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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span: 1876-1997

Creator:  Thomas Joseph Asher Family Papers

Summary/Abstract:  A native Atlantan, Thomas Asher is a prominent businessman and community leader. The collection consists of records from the Elsas family reunion held in Atlanta in 1993; record books belonging to Oscar Elsas, President of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills following the retirement of his father Jacob in 1913; material relating to the works of playwright Alfred Uhry, a boyhood friend of Tom Asher; and newsletters from Rich's, the store at which Joseph Asher was employed.

Quantity/Physical Description: .6 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 149, Thomas Joseph Asher 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:  Thomas Asher was born in 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Helen Elsas Asher and Joseph Fried Asher. His great-grandfather was Jacob Elsas, the founder of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills.  At one time the mill was the largest employer in Atlanta.  His grandfather, Oscar Elsas became president of the mill in 1913 when Jacob announced his retirement.  Thomas Asher graduated from CornellUniversity in 1958.  He was in the investment business for over 46 years and retired as senior advisor at Smith Barney in 1999.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Thomas Joseph Asher Family Papers will gain insight into a prominent Jewish family 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 Asher, Helen Elsas 1923-1927
  2 Commerce Club – history Undated
  3 Elsas, Emma Ehrlich – passport and article 1935, Undated
  4 Elsas, Jacob 1876-1932
  5 Elsas, Jacob – family reunion 1992-1993
  6 Asher, Joseph Undated
  7 Elsas, Dr. Louis 1981
  8 Elsas, Oscar – correspondence 1916-1924
  9 Elsas, William Undated
  10 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – calcuations, costs, tests (property of Oscar Elsas – mill president) 1896-1910
  11 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – cipher code book for Salesmen (property of Oscar Elsas – mill president) 1902-1925
  12 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – comparative tests (property of Oscar Elsas – mill president) 1891
  13 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – directory of contacts (property of Oscar Elsas – mill president) Undated
  14 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – employment applications 1920-1924
  15 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – general file 1880-1968
  16 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills – property tests and directions (property of Oscar Elsas – mill president) Undated
  17 Highland Avenue Elementary – newsletters 1947-1948
       
2 1 Lukovich, Mike – original political cartoon Undated
  2 National Council of Jewish Women – Atlanta section 1950
  3 Rich’s Inc. – “Rich Bits” newsletter 1937-1938
  4 The Temple 1905-1988
  5 Alfred Uhry – playbills and theater tickets 1956-1997
  6 Writings 1968

 

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