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Alfred J. Henderson Papers

Identifier: BC277


Alfred Henderson, a MacMurray College (Jacksonville, Illinois) professor and one time chairman of the history and government department, was born in England, the son of Alfred W. and Alice Dalby Henderson, but became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1917. He was raised in Rochester, New York and worked for Eastman Kodak after graduating from high school. He then attended the University of Rochester where he received a B.A. and a M.A. and went on to earn his Ph.D. in history from Duke University. His first job as associate professor was at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. After a short time there, he became the Dean of Kentucky Wesleyan in 1941. He went to MacMurray in 1944 and specialized in English and European history. In 1946 his work, London and the National Government, 1721-1742. A Study of City Politics in the Walpole Administration, was. He returned to England often and also traveled throughout Europe and Asia. He was listed in Who’s Who in American Education, Outstanding Educators in America, Directory of American Scholars, and the Dictionary of American Biography. He was a member of the American Historical Society, the Illinois State Historical Society, the Association of University Professors, the American Conference of British Historians, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Gamma Mu. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Great Britain in 1957. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church, the Morgan County Historical Society, the YMCA, Morgan County United Fund, the Boy Scouts of America and the Committee for the Bicentennial. On June 26, 1939, he married Elizabeth (Betsy) Aldridge in Durham, N.C. and after coming to Jacksonville, they spent the remainder of their lives in that city. They had two children, James Henderson Jr., and Alice Caroline. Henderson died November 5, 1977.

Class outlines and syllabi, quizzes and exams, bibliographies, other course related materials, transcripts of his writings, book review and articles, letters, diaries, financial records, address book, sermons, and religious talks, Kiwanis material, school yearbooks, calendars, programs, bulletins, scrapbook, news clippings, published material. Letters from his two children, friends, and condolence letters on his death. Class material all related to history. Day calendars. Diaries from 1924-1949. Kiwanis material from his time as President in 1969-1970. Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Gamma Mu announcements and newsletters. Scrapbook and news clippings related to his career and family. Typescripts of some of his written works and published material on historical topics.

Newspapers, broadsides, photographs, recordings, filmstrip, and artifacts transferred out of collection.


  • 1924 - 1977


8.25 Linear Feet (7 archival boxes)

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