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Date Span:  1902 - 2001

Creator:  Cecil Alexander

 

Summary/Abstract:  A native of Atlanta, Cecil Alexander Jr. was a World War II veteran, a renowned architect, and an outspoken activist during the Civil Rights Movement. Cecil influenced the physical appearance, as well as the political, social, and racial structure of Atlanta. The papers consist of correspondence, certificates, speeches, and newspaper articles.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1 linear foot

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 250, Cecil Alexander Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to the visual arts collection.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey

Note:  This collection has been digitized and is available online due to the generous support of the Alexander family.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Cecil Alexander was an American architect, principally a designer of commercial architecture, whose work was often "naturalistic". He worked with the firm FABRAP, which, in 1985, became Rosser FABRAP International and is now Rosser International. Together with other architects of the firm, he "shaped the skyline of Atlanta.  Named Henry Alexander, at birth, he was named after an uncle who was unmarried at the time. When he was five years old, his "Uncle Harry" had married and the couple gave birth to a son. It was decided that young Henry would relinquish his name to his younger cousin and would, instead, be named after his own father, Cecil Alexander, Sr. Alexander attended Marist School and graduated from Boy's High in Atlanta. He enrolled in 1936 at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he spent one year before transferring to Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he received a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1940.  He continued graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1946, following his military service in World War II, he enrolled in the graduate architecture program and earned his Masters Degree at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he studied with Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus school, which was a major influence on the development of modern architecture.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Cecil Alexander Papers will gain insight into Jewish life in Atlanta, military service during World War II, and the Civil Rights Movement. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Atlanta Great Park Planning

1976 – 1988

 

2

Atlanta’s Hundred Leaders of Tomorrow

1953

 

3

Air Show

1984

 

4

Alexander Family of South Carolina and Georgia and Connections

1954

 

5

American Jewish Committee

1966 – 1985

 

6

American Legion (The)

1949 – 1954

 

7

Atlanta Foreign Trade Zone

1978 – 1985

 

8

Atlanta Sesquicentennial

1986 – 1987

 

9

Autobiography of Raphael J. Moses

1927

 

10

Biography

2000

 

11

Camp Osceola for Boys

undated

 

12

Central Atlanta Progress

1982

 

13

Certificates

1995 – 2009

 

14

Clifton Corridor

1988 – 1989

 

15

Correspondence

1960 – 1999

 

16

Drunk Driving Committee

1983 - 1985

 

17

Family Genealogy

1986

 

18

FABRAP

Undated

 

19

Georgia Foreign Trade Zone

1984 – 1986

 

20

Hermoine Weil Alexander Fund

1983 – 1985

 

21

Hermoine Weil Alexander Fund

1983 – 1985

 

22

Jewish Historical Significance

1902 – 1984

 

23

Kiwanis Club of Atlanta Roster

1961

 

24

Marine Corps

1942

 

25

Magazines

1969 – 1984

 

26

Martin Luther King Building Committee

1979

 

27

Metropolitan Atlanta Crime Commission

1985

 

28

Newspaper Articles

1953 – 1984

 

29

Rebecca E. Alexander

1929 – 1930

 

30

Science and Technology Museum of Atlanta

1986

 

31

Shenandoah

Undated

 

32

Speeches

1967-1982

 

33

State of Georgia Flag

2001

 

34

Yale University

1955

  35 Yearbook - Boys' High School (illustrated by Cecil) 1935

 

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