Frederick Alexander papers
010.FA

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Alexander, Frederick
Title
Frederick Alexander papers
ID
010.FA
Date [inclusive]
1910-2001
Extent
0.8 Linear feet 2 archive boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Frederick Alexander was a Professor of music at Michigan State Normal College from 1909 to 1941. Alexander was a well known organist in Southeastern Michigan. His papers consist primarily of clippings, concert programs and the dedication of the Frederick Alexander Organ. The papers are arranged alphabetically. Records date from 1910 to 2001.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Biographical Note

Frederick Alexander was the head of the Department of Music at Michigan State Normal College and Director of the Normal Conservancy from 1909 until 1941.

Alexander was born in Fenton, Michigan on 23 December, 1870. He received his Bachelor's degree in music from the University of Michigan in 1894. Alexander's main instrument was the organ. Before teaching at Michigan State Normal College, he was the head of the music department at the University of California, Berkeley from 1919 to 1922 in the summers. He was also a lecturer of Music History at Northwestern University in the summer of 1928. While teaching at Michigan State Normal College Alexander was the director of all the choral ensembles.

In addition to being an excellent teacher, Alexander was Dean of the Michigan Chapter of American Guild of Organists and the director of music for the Cranbrook Masque in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

After his retirement in 1941, Frederick Alexander moved west first to Santa Fe, New Mexico, then to Lemon Grove California. Alexander passed away in California on 14 October, 1955. In his will, Alexander left $90,000 to the music department at the Michigan State Normal College

In the years following his death Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University used the money bequeathed to them to purchase a new organ for the University. The organ is named after Frederick Alexander in honor of his memory.

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Scope and Contents

The Frederick Alexander Papers contains biographical information, concert programs, correspondence, Alexander's will, and the Frederick Alexander Organ Dedication. The collection is arranged alphabetically and is divided into two series. Records date from 1910 to 2001.

The two series that are included in the collection are: Career and Legacy, and Frederick Alexander Organ Dedication. The Career and Legacy series contains two subseries of clippings and concert programs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 November 14

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Music trade.
  • Music--Instruction and study.

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Collection Inventory

Career and Legacy 

Biography 1870-1955 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 1

Clippings 

 1918-1929 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 2

 1930-1939 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 3

 1940-1949 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 4

 1955 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 5

Undated 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 6

Concert Programs 

 1900-1910 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 7

 1911-1919 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753122)   1 8-10

 1920-1929 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 1

 1930-1939 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 2

 1940-1949 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 3

Undated 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 4

Concert Recordings 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 5

Correspondence 1912-1946 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 6

The Cranbrook Masque 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 7

Flyers 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 8

Last Will and Testament of Frederick Alexander 1955 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 9

News Releases 1960, 1984, 2001 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 10

Photographs 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 11

Sheet Music 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 12

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Frederick Alexander Organ Dedication 

Clippings 1958-1972, 1985-2001 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 13

Concert Programs 1961-2001 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 14

Correspondence 1960-1961 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 15

Donors 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 16

Planning Process 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024753130)   2 17

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