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Correspondence, printed material, photographs, art works, organizational records of the Temple of Man, Venice, Calif., and printed material, including Baza Press posters. The bulk of the papers are ephemeral collages and correspondence from artist and poet friends including David Meltzer, George Herms, Michael McClure, Zack Walsh, Jack Hirschman, Dean Stockwell, Paul Beattie, Bob Kaufman and Tony Scibella, among others. Also included are scattered papers of artists Wallace Berman, Ben Talbert, and Stuart Z. Perkoff.
Robert Alexander papers, 1960-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Robert Alexander (1923-1987) was an art patron and ordained priest from Venice, Calif. Alexander founded the Temple of Man in 1960 in San Francisco, moving it to his home in Venice, Calif. in 1968. The Temple served as a meeting place for artists, poets, and musicians. Also knows as Baza or Bob Alexander.
Donated 1990 by Alexander's widow Anita Alexander (d. 1992).
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001