Fonds PR 86 - Alexander family fonds

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Alexander family fonds

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  • [ca. 1890-1967] (Creation)
    Alexander (family)

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ca. 110 photographs;1 cm of textual records

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Charles Alexander was born in St. Louis, USA, on August 16, 1824 and came to Victoria with his wife Nancy in 1858. The Alexanders were among the first black families to arrive in the Victoria area and they remained in the region for the rest of their lives. The Alexanders had a total of 12 children and numerous grandchildren before Nancy's death in 1911 and Charles' death in 1913. Thomas Alexander was the Alexander's fourth child and was born in 1859. Thomas and his wife Corinthia had seven children, the youngest of which was Barton. Thomas worked as a trucker for most of his life, a profession that several of his children would continue in the firm T. Alexander and Sons.

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The fonds consists of photographs and miscellaneous records. The photographs are primarily of Thomas Alexander and his family (including Barton E. Alexander) and include portraits of family, school children, and buildings. Miscellaneous records consist primarily of pamphlets, notes on the Alexander family, a Christmas card, and a postcard to the family.

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Copy prints of many of the photographs are found in the photographic access system under the heading 'Thomas Alexander family.'

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BCAUL control number: CVIC-83

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