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Holton Mastin diaries

Collection number: ahc.MSS1143

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal and professional correspondence, legal documents, and political writings, including text of speeches and letters to the editor of local newspapers that reflect Henry Alexander's activism in the Republican Party during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Legal and professional documents include Alexander’s affiliation with the American Bar Association, correspondence to the General Assembly and with the Fifth District of the Georgia Federation of Women’s Clubs. The collection also contains papers documenting his service as President of the Atlanta Historical Society. The collection includes newspaper clippings from The North Side News, the Metropolitan Herald, and the Atlanta Constitution. The newspapers provide information about Alexander's activities with the Republican Party and his involvement in other civic affairs, including placement of historical markers about John C. Calhoun and James Oglethorpe. This collection contains certificates issued to Alexander to plead and practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia and membership and charter from the American Legion for Fulton County, Post Department of Georgia No. 134.


  • 1960-2008, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Henry Aaron Alexander, Sr. (1874-1967) was born to Julius Mortimer Alexander (1844-1917) and Rebecca Ella Solomons Alexander (1854-1938) in Atlanta, Georgia. Henry Alexander graduated from the University of Georgia in 1893 and received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1895. He was a prominent attorney and civic leader in Atlanta. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly from 1909-1910, and was the only Jew that served during this term. In 1914, he assisted Leo M. Frank with his appeals process after Frank was convicted of the murder of Mary Phagan. He enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Captain during World War I. He married Manya Zelmanova Klinitzkaya (1895-1984) in 1921. They had four children, Henry Aaron Jr., Rebecca, Esther and Judith. After the war, he came back to Atlanta and was involved in a number of civic organizations, including the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Atlanta Historical Society and the Georgia Historical Commission.


2.711 linear ft. (seven document cases)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2012, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Holton Mastin diaries
Karissa Kang
June 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305