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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1812-1998

Creator:  Henry A. Alexander Family

Summary/Abstract:  Henry A. Alexander was active in both the general and Jewish community. As a lawyer, he was asked to help in the appeals process for the Leo M. Frank trial. He was the founder of the Atlanta Historical Society and president of the United Hebrew School. The papers consist of court transcripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to the Leo Frank Case, general family correspondence, and Alexander genealogical material.

Quantity/Physical Description: 9 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository: Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 24, Henry A. Alexander Family Papers, Cuba Family Archives, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection and oversized material removed to oversize collection.

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (October, 1997 & 2006)

Arrangement: The papers arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Note: Henry Alexander Sr.'s wife used multiple names. She used "Kleinette" in her early years in the United States and many letters referred to her this way. She used "Kline" later in life and that's the one that appears on her gravesite in Oakland cemetery. Occasionally, in middle age, she was referred to Marian "Klinitzsky" Alexander because her father was named Rabbi Solomon bar Leib Klinitsky. He is also referred to as Rabbi Solomon Kline in many sources. when she came to America, she referred to herself as "Marian" not "Manya." Only her sister Masha Cohen (Leonard's mother) called her that. My father called her Marian. Everyone referred to her as "Aunt Marian." note the difference between Rebecca Ella Solomons Alexander (Henry Sr.s mother) and Rebecca Alexander (Henry Sr.s Daughter). Letters from his young daughter in the 1930s will run together with those written by his mother. It may be hard to tell the difference 100 years from now. 

Biographical/Historical Note:  Henry A. Alexander was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10, 1874, the son of Julius Mortimer Alexander and Rebecca Ella Solomons Alexander.  His grandfather Aaron Alexander was the first Jew of American birth to settle in Atlanta.   Henry Alexander attended the University of Georgia and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1895.  He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly from 1909-1910.  In 1914 he was asked to help in the appeals process for Leo M. Frank, a Jew convicted for the murder of 13 year old Mary Phagan, a worker in the factory where Frank was superintendent.  The evidence against Frank was circumstantial and the Governor ultimately commuted his death sentence.  Angered by the commutation, a group of men broke into the prison where Frank was held, drove him to Marietta, and lynched him.  The murder of Frank had a long lasting affect on Alexander who was not only his attorney, but had also become a trusted friend.   Following the trial Henry served as a captain of the United States Army during World War I, and in 1921 he married Manya Zelmanova Klinitzkaya the daughter of Solomon bar Leib Klinitsky, a recognized Talmudic scholar.  The Alexanders had four children, Henry Aaron Jr., Rebecca, Esther and Judith.   Throughout the years Henry remained active in both general and Jewish community activities and was a founder of the Atlanta Historical Society, a member of the Disabled Emergency Officers of World War I, president of the United Hebrew School, treasurer of the Jewish Welfare Fund and a member of the advisory board of the Union of Sephardic Congregations in New York.  Henry Alexander died and was buried in Atlanta in 1967.

Scope and Content:  The collection consists of court transcripts, correspondence, and newspaper articles relating to the Leo Frank Case, general family correspondence, and Alexander genealogical material.  The collection of letters from Alexander and Solomons family members are rich with day-to-day musings about events that were occurring in their lives.  Researchers will find references to political campaigns, the Cotton States and International Exposition, synagogue business, celebrations, and war.  Researchers studying the Leo Frank case and early Jewish settlement to Georgia and South Carolina will also find this collection of special interest. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.  

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

 

1

1

Alexander, Esther-school notebooks manufactured by Montag Bros.

