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Dates:  1922-1993

Creator:  Joseph Cuba and family 

Summary/Abstract:  Joseph Cuba (1909-1993) was a native Atlantan who spent a major portion of his life in service to the Jewish community of this city. The papers are composed primarily of personal correspondence, certificates, speeches, memorabilia, newspaper articles, and the records of the many Jewish organizations in which the family actively participated.

Quantity/Physical Description: 8 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 3, Joseph Cuba Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. 

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts and oversize material removed to oversize collection. 

Related Material:  Mss 4, The Standard Club Records Mss 6, Jewish Progressive Club Records Mss 21, Ahavath  Achim Congregation Records Mss 82, Atlanta Jewish Federation Records Mss 101, The William Breman Jewish Home 

Processed by:  Michael J. Safra and Sandra Berman

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject, and then chronologically within each folder.  Almost all organizations which are not preceded by a name contain documents from both Joe and Max Cuba.  Some notable exceptions are the Jewish Home, the Air Force Reserves, and the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund which are almost exclusively of Joe.  Correspondence is filed according to the persons to whom it pertains, with the unlabeled correspondence belonging to Joe.  There are files for Joe, Max, Ida Pearle, Phillip, Sara Lana, Larry, Etta, Ray Lee and Minnie Cuba.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Joseph Cuba (1909-1993) was a native Atlantan who spent a major portion of his life in service to the Jewish community of this city.  In 1932, he assumed the presidency of the Southern Young Judaea Society, and after that time he actively participated in the leadership of Ahavath Achim Congregation, the Jewish Progressive Club, the Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith, the Southeastern Region United Synagogue of America, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education, the Jewish Home, the Standard Club, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, Jewish War Veterans, and the Georgia State University Alumni Association.

Mr. Cuba was a Certified Public Accountant and an Attorney-at-Law, and earned a degree at Georgia Tech in 1930, and a law degree from Atlanta Law School in 1934.  In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, and he entered into active duty on October 2 of that year.  By the end of WWII, he had been promoted three times, and served with distinction as the administrator of the Army Emergency Relief Program and the Soldier’s Voting Program.  He eventually left the service because of the economic hardship at home that was caused by his absence. In the summer of 1938, he married Ida Pearle Miller, whose varied activities and interests are also reflected in these papers.  Joe and Ida Pearle had three children: Phillip, Sara Lana (Krebs) and Larry. Mr. Cuba was positively influenced by his older brother, Max Cuba, who was born in 1903 in New York and died in Atlanta in 1972.  Although Max had no official wife, he was truly married to both the City of Atlanta and the Jewish community.  Max served as a city alderman several times, and was a leader on the Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Planning Board for over 30 years.  He was also twice the president of the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds.  In addition, Max served as a leader or president of almost every organization in which his brother Joe participated.  He preceded Joe as the “Man of the Year” for B’nai B’rith, Jewish War Veterans, and the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He also preceded his brother as the President of Ahavath Achim Congregation and B’nai B’rith.  As he had no family of his own, his personal life was closely linked with the family of his brother, as he lived with them for some time.

Scope and Content The social historian interested in Jewish community life, particularly in the South, will be especially interested in this collection.  It contains many documents relating to the intricacies and hardship of leadership in large communal organizations.

