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Date Span:  1892-1988

Creator:  Abrom Lewis Feldman Family
 

Summary/Abstract:  An immigrant from Lithuania, Abrom Lewis (A.L.) Feldman became a prominent businessman and active member of the Jewish community in Atlanta. His papers consist primarily of correspondence and records from the various organizations in which A.L. participated.

Quantity/Physical Description: .8 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 32, Abrom Lewis Feldman Family Papers, 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

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (January, 1992)

Arrangement:  The Abrom Lewis Feldman Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Biographical/Historical Note:  Abrom Lewis (A.L.) Feldman (1896-1988) was born in Hartwell, Georgia the son of Morris Bernard Feldman and Minnie Schobelstok.  Originally from the shetel of Yonave, providence of Kovna in Lithuania, Morris Feldman headed straight for Hartwell on his arrival in America.  Hearing that business opportunities were plentiful in Hartwell, he began to earn money as a peddler soon after settling in his new home.  As soon as enough funds were saved, Morris sent for Minnie Schobelstok, his childhood sweetheart.  They were married in 1892.  In addition to A.L., five other children were born to Morris and Minnie.  Shortly before A.L.’s 6th birthday, the family moved to Atlanta.  A.L. and his siblings went to the Ivy Street School, built in 1872, as Atlanta’s first public school. The death of Morris Feldman in 1910 prompted A.L. to hire on as an office boy at Rich’s.  He was later promoted to stock boy, and then worked as a salesman in the leather goods and toy combined departments.  After leaving Rich’s, A.L. worked for The Atlanta Journal while attending Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce.  This school later became Georgia State University.  A.L. left the Journal in 1916, and began working as a city salesman for the Selig Chemical Co. In 1920, at the age of 24, A.L. established his own business, the Puritan Chemical Co.  In 1973, he sold the business for seven million dollars. Through the years A.L. Feldman’s primary interest outside of his family and business was in field of education.  As the first Chairman of the Education Committee of the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce, he produced a widely distributed film on education and also founded the Teacher of the Year Program, now known as the Star Program.  He was also the first Chairman of the Governor’s Conference on Education and was Cochairman of the National Council for Better Schools.  He remained an active alumnus of Georgia State University and a bronze bust of A.L. is housed in the University’s Urban Life Center.  Also active in the Jewish community, A.L. Feldman was a past chairman of the Federation of Jewish Social Service, now the Atlanta Jewish Federation; the Jewish Community Center; and was a past president and “man of the year” of the Gate City Lodge of B’nai B’rith.

Scope and Content:  The Abrom Lewis Feldman Family Papers are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder. The papers consist primarily of correspondence and records from the various organizations in which A.L. participated. Of special interest are A.L.’s autobiographical accounts in which he wrote about what life was like living in Atlanta in the early part of the 20th century. Also of special interest is the journal written by A.L. on a trip to the Soviet Union in 1933.   

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Abram, Morris 1982
2 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1956
3 Autobiographical accounts 1968, 1977
4 Biographical sketch 1976
5 B’nai B’rith-Gate City Lodge 1934-1982
6 Certificates 1915-1972
7 Correspondence 1920-1986
8 Death notices 1988
9 Don’t Worry Club 1916-1951
10 Edison Bros. Stores, Inc 1985
11 Education-general 1954-1959
12 Education-general 1960-1976
13 Education-“Teacher of the Year” 1955-1957
14 Education-Student Teacher achievement Recognition (STAR) 1970-1977
15 Education-Student Teacher achievement Recognition (STAR) 1970-1977
16 Fisher, Carlyn Feldman 1954-1983
17 Frey, Adam and William 1964-1985
2 1 Genealogical information – The Saul Family 1951, 1985
2 Georgia Science and Technology Commission 1971
3 Georgia State University 1958-1985
4 Hartwell Recreation Center 1959
5 Heart Fund Drive 1952
6 Invitations 1920-1983
7 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, applications Ca. 1920
8 Legal documents (copies) 1892-1951
9 Mayfair Club 1930
10 Miscellaneous 1951-1974
11 Newspaper clippings 1914-1980
12 Puritan Chemical Company 1943-1972
13 Rotary in Atlanta-Club 1974-1978
14 Social security documentation 1966-1969
15 Speeches 1956-1963
16 Trip to the Soviet Union 1933
17 Writings by A.L. Feldman 1963-1977
18 Writings by various persons 1902-1985

 


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