Stacks of the Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Jewish Archives and Genealogy Center.

Guidelines for Conducting Research

Using Archival Materials

  • Personal belongings such as coats, briefcases, handbags, etc. should be placed in a locker; items used for research are allowed. Due to the risk of inadvertent damage to documents, use of ink is prohibited; please take notes in pencil only.
  • The use of audio/visual recording equipment and laptops is allowed. The use of scanners is not allowed. Items to be copied should be marked with paper inserts, which the Archivist will provide. Please write your name, the date of the document, and the number of pages you want copied. The Archives staff will make photocopies for researchers.
  • Researchers will receive permission to examine materials after showing a picture ID and filling out a Researcher Registration Form. This form includes an agreement to be signed that indicates that the researcher has read the Access Procedures and a warning concerning copyright law. The Researcher Registration Form, along with a list of records pulled, will be kept on file by the Archivist.
  • The Archivist will conduct a brief reference interview with the researcher to determine areas of interest, possible search strategies, and a time frame for research.
  • Researchers should consult relevant finding aids to better acquaint themselves with the scope and content of the records they wish to access.
  • Materials in The Breman’s Archives do not circulate and can only be used in the library with staff present.
  • Only one box at a time will be delivered; researchers should look through records one folder at a time, maintaining the order in which they were received. Researchers are requested to notify the Archivist if anything appears to be out of order; do not rearrange them yourself.
  • The stack area of the Archives is closed to patrons. Materials may not be removed from the library and must be returned in the same condition in which they were borrowed. The Museum reserves the right to inspect the researcher’s belongings, and as a condition to obtaining access to the materials, the researcher consents to such a search. The user agrees to allow the Archives staff to inspect all materials present at the research table before the researcher departs the library.

When handling records:

  • Do not consume food or beverages at the reading table
  • Wash hands before handling materials
  • Use pencils
  • Do not erase or make marks on the documents
  • Do not trace or write on top of the documents
  • Gloves should be worn if examining photographic materials or in lieu of hand washing when using archival material.
  • Do not bend or crease brittle paper; support it against a stable flat surface, such as a folder or table-top.

Any improper handling and/or damage will result in materials being taken away from the researcher, and his/her user privileges being suspended.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all qualified persons will have access to the Archives holdings. Please let the Archives staff know how we can assist you. Thank you for your patronage of The Cuba Archives.

Contact Sandra Berman, Archivist, for more information or to make an appointment at
404-870-1862 or by e-mail.


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The former Ahavath Achim synagogue on Gilmer Street.

The former Ahavath Achim synagogue on Gilmer Street, Atlanta, Georgia.


Copyright, Credit and Citation

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, copies may be provided for individual researchers' private study. The copies are provided for the individual's personal use and may not be further reproduced, published, broadcast, displayed, offered for sale, transferred to another individual or deposited in another institution without written permission from the Cuba Archives and the copyright holder.

These materials are provided for reference use only. The user agrees not to publish them without the written permission of the Archives, which is obtained by completing the Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form. In no case does permission to publish imply transfer of copyright or proprietary rights. Any publication of material from the Archives must credit the Cuba Archives of The Breman Museum.

Citations should follow this format: Identification of Item, Collection Number or Collection Name, Container and File-Folder Location, Cuba Archives of The Breman Museum.


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Archivist Sandy Berman working on an unprocessed collection.

Archivist Sandy Berman working on an unprocessed collection.


Visual Arts/Research Price List

Scan Per Image
Digital 300 dpi, 8" wide
Non-profit (no publication): $25
Non-profit (publication): $35

Licensing Per Image
Non-profit: $50
Commercial: $100

First hour: $25
Each additional hour: $40


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Stein's Kosher Market, 1951.

Stein's Kosher Market, 1951.