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Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records, 1938-2015

Alexander, Robert, 1923-1987

Assemblage artist, Priest, Collagist, Printer, Poet


Collection Information

Size: 11.7 linear ft.

1.01 gigabytes

Summary: Correspondence, printed material, photographs, art works, organizational records documenting Robert Alexander's 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.

A 10.7 linear foot addition donated 2017 and 2018 includes artists' files and works of art by Robert Alexander and members of the Temple of Man including John Altoon, Paul Beattie, Michael Bergt, Charles Britten, John Carruthers, Bruce Connor, Bill Dailey, Gayle Davis, George Herms, Jack Hirshman, Maurice Lacy, Fred Mason, Joseph Patton, Peter Paul, Stuart Perkoff, Artie Richer, Tony Scibella, Bert Shonberg, B. Simons, Ben Talbert, Zach Walsh, Ed Ward, Martha Ward, Michelle White, Steve Wilson and others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Alexander (1923-1987) also known as Bob and "Baza" was a poet, collagist, printer, assemblage artist 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.


Donated 1990 by Alexander's widow Anita Alexander and in 2017 and 2018 by the Temple of Man via George Herms, Officer, and Yoav Getzler, Registered Agent of record.

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Robert Alexander papers and Temple of Man records, 1938-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.