Bert Roller Collection

Identifier: MSS.0718

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Series I: Photographs contain photos of the Alcotts and Roller; Series II: Alcott Ephemera contains paperdolls, letters, poems, stamps, recipes, and artifacts from Orchard House; Series III: Roller and Peabody Info contains Roller Biographical Info and Peabody College Info.


  • 1872 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical Notes

Bert Anderson Roller (1893-1934) was a Peabody College professor from 1922 until his death in 1934. He specialized in children's literature and Louisa May Alcott. His family befriended the daughter of one of Alcott's cousins in 1927 when he was studying at Harvard. Roller was also the editor of the Peabody Reflector from 1925 until his death.

Born in Philadelphia in 1932, Louisa May Alcott was the daughter of Bronson Alcott, educator and Transcendentalist preacher. She published her first book at age 22 in 1854 and became a nurse for the Union during the Civil War. She published Little Women, a reflection on her childhood with her three sisters, in 1868. The success of Little Women allowed her to write full-time, and her books still appear on bestseller lists. She died in 1888.


.88 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box; 1 Half-Hollinger box; 2 Mini-Hollinger)

Language of Materials



The Bert Roller Collection, 1870-2005, consists of the artifacts, ephemera, papers, magazines, and letters of Peabody professor Bert Anderson Roller (1893-1934).


The Bert Roller Colletion contains four series: I. Photographs; II. Alcott Ephemera; III. Roller and Peabody Info; and IV. Book Collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1983

Finding Aid for the Bert Roller Collection
Jill E. Anderson
July 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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