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Date Span:  1936-1944, 1948

Summary/Abstract:   The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau was a non-profit agency interested in resettling and retraining Jewish refugees just prior to the outbreak of World War II. The records are composed primarily of the correspondence, minutes, committee reports and financial records relating to the daily activities of this organization.  Also included are the records of some of the agencies with which the Farm School had dealings, eg. the National Refugee Service and the National Council of Jewish Women.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository: The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 2, The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau Collection, 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 oversized material removed to oversize collection. 

Related Material: Mss 82, Atlanta Jewish Federation Records

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (February, 1986)

Arrangement:  The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau Records are arranged alphabetically by folder and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau was organized in 1939 as a non-profit agency interested in the resettlement and retraining of Jewish refugees.  It was first thought, because of Georgia’s special agricultural economy, that many of the individuals should be given training leading to eventual placement on area farms.  The bureau, however, soon discovered that many of the young refugees were not interested in farming, and this newly founded organization quickly modified its agricultural emphasis to a general resettlement and training program.  Maintaining its name as the Georgia Farm School, the Bureau assisted newcomers in finding employment in a variety of fields.  Many Jewish businessmen were contacted in the hopes that they would employ and train refugees to develop new job skills.  Other needs, including social, medical dental, and educational, were also met by the numerous committees of the Bureau. As the situation of Jews in Europe deteriorated, the Bureau developed a working relationship with the National Refugee Service.  This relationship enabled the Farm School to disseminate information regarding immigration possibilities for Jewish citizens of occupied territories. So that efforts on behalf of newcomers could be coordinated, the Farm School and Resettlement Bureau worked closely with other Jewish service organizations.  The Atlanta Section of the Council of Jewish Women, Gate City lodge #144 B’nai B’rith, The Temple Sisterhood, the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service and the Atlanta Free Loan Association offered much time, support and assistance. The last meeting of the Farm Bureau was held on December 12, 1941, only five days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  It was at this meeting that the Executive Council discussed the question of enemy aliens, and decided on the basis of that discussion to suspend all activities of the Bureau. 

Scope and Content:  The Georgia Farm School and Resettlement Bureau Records are arranged alphabetically by folder and chronologically within each folder.  The social historian interested in Jewish relief activities, immigration efforts in the early days of World War II, and the resettlement and assimilation of Jewish refugees into a southern community will find this collection of special interest. 

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Affidavit information

1941-1942

 

2

Agricultural Project-Farm School pledge

1939-1942

 

3

Agricultural Project-National Youth Administration, citizenship record of refugee youth

1939-1940

 

4

Agricultural Project-settlement

1940-1941

 

5

Agricultural training

1938-1941

 

6

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

1941

 

7

Annual meeting

1941-1942

 

8

Annual meeting

1942

 

9

Articles of Incorporation, charter and history

1939-1943

 

10

Board and committee-membership lists

1940-1941

 

11

Budgets

1939-1942

 

12

Bulletins and newsletter

1940-1941

 

13

Campships

1941

 

14

Contributions and memorials

1940-1941

 

15

Correspondence and related material

1938-1942

 

16

Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds – Refugee

Service, bulletins

1940

 

17

Dental Committee

1939-1941

 

18

Education and Citizenship Committee

1939-1941

 

 

 

 

2

1

Education and Citizenship Discussion Group

1940-1941

 

2

Education and Citizenship Discussion Group, “Monday Nighter”

1941

 

3

Employment questionnaire

1940

 

4

English classes

1937-1940

 

5

Executive Council-minutes and related material

1939-1942

 

6

Financial Committee

1940-1941

 

7

Financial statements

1939-1940

 

8

Financial statements

1941-1943, 1948

 

9

German Jewish Children Aid Committee

1938-1940

 

10

Hebrew Sheltering and Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)

1939-1941

 

11

Immigration-Cuba, Dominican Republic, England and Mexico

1938-1941

 

12

Immigration-general

1938-1941

 

13

In-take policy

1941

 

14

National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare Community Planning for Refugee Work

1941

 

15

Jewish Welfare Fund-Allocations

1941

 

16

Loans for self-support

1940-1941

 

 

 

 

3

1

Mailing lists

1940-1941

 

2

Medical Committee

1939-1941

 

3

National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare-Community

Planning for Refugee Work

1941

 

4

National Coordinating Committee-Resettlement Division

1938

 

5

National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta Section

1936-1942

 

6

National Council of Jewish Women-Shop Talk

1940-1941

 

7

National Refugee Service

1938-1944

 

8

National Refugee Service-Community Bulletin

1940-1941

 

9

National Refugee Service-field service

1939-1943

 

10

National Refugee Service-informational bulletins

1939-1943

 

11

National Refugee Service-Miami office

1940

 

12

National Refugee Service-reports of the Executive Director

1940-1941

 

13

National Refugee Service-resettlement correspondence

1939-1941

 

14

National Refugee Service-Traffic Department

1939

 

15

Opportunity, Workshop and Exchange

1940

 

16

Phillips, Eleanor-Case Worker

1941

 

 

 

 

4

1

Placement Committee-advisors

1939-1940

 

2

Placement Committee-correspondence

1939-1941

 

3

Placement Committee-minutes and related material

1939-1941

 

4

Placement Committee-specific commitments

1939-1941

 

5

Publications-other organizations

1939-1941

 

6

Refugees-deportees, unknown destinations

1942

 

7

Reorganizational meeting

1940

 

8

Resettlement Committee-Census

1939-1941

 

9

Social Service Committee

1939-1940

 

10

The Temple—“Gateways Project”

1940-1941

 


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