1944-1945

 

2

Alexander, Judith, documents collected by

1937-1985

 

3

Alexander, Manya Klinitzkaya (Marian Klein)-college notes on nutrition

1942

 

4

American Council for Judaism

1946

 

5

American Jewish Historical Society

1930

 

6

Annexation of Buckhead, GA

1947

 

7

Arnold, Reuben

1903

 

8

Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-Lag Ba-Omer Bulletin

1947

 

9

Atlanta Chapter, Georgia Society, Sons of the American Revolution – letterhead

1941

 

10

Atlanta Historical Society

1945-1947

 

11

Atlanta Manufacturers Association minutes

1887

 

12

Autograph book

1883-1886

 

13

Awards and certificates

1964

 

14

Biography

1937

 

15

Brown v. the Board of Education

1954

 

16

B’nai B’rith

1921-1935

 

17

Calling, greeting and sympathy cards

1895-1929, Undated

 

18

Cohen, Lyon

1928-1933

 

19

Coin collection

1952-1987

 

 

 

 

2

1

Congregation Or VeShalom

1934-1958

 

2

Correspondence – Abbott, Belle to Alexander, Henry Sr.

1890-1900

 

3

Correspondence – Alexander, Cecil to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1917-1918

 

4

Correspondence – Alexander, Cecil to Alexander, Henry A

1917-1943

 

5

Correspondence – Alexander, Cecil to Solomons, Israella

1918

 

6

Correspondence – Alexander children (Esther, Henry, Judith, Rebecca) to Alexander, Henry A.

1931-1948

 

7

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. – to family members (includes-mother, Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons; father, Alexander, Julius Mortimer; aunty, Solomons, Israela; grandpa, Solomons, Abraham Alexander; Aunt Charlotte (?); Moses, Stanford)

1880-June 1894

 

8

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. – to family members (includes-mother, Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons; father, Alexander, Julius Mortimer; brother, Alexander, Cecil.)

July, 1894-December 1894

 

9

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. – to family members (includes – mother, Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons; Aunty, Solomons, Israella; Grandma, Solomons, Cecelia Moses; Grandpa, Solomons, Abraham Alexander; uncle, Solomons, Isaiah; Aunt, Solomons, Sarah)

1895 -1899

 

 

 

 

3

1

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. – to family members (includes – brother, Alexander, Cecil; mother, Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons)

1916-October, 1918

 

2

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. – to family members (includes – brother, Alexander, Cecil and mother, Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons)

November, 1918-1919

 

3

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. and Alexander Marian – to and from miscellaneous correspondents

1892-1930

 

4

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. and Alexander Marian – to and from miscellaneous correspondents

1931-1950

 

5

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. to Marian Kleinette

1917-1933

 

6

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. to Marian Kleinette

1917-1933

 

 

 

 

4

1

Correspondence – Alexander, Henry A. to J.M.L. Maduro

1940-1942

 

2

Correspondence – Alexdander, Julius Mortimer to Alexander, Henry A.

1879-1894

 

3

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer to Solomons, Abraham Alexander

1898

 

4

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer, related to the death of

1917

 

5

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer, related to the death of

1917

 

6

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer, related to the death of

1917

 

 

 

 

5

1

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer, related to the death of

1917

 

2

Correspondence – Alexander, Julius Mortimer, related to the death of

1917

 

3

Correspondence – Rebecca, Alexander

1936

 

 

 

 

6

1

Correspondence – Rebecca, Alexander

1935-1938

 

2

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A. (primarily while Henry Alexander attends the University of Georgia)

1889-1882

 

3

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A. (while Henry attends law school at the University of Virginia)

1894

 

4

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A. (while Henry is attends law school at the University of Virginia)

1895

 

5

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry

1898, 1917-June, 1918

 

6

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A.

July 1918 – 1919

 

7

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A.

1923-1927

 

 

 

 

7

1

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A. (during travels)

1928-1929

 

2

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander, Henry A. (during travels)

1930-1936

 

3

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to family members (includes sister-in-law, Solomons, Sarah; daughter in law, Alexander, Marian; sister, Solomons, Israela; father, Solomons, Abraham Alexander; brother, Solomons, Isaiah)

1895-1938

 

4

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca to Solomons, Sarah Falk

1935-1936

 

5

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca to Solomons, Sarah Falk

1935-1936

 

6

Correspondence – Alexander, Rebecca to Solomons, Sarah Falk

1935-1936

 

 

 

 

8

1

Correspondence – Cohen, Nathan B. – to Alexander, Henry A.

