ships, Talent, Topics of the Times, United Nations.



Box 7 United Nations



Box 8 Articles written under the Carlton (Tubby) Belmont, pseud., Incomplete articles, Related materials to several stories, Editorials, Miscellaneous, Poetry, Novels


Subseries III.2: Novels



Box 9 "The George Duck Story" and "World of Vietnam". Drafts and corrected typescripts


Subseris III.3: Stories



Box 10 Stories

Series IV: Personal Papers and Documents



Box 11 Address and date books; Army documents; Biographical materials; City College papers; and Personal documents.

Series V: Manuscripts



Box 12 Alden, Robert Ross Autobiography.

Series VI: Memorabilia



Box 13 Memorabilia, including Signma Delta Chi Award, Award plaques, Press badges and cards, Pins and Army decorations.

Series VII: Photographs



Box 14 Photographs, related to his stories written for the New York Times.

[Photographs are in no order and need rehousing. ]

Series VIII: Printed Materials


Sunseries VIII.1: Magazines


Box 14 Printed materials of NY Times Magazine US News and World Report, and several other publications that featured articles by Alden.

[No order present and the paper is in need of preservation. ]



Box 15 Magazines with articles by Alden, reprints of individual pieces, and a number of "Times Talk", an internal publication for the staff of the New York Times., 1950s-1960s



Box 16 United Nations related items, such as memos, and a large number of invitations to official events.


Subseries VIII.2: Newspaper clippings

Arranged chronologically



Box 17 1952-1958

[Original clippings need preservation work. ]



Box 18 1959-1965

[Original clippings need preservation work. ]



Box 19 Unsorted

[Original clippings need preservation work. ]



Box 20 Unsorted

[Original clippings need preservation work. ]

Series IX: Scrapbooks



Box 21 Nos. 1 & 2, contains clippings of Alden's newspaper pieces,, No. 1: 1 March 1947 - 22 August 1951, No. 2: 5 Jan. -31 Dec. 1960


Box 21 No. 3, contains clippings of Alden's newspaper pieces, 1 January - 9 July 1961



Flat Box 116 No. 4, contains clippings of Alden's newspaper pieces, 25 March 1972 - 23 October 1973



Flat Box 115 No. 5: World's Fair and No. 6: World's Fair, contains clippings of Alden's newspaper pieces,, 1963 - 1964

Series X: Art Work



Flat Box 2 1. Pencil sketch of Robert Alden, 2. Two unidentified pencil sketches, 3. architectural pen-and-ink sketch by De Scutt,, 1970