ALEXANDER FAMILY PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The bulk of this collection pertain to the ancestors and family of Philip Knox Alexander, Jr., and Gladys Barkalow Alexander. Primarily genealogical in subject matter, the collection contains a wide array of materials. Materials include: ancestral charts, correspondence, religious brochures, military records, newspaper clippings, religious sermons, biographies, memoirs, publications, commemorative documents, photographs, and ephemera.
Many different individuals and names are found in the collection. The name Kassler is related to the Alexander Family. Names related to the Barkalow line are McNamara and Barkalow. Other individuals mentioned in the collection have professional, religious, and social ties to Philip and Gladys Alexander.
This series contains non-genealogical based items such as personal correspondence, news clippings, patents, memorabilia, professional publications and religious texts. These items are arranged alphabetically by creator and/or associated individual.
This series focuses on the geneaological research performed by Philip Knox Alexander Jr., his wife Gladys Barkalow, and other family memebers. Most items relate to or reference different individuals in the Alexander and Barkalow families. This series includes correspondence with different historical societies, copies of early American legal records, magazine articles, and listing of family birth, death and marriage dates. These items are arranged alphabetically by creator and/or associated individual.
Three of the four scrapbooks belonged to Caroline McNamara Barkalow, relative to Gladys Barkalow, and cover major events in her life. Scrapbooks include news clippings of family members, event programs, dance cards, invitations, and correspondence. Some items have hand-written annotations explaining the event, individuals and dates. All three books cover the same time periods and topics.
The fourth scrapbook belonged to Philip Knox Alexander Jr. This scrapbook relates specifically to his professional life and the evolution of the International Trust Company/First Bank of Colorado. It contains invitations, business cards, business meetings and special events, and newspaper clippings.
The majority of these photographs document the ancestors and relatives of the Alexander Family. The families included: Alexander, Barkalow, McNamara and Stebbins. Other photographs capture religious institutions and leaders, and personal residences are included. The series also contains of photographic slides taken by Philip Knox Alexander Jr of the construction of the First National Bank tower in downtown Denver from 1956-1957. All photographs are associated with a specific family or person.
Three items comprise this series: two certificates belonging to Caroline (Carrie) McNamara Barkalow and one ancestral chart for Olivia Denham Cooper constitute this series.
The collection is open for research.
Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Philip Knox Alexander, Jr., was born in Denver in 1917 to Philip Knox Alexander Sr. and Ruth Kassler Alexander. His father, Philip Knox Alexander Sr. and grandfather, Hugh John Alexander were both Vice Presidents of the First National Bank. Alexander Jr. majored in Zoology at Dartmouth College and graduated in 1940. He married Gladys Barkalow in 1941. In 1942, Alexander, Jr., joined the Army Air Corp. In 1943 he was promoted to Second Lieutenant and assigned as the Photography Officer for the 401st Heavy Bomb Group over Germany. During his service, he photographed all bomb strikes, as well as supplied publicity pictures for the Group. He was promoted to Captain in 1945 shortly before the bombing of Japan.
In 1952, Alexander, Jr., began work at the International Trust Company in Denver, Colorado. He later became a Vice President of the International Trust Company, which eventually consolidated with the First National Bank of Colorado. During this time, he and his wife, Gladys Barkalow Alexander, became prominent Denver socialites. Upon his retirement in 1960, Alexander began researching his ancestry. Consequently, he wrote and published several papers on Colorado pioneers. Philip Knox Alexander, Jr. passed away in 1990.
3 Boxes (1.75 linear feet)
1 PhotoBoxes (.25 linear feet)
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Gift, Gladys Barkalow Alexander, 1970, 1976, 1985, 1996 and 1998.
Number of Boxes: 3 (1.75 linear feet)
Number of PhotoBoxes: 1 (.25 linear feet)
Oversize: 1 OVFF
- Alexander, Family -- Archives.
- Alexander, Gladys Barkalow -- Archives.
- Alexander, Philip Knox -- 1917-1990 -- Archives.
- Barkalow Family -- Archives.
- Barkalow, Caroline (Carrie) McNamara 1857-1932 -- Archives.
- Kassler Family -- Archives.
- McNamara Family -- Archives.
- McNamara, John 1824-1885 -- Archives.
- Muhlenberg, William Augustus 1796-1877 -- Archives.
- Stebbins Family -- Archives.
- ALEXANDER FAMILY PAPERS
- JANUARY 2011
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