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Robert Jackson Alexander Papers: the Interview Collection

Location: Microfilm Room - F2237 .A43


Robert Jackson Alexander was a central player in U.S./Latin American labor, political, and scholarly affairs after World War II. For five decades starting in 1946, Alexander traveled extensively as an engaged witness to and active participant in the major political events in Latin America and the Caribbean.[1]

This collection contains Alexander’s notes of nearly 12,000 interviews which are organized by country and group, and may include: politicians (by party); businessmen, bankers, agriculturalists, and employers; trade unionists (by geographic area and/or political affiliation); government officials, police and military personnel; students, intellectuals, publishers, teachers, and religious figures; and foreign observers. All interviews are typed in English. Each begins with a full identification of the interviewee and includes the time and place of the interaction. The interviews may be as short as a few sentences or as long as ten single-spaced pages. The observations of those interviewed can be remarkably frank, often surprisingly revealing, and at times humorous as they explain their society to this knowledgeable and inquisitive foreigner.


[1] French, John D. “The Robert J. Alexander Interview Collection.” Hispanic American Historical Review 84.2 (2004): 315–326.

How to search the collection

Use the publisher’s finding aid to learn more about Robert J. Alexander  and to see  a more detailed reel listing (scroll to page 13)

Reel 1. Africa to Argentina
Reel 2. Asia — General to Brazil-Businessmen
Reel 3. Brazil-Catholic Labor to Brazil-Sociologists
Reel 4. Brazil-State to Cayman Islands
Reel 5. Chile to Chile-Trade Unionists
Reel 6. China to Cuba-Trade Unionists
Reel 7. Curacao-Interviews to El Salvador-Observations
Reel 8. Europe to Honduras-Observations
Reel 9. India to Martinique-Observations
Reel 10. Mexico to Panama-Observations
Reel 11. Paraguay to South Asia
Reel 12. Soviet Union to Turkey
Reel 13. United States to Uruguay-Trade Unionists
Reel 14. Venezuela to Venezuela-Interviews
Reel 15. Venezuela (cont.) to Virgin Islands — Interviews.


For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

Alexander, Robert J. (Robert Jackson), 1918-2010 -- Archives.

Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1948-1980 -- Sources.

Latin America -- Politics and government -- 1980- -- Sources.

Latin America -- Foreign relations -- United States.

Time Period: 20th Century  

Subject keywords: Latin American History