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Murphy collection of Van Alen papers (RLC.Ms.036)

Redwood Library and Athenaeum

50 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI 02840
Tel: (401) 847-0292
Fax: (401) 841-5680
email: redwood@redwoodlibrary.org

Scope & content

This collection documents the lives, residences, and interests of James H. Van Alen [JHVA] and Candace Van Alen [CVA] as well as their involvement in various activities and organizations through their own personal records, correspondence, financial and legal records, published and unpublished writings, clippings, audiovisual materials, and photographs. Records concerning Van Alen genealogy, including their Vanderbilt and Astor relatives, are also present as well as information about Candace Van Alen's relatives - the Baird and Alig families.

The majority of the photographs in this collection can be found within Series 11, but there are instances where photographs are found in their original order within other series. In some cases, this is noted with the folder title. Sometimes, there are miscellaneous items in folders that may or may not relate to the folder's contents - these items were not reorganized in an effort to maintain their original context and are identified in brackets by the folder title.

Medical records for James H. and Candace Van Alen were removed from this collection and shredded during the 2014 arrangement of the collection.