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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1915-1997

Creator:  M. William Breman Family

Summary/Abstract:  M. William Breman was a respected Jewish and general community leader who gave both time and financial support to various concerns, causes, and organizations.  Both the William Breman Jewish Home and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum are named for him. The papers include records from the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, Atlanta Jewish Federation, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, the William Breman Jewish, Home, The Temple and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.  Of special interest is a collection of newspaper articles on the Leo Frank Case, 1915-1982.

Quantity/Physical Description: 4.4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 39, M. William Breman 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 collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, published material removed to magazine/newspaper collection, and plaque removed to plaque collection.

Processed By: Sandy Berman; additions processed by Victoria H. Schaeffner, 2018; Hannah Helmey, 2018.

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Bill Breman was born on March 13, 1908, in Philadelphia. When he was five years old, the family moved to Atlanta, where they remained until Bill was 15, at which time they moved to Asheville, North Carolina. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1929. Bill returned to Atlanta and married Sylvia Goldstein of Rochester, New York, in 1934. The couple had two children, Carol Breman Nemo and James Breman, and seven grandchildren. Bill retired from his business, Breman Steel Company, in 1979. Following his first wife's long illness and death in 1993, Bill married Elinor Angel Rosenberg. Elinor has been an ardent supporter and an active participant in the development and progress of the Museum from its beginnings. In honor of Bill's 90th birthday, Elinor made a gift of a Steinway piano to the Museum, ensuring that music would be incorporated into the Museum's programming. Bill received numerous humanitarian and human relations awards for the extensive community service work that he did, including the Distinguished Service Award of the Gate City Lodge of B'nai B'rith (1965); the American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award (1981) and the Abe Goldstein Humanitarian Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1984). He served as president of The Temple and The Jewish Home, now called The William Breman Jewish Home. Bill was a life member of the following boards: American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Temple, The William Breman Jewish Home and The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. In 2000, he was honored by the Federation with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The Bremans endowed The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, the religious school of The Temple, the Sylvia Breman Library at The Davis Academy, The William Breman Jewish Home, and the Sylvia Breman Auditorium at The Selig Center. Before his death on December 13, 2000, three months to the day shy of his 93rd birthday, Bill and Elinor attended nearly every museum event and valued time with their combined families – 5 children, 13 grand-children and 3 great-grandchildren.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the papers of M. William Breman will gain insight into Jewish industrialists and philanthropists in the South. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

 

 

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Address Book

c. 1994

 

2

American Jewish Committee

1981

 

3

Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith

1966-1984

 

4

Asheville High School – graduation program

1925

 

5

Atlanta Jewish Federation

1952-1955

 

6

Bill’s 90th Birthday

1998

 

7

Bill’s 90th Birthday

1998

 

8

Birthday 80th, 90th 

1988,1998

 

9

Biography

Circa 1960

 

10

Birmingham Linen Supply Company

1924

 

11

Birthday 80th, 90th

1988, 1998

 

12

B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, Man of the year

1965-1966

 

13

Breman Birthday list

1997

 

14

Breman Heritage Museum Opening

1996

 

15

Breman Museum

1981-2001

 

16

The Breman Museum

1996-1999

 

17

Breman Museum Correspondence

1996-2000

 

18

Breman Museum Misc.

1997-2013

 

19

Breman Museum Newsletter

2005, 2010

 

 

 

 

2

1

Breman Steel Company

1936-1979

 

2

Breman Steel Company

1979-1980

 

3

Breman Steel – Ledger

1933

 

4

Breman Steel – Ledger

1967

 

5

Breman Steel – Ledger

1967

 

6

Breman Steel – Ledger

1967

 

 

 

 

3

1

Breman Steel – Ledger

1936-1937

 

 

 

 

4

1

Breman Steel – Ledger

1940-1941

 

 

 

 

5

1

Breman Steel – Ledger

1940-1942

 

 

 

 

6

1

Breman Steel – Ledger

1940-1942

 

 

 

 

7

1

Breman Steel – Ledger

1944-1945

 

 

 

 

8

1

Breman Steel – Payroll

1939-1940

 

2

Breman Steel – Payroll

1939-1940

 

3

Breman Steel – Payroll

1940

 

4

Breman Steel – Sales/swap of realty

Aug. 1979

 

5

Breman Steel – Sales/swap of realty

Aug. 1979

 

6

Breman Steel – Stock sales

Aug. 1979

 

7

Breman Steel – Stock sales

Aug. 1979

 

 

 

 

9

1

Breman Steel – Stock sales

Aug. 1979

 

2

Cause and Cure of War Conference – report submitted by Sylvia Breman

1938

 

3

Certificates

1955-1998

 

4

Correspondence

1942-1993

 

5

Correspondence – Ben Graham to Joseph Breman

1926-1929

 

6

Correspondence – Ben Graham to Joseph Breman

1930-1949

 

7

Correspondence – Ben Graham to Joseph Breman

1942

 

8

Correspondence – Ben Graham to Joseph Breman

1946-1960

 

9

Cultural Music Series

1997-2002

 

10

Davis Academy

1993-1999

 

11

Davis Academy Dinner of Honor

1994

 

12

Davis Academy Dinner of Honor

1994

 

 

 

 

10

1

Davis Academy Dinner of Honor

1995

 

2

Davis Academy Dinner of Honor

1997

 

3

Elenore Breman Honors

2008-2010

 

4

Family history and genealogy

Undated

 

5

Father’s Day

1988

 

6

Frank, Leo case – newspaper clippings

1915-1982

 

7

The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

2004

 

8

In Our Parent’s Home: A Fifty-Year Retrospective

2001

 

9

Jane Leavey

2012

 

10

Jewish Federation Documents

1994-1995

 

11

King, Martin Luther, Jr. – letter to Mr. M. William Breman

March 15, 1965

 

12

Last Will and Testament [restricted]

1994

 

13

Last Will and Testament [restricted]

1994

 

14

Last Will and Testament [restricted]

1994

 

 

 

 

11

1

Last Will and Testament [restricted]

1994

 

2

Louis Breman Memorial Award Fund of the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education

1952-1971

 

3

Magazine articles and miscellaneous newspaper clippings

1938-1982

 

4

Magazines

N.D.

 

5

Memoir book – Elinor Breman

c. 2014

 

6

Miscellaneous

N.D.

 

7

Mr. Malcom Toon

1981

 

8

Museum Documents

2002-2004

 

9

Northside Hospital Association

1965-1995

 

10

News Articles

N.D.

 

11

Publicity

N.D.

 

12

Report card

1928

 

13

Rothschild, Jacob M.

1966

 

14

Speeches

1955-2001

 

15

Tax Condolences

1971

 

16

The Temple (Hebrew Benevolent Congregation)

1916-1990

 

 

 

 

12

1

UNC Chapel Hill – Newspaper

1923

 

2

United Jewish Appeal

1963

 

3

William Breman Eulogy

2000

 

4

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum

1995-1997

 

5

William Breman Jewish Home

1966-1991

 

6

William Breman Jewish Home News

2001

 

7

Zap! Pow! Boom! Program

2004

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