Collection Inventory  

Box File Description Date
1 1 Ahavath Achim Congregation 1948, 1954-1992.
2 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Brotherhood 1935
3 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Centennial Torah Siyyum 1986
4 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Joseph Cuba (President) 1954-1957
5 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Joseph Cuba (President) 1958-1960
6 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Educational Committee 1955-1956
7 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Hebrew and Religious School 1923-1956
2 1 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Hebrew and Religious School 1956-1970
2 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Hebrew and Religious School-record book and text book 1922-1930
3 Ahavath Achim Congregation-History-“A History of the A.A. Congregation by Kenneth W. Stein 1978
4 Ahavath Achim Congregation-holiday guides and song sheets 1951-1960
5 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Junior Congregation 1955-1957
6 Ahavath Achim Congregation-new building 1949-1958
7 Ahavath Achim Congregation-newsletter-“Profile” 1975-1978
8 Ahavath Achim Congregation- programs and bulletins 1950-19923
3 1 Ahavath Achim Congregation- rosters 1986-1988
2 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Sisterhood 1950-1957
3 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Sisterhood-adult education 1950-1957
4 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Sisterhood-Gold Book 1984
5 Ahavath Achim Congregation-Sisterhood-speeches (Cuba, Ida Pearle) 1956-1957
6 American Jewish Committee 1970-1981
7 American Joint Distribution Committee 1963-1966
8 Anti-Defamation League 1963-1983
9 Army Air Force 1942-1944
10 Army Air Force 1945-1967
4 1 Army Air Force-personal file Undated
2 Army Air Force-personal file (original order by subject). 1944-1948
3 Army Air Force-release forms 1945-1946
4 Army Air Force-training notes 1942
5 Articles and verse-miscellaneous authors 1948-1979
6 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1951-1957
7 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1958-1968
5 1 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1965-1976
2 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-book fair 1959-1961
3 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-book month 1962
4 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-“Ha-Moreh” January, 1951-February, 1953
5 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-“Ha-Moreh” November, 1953-April, 1954
6 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education-“Ha-Moreh” January, 1955-February, 1962
7 Atlanta Commission for the Study of Jewish Education 1955-1956
8 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1953-1987
9 Atlanta Jewish Community Center-new building 1957
6 1 Atlanta Jewish Federation 1953-1983
2 Atlanta Jewish Federation-Council for the Aged 1983-1984
3 Atlanta Jewish Federation-Women’s Division 1945-1963
4 Atlanta Jewish Federation-Women’s Division 1964-1970
5 Atlanta Jewish Times 1965
6 Atlanta Law School 1933-1934
7 The Atlanta Legionnaire 1949-1950
8 Biographies 1967-1987
9 Blass, Nathan Family 1954-1962
10 B’nai B’rith-87th Annual District Grand Lodge Convention 1963
11 B’nai B’rith-Gate City Lodge 1929-1963
7 1 B’nai B’rith-Gate City Lodge 1963-1974
2 B’nai B’rith-Gate City Lodge 1976-1985
3 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization 1933-1967
4 Brandeis University National Women’s Committee 1980-1986
5 William Breman Jewish Home-Board of Directors-manual 1982
6 William Breman Jewish Home-correspondence 1952-1991
7 William Breman Jewish Home-financial records 1953-1988
8 1 William Breman Jewish Home-general records (including minutes and programs) 1989- 1990
2 William Breman Jewish Home-“The Jewish Home News” 1966-1984
3 William Breman Jewish Home-speeches 1967-1980
4 Business records-Max M. Cuba and Company 1935-1969
5 Business records-Max M. Cuba and Company 1970-1984
6 Business records-Max M. Cuba and Company-audits 1930-1937
7 Business records-Max M. Cuba and Company-real estate ventures 1946-1961
9 1 Calendars 1972-1976
2 Calendars 1982-1984
3 Camps-Camp Barney Medintz (Cleveland, Georgia) 1961-1988
4 Camps-Camp Barney Medintz (Cleveland, Georgia) 1964, Undated
5 Camps-Camp-Macabee (Pelican Lake, Wisconsin) 1956-1958
6 Camps-Camp Rutledge (Rutledge, Georgia) 1954-1960
7 Cemetery records 1945-1948
8 Certificates 1934-1985
9 Community activities undated
10 1 Community Chest 1955
2 Congregation Beth El 1963-1965
3 Congregation Beth Jacob 1962-1986
4 Congregation Mickve Israel Undated
5 Congregation Or VeShalom Undated
6 Correspondence-general 1934-1992
7 Correspondence-general Undated
8 Correspondence-holiday cards Undated
9 Correspondence-letters of condolence 1993
10 Correspondence-letters from Cuba, Joseph to Goldberg, Leon 1928-1993
11 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe 1937, 1942-1943
11 1 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe Apr. – Jul. 1944
2 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe Aug. – Dec. 1944
3 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe Jan. – Mar. 1944
4 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe Jan. – Apr. 1945
12 1 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe May – Dec. 1945
2 Correspondence-letters from Ida Pearle to Joe 1958
3 Correspondence-telegrams 1938-1967
4 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds 1956-1960
