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Date Span:  1912-1922

Creator:  Joseph B. Jacobs

Summary/Abstract:  Joseph Benjamin Jacobs (1887 – 1965) was born and educated in Atlanta, GA. He became a prominent businessman in the linen industry. The collection contains personal banking transactions, congratulation letters on the marriage of Joseph to Rose, general correspondence between the three brothers, most written to Joseph from Edward, legal proceedings to settle business difference and travel journals relating to Jacob family road trips to Florida.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.25 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 165, Joseph B. Jacobs 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:  Demece Harvey (December, 2007)

Arrangement:  The papers are arranged in chronological order.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Joseph Benjamin Jacobs (1887 – 1965) was born and educated in Atlanta, GA.  On April 1, 1919, Isadore. M. (I.M.) Weinstein and a partner, Herman Gross, formed the Atlanta Linen Supply Company, with total start-up capital of $1,700. Gross sold out to his partner in 1920, but Weinstein quickly secured two new partners, Abraham J. Weinberg, and Joseph B. Jacobs.  Mr. Jacobs purchased a substantial interest in the Southern Linen Service in 1922, forming the superbly successful trio of Messrs. Weinstein, Weinberg and Jacobs.  The trio’s wise counsel, keen business judgment and executive ability were powerful factors in the company’s growth.  In 1922 Jacobs opened the company's first branch in Birmingham, Alabama.  In 1928 the National Linen Service Corporation was formed, opening sixteen new plants in 16 progressive cities. The collection contains a brief history of the business relations between three brothers, Hyman, Edward and Joseph Benjamin Jacobs.  The brothers operated several business ventures under the corporation name of Joseph Thompson Company in Georgia, and Joseph Thompson Liquot Company in Alabama (beer – wholesale whiskies, candy, silk, and nails and tacks).  The brothers had many business disagreements and misunderstandings about the amount of interest owned by each.  They eventually went to court to settle their business differences and the court issued a settlement in favor of Joseph; Hyman and Edward had to repay his note(s).

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Joseph B. Jacobs Papers will gain insight into Jewish businessmen in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 20th century. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Bank checks and receipts 1914 – 1922
2 Marriage congratulation telegraphs 1913
3 Correspondence 1913 – 1917
4 Legal proceedings 1916
5 Travel journals Undated


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