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William A. Alexander Photograph Collection

Identifier: VAM145

  • Staff Only


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


  • 1908-1956 (bulk 1932-1944)
  • Majority of material found within 1932 - 1944


General Physical Description note

(one document case)

Restrictions: Access


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.


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Scope and Contents

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).

Biography of William A. Alexander

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.

Other Finding Aids

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


Accession #2001.067.


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

General Physical Description note

(one document case)

Processing Information

Jody Thompson processed these papers in 2001.

Inventory of the William A. Alexander Photograph Collection, 1908-1956 (bulk 1932-1944)
Jody Lloyd Thompson
Copyright 2002
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Finding Aid Updated Using Rlg Best Practice Guidelines For Encoded Archival Description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA