Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Alden mss., ca. 1951-2001, consist of correspondence and research files generated by Professor Dauril Alden in preparation of his biography of Dutch and Portuguese colonial historian Charles Ralph Boxer, 1904-2000. The biography, titled Charles R. Boxer: An Uncommon Life: Soldier, Historian, Teacher, Collector, Traveller , was written by Alden with the assistance of Boxer colleagues and friends James Sylvester Cummins (1920-2004) and Father Michael Cooper (b. 1930). It was published in Lisbon by Fundação Oriente in 2001 (Lilly DA3 .B598 A43 2001).

The correspondence includes letters of Charles Boxer to Dauril Alden and to James Cummins; correspondence between Alden and James Cummins, and Alden and Michael Cooper, as well as Alden correspondence with several Boxer colleagues, family members, and research institutions the author visited and/or from whom he acquired copies of reference and research materials.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Notes and research material; II. Correspondence. The bulk of the collection consists of the notes and reference copies, arranged by chapter and then a late draft of the final manuscript, also arranged by chapter. An inventory is available.

Gift. 2005

Collection size: 5,000 items

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