1928-1929

 

2

Correspondence – Houze, Susie Forsette to Alexander, Henry

1895-1897

 

3

Correspondence – Lyndon, Lamar to Alexander, Henry A

1883-1935

 

4

Correspondence – Marsh, Margaret Mitchell to Alexander, Henry A.

Undated

 

5

Correspondence – Marx, Rabbi David to Alexander, Henry A.

Undated

 

6

Correspondence – Minus, Marie to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

Undated

 

7

Correspondence – Miscellaneous correspondents to Alexander, Cecil

1960, Undated

 

8

Correspondence – Miscellaneous correspondents to Alexander, Henry A. (regarding his engagement to Marian)

1921

 

9

Correspondence – Miscellaneous correspondents to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1909-1936

 

10

Correspondence – Miscellaneous Moses and Solomons family members (photocopies)

 

1843-1859

 

11

Correspondence – Moses, Sarah to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1877

 

12

Correspondence – Moses Sarah (cousin) to Alexander, Henry A.

1891-1928

 

13

Correspondence – Nathan, Mabel and Edger to and from Alexander, Henry A

1949, Undated

 

14

Correspondence – Slaton, William M. to Alexander Henry A. and to Alexander, Julius Mortimer

1889-1914

 

15

Correspondence – Solomons, Abraham to Alexander, Henry A.

1927-1939

 

16

Correspondence – Solomons, Abraham Alexander to Alexander, Henry A,

1881-1884

 

17

Correspondence – Solomons, Abraham Alexander to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1873-1893

 

18

Correspondence – Solomons, Abraham Alexander to Solomons, Isaiah

1876

 

19

Correspondence – Solomons, Cecilia to Alexander, Rebecca, Ella Solomons

1867

 

20

Correspondence – Solomons, Cecilia to Alexander, Sarah Solomons

1873-1880

 

21

Correspondence – Solomons, Isaiah to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1879-1881

 

22

Correspondence – Solomons, Isaiah and Solomons, Sarah to Alexander, Henry, A.

1880-1935

 

23

Correspondence – Solomons, Israella to Alexander, Henry A.

1881-1918

 

24

Correspondence – Solomons, Israella to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons

1873-1895

 

25

Correspondence – Solomons, Joseph M. to Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons and Solomons, Israella

1912-1917

 

26

Correspondence – World War II Jewish issues

1940-1947

 

 

 

 

9

1

Correspondence – World War II Jewish issues

1942-1943

 

2

Correspondence – World War II Jewish issues

1942-1944

 

3

Cotton States and International Exposition

1895

 

4

Cyrus Adler Testimonial Committee

1932

 

5

Family history, including family property

1951-1990

 

6

Finch Alexander Barnes Rothschild and Paschal, Inc., Architects and Planners

1977

 

7

Frank, Leo – correspondence

1915-1931

 

8

Frank, Leo – deposition of Emma Clarke Freeman

1915

 

9

Frank, Leo – magazine and newspaper articles

1913-1998

 

10

Frank, Leo M. – receipts to Pearl Cook secretary to Henry Alexander

1915

 

11

Frank, Leo M. – Supreme Court of Georgia – Argument for Plaintiff in Error

1914

 

 

 

 

10

1

Frank, Leo M. – Brief and Argument for Plaintiff in Error

1913

 

2

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of Georgia-Brief of Evidence

1913

 

3

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of Georgia-Brief of Evidence

1913

 

4

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of Georgia-Extraordinary Motion For New Trial

1914

 

 

 

 

11

1

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of Georgia-Motion For New Trial

1913

 

2

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of Georgia-Motion For New Trial

1913

 

3

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of The United States-Appeal

1914

 

4

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of The United States-Appeal-Appellants Argument

1914

 

5

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of The United States-Appeal-Brief of Hugh M.Dorsey and Warren Grice

1914

 

6

Frank, Leo M.-Supreme Court of The United States-Extracts From Transcript

1914

 

7

Frank, Leo M.-writings-Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey

Undated

 

8

Frank, Leo M.-Writings-Some Facts About The Murder Notes in the Phagan Case

1915

 

9

Genealogy research

1930

 

 

 

 

12

1

Georgia Historical Commission

1951-1967

 

2

Greeting cards

Undated

 

3

Guest book – Peniel House

1941-1963

 

4

Hebrew grammar teaching aid

1928

 

5

Invitations

1895-1943

 

6

Jacobs’ Pharmacy Co.

