Thomas Alexander Collection
Dr. Thomas Alexander was the driving force behind the formation of the New College, an experimental college for teachers started in 1930s. The college lasted for seven years from 1932 to 1939. Alexander came to Teachers College in the early 1920s and was an authority on European education, especially German education. He undertook the experiment as one not only built on the liberal arts, but rather on the persistent problems of living.
Alexander and his colleagues; Florence Stratemeyer, Paul Limbert, Peter Sammartino, Winnifred Bain, Agnes Snyder, and John Taylor among others, were out to construct a new kind of progressive college that would develop a new breed of teachers to lead in the regeneration of a failing society.
After the demise of New College, Alexander spent the post-war years working under General Lucius Clay in the Education and Cultural Relations Division of the Office of Military Government for Germany. The major task of this branch was the rebuilding of a new system of German education.
Interview with Richard Alexander
Richard Thomas Alexander Faculty File
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