Alexander, Jane (1939- )
The Jane Alexander collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, photographs, printed material, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include scripts for plays, films, and television programs in which Alexander has appeared. A number of these bear Ms. Alexander’s personal notates regarding her roles. Plays include The Great White Hope and Goodbye Fidel, both by Howard Sackler; Ghosts and The Master Builder, by Henrik Ibsen; Playing for Time, by Arthur Miller; The Sisters Rosensweig, by Wendy Wasserstein; Rose and Walsh, by Neil Simon; and others. Screenplays and teleplays include Glory, by Kevin Jarre, Edward Zwick and Marshall Hershkovitz; The Great White Hope, by Howard Sackler; All the President’s Men, by William Goldman; Kramer vs. Kramer, by Robert Benton; A Marriage: Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, by Julian Barry; Calamity Jane, by Suzanne Clauser; Square Dance and The Eleventh Year, both by Alan Hines; Shadowlands, by William Nicholson; and others.
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. There are several letters pertaining to Playing for Time, Calamity Jane, and A Marriage, including letters from Jane Fonda and Sally Kellerman. Also present are several letters congratulating Alexander on becoming head of the NEA, including letters from Bill and Hillary Clinton, Claiborne Pell, Edward Kennedy, Ed Asner, James Earl Jones, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Robert Redford, and Charlton Heston. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters regarding NEA matters. These date from 1990 to 2000, and include letters from Janet Reno, Al Gore, Sandra Day O’Connor, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Robert Bryd, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jesse Helms, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and various other members of the Clinton Administration, the Supreme Court, and Congress.
Professional material in this collection primarily consists of files related 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 archive contains several dozen photos from Alexander’s career and personal life. There are still photos of Alexander acting in St. Joan (1965), The Great White Hope (1970), Calamity Jane (1984), and A Marriage (1991). Photos of Alexander at her NEA chairwoman inauguration and other NEA events include her with Edwin Sherin (her husband), Bill and Hillary Clinton, Edward Kennedy, Billy Dee Williams, Katie Couric, and many others at various events across the country.
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.
|1. Women's Studies Collections -- Drama, Film, and Television Subject Guide|
|2. Theatre and Film Subject Guide|
|3. Television Subject Guide|
|4. Helen Deutsch Research Section|
|5. Congressional records|
|6. United States – Politics and government – 20th century|
|9. Motion picture industry – United States|
|10. Actresses -- United States|
|11. Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States|
|12. Actresses -- United States -- Biography|
|13. Women authors, American|
|14. Court records|
|18. Sound recordings|
|20. Speeches, addresses, etc.|