Jane Alexander collection, 1967-2003 bulk 1980-1999.


Jane Alexander collection, 1967-2003 bulk 1980-1999.

Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, photographs, printed material, and other items. Correspondence in the collection includes items relating to her acting career as well as several letters regarding her tenure as head of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), including letters from Jane Fonda, Sally Kellerman, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Claiborne Pell, Edward Kennedy, Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Robert Redford, Charlton Heston, Janet Reno, Al Gore, Sandra Day O'Connor, Robert Byrd, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jesse Helms, and Kay Bailey Hutchison. The bulk of the correspondence (1990-2000), consists of letters regarding NEA matters. Professional material in this collection primarily consists of files relating to the NEA's work to further awareness of the arts and work with the government to fund artistic endeavors. The NEA's budget was targeted for elimination by Congressional Republicans during this period, using the pretext that NEA funds were supporting obscenity; this controversy is reflected in Alexander's papers. Present are numerous letters, minutes of meetings, itineraries, clippings, endowment statements, congressional records from legislative sessions, transcripts of speeches, court records, and various memos, all dating from the 1990s. Most of these documents are photocopies. The collection contains several dozen photos from Alexander's career and personal life. Printed material in the collection includes film and play posters, reviews, and programs for different productions. Other items in the collection include several award certificates presented to Alexander, artists' renderings of the actress, and several audio recordings of interviews and talks.

6.5 linear ft.


SNAC Resource ID: 7331424

Boston University. School of Medicine

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