T.M. Alexander, Sr. papers
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T.M. Alexander, Sr. papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Alexander, T. M., (Theodore Martin), 1909-2001
Title: T.M. Alexander, Sr. papers
Dates: 1956-1994
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection, spanning from 1956 to 1994, consists of works in print, written by and about T. M. Alexander, Sr., an audiocassette, photographs, plaques, posters, and correspondence covering his professional, political, civil rights, and community involvement. Of special note are the unpublished manuscript, The Montgomery Boycott: The King and I, an account of T.M. Alexander, Sr.'s role in the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Atlanta, and insurance policies granted to Montgomery churches between 1956 and 1957. The collection also touches on Alexander's bid for 7th Ward Alderman in 1957 and contains posters related to his alma mater, Morehouse College. Included are a 1961 recording, History of the Black Man and photographs and correspondence from George Bush, Gerald Ford, and Lyndon Johnson.
Identification: aarl94-011

Biographical/Historical Note

Theodore Martin Alexander, Sr., was born March 7, 1909, in Montgomery, Alabama, the third child of James and Hattie Alexander. He attended high school at Morehouse Academy in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with honors in 1931, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He was honored by Morehouse College with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1970.

Mr. Alexander has been a leader in the Atlanta insurance industry and community activities for more than 50 years. In addition to founding his own insurance agency in 1931, he established the Southeastern Fidelity Fire and Casualty Company in 1951 and served as Executive Vice President and Managing Officer until the company was prematurely sold in 1967. Southeastern Fidelity Company provided more than $50,000,000 of property protection for its client groups, and was the first Black-owned multi-line insurance company.

Recognizing the absence of Black representation in electoral politics in both the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia for more than 90 years, Mr. Alexander embarked upon an ambitious effort and ran for the office of City Alderman in 1957 and for the State Senate in 1961. Although unsuccessful in each of these bids, his actions provided the motivation for other Blacks to become involved in seeking election of public office, thus paving the foundation for not only the first elected Mayor of the City of Atlanta, but also for numerous other elected positions throughout the South.

In addition to serving as the President of his insurance agency, T.M. Alexander & Company, Inc., with major offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C., Mr. Alexander has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Insurance at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Over the years, he has remained a pillar of the community and has assisted numerous other Blacks in gaining responsible positions in both the private and public sectors.

Mr. Alexander has been an active participant in many professional and other organizations. Included are:

Original partner in MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) Insurance Managers; helped design insurance program in 1975.
Listed in Who's Who in America.
Secretary and Member of Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
Member of Executive Committee and Board of Atlanta University Center Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Butler Street YMCA, Atlanta, Ga. (15 years), and member of the Executive Committee.
Former Vice Chairman of the City of Atlanta Ethics Committee.
Former Chairman of Citizens Advisory Committee of Urban Renewal and Development, Atlanta, Ga.
Former member of Executive Committee and Assistant Treasurer of the Atlanta Community Chest (3 years)
Charter Member and former Chairman of the Board of Senior Citizens of Metropolitan Atlanta.
Former member of Community Relations Commission of Atlanta
Member of Sigma Pi Phi National Fraternity, professional men distinguished in their professions.
Member of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Member of Atlanta Association of Independent Insurance Agents.
Former Member of the Board, Secretary-Treasurer and Loan Officer of Mutual Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
Charter Member of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
Member of the Board of Directors of Boys' Clubs of Greater Washington.
Member of the Council of 100 Black Republicans.
Member of the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation (Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment).
Member of the Republican National Committee.
Member of the President's Club and Club of 100.
Member of the Republican Inner Circle Senatorial Committee.
Lifetime Republican and personal friend and supporter of former President George Bush and Jack Kemp, former Secretary of H.U.D.

Mr. Alexander is married to Dr. Lenora Cole-Alexander, former director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor who is presently President of LCA and Associates, Inc., and Commonwealth Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Their three children are Theodore Martin, Jr. (deceased), Alvia Elizabeth, and Dorothy Gwendolyn. They maintain residences at 3020 Brandywine Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 and 215 Piedmont Avenue, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.


Scope and Content Note

The collection, spanning from 1956 to 1994, consists of works in print, written by and about T. M. Alexander, Sr., an audiocassette, photographs, plaques, posters, and correspondence covering his professional, political, civil rights, and community involvement. Of special note are the unpublished manuscript, The Montgomery Boycott: The King and I, an account of T.M. Alexander, Sr.'s role in the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Atlanta, and insurance policies granted to Montgomery churches between 1956 and 1957. The collection also touches on Alexander's bid for 7th Ward Alderman in 1957 and contains posters related to his alma mater, Morehouse College. Included are a 1961 recording, History of the Black Man and photographs and correspondence from George Bush, Gerald Ford, and Lyndon Johnson.