5 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds 1962-October 1963
13 1 Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds 1963-1983
2 Cuba, Etta 1938-1968
3 Cuba, Ida Pearle 1935-1992
4 Cuba, Ida Pearle Undated
5 Cuba, Ida Pearle-Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund (forerunner of the Atlanta Jewish Federation)-Women’s Service Group 1961, 1968
6 Cuba, Ida Pearle-correspondence-condolence letters 1985
7 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work 1935
8 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work Undated
9 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work Undated
14 1 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work Undated
2 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work Undated
3 Cuba, Ida Pearle-course work, sociology 1947-1955
4 Cuba, Ida Pearle-financial records 1969-1976
5 Cuba, Ida Pearle-Jewish Heritage Museum 1984
6 Cuba, Ida Pearle-Jewish Women’s Institute Undated
7 Cuba, Ida Pearle-journal 1964
8 Cuba, Ida Pearle-memorial book 1985
9 Cuba, Lana 1945-1988
10 Cuba, Larry 1950-1977
11 Cuba, Max-Atlanta-Fulton County Planning Board 1934-1955
12 Cuba, Max-Atlanta-Fulton County Planning Board 1956-1972
15 1 Cuba, Max-Atlanta Jewish Community Council 1953-1965
2 Cuba, Max-Atlanta Jewish Community Council-“Together“ 1955-1963
3 Cuba, Max-biographies 1941-1970
4 Cuba, Max-certificates and awards 1927-1973
5 Cuba, Max-Commercial High School 1920-1935
6 Cuba, Max-Correspondence 1932-1972
7 Cuba, Max-Georgia State University 1968-1985
8 Cuba, Max-Georgia Tech University 1923-1934
9 Cuba, Max-miscellany 1927-1963, Undated
10 Cuba, Max-newspaper clippings 1930-1972
11 Cuba, Max-obituaries and letters of condolence 1973
16 1 Cuba, Max-political activities 1932-1974
2 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (scrapbook 1-part I) 1922-1935
3 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (scrapbook 1-part II) 1935-1951
4 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (scrapbook 1-part III) 1951-1952
5 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (photocopy of clippings in scrapbook 1) 1931-1952
6 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (scrapbook 2) 1936-1979
17 1 Cuba, Max-scrapbook (photocopy of clippings in scrapbook 2) 1936-1979
2 Cuba, Max-speeches 1959-1966
3 Cuba, Max-Woodrow Wilson College of Law 1934
4 Cuba, Minnie 1935-1978
5 Cuba, Philip 1947-1969
6 Cuba, Ray Lee 1936-1975
7 Driving permit
7 Dwoskin, Inc. 1966
8 Epstein, Rabbi Harry H. Family 1949-1986
9 The Epstein, School 1982-1986
10 The Epstein School-ad books 1985-1986
11 The Epstein School-birthday book 1982
18 1 Georgia State University 1964-1979
2 Georgia State University 1972-1980
3 Georgia State University 1981-1990
4 Georgia Tech University 1925-1977
5 Ginsburg, Paul 1942-1969
6 Girls High School 1933-1983
7 Good Will Women’s Club 1942-1953
8 Hadassah 1952-1983
9 Hebrew books (used for teaching) 1913-1918
19 1 Holidays-Passover 1938-1952
2 Holidays-Sabbath and Simchat Torah Undated
3 Invitations, programs and memorabilia 1934-1974
4 Invitations, programs and memorabilia 1975-1992, Undated
5 Israel 1956-1984
6 Israel Bonds 1951-1975
7 Israel Expo 1985
8 Jacobs, Hyman S. 1963
9 Jewish Children Service Undated
10 Jewish education 1947-1968
20 1 Jewish Family Services, Inc. 1970-1985
2 Jewish National Fund 1981
3 Jewish National Fund-Trees for Israel-certificates 1975-1993
4 Jewish Progressive Club 1931-1966
5 Jewish Progressive Club 1967-1971
6 Jewish Progressive Club 1972-1983
7 Jewish Progressive Club Undated
8 Jewish Progressive Club-newsletter 1929-1970
9 Jewish Theological Seminary 1952-1988
21 1 Jewish War Veterans 1940-1966
2 Kahn, Edward M. 1963-1964
3 Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Inc. 1954-1971
4 Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Inc. 1977-1980
5 Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Inc.-bulletins and newsletters 1956-1964
6 Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, Inc.-Women’s Committee Undated
7 Kaufman, Sarah Rebecca 1930
8 Krebs, Richard 1992
9 Laventhol Krekstein Horwath & Horwath 1973-1974
10 Legal and financial papers 1931-1959
11 Letterhead (miscellaneous organizations) Undated
12 The Mayfair Club 1948-1953
13 Memorial book 1993
14 Miller, Samuel 1969
15 Miscellany 1945-1983
16 Mosean Club 1926
22 1 National Conference of Christians and Jews 1966-1971
2 National Conference on Religion and Race 1963
3 National Council of Jewish Women-Atlanta Section Undated
4 National Jewish Welfare Board-population study-Atlanta 1947
5 Newspaper clippings 1947-1993
6 Orkin, Otto 1948-1951
7 Organization for Rehabilitation and Training (ORT) 1990
8 Political activities 1966-1988
9 Pools Mill Bridge 1968-1982
10 Rosenberg, Adolph 1965
11 Scripts Undated
12 Sherman, Robin Undated
13 Speeches Undated
14 The Standard Club 1945-1972
15 Travel-documents, itineraries and memorabilia 1945-1972
16 United Jewish Appeal 1967-1975
17 United Jewish Appeal-mission to Israel 1967
23 1 United Jewish Appeal-mission to Israel 1967
2 United Jewish Appeal-mission to Israel 1974
3 United Jewish Appeal-Women’s Division 1957-1968
4 United Palestine Appeal, Southern Region-audit 1927
5 United Synagogue of America 1954-1955
6 United Synagogue of America 1956-1958
7 United Synagogue of America 1959
8 United Synagogue of America 1960-1963
24 1 United Synagogue Youth 1955-1962
2 Weinstock, Florists Undated
3 Writings and verses 1931, Undated
4 Young Judaea 1925-1948

 

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