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Date Span:  1924 - 1972

Creator:  Nathan Cohen Family

Summary/Abstract:  Nathan Cohen emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1913 and moved to South Georgia working as a peddler.  In 1924 he opened Cohen’s of Alma.  He retired in 1957 and assumed numerous civic responsibilities throughout the community.  He was elected Mayor of Alma in 1961 and later named Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club and Board of Trade. The papers include records from Cohen’s of Alma Department Store and correspondence relating to the election of Nathan Cohen as Mayor of Alma, Georgia, 1961.

Quantity/Physical Description:  .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository: 
Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street, Atlanta, GA  30309, 678.222.3700

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 102, 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:  Cohen’s of Alma Department Store began in a special wagon drawn by a large Belgium horse in 1920.  Mr. Cohen peddled a wagon full of merchandise such as shoes, sewing materials and notions.  In 1924, he purchased his first store.  Located in the heart of downtown Alma, Georgia, Cohen's of Alma is a family department store dedicated to serving the needs of its loyal patrons. “No matter what, you can always count on Cohen's to deliver quality products and service with a smile.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the peddler and clothing industry can gain insight into the Jewish merchant business in Georgia.  The collection is organized in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 Calendar from Sig Lorig 1962
2 Cohen’s of Alma advertisements 1924 - 1972
3 Cohen’s of Alma financial ledger 1951 - 1957
4 Correspondence 1961 – 1972
5 Financial Paper 1927 - 1934
6 Financial Papers – income tax return 1931 – 1941
7 Financial Papers miscellaneous 1953 - 1956
8 Legal Judgment 1930
9 Miscellany ration card, ticket 1943 - 1962
10 Stock Certificates 1926 – undated

 


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