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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1930 - 1977

Creator:  Robert M. Travis

Summary/Abstract:  Robert (Bob) M. Travis was an ardent Zionist and one of the first to recognize, as early as 1939, that the Jewish people would be facing a holocaust if Europe’s Jews were not allowed to immigrate to Palestine.  Robert Travis served as president of the Zionist District in Atlanta from 1937-1939.  He later served as president of the Southeastern Zionist Region.  In 1941, in association with Julian Boehm he was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta branch of the American Christian Palestine Committee.  He is also credited with being a founder of Camp Judaea in Henderson, North Carolina. The collection consists of correspondence, a scrapbook from Bertha Travis’ years as Hadassah president, programs, invitations, and tributes to both Robert and Bertha Travis.

Quantity/Physical Description:   .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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 108, the Robert M. Travis Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.   

Separated Material:  Two Issues of “Together” – publication of the Atlanta Jewish Community Cuncil. Vol. 1 No. 1 October, 1953; Vol. 1 No. 3 February, 1954.  Removed to Newspaper and Magazine collection. 

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Robert (Bob) M. Travis was an ardent Zionist and one of the first to recognize, as early as 1939, that the Jewish people would be facing a holocaust if Europe’s Jews were not allowed to immigrate to Palestine.  Robert Travis served as president of the Zionist District in Atlanta from 1937-1939.  He later served as president of the Southeastern Zionist Region.  In 1941, in association with Julian Boehm he was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta branch of the American Christian Palestine Committee.  He is also credited with being a founder of Camp Judaea in Henderson, North Carolina. Bert Travis, was involved Hadassah for over four decades.  She received the Atlanta Chapter of Hadassah’s highest honor, the Myrtle Wreth Award for her dedication to the cause of Zionism.  Her service in Hadassah ranged from sending penny postcard meeting notices to serving as Atlanta Chapter president Southeastern Region president and a member of Hadassah’s national board.  She was instrumental in organizing Hadassah chapters in Augusta, Rome, and Tampa, FL.  Mrs. Travis initiated Atlanta’s Business and Professional Group of Hadassah, she also organized a Young Judaea Leaders’ Council and served as its advisor.  As an active Zionist, she attended the World Zionist Congress in Geneva in 1939.    A native of Russia, Mrs. Travis was a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim and its Sisterhood, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the National Council of Jewish Women and Brandeis University Women.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Robert M. Travis Papers will gain insight into the Zionist movement in Atlanta, Georgia. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund 1936
2 Correspondence 1947 - 1962
3 Scrapbook 1935 - 1939
4 Hadassah 1935 - 1939
5 Invitation and programs 1939 - 1959
6 Membership card Undated
7 Newsletters – various organizations 1937 - 1977
8 Newspaper clippings 1930 – 1970
9 Speeches by Robert and Bertha Travis 1939 – 1974
10 The Southern Isralite – Special Editions 1950 – 1952
11 Szold, Henrietta Undated
12 Testimonial dinner to Robert and Bertha Travis (Scrapbook) 1955
13 Testimonial dinner to Robert and Bertha Travis (scrapbook) 1955
14 Testimonial dinner to Robert and Bertha Travis (Scrapbook- photocopy) 1955
15 Tribute to Bertha Travis by Reva Epstein 1977

 

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