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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1915-1997

Creator:  M. William Breman Famil

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

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 American Jewish Committee 1981
  2 Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith 1966-1984
  3 Asheville High School – graduation program 1925
  4 Atlanta Jewish Federation 1952-1955
  5 Biography Ca. 1960
  6 Birmingham Linen Supply Company 1924
  7 Birthdays – 80th and 90th 1988, 1998
  8 Birth certificate 1908, 1952
  9 B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, Man of the year 1965-1966
  10 Breman Steel - General 1936-1979
  11 Breman Steel – Ledger 1933
  12 Breman Steel – Ledger 1967
  13 Breman Steel – Ledger 1967
       
2 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1936-1937
       
3 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1940-1941
       
4 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1940-1942
       
5 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1940-1942
       
6 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1944-1945
       
7 1 Breman Steel – Ledger 1967
  2 Breman Steel – Payroll 1939-1940
  3 Breman Steel – Payroll 1939-1940
  4 Breman Steel – Payroll 1940
       
8 1 Cause and Cure of War Conference – report submitted by Sylvia Breman 1938
  2 Certificates 1955-1982
  3 Correspondence 1991
  4 David Academy – Dinner of Honor 1994
  5 Family history and genealogy Undated
  6 Frank, Leo case – newspaper clippings 1915-1982
  7 King, Martin Luther, Jr. – letter to Mr. M. William Breman March 15, 1965
  8 Louis Breman Memorial Award Fund of the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1952-1971
  9 Magazine articles and miscellaneous newspaper clippings 1938-1982
  10 Northside Hospital Association 1965-1995
  11 Report card 1928
  12 Rothschild, Jacob M. 1966
  13 Speeches 1955-2001
  14 The Temple (Hebrew Benevolent Congregation 1916-1990
  15 UNC Chapel Hill – Newspaper 1923
  16 United Jewish Appeal 1963
  17 William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 1995-1997
  18 William Breman Jewish Home 1966-1991

   

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