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Chalmers W. Alexander Letters


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsSeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.Princeton University Archives.65 Olden StreetPrinceton, New Jersey 08540 USA. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsSeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library.Princeton University Archives.65 Olden StreetPrinceton, New Jersey 08540 USA
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Alexander, Chalmers W. (Chalmers Whitfield), 1908-
Chalmers W. Alexander Letters
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0.84 linear feet (2 archival boxes)
The Chalmers W. Alexander Letters contain correspondence from Chalmers Alexander (Princeton Class of 1932) to his mother during his attendance at Princeton University from 1928 to 1932. Approximately 500 letters were written during this time period; schedules, report cards, and church calendars are also included.
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Chalmers W. Alexander, known as Alex, was born in Jackson, Mississippi to H. Chalmers Alexander, a lawyer, and Marina Whitfield. Alexander attended Princeton University from 1928 to 1932 and went on to acquire an L.L.B. at the Jackson School of Law. His various employment experiences included the United States Bureau of Internal Revenue, Income Tax division, commissioner of Jackson, Mississippi (which he won by a landslide), a lawyer, and vice president and trust officer of First National Bank in Jackson. He volunteered for the Army and later became a private and captain in the Air Corps. Besides his professional career, Alexander devoted much of his time to his Presbyterian church where, as an Elder, he taught a Bible Class for men. In addition to Alexander, several of his relatives, including James, Julian, and Henry Alexander attended Princeton University. After his 25th anniversary, he stated, "Twenty-five years after, I still believe the undergraduate training at Princeton is the best in the Ivy League." His impression of the best education can be seen firsthand throughout his letters home during his stay at Princeton.

Alexander passed away on June 29, 1996.

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Princeton University Library. Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.,  1997

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Princeton University. Class of 1932.
  • Examinations.
  • Letters.
  • Report cards.
  • College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton.
Personal Name(s)
  • Alexander, Marina Whitfield.
  • College students -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
  • Mothers and sons -- New Jersey -- Princeton -- 20th century.
  • Princeton University

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Collection Inventory

1928 February 26-October 25, 1928 February 26-October 25. 1 folder.

1928 October 29-November 29, 1928 October 29-November 29. 1 folder.

1928 December 16-1929 February 27, 1928 December 16-1929 February 27. 1 folder.

1929 March 1-May 29, 1929 March 1-May 29. 1 folder.

1929 June 1-October 31, 1929 June 1-October 31. 1 folder.

1929 November 1-December 31, 1929 November 1-December 31. 1 folder.

1930 January 5-March 30, 1930 January 5-March 30. 1 folder.

1930 April 1-October 20, 1930 April 1-October 20. 1 folder.

1930 October 21-December 14, 1930 October 21-December 14. 1 folder.

1931 January 6-March 31, 1931 January 6-March 31. 1 folder.

1931 April 2-December 14, 1931 April 2-December 14. 1 folder.

1932 January 9-April 9, 1932 January 9-April 9. 1 folder.

1932 April 11-June 26, 1932 April 11-June 26. 1 folder.

undated, undated. 1 folder.

Church calendars and bulletins, 1928-1931. 1 folder.

Report Cards, 1929-1931. 1 folder.