Alden mss., 1951-2001

Papers of Dauril Alden, 1951-2001, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Mary McSparran

Creator: Alden, Dauril.
Title: Alden mss.
Collection No.: LMC 2483
Dates: 1951-2001

Quantity: 8 Boxes

Abstract: The Alden mss., 1951-2001, consists of correspondence and research files generated by historian Dauril Alden, 1926-, in preparation of his biography of Dutch and Portuguese colonial historian Charles Ralph Boxer, 1904-2000.
Location: ALF (Auxiliary Library Facility)
Language: English .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452

Biographical Note

Charles Ralph Boxer, 1904-2000, was born on the Isle of Wight, England. Boxer studied at the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst and then served in the British Army for twenty-four years (1923-1947). At the beginning of his military career, peacetime allowed him to study maritime history and collect rare books. He went on to serve for an extended amount of time in Japan as a language officer, then transitioned to intelligence work in Hong Kong. During World War II, he was captured and sent to a Japanese internment camp. He left the army after the war, at which time he resumed the reading and historical research that he had begun as a young man. Though he never earned a history degree, he was offered a professorship at King's College in London in 1947. He served as the Camões Chair of Portuguese and as a professor of the history of the Far East. After retiring from King's College, Boxer served as a visiting professor at Indiana University and as a consultant to the Lilly Library from 1969-1972. He also held a position at Yale University. Over the course of his career as a historian, Boxer produced over 350 publications and received numerous honorary doctorates. He died in 2000 at the age of 96.

Charles R. Boxer: An Uncommon Life: Soldier, Historian, Teacher, Collector, Traveller , a biography by historian Dauril Alden, 1926-, was published in Lisbon by Fundação Oriente in 2001. Alden was born on 12 January 1926 in San Francisco, California. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1950s and subsequently taught history at the University of Seattle.

Scope and Contents

The Alden mss., 1951-2001, consists of correspondence and research files generated by historian Dauril Alden in preparation of his biography of Dutch and Portuguese colonial historian Charles Ralph Boxer, 1904-2000. 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 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.


The collection is organized into the following series: I. Notes and research material; II. Correspondence.


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This collection is open for research.

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Related Materials

See Dauril Alden's biography of Charles Ralph Boxer at the Lilly Library (DA3 .B598 A43 2001).

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Alden mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift: 2005

Collection Inventory


Notes and Research Materials
Box 1
Chapters 1-5
Box 2
Chapters 6-7
Box 3
Chapters 7-9
Box 4
Chapters 9-13
Box 5
Chapters 13-16
Box 6
Chapters 17-18; appendices, etc.; photographs
Box 7
Photographs; draft of complete manuscript

Physical Description: (2 folders of photographs)

Box 8



Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Box 8
Folder 1
Correspondence - addresses
Box 8
Folder 2
A - Comber
Box 8
Folder 3
Boxer, C.R. to Alden , 1976
Box 8
Folder 4
Boxer to James Cummins , 1951-1987
Box 8
Folder 5
Calvão, João
Box 8
Folder 6
Calvão and Deus-Ramos
Box 8
Folder 7-8
Cooper, Michael
Box 8
Folder 9
Cummins to Alden
Box 8
Folder 10
Alden to Cummins
Box 8
Folder 11
Cuthbertson, Ken
Box 8
Folder 12
Disney - Esforninho
Box 8
Folder 13
G - K
Box 8
Folder 14
Johnson - Lucas
Box 8
Folder 15
Lilly Library
Box 8
Folder 16
M - N
Box 8
Folder 17
O - T
Box 8
Folder 18
Rule, Paul (Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University)
Box 8
Folder 19
Vecchio, Carola (Boxer)