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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span: 1878-1982

Creator:  Rabbi Edmund A. Landau Family

Summary/Abstract:  Rabbi Landau was a contemporary of Rabbi David Marx of The Temple in Atlanta, and both were schooled in the teachings of Classical Reform Judaism. Confirmation of these teachings is evident in the writings and addresses of Dr. Landau found within this collection. Throughout Rabbi Landau's tenure at Temple B'nai Israel he served as a respected leader within the Jewish and general communities of Albany. The papers consist of correspondence, record books of birth, marriages and funerals at which Dr. Landau officiated, addresses, scrapbooks and writings.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.6 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 90, Rabbi Edmund A. Landau 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.

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (December, 1999)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Rabbi Edmund A. Landau (1875-1945) was born in Hamilton, Ontario, the son of Wolf and Emma (Alderman) Landau. The family moved from Canada to the United States in 1876. Edmund attended the University of Cincinnati and in 1892 entered Hebrew Union College where he studied for the rabbinate.

In 1898 he accepted his first pulpit at Temple B'nai Israel (Albany Hebrew Congregation) in Albany, Georgia. Several years later in 1905, he agreed to also act as the rabbi at Temple Bethel in neighboring Bainbridge, Georgia. He remained the spiritual leader of both congregations throughout his career. As rabbi of the Albany Hebrew Congregation, Dr. Landau immersed himself in local causes and organizations.. From 1923-1924 he was president of the Nochaway Council, the first rural area council of Boy Scouts of America. He was also actively involved in the Albany Cooperative Concert Association, the Little Theatre, the Kiwanis and the Clinic for Underprivileged Children. In 1904 he married Rose (Heller) Geiger, the daughter of Louis and Mollie (Grass) Geiger. 

Scope and Content:  The social historian interested in Jewish life in the rural South will also find this collection of special interest. The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Albany Kiwanis Club 1929-1970
2 Autograph book of Mollie Geiger 1878-1879
3 Book- "Pure Words " A Collection of Special Prayers by Rev. Isaac P. Mendes Undated
4 Boy Scouts of America 1941
5 Mickva Israel, Savannah, Georgia 1884
6 Community Concert Association-Albany, Georgia 1939-1963
7 Correspondence-letter copy book 1911-1929
8 Correspondence-various correspondents 1901-1963
9 Elks Association-Atlanta and Bainbridge Lodges 1909-1929
10 Eulogies 1898-1922
11 Georgia-Florida-Alabama Federation of Temple Sisterhoods 1939
12 Gift record book-wedding of Rose Heller Geiger and Edmund A. Landau andother occasions 1904
13 Hagaddah 1896
14 Hebrew Union College 1892-1898
15 Landau, Edmund A. Jr. 1915-1946
16 Ledger of vocabulary 1900-1915
2 1 Memorial book-Mollie Geiger 1904
2 Memorial book- Rabbi Wolf Landau 1903
3 Memorial resolutions and obituaries (includes resolution on the death of Samuel Brown, Mayor of Albany) 1898-1944
4 Miscellaneous items including a Purim ball dance card 1892-1942
5 Newspaper clippings 1915-1982
6 Occasional addresses 1921-1926; 1932-1933
7 Occasional addresses 1934-1943
8 Programs 1932-1939
9 Record books-burials, funerals, weddings 1898-1944
10 Scrapbook 1892-1911
3 1 Scrapbook (photocopy) 1892-1911
2 Scrapbook 1931-1933
3 Scrapbook (photocopy) 1931-1933
4 Scrapbook 1939-1941
5 Scrapbook (photocopy) 1939-1941
6 Scrapbook-funeral clippings 1898-1933
7 Scrapbook-funeral clippings (photocopy) 1898-1933
8 Scrapbook-funeral clippings (includes photocopies of loose clippings) 1934-1943
4 1 Scrapbook-funeral clippings (photocopy) 1934-1943
2 Scrapbook-radio addresses 1922-1934
3 Scrapbook-trip to Estes Park 1924-1925
4 Scrapbook-trip to Estes Park (photocopy) 1924-1925
5 Scrapbook-wedding clippings 1898-1937
6 Scrapbook-wedding clippings (photocopy) 1898-1937
7 Scrapbook-wedding clippings (photocopy) 1911-1942
8 Sermons Undated
9 Temple Beth El-Bainbridge, Georgia-confirmation program 1923
10 Temple B'nai Israel-Albany, Georgia-women's class-minutes 1940
11 The Union of American Hebrew Congregations 1933-1934
12 Writings Undated


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