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Lloyd Alexander personal papers, 1924-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6833 Series 4

Scope and Contents note

Series is composed of items that are related to the personal life of Lloyd Alexander. Materials include photographs, miscellaneous publications and news clippings, personalized envelopes, dental advertisements written by Alexander, brochures and information from trips, personal notes and lists, miscellaneous correspondence, drawings and illustrations, World War II materials, writings and speeches, and other assorted materials.


  • Other: 1924-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was a children's book author from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 30, 1924. He spent his childhood in the nearby suburb of Drexel Hill and lived there most of his life. Alexander graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1940. His parents would not allow him to be a writer, so he worked for a local bank in Philadelphia. Once he had saved some money, he quit and went to a local college before quitting after one semester. Looking for adventure, he served in the US Army in World War II, which included spending time in Wales to train. The landscape, language, and castles made a great impression and would later become the setting of so many of his books. He served in the army for a time in Paris, before being discharged to attend the University of Paris. At the same time, he met Janine, a beautiful Parisian, whom he married in 1946. Alexander moved back to Drexel Hill with Janine and her daughter Madeline.

Alexander worked as an advertisement writer, layout artist, cartoonist, and assistant editor while he tried to get his novels published. It took seven years before his first book was published. He spent the following ten years writing for adults before turning to young adult novels. He won the Newbery Honor Medal for The Black Cauldron and the Newbery Medal for The High King. Series and books by Alexander include the Prydain Chronicles, the Westmark Trilogy, the Vesper Holly Adventures, and over twenty other young adult novels, five adult novels, and four French translations. Alexander's other hobbies include music, cats, and drawing. He played the violin and was a devoted fan of Mozart. Alexander died May 17, 2007--just two weeks after Janine died.


2 cartons

49 folders

3 oversize boxes

6 oversize folders

Language of Materials


Arrangement note

The personal papers series is organized into five subseries: 1. Lloyd Alexander biographical papers, 1980-1995; 2. Lloyd Alexander concert recordings and book programs, 1970-1990; 3. Lloyd Alexander pamphlets, 1972-1995; 4. Lloyd Alexander illustrations, 1972-2000; 5. French and World War II papers gathered by Lloyd Alexander, 1939-1946.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States