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Henry Alexander Jr. Papers

Identifier: Mss 236

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1814 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


3.5 Linear Feet (10 archival boxes)

Language of Materials



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.


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

Physical Location

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

Separated Materials

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


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.

Henry Alexander Jr. Papers, Mss 236
Jeremy Katz
July 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States