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J. Peter Adler Comic Book Collection

 Collection — Box: ADL F-001
Identifier: 008
The J. Peter Adler Comic Book Collection includes 264-volumes of popular comic books from the 1980's and 1990's.  The collection was a gift of former West Chester University (WCU)  president, Dr. Madeline Wing Adler, in memory of her son J. Peter Adler who was killed in a car accident in Texas in 1995.


  • 1980 - 1995

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Open for access.


8.00 Boxes : 8 Record Boxes

8.00 Boxes


A collection of comic books donated to West Chester University by former president Dr. Madeleline Wing Adler in memory of her son, J. Peter Adler.

Arrangement Alphabetically by comic book series. Individual titles also searchable in the library's

Biographical or Historical Information

J. Peter Adler was born on February 4, 1969 to Dr. Madeline Wing Adler and Norman M. Adler in New York City.  He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.  He died on May 29, 1995 in a car accident near Austin Texas.  At the time of his death he had just completed his Master's Degree in fine arts in theater at the University of Texas.  Adler played an active role in WCU’s theater department; including producing Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett as part of his master’s thesis. Two WCU awards were founded in his honor at the time of his death.  The J. Peter Adler Prize for Excellence in Theatre, endowed by the family and friends of J. Peter Adler and West Chester University, is presented each spring to a current West Chester University Senior, regardless of undergraduate major, who has participated in the theatre arts while at West Chester University and will use the scholarship associated with the prize to attend graduate school or work in professional theatre.  The J. Peter Adler Scholarship is a renewable scholarship awarded to a first year student who demonstrates high academic and creative potential.  Additionally, the J. Peter Adler Studio Theatre is named in his honor in WCU's E.O. Bull Center for the Arts.

Custodial History

Comics were boarded and bagged by J. Peter Adler, assembled by Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler, and rehoused in archival boxes folder and boxes by WCU Special Collections department.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. Madeleine Wing Adler, 13th President of West Chester University.
Method of Acquisition Donation
J. Peter Adler Comic Book Collection
Emily Bergen
Spring 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the West Chester University Archives Repository