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Date Span: 1839-1946

Creator:  David Mayer Family

Summary/Abstract:  David Mayer was born in Bavaria in 1815.  He immigrated to the United States in 1839, settling first in Tennessee and then in Washington, Georgia.  Eight years later he moved to Atlanta where he remained until his death in 1890. David Mayer was a businessman, confederate veteran, free mason, and one of the founders of the Atlanta public schools. The collection consists of letters from notables such as Joseph E. Brown, elected as Georgia's governor four times, and from Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy.  Also contained are personal letters written by David Mayer and his children.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 145, David Mayer Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement:  The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  David Mayer was born in Bechteim, Germany, December 6, 1815. In 1839, in a flush of vigor and young manhood, he left the Fatherland, and came to America, locating first in Tennessee, where he remained for four years. In 1843 he moved to Washington, Ga., where he practiced his profession – dentistry. In 1850 he removed to Atlanta, Ga. and embarked in mercantile pursuits. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and devoted his time to education and benevolence after the war. He was an early advocate to establish public schools in Atlanta, and was a member of the board of education as vice-president and treasurer. He was also a master Mason and exalted as a Royal Arch Mason. He served as the High Priest and master of his lodge. Mr. Mayer was also active in the Jewish community. He was vice-president of the Hebrew Congregation and treasurer of the Atlanta Benevolent Home.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the David Mayer Family Papers will gain insight into early Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
 
1 1 William A. Bass Junior High School – David Mayer Library 1926
  2 Correspondence – Brown, Joseph E. to Mayer, David 1865-1886
  3 Correspondence – Mayer, David to family 1839-1888
  4 Correspondence – Mayer, Morris to parents 1864-1867
  5 Correspondence – Moses, Isaac I. to Mayer, David 1867
  6 Correspondence – Stephens, Alexander H. to Solomon and David Mayer 1866, Undated
  7 Invitation 1880
  8 Johnstown, Pennsylvania – flood 1889
  9 Mayer, Eliza A. – Memoriam from the Grandmother’s Club 1902
  10 Obituary and memoriams 1890
  11 Obituaries and memoriams – various individuals including Leonard, Lewis and Joan Arnheim 1902, Undated
  12 Salm, Gunzberg, Levetah families – memorabilia 1877-1946
  13 Scrapbook 1905-1931
  14 Scrapbook – loose pages and miscellaneous clippings 1863, Undated
  15 Stephens, Alexander H. – newspaper articles 1931, Undated

 

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