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Hartley Burr Alexander Letter

An inventory of his item(s) at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRR
Date: 26 May 2006

Biographical History

Hartley Burr Alexander, anthropologist, poet, philosopher, educator and authority on North American Indian mythology, is perhaps best known as author of the symbolism and inscriptions on the Nebraska State Capitol and other buildings across the United States. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska; raised in Syracuse, New York; and lived in Lincoln, where he was a professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska. He was inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1989.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of a single two-page holograph letter dated 17 Oct 1925 on University of Nebraska letterhead. The letter is addressed to "Dear Mr. La Flesche" in Washington DC and is signed. Francis La Flesche was also an American Indian scholar, particularly of the Osage. The letter mentions both Alexander's book Manito Masks, and an unidentifed book by La Flesche (probably The Osage Tribe: Rite of Vigil published in 1925).


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Subject Headings


Alexander, Hartley Burr, 1873-1939
La Flesche, Francis, d. 1932

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Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Hartley Burr Alexander Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Removed from Rare Books

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