Guide to the Maurice P. Alger Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Alger, Maurice Plaisted, 1866-1961
Title: Maurice P. Alger papers
Dates: 1903-1962 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 477
Summary: Maurice P. Alger (1866-1961) was commissioned third lieutenant in the Philippine Constabulary in 1908, rose to grade of captain, retired in 1918, and later went into business in the Philippine Islands.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical Note

Maurice P. Alger (1866-1961) was born in Trenton, New York, and educated at St. John's School in Manlius, New York. In 1908 he was commissioned third lieutenant in the Philippine Constabulary, rose to grade of captain, and retired in 1918. He later went into business in the Philippine Islands.

Content Description

The collection contains diaries, personnel records and general orders, manuals, language books of Tagalog and Ilocano languages, issues of a Constabulary officers bulletin, and issues of American Old-timer.

Alger's diaries from when he was in the Constabulary are from, 1908-1917.

Other Constabulary materials include a personnel file, general orders (1903), and manuals.

The collection also contains issues of American Old-timer (Manila), vol. 7, nos. 1-5, vol. 8, nos. 3-7 (1940-1941), and a file of the Bulletin of the Philippine Constabulary Officers Association, nos. 1-10, 12-14 (1950-1962).

With the papers are language books of Taglog grammer, Taglog-English and Taglog-Spanish dictionaries, a book about the Iloco language, and a manual and dictionary of English-Ilocano (1904-1909).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Maurice P. Alger papers, Ax 477, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Material within this collection may have little to no intellectual or physical arrangement. Any arrangement may have derived from the records' creators or custodians. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Philippine Constabulary.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Philippines--Politics and government
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Bulletins
    • Diaries
    • Manuals (Handbooks)

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