Clifford L. Alderman Papers, 1950-1991: Finding Aid
Published in February 2011
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 376
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Clifford L. Alderman Papers
- Dates: 1950-1991
- Size: 2 linear inches
- Creator: Alderman, Clifford Lindsey, 1902-1988
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: The Clifford L. Alderman Papers, reflecting Alderman's career as a writer, consist of letters from Alderman to his friend and former schoolmate, Moritz A. Kuhn, a photocopy of the typescript of Alderman’s book, "The Perfect One" with related correspondence, a bibliography of Alderman’s books, and periodical clippings. Among the correspondence is a wrought iron nail from one of Benedict Arnold’s ships that fought at Valcour Island.
Biography of Clifford L. Alderman
Clifford Lindsey Alderman was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on August 5, 1902. Alderman, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1924, resigned from naval service, June 4, 1924. In 1942 he re-joined the military as a Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve, resigning as a Commander in 1954. Among his reserve duties, Alderman served as ordnance and gunnery instructor, Naval R.O.T.C., Holy Cross College, and commanding officer of the Navy V-12 units at Millsaps College and Middlebury College.
Clifford Alderman was a professional writer, who authored a large number of books (primarily young adult non-fiction) and contributed short stories and articles to national magazines. In his earlier career, he performed editorial and public relations work and was editor of Shipping News, Our Navy and Via Port of New York. He also studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked briefly as fourth officer on a Ward liner and as a fuels engineer, U.S. Bureau of Mines. Clifford Alderman died June 14, 1988.
Description of Contents
The Clifford L. Alderman Papers span the years 1950 through 1991 and consist of letters from Alderman to his friend and former schoolmate, Moritz A. Kuhn, a photocopy of the typescript of Alderman’s book, The Perfect One with related correspondence, a bibliography of Alderman’s books, and periodical clippings. Among the correspondence (with envelope postmarked May 18, 1976) is a wrought iron nail from one of Benedict Arnold’s ships that fought at Valcour Island.
The papers are arranged alphabetically by document type and subject into a single record series with no subdivisions.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Copyright and Permission
The Clifford L. Alderman Papers are the physical property of Nimitz Library. Copyright belongs to the authors or creators of the works, or their legal representatives. For further information, consult the Head, Special Collections & Archives.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure written permission to publish, reprint, or reproduce material from Special Collections & Archives. The researcher assumes responsibility for infringement of copyright or literary or publication rights. Please contact the Head, Special Collections & Archives for permission to publish and for further information.
Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Gift of Philip Kuhn on behalf of Moritz A. Kuhn on June 24, 1999. Accession No. 99-53.
Related Archival Material
The Clifford Lindsey Alderman papers, 1958-1981, comprising 8.4 cubic feet of documentation, and representing the bulk of Alderman's papers, are available at the University of Southern Mississippi's Joseph Anderson Cook Library.
Materials Cataloged Separately
Twenty books, authored by Alderman, have been removed from the collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
Clifford L. Alderman Papers, MS 376
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was originally processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in February 2011.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Alderman, Clifford Lindsey, 1902-1988.
- Clippings (information artifacts).