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Date Span:  1880-2002

Creator:  Myron Lobman Family

Summary/Abstract:  A native of Alabama, Myron Lobman was a prominent businessman in Montgomery. The papers consist primarily of business records from Stein-Lobman Dry Goods Company.  Papers relating to the activities of the Lobman family of Montgomery are also included in the collection.  The letter copy books from 1891-1903, contain the pertinent correspondence of the principals of Steiner-Lobman relating to the transactions of the company. The records also contain the customer names of the hundreds of small town stores in Georgia and Alabama who purchased goods from Steiner-Lobman.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 207, Myron Lobman Family 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:  Sandra Berman (March, 2011)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Myron Lobman was born in Pine Apple, Alabama, in 1890, the son of Nathan and Carrie Pollack Lobman.  In 1871, Nathan Lobman, along with Louis Steiner, founded the firm of Steiner and Lobman in Pine Apple selling goods to small merchants in the area.  By 1891, the growth of the company necessitated a move from Pine Apple to the larger city of Montgomery.  Myron Lobman and his older brother Walter joined the firm in the early 1900s. Myron was a graduate of the Starke School, in Montgomery, the University of Alabama and Harvard University.  During World War I, Myron served overseas in the United States Infantry. Following his service he returned to work at what was now called Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods. In 1920 Myron married Alma Ray Hertz, who was born in Montgomery in 1891. Alma participated in numerous Montgomery civic and Jewish organizations.  Alma was especially active in Hadassah and the Montgomery Section of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Reading for the Blind Committee.  Prior to America’s involvement in World War II, Alma and her husband also signed affidavits of support for four unrelated individuals in Germany, which enabled them to immigrate to the United States. During World War II, Myron Lobman served as chairman for the United Service Organization (USO) – Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in Montgomery.  He was also active in a wide range of both Jewish and general community services in Montgomery and in 1965, he and his wife were honored by Israel Bonds. Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods was a Montgomery institution from 1891 until it was sold to an investment group in 1969.  The business closed several years later.  In 1896, in addition to the company’s wholesale business, the firm began the manufacturing of the Polly brand of work clothes.  The Steiner-Lobman building on Commerce Street is still standing and is a landmark in downtown Montgomery.

Scope and Content:  Historians interested in the impact of the yield of the yearly cotton crop on the economy of the south will find these books of special interest. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Boy Scouts of America – Century Club 1968
2 Correspondence 1922-1969
3 Correspondence – miscellaneous family members 1921-1947
4 Hadassah – Montgomery Chapter 1963-1971
5 Hart, Carol Lobman 1939-1945
6 Jubilee – Birmingham, Alabama – invitation 1950
7 Lobman, Alma 1921-1969
8 Lobman, Carrie Undated
9 Marriage – Lobman, Carol to Hart, Van Eaton 1947
10 Lobman, Walter 1946
11 Military service 1918-1919
12 Miscellaney 1887-1961
13 Montgomery Public Library 1965-1970
14 National Council of Jewish Women – Montgomery Section 1957-1973
15 National Council of Jewish Women – Montgomery Section – Committee, Recording for the Blind 1955-1972
16 Newspaper articles 1908-1967
17 Partlow State School and Hospital – Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1964-1970
18 State of Israel Bonds 1965
19 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – anniversary – fiftieth 1921
20 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – anniversary – seventy-fifth 1946
21 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – anniversaries, advertisements and price lists 1921-1959
2 1 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – anniversaries, advertisements and price lists 1960-1961
2 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – anniversaries, advertisements  and price lists 1961-1969
3 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – financial – accounts 1893-1898
4 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – financial – loose pages removed from account book 1893-1898
5 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – financial - accounts 1898-1899
6 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - financial - accounts 1917-1924
3 1 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company – financial - loose pages removed from account book 1917-1922
2 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - financial - miscellany 1880-1914
3 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - newspaper articles 1962-1969
4 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - PollyAlls 1900-1968
5 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - salesmen’s price guide 1911
6 Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - salesmen’s price guide Undated
7 Temple Beth-Or - Montgomery, Alabama 1952-2002
4 1 Bound volume 1:  Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - customer accounts Undated
5 1 Bound volume 1:  Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - letter copy book 1891-1895
2 Bound volume 2:  Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - letter copy book 1895-1900
3 Bound volume 3:  Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods Company - letter copy book 1900-1903


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