Arrangement

Arranged by type.


Index Terms

Alexander and Co. (Atlanta, Ga.).
Alexander, T. M., (Theodore Martin), 1909-2001
Alexander, T. M., (Theodore Martin), 1909-2001 -- Political activity
Audiocassettes.
Boycotts--Alabama--Montgomery.
Civil rights movements--Alabama--Montgomery.
Civil rights movements--Georgia--Atlanta.
Correspondence.
Insurance agents--Georgia--Atlanta.
Insurance agents--Washington (D.C.)
Insurance policies.
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.).
Photographs.
Plaques (flat objects)
Posters.
Southeastern Fidelity Fire Insurance Co..

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, T. M. Alexander, Sr. papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

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Copyright Restrictions

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Container List

 

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11Photocopy of journal article: "Profits Out of Thin Air in Johnsontown," Black Enterprise, December 1982
An account of how Alexander brokered the sale of Johnsontown homes to MARTA.
 
2 APRRD Journal (Association of Professionals in Risk Related Disciplines). Special Edition. "Tribute to T.M. Alexander, Sr.", April 21, 1994
Includes a chronology of T.M. Alexander, Sr.'s life and career.
 
3Unpublished manuscript: "The Montgomery Boycott: the King and I."
An account of T.M. Alexander, Sr.'s role in the civil rights movement in Montgomery and Atlanta.
 
4Two photocopies of a newspaper article: William M. Bates, "Griffin Urges Atlanta to Vote Against Negro," Atlanta Journal & Constitution, July 1957
A partial account of T.M. Alexander's bid for election as City Alderman from the 7th Ward.
 
5Correspondence (originals and photocopies of two Western Union telegrams) received from President Lyndon B. Johnson to Mr. T.M. Alexander, Sr, July 1, 1964 August 3, 1964
Regarding the National Citizens' Committee for Community Relations.
 
6Brochure for Harris Manor Homes, Alexander and Associates, joint developers, Date unknown
 
7Correspondence received from Vice President George Bush to Mr. T.M. Alexander, Sr, June July, 1988
 
8Correspondence (letter and note card) from President George Bush, May 22, 1989 February 1, 1992
 
9Photographs of Mr. T.M. Alexander, Sr. and Vice President George Bush, c. January 1988
One color 4x6 photograph; one black and white 5x7 photograph; one 8½ x 11 color photograph of George Bush (autographed)
 
10Audiocassette tape "History of the Black Man," by T.M. Alexander, Sr, 1961 (60 minutes)
 
11 The Demise of Service and the Birth of Greed by Theodore M. Alexander, Sr, 1988
 
12General Correspondence, Invitations
 
13Photograph - Gerald Ford & T.M. Alexander, Sr, Sept. 13, 1974 (Mounted on a board)
 
14Photograph - President George Bush (Mounted on a board)
 
15Plaques
Butler St. YMCA Century Club, T.M. Alexander, Sr. & Co., Inc, 1988
Butler Street YMCA International Since 1894 Century Club 1984 In Deep Appreciation for Friendship and Generous Support of Service to Young People Through the Butler Street YMCA T.M. Alexander & Co
 
16Charles L. Harper Award Plaque, 11/5/83
 
17Publications By and About T.M. Alexander, Sr
 

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21Insurance Policies - Montgomery, Alabama Churches, 1956-1957
 
2Statement by M.L. King, Jr, 10/14/66
 
3Tribute to M.L. King, Jr. by Howard Thurman, Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 1968
 
4Proclamation - T.M. Alexander, Sr. Day, Feb. 7, 1993
 
5T.M. Alexander Scholarship Information
 
6Framed autographed photograph of white male (signature unreadable)
 
7Plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of T.M. Alexander, Sr. & Co., Inc
 
Mounted proclamation from Fulton County Board of Commissioners proclaiming Sept. 21, 1994 as T.M. Alexander Appreciation Day (8.5 by 14 inches)
 
Mounted cover page of the Spring 1994 issue of Morehouse College Alumni Magazine ( The Alumnus) and also the featured article on T.M. Alexander, Sr. mounted on foamboard, Spring 1994
 
Enlarged column from the Atlanta Constitution, by Ernest Holsendolph on Mr. Alexander's book, Dec. 17, 1993
 
Autographed poster "Black is Black" by Larry Poncho Brown, (1988)
 
Morehouse College 125th Anniversary, 1867-1992
 
"Black History in Atlanta" featuring Geneva Morton Haugabrooks (1888-1977); Alonzo F. Herndon (1858-1927); and Charles L. Harper (1877-1955)
 
Signed reproduction of a painting of 4 children by Reginald Harmon