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Robert S. Alexander papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.502

Content Description

The Robert S. Alexander collection consists of correspondence to and from Alexander dated 1942-1954, 1981, and undated. Of note are the letters and cards from his time in the miliary during World War II. Alexander describes his experiences and often includes drawings on the correspondence. The collection also includes a small amount of photographs and negatives with images of a soldier in uniform, early Ford cars, and family/children and a house.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1981

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Robert Seymour Alexander served as a Seargent in the United States Army during World War II from 1943-1946, as well as in the Corps of Engineers for 17 months in the European Theatre. Following his time in the Military, Alexander pursued his passion for art, and received his B.F.A. in 1951 from the University of Illinois, and his M.F.A. in 1952 from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Alexander was hired by MSU as an Art Department instructor from 1954-1967, as an Associate Professor from 1967-1972, and as a Professor from 1972 until his retirement on July 1, 1987. Throughout his art career, Alexander received numerous honors and awards, including the first award for the "International Furniture Design Competition" in 1959; listings in "Who's Who in American Art", "Who's Who in the Midwest", and "Internationa Directory of the Arts" (1965 edition); Award of Excellence, at the Hartland Art Exhibit, in 1973, 1974, and 1975; and the 2nd award, at the Saginaw Museum, Photography of Art Exhibit, in 1977.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Robert S. Alexander Papers
3 Ready For Cataloging
Rebecca Yeomans-Stephenson
December 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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