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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1814-2004

Creator:  Henry Alexander Jr.

Summary/Abstract:  Henry Alexander Jr. was part of an established and prominent Jewish family in Atlanta, Georgia. His papers include many materials related to his activities and those of his family members such as correspondence, programs, invitations, deeds, newspapers articles, writings, and scrapbooks.

Quantity/Physical Description: 3.5 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 236, Henry Alexander Jr. Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  All photographs removed to visual arts, objects removed to artifact collection, and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (July, 2013)

Arrangement:  The papers are 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 Alexander Jr. was born on October 5, 1922, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Henry Alexander Jr. and Marion Alexander. He attended the Lawrenceville School and graduated from North Fulton High School in 1940. He continued his education at Princeton University and the University of California where he studied philosophy.  He accepted a professorship at Oregon State University where he taught philosophy.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Henry Alexander Jr. Papers will gain insight into one of Atlanta’s most influential Jewish families. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each file.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Address book, pocket dictionary, and notebook 1870, 1935, 1937
2 Autograph book 1931, 1934
3 Birth certificate and Social Security card 1922
4 Book, The Reformed Society of American Israelites: History & Constitution 1825
5 Business & membership cards 1945, 1946, Undated
6 Camp Oscecia 1932
7 Correspondence 1851-1909
8 Correspondence 1910-1919
9 Correspondence 1920-1929
10 Correspondence 1930-1939
2 1 Correspondence 1940-1949
2 Correspondence 1950
3 Correspondence 1951-1953
4 Correspondence 1954
5 Correspondence 1954
6 Correspondence 1955
7 Correspondence 1956-1959
3 1 Correspondence 1960-1969
2 Correspondence 1970-1984, 2002
3 Correspondence Undated
4 Correspondence between Henry Sr. and Henry Jr. 1941-1948
5 Correspondence related to death of J.H. Alexander 1917
4 1 Correspondence from Marian Alexander to Henry Jr. 1932-1945
2 Decorators Show House 1971
3 Diary 1932
4 Documents related to slaves 1814-1836, 2000
5 Envelope marked “please burn” with contents related to George de Cordovan 1872, Undated
6 Family Tree & Genealogy Undated
7 Grandmother’s letters to Henry Jr. at school (Riverside) 1938
8 Grandmother’s letters to Henry Jr. during trip to New York 1935
9 Grandmother’s letters to Henry Jr. at Camp Oscecia 1932-1933
10 Grandmother’s letters to Henry Jr. during Chicago Trip 1936
11 Historic newspapers 1933, 1934
12 Insurance & deed 1951
5 1 Invitations 1873, 1951, Undated
2 Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina 2000
3 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 1933-2003
4 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 1941-2003
5 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 1942-2004
6 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 2000
7 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 2001
8 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 2002
6 1 Judith Shanks related to Eleanor Solomon’s quilt 2002-2003
2 The Lawrenceville School 1941
3 Leo Frank case – appeals 1915-1989, Undated
4 Leo Frank case – correspondence 1915
5 Leo Frank case – newspaper articles
6 Leo Frank case – “Some Facts about the Murder Notes” 1963
7 Leo Frank case – Steve Oney Undated
8 Leo Frank case – Supreme Court reporter 1985
9 Marion Alexander 1967-1969
10 Memorial Day Parade 1939, Undated
11 Miss Cook’s letters to Henry Jr. concerning his grandmother’s health 1937-1938
12 Newspaper clippings 1931-1953
7 1 North Fulton High School 1940
2 Notepad kept by Marion Undated
3 Oregon State University 1964-1969
4 Passover Haggadah belonging to Henry Sr. Undated
5 Postcard collection 1927
6 Power of attorney 1920
7 Prayer book 1938
8 Prayer book – Isabella Solomons 1870
9 Princeton University memorabilia 1942, Undated
10 Programs Undated
11 Publications 1910, 1964, Undated
12 Rebecca Alexander 1963-1968
8 1 Rebecca Alexander 1938-12002
2 Rebecca Alexander writings 1873-1938
3 Rebecca Ella Alexander Ca. 1930-1935
4 Rebecca Ella Solomon Alexander (RESA) Transcript (4 typed copies) 1929
5 Rebecca Ella Solomon Alexander (RESA) Transcript – correspondence 1930-1933
6 Rebecca Gratz Mini & Abraham Minis 1889, 1912
7 Rebecca Gratz material 1921, 2001
8 Receipt 1932
9 Report cards 1936-1937
9 1 Scrapbook 1930-1932
2 Scrapbook, “Some of our Familiar Music” May 1933
3 Scrapbook 1934-1986
4 Scrapbook 1962-1965
5 Scripts Undated
6 Seaman’s certificate of identification 1941
7 World War II memorabilia & military records 1941, Undated
8 Writings 1944, Undated
9 Writings by Cecil Roth 1932, 1935, 1950
10 1 Scrapbook 1933-1949
Oversized Flat File
University of California diploma M.A. Philosophy 1951
“Summer Toilets and Costumes Aug. 1874
Military Intelligence Training Center certificate 1944
The Tennessean (Alonzo Mann confession) March 7, 1982
Copy of Civil War letter printed on fabric Undated
Artifacts
Confederate flag Undated
Daughters of the Confederacy medal Ca. 1918
Eyeglasses belonging to Henry Sr. Undated
Jacobs Pharmacy box Undated
Framed photograph of J.M. Alexander. Undated
Framed photograph of Rebecca Ella Solomons Alexander. Undated
Framed photograph of Cecilia Moses. Framing done by the Southern Book Concern. 1852
Framed photograph of A.A. Solomons. Framing done by Southern Book Concern. 1852

 

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