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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1878-1988

Creator:  Leo M. Frank

 

Summary/Abstract:  Leo M. Frank was arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder of Mary Phagan, a thirteen year old factory worker in 1913.  Two years later, his sentence was commuted from death to life in prison by Governor John M. Slaton, who after reviewing the records, felt that he could not sentence Frank to death based on the evidence.  Following the commutation of the sentence, Frank was kidnapped and lynched by vigilantes from Marietta, the hometown of Mary Phagan. The papers consist of correspondence, autograph book, certificates, and newspaper articles relating to Leo M. Frank and various other family members.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 91, Leo M. Frank Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Leo M. Frank was arrested, tried, and convicted for the murder of Mary Phagan, a thirteen year old factory worker in 1913.  Two years later, his sentence was commuted from death to life in prison by Governor John M. Slaton, who after reviewing the records, felt that he could not sentence Frank to death based on the evidence.  Following the commutation of the sentence, Frank was kidnapped and lynched by vigilantes from Marietta, the hometown of Mary Phagan.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Leo M. Frank Papers will gain insight into one of the most infamous cases of anti-Semitism in American history. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Cemetery information

Undated

 

2

Cornell University

1902-1906

 

3

Correspondence

1909-1982

 

4

Fact sheet related to Frank case

1983

 

5

Frank, Moses – Last Will and Testament

1923

 

6

Frank, Rachel – autograph book

1878-1981

 

7

Frank, Rachel – poem and letter of condolence

1882-1925

 

8

Frank, Rudolph – certificates

1878-1882

 

9

Newspaper articles

1982-1988

 

10

Smithline, Jeffrey – writing related to Governor John Marshall Slaten and Leo M. Frank

Undated

 

11

Wedding – Leo and Lucille Selig Frank

1910

 

 

 

 

2

1

Photograph album

c. 1880-1910

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