Undated

 

7

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

8

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

9

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

10

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

11

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

 

 

 

13

1

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

2

Jewish organizations

1930-1940

 

3

Jews of Georgia – research

1940-1945

 

4

Jewish Women’s Club

1927

 

5

John C. Calhoun dedication

1945

 

 

 

 

14

1

J.M. Alexander & Co.

1918-1946

 

2

Kline, Solomon – manuscript (1-2)

Undated

 

3

Kline, Solomon – manuscript (2-2)

Undated

 

4

Kreigshaber, Adelade

1921

 

5

Last will and testament

1917, 1960

 

6

Laws of Shechita (ritual slaughter)

Undated

 

7

Lectures

1820-1821

 

8

Legal documents

1934-1960

 

9

Legal letters

1897-1899

 

 

 

 

15

1

Memberships

1934 -1966

 

2

Military records

1916-June 1918

 

3

Military records

July 1918-1957

 

4

Military records – property accounts – gunnery school

1918

 

5

Miscellaneous

1894-1954

 

6

Miscellaneous printed material

1918-1943

 

7

National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section

1920

 

8

Newspaper articles

1893-1989

 

9

Note signed by Abraham Alexander

1805

 

 

 

 

16

1

Notebook – Legal

1951-1956

 

2

Notebooks – (to do lists)

1919-1925

 

3

Obituaries and memorial resolutions

1907-1967

 

4

Political memorabilia

1922-1959

 

5

Postcards – Rebecca Alexander

1909

 

6

Programs and tickets

1889-1947

 

7

Published family history – Notes on The Alexander Family of South Carolina and Georgia and Connections, 1651-1954 by Henry A. Alexander

1812-1954

 

8

Published pamphlet – Synopsis of Jewish History by Henry A. Alexander

Undated

 

9

Race relations

1943

 

10

Receipts and cancelled checks

1866-1963

 

11

Receipts – charitable donations

1940-1941

 

 

 

 

17

1

Report cards

1882-1890

 

2

Scrapbook

1900-1955

 

3

Scraps (Scrapbook)

1940-1955

 

4

Sons of the American Revolution – George Washington’s birthday

1950

 

5

Sons of the American Revolution

1941-1942

 

 

 

 

18

1

Sons of the American Revolution

1942-1943

 

2

Sons of the American Revolution

1942-1943

 

3

Sons of the American Revolution

1943-1949

 

4

Sons of the American Revolution

1950

 

5

Sons of the American Revolution

1950

 

 

 

 

19

1

Sons of the American Revolution

1950-1951

 

2

Slaton, John M.

1914-1946

 

3

Solomons, Abraham Alexander – loyalty oath (photocopy)

1865

 

4

Supreme Court of Georgia

1896

 

5

The Temple

1928-1958

 

6

The Temple – Sabbath School – enrollment books

1898-1906

 

7

Travels- Atlanta City and Washington, D.C.

1925

 

8

Travels- Cincinnati, Ohio and Washington, D.C.

1930

 

9

Travels – New York City

1899

 

10

Travels – Signal Mountain, Tennessee

1921

 

11

Travels – Western United States and Canada (contains correspondence from Alexander, Rebecca Ella Solomons to Alexander Henry, A.)

1927

 

12

United Daughters of the Confederacy

1898

 

13

United Hebrew School

Undated

 

14

University of Georgia – memorabilia

1891-1894, 1943

 

15

University of Virginia – memorabilia

1894-1895

 

16

Woodruff, Robert W.

1985

 

 

 

 

20

1

World War II memorabilia

1942-1947

 

2

Writings and speeches

1883-1942

 

3

Writings and speeches

1947-1968

 

4

Writings by Alexander, Aaron

1905-1906

 

5

Yearbook – University of Georgia

1893

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