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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1914-1986

Creator:  Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family

Summary/Abstract:  Long-time community members, Betty Ann Romm Jacobson became the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The papers include Memorabilia the Jewish Progressive Club; the Bachelors’ Club; a memory book of Rosa Lee Mendel Romm; and a history of H. Mendel and Company, a wholesale distribution company founded in Atlanta in 1890 by Hyman Mendel.

Quantity/Physical Description: .2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 30, Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material: Photographs removed to visual arts collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, objects removed to artifact collection, and Holocaust material removed to Holocaust collection.

Arrangement: All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note A native Atlantan, Betty Ann Romm Jacobson was a graduate of Girls High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of ILlionis. She and her husband Harvey had three children together; Susan, Nancy, and Joe. Mrs. Jacobson began her career of volunteer servise at 17 when she was co-chairman of the youth division of the Federation campaign. She served as chairman of the Women’s Division Campaign, president of the Women’s Council and in many other capacities before becoming the first woman president of the Atlanta Jewish Federation. Additionally, Mrs. Jacobson served on the boards of the Jewish Family Service, Jewish Vocational Service, the Jewish Home, Brandeis University Women, Historic Oakland Cemetery, the Atlanta Symphony, the Technion, the United Way Service Council for Day Care, The Temple, Birney School PTA, Council of Jewish Federations, United Jewish Appeal, and Hillel. Further, she was a member of the court appointed bi-racial committee for the desegregation of the Atlanta Public Schools.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family Papers will gain insight into the role of Jewish women in the southern United States. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1949, 1950
2 Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund 1950
3 Atlanta Manufacturers & Distributors Association – program 1939
4 The Bachelors’ Club – menu 1916
5 Correspondence 1911
6 Family histories of the Hyman Mendel, Shmuel Yankel Goldstein and Henry Koplin families Undated
7 Girl’s High School 1944
8 H. Mendel and Company – 75th anniversary booklet 1966
9 Invitations 1921
10 Jewish Progressive Club- dance programs 1914-1915
11 Jacobs, Joseph B. 1964, Undated
12 Miscellany 1952-1976
13 National Council of Jewish Women, Atlanta section 1951
14 Newspaper clippings 1930-1986
15 Romm, Rosa Lee Mendel – high school graduation records book from Girl’s High School 1914
16 The Standard Club – invitation 1950-1976
17 Weinstein, Isadore M. 1902


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