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Jack Alexander papers

Call Number: RH MS 722


The Jack Alexander papers are those of a native Kansan who held numerous public offices, serving as Topeka's Water Commissioner, within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and as legislative liaison to the Governor.


  • Creation: 1966 - 1991


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Biography of Jack Alexander

Jack Alexander was born 7 December 1930 in Iola, Kansas to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Alexander. He graduated from Topeka (Kan.) High School in 1949, where he captained the school's last segregated basketball team, and attended Washburn University for two years before serving in the United States Navy from 1952-1956. In 1951, Alexander began at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Topeka; he continued to work for that Company until his 1985 retirement. In 1973, Topekans elected Alexander Topeka's Water Commissioner, making him one the first Topekan African American elected to a city office. During his time on the Topeka City Commission, Alexander also served on the Kansas Water Authority (1981-1985). He remained Commissioner until 1985 when he began work as a manager of permits, compliance, and enforcement at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Department of Water. After five years at KDHE, Alexander worked from 1990-1991 as a legislative liaison within the Office of the Governor. At that time, he also served the city of Topeka on the City Council. Appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission in 1991, Alexander became the first minority appointed to that body. In 2003, Alexander ran for Topeka Mayor and, in 2004 Governor Sebelius appointed him temporary State Fire Marshal.

Along with his numerous positions, Alexander also has been involved in numerous organizations. He served as Vice President of the NAACP's Topeka Chapter and the United Way of Topeka; he also served on the Board of Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center and as President of the Board of the Shawnee County Community Assistance and Action, Inc.

Alexander married Tillie Simon; the couple had four children.


6 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Jack Alexander papers date from 1966 to 1991 and are arranged in two series: Career Papers and Organizations. The Career Papers includes six subseries: General, Governor's Legislative Liaison, Kdhe, Kansas Water Authority, Topeka City Commission, and Topeka City Council. Each subseries includes correspondence and information specific to the body in question. Organizations include correspondence, meeting information, and information regarding the various groups. Folder arrangement within each series and subseries is alphabetical by topic. In most cases, "Clippings" folders are both press releases and clippings.

Series List

The Jack Alexander papers date from 1966 to 1991 and are arranged in two series and six subseries.

Career Papers, 1966-1991 Subseries: General, Governor's Legislative Liaison, KDHE, Kansas Water Authority, Topeka City Commission, and Topeka City Council.

Organizations, 1972-1991.

Physical Location

RH MS 722

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Jack F. Alexander, 1995.

Guide to the Jack Alexander Collection
Jack Alexander papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2006; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Jack Alexander Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 722, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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