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Date Span:  1949-1957

Creator:  Durward Gerson Family

Summary/Abstract:  Durward (Dutch) Gerson (1919-1979) was an Atlanta resident who was active in a variety of Jewish and general communal organizations.  The collection consists primarily of local and district records of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and records of Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter previously known as Mizrachi Women’s Organization Atlanta Chapter.  The records from B’nai B’rith reflect upon Durward Gerson’s association with that organization.  The Amit Women records represent Mildred Gerson’s participation as a volunteer and active member of Mizrachi.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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-100, Durward Gerson 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 (March, 2001)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Durward (Dutch) Gerson (1919-1979) was an Atlanta resident who was active in a variety of Jewish and general communal organizations.  Durward, remembered as Dutch to all who knew him, was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the Braves 400 Club, Fulton Lodge No. 216 of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Yaarab Shrine Temple.  His most passionate association, however, was reserved for B’nai B’rith.  Throughout much of the 1950s he worked as the assistant Atlanta regional director of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and was later an advisor to AZA Chapter 134. In the 1960s, Dutch served as secretary and then president of the Atlanta Lodge of B’nai B’rith.  His participation with B’nai B’rith led to the establishment of the “Dutch and Mildred Gerson Adviser Award.”

Scope and Content:  The social historian interested in Jewish youth activities in the 1950s will find this collection of special interest. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter (Mizrachi Women’s Organization Atlanta Chapter)-correspondence 1950-1953
2 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-correspondence 1954-1957
3 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-bank statements 1949-1956
4 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-cancelled checks 1949-1953
5 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-dues 1956-1957
6 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-financial statement and budget 1951-1952
7 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-receipts 1949-1953
8 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-financial records-receipts 1949-1957
9 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-general records 1950-1957
10 Amit Women-Atlanta Chapter-rosters 1955
2 1 Anti-Defamation League of  B’nai B’rith 1965-1966
2 Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education 1953-1956
3 Atlanta Girls Club Undated
4 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1952-1955
5 Atlanta Jewish Community Council 1954
6 Beth Jacob Congregation 1956
7 B’nai B’rith-Atlanta Lodge 1965
8 B’nai B’rith-District Lodge No. 5 1965
9 B’nai B’rith-Gate City Lodge 1965
10 B’nai B’rith Women-Atlanta Chapter 1966
11 B’nai B’rith Youth Committee of Savannah, Georgia Undated
12 B’nai B’rith Youth Committee of Savannah, Georgia (local, national) 1953-1956
13 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-Atlanta BBYO Council (local) 1953-1956
14 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-B.B.Y.O University 1954
15 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-B.B.Y.O University (local) 1950-1953
16 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-conventions (local, district, national) 1950-1953
3 1 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-conventions (local, district, national) 1954-1955
2 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-conventions (local, district, national) 1956, Undated
3 B’nai B’rith Youth Organizaiton-constitutions and by-laws (local, district) Undated
4 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-correspondence (local, district, national) 1950-1965
5 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-general records (district) 1949-1965
6 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-general records (local) 1952-1965
7 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-Grand Aleph Godol 1953-1954
4 1 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-L.J. Levitas All Around Chapter Award Undated
2 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-membership applications (local) Undated
3 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-newsletters (local, district, national) 1951-1955
4 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-publications (national) 1950-1953
5 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-publications (national) 1954-1955
6 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-publications-“The Shofar” (national) 1949-1955
7 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-rosters (local, district) 1952-1955
8 B’nai B’rith Youth Organization-songsheets Undated
9 Calendar 1954
10 Calendar 1955
11 Community Chest campaign-residential division 1950-1954
12 Fulton Lodge No. 216 Free & Accepted Masons 1950-1954
13 Georgia Association of B’nai B’rith Lodges Undated
14 Jaycee-Journal-Constitution-Empty Stocking Fund 1955
15 Newspaper clippings 1954-1965
16 Southeastern Association Jewish Single Adults 1956
17 Southern Tailors-work orders and letterhead Ca. 1949
18 Zionist Organization of America-Atlanta Zionist District Undated

 

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