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William A. Alexander Photograph Collection

William A. Alexander Photograph Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: William A. Alexander Photograph Collection
Identification: VAM145
Date: 1908-1956 (bulk 1932-1944)
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (one document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Alexander, William A., (William Anderson), 1889-1950
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The photographs in this collection document the life of William Alexander during his college days at Georgia Tech (1906-1912) through the late 1940s.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Anderson Alexander was born June 6, 1889, in Mud River Kentucky, the son of Luther and Gertrude Anderson. He entered Tech in 1906, as an Apprentice and graduated in 1912, with a B. S. degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation, he became a mathematics instructor and assistant football coach under John Heisman. In 1918, he was called to serve in World War I, but in 1919, Alexander returned to Tech to assume the position of head football coach. He would hold this position until his retirement in 1944, but continued on as Athletic Director until his death in 1950.

Throughout his lifetime, Alexander won numerous awards for his team's accomplishments and his attitude towards his athletes. He was known as a tough coach, but a man who was well respected by athletes and faculty members. For instance, he was awarded Coach of the Year in 1942, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1950. During his career at Tech, he won 133 games, had 95 losses, and eight tied games. Alexander was also the first football coach to take his team to four football bowl games.

Alexander married Marie MacIntrye Scott on June 1, 1935, in Tallulah Falls, Georgia. They had no children, but Alexander helped raise Marie's daughter, Rebekah Scott (Mrs. Morris Marion Bryan, Jr.), from a former marriage. William Alexander died on April 23, 1950.


Scope and Content Note

The photographs in this collection document the life of William Alexander during his college days at Georgia Tech (1906-1912) through the late 1940s.

Series 1 contains individual photographs of Alexander. Series 2 is group photographs of Alexander pictured with mainly unidentified individuals. Series 3 is miscellaneous photographs (football games and Alexander Memorial Coliseum).


Index Terms

Alexander, William A., (William Anderson), 1889-1950
Dodd, Bobby, 1908-1988
Georgia Institute of Technology. Football.
Photographs.
Van Leer, Blake R., (Blake Ragsdale), 1893-1956

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite William A. Alexander Photograph Collection (VAM145), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession #2001.067.

Processing Information

Jody Thompson processed these papers in 2001.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

    All photograph copyright restrictions under the laws of the United States Copyright must be obeyed. All photographs in this collection are subject to approval before publication may be permitted. Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    Papers have been separated and cataloged as the William A. Alexander Papers, MS145.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

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    SERIES 1: Individual Photographs of Alexander, 1920-1935

    Box

    1VAM 145-01: Young Alexander wearing a suit, undated
    1VAM 145-01a: Alexander wearing a suit, undated
    1VAM 145-01a-1: Alexander wearing a suit, undated
    1VAM 145-01b: Alexander, et al, undated
    1VAM 145-02: Young Alexander in sitting, undated
    1VAM 145-03: Alexander in military uniform (WWI), undated
    1VAM 145-04: Alexander wearing a football jersey, 1920
    1VAM 145-05: Alexander wearing a suit with hat, undated
    1VAM 145-05a: Alexander smoking a cigar, undated
    1VAM 145-05b: All-American Board of Football, undated
    1VAM 145-06: Alexander kneeling, undated
    1VAM 145-07: Yearbook, undated
    1VAM 145-07-1: Yearbook, undated
    1VAM 145-07-2: Yearbook. et al, undated
    1VAM 145-07-3: Yearbook. et al, undated
    1VAM 145-07-4: Yearbook, et al, undated
    1VAM 145-08: Alexander holding a glass, 1935
    1VAM 145-09: Young Alexander, undated
    1VAM 145-09-1: Young Alexander, undated
    1VAM 145-09-2: Young Alexander, undated
    1VAM 145-09-3: Young Alexander, undated
    1VAM 145-10: Alexander wearing a hat, undated
     

    SERIES 2: Group Photographs, 1932-1942

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    1VAM 145-11: Alexander with two unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-12: Alexander with two unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-13: Alexander with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-14: Alexander with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-14a: Alexander with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-15: Alexander with unidentified males, 1932
    1VAM 145-15-1: Alexander with unidentified males, 1932
    1VAM 145-16: Alexander with unidentified male, 1942
    1VAM 145-17: Alexander with unidentified male, undated
    1VAM 145-17a: Alexander with unidentified male, undated
    1VAM 145-18: Alexander with 1931 All American Football Team and All American Board of Football, 1931
    1VAM 145-19: Alexander with 1932 All American Football Team and All American Board of Football, 1932
    1VAM 145-19a: Alexander with 1932 All American Football Team and All American Board of Football, 1932
    1VAM 145-20: Alexander with unidentified All American Football Team and All American Board of Football, undated
    1VAM 145-20a: Alexander with unidentified All American Football Team and All American Board of Football, undated
    1VAM 145-21: Alexander on football scrub team, 1908
    1VAM 145-22: Alexander standing with Dodd, President Van Leer, and unidentified males in military, undated
    1VAM 145-23: Alexander standing with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-23a: Alexander standing with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-23b: Alexander standing with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-24: Alexander standing with unidentified group, undated
    1VAM 145-24a: Alexander standing with unidentified group, undated
    1VAM 145-25: Alexander and unidentified football players in the background, undated
    1VAM 145-26: Alexander with unidentified males and females, undated
    1VAM 145-27: Alexander with unidentified males, undated
    1VAM 145-28: Alexander with unidentified group, undated
     

    SERIES 3: Miscellaneous Photographs, 1944-1956

    Box

    1VAM 145-29: Unidentified football game (Associated Press Photograph), undated
    1VAM 145-30: Navy v. Tech Football game (Associated Press Photograph), 1944
    1VAM 145-31: Unidentified football game, undated
    1VAM 145-32: Alexander Memorial Coliseum, under construction, 1956