Skip to main content

Alexander, Edward P(orter) 1907-2003

ALEXANDER, Edward P(orter) 1907-2003

OBITUARY NOTICE—

See index for CA sketch: Born January 11, 1907, in Keokuk, IA; died of a heart ailment July 31, 2003, in Chevy Chase, MD. Historian and author. Alexander, an authority on museums, was a former director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. After earning his undergraduate degree from Drake University in 1928, he completed his master's degree at the State University of Iowa in 1931, and his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1938. Beginning his career as a secondary-school teacher in Iowa and Minnesota during the late 1920s and early 1930s, Alexander eventually became executive director of the New York State Historical Association, where he worked from 1934 to 1941, and was supervisor of the Historical Records Survey for the state of New York from 1936 to 1938. During World War II Alexander resided in Wisconsin, where he directed the state historical society in Madison. Then, in 1946, he became director of interpretation at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he remained until 1972. The last years of his professional career were spent at the University of Delaware, where he was director of museum studies until his retirement in 1977. Alexander was the author of several history books, among them A Revolutionary Conservative: James Duane of New York (1938), The Museum: A Living Book of History (1959), and The Museum in America: Innovators and Pioneers (1997).

OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

New York Times, August 16, 2003, p. A13.

Washington Post, August 10, 2003, p. C11.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Alexander, Edward P(orter) 1907-2003." Contemporary Authors. . Encyclopedia.com. 20 Aug. 2019 <https://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Alexander, Edward P(orter) 1907-2003." Contemporary Authors. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 20, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/alexander-edward-porter-1907-2003

"Alexander, Edward P(orter) 1907-2003." Contemporary Authors. . Retrieved August 20, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/educational-magazines/alexander-edward-porter-1907-2003

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.