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Date Span:  1896 - 2006

Creator:  Barbara Balser

Summary/Abstract: This collection focuses on Barbara Balser’s national chairmanship with the Anti-Defamation League.

Quantity/Physical Description: 3 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 262, Barbara Balser Papers, Title of Collection, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photos removed to the Photo Vault, a silver coin given Barbara Balser (the first woman to read from the torah in Richmond, Virginia) on her Bat Mitzvah by Mr. Perlstein, a tortoise shell hair comb and memorabilia from Gerald M. Rafshoon's involvement with Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign, and two diplomas from  The American College.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey (November, 2013)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Barbara served as Co-chair & CEO of Balser Companies, a nationally-known think tank that designs special benefits programs for companies like Home Depot and UPS, Barbara first entered the finance and insurance arena decades ago as an "exception to the rule," a woman who was also the family bread-winner. A newly single mother with three young children in the mid-1970s, Barbara built her business helping ordinary working people identify their retirement dreams, family protection concerns and other personal financial goals. Barbara gained understanding of the importance of finding custom solutions for her clients' lifestyle goals. She acquired critical insights into benefit planning in a time before "human resources" was even coined. As corporations became the chief providers of benefit programs, and women broke through corporate glass ceilings, Barbara was soon consulting in a business she thoroughly enjoyed and became acquainted with other women in powerful corporate positions. A founding member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the top businesswomen in America and internationally, Barbara quickly became part of this sisterhood of achievers.  She still cannot find enough hours in the day to accomplish all she would like, and this drive isn't limited to business. Her commitment to education, social issues and the arts has resulted in five decades of personal involvement through numerous organizations and projects. A Magna Cum Laude alumna of Boston University, this Richmond, Virginia native played a major role through the Anti-Defamation League and B'nai B'rith Women as president of Support Atlanta Schools, part of an Atlanta coalition of 50,000 women, who together worked to keep public schools open and to foster a smooth transition to the newly desegregated classrooms and faculties. As a volunteer, Barbara has aligned her time with organizations that reach beyond the norm. It may seem like a tall order to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens, yet that has been the purpose of the Anti-Defamation League since 1913. Barbara served this international organization as National Chair from November 2003 to November 2006, becoming the first southerner and first woman to hold the post. At the conclusion of her term, Barbara was presented with the newly created Barbara B. Balser Lifetime Achievement Awarded, to be presented thereafter to a person within the ADL Family who has devoted decades of service and leadership advancing the mission of the Anti-Defamation League. She continues to serve the League today as a Trustee of the ADL Foundation and a member of the National Advisory Committee. In addition, their philanthropy covers a diverse group of charities, civic and educational endeavors, including the Naples Winter Wine Festival, Aid Atlanta, Aid and Comfort of Santa Fe, the Board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Friends of the Israel Museum, the President’s Council of the School for Advanced Research, the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Camp Sunshine, and the Jewish Federation of Southwest Florida … just to name a few. Barbara and Ron have six children and nine grandchildren. Their children and mates are Barton Friedland and Felix Drobek, Lisa and Dan Balser, Deborah and Jon David Friedland, Jennifer and Jonathan Balser, Ginger and Wayne D. Reid, II, and Laura G. Balser and Matthew D. Smith.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Barbara Balser Papers will gain insight into the hard work and dedication of one of Atlanta’s successful business women.  The papers are arranged in folder order then by date.

Collection Inventory 

 

 

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

ADL 100 CD’s: Imagine A World Without Hate; Joseph R. Biden; 100 Years of Building a Better World

2012

 

2

ADL 100 Imagine A World Without Hate

2012

 

3

ADL at 100, The Chicago Jewish News

2012

 

4

ADL Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award

1994

 

5

ADL Abe Goldstein Human Relations Award

1991 – 2003

 

6

ADL Ad Campaign

2005 – 2006

 

7

ADL American Heritage Dinner, Los Vegas, NV

2004

 

8

ADL Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH

2005

 

9

ADL Annual Reports

2003 – 2005

 

10

ADL B’Nai B’rith, Inc. Agreement of Lease

2006

 

11

ADL Becoming National Chair

2003

 

12

ADL Benefit Our Children, Santa Barbara, CA

2004

 

13

ADL Black Jewish Relations

1991 – 1998

 

14

ADL Braun Holocaust Institute

2006

 

15

ADL Campaign Planning Study Final Report

2012

 

16

ADL Centennial Leadership Committee

2011 – 2013

 

17

ADL Committee on the Future

2001 – 2005

 

18

ADL Community Service Committee

1991

 

19

ADL Conference on Global Anti-Semitism

2002

 

20

ADL Congratulatory Correspondence

2003 – 2004

 

21

ADL Deborah Award Dinner

2004 – 2006

 

22

ADL Desert Communities, Palm Springs, CA

2004

 

23

ADL Development Committee

1994 – 2000

 

24

ADL FROMNTLINE (magazine)

2004 – 2006

 

25

ADL Florida Lay Leadership

2006

 

26

ADL General Correspondence

1989 – 2006

 

27

ADL Georgia Governor’s Mission to Israel

1993

 

28

ADL Global Anti-Semitism, Sand Diego, CA

2004

 

29

ADL Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission

2004

 

30

ADL Haym Salomon Award, Palm Spring

2006

 

 

 

 

2

1

ADL In Concert Against Hate, Washington, D.C.

2003

 

2

ADL Interfaith: The Passion

2003 – 2004

 

3

ADL International Affairs

2003 – 2005

 

4

ADL International Leadership Award

2006

 

5

ADL International Leadership Award Dinner

2005

 

6

ADL International Affairs Berlin, OSCE Conference

2004

 

7

ADL Lifetime Achievement Award

2009

 

8

ADL Mission to Germany

1992

 

9

ADL Mission to Israel

2002

 

10

ADL Mission to Israel

2003

 

11

ADL Mission to Israel

2004

 

12

ADL Mission to Israel

2005

 

13

ADL Mission to Italy

2002

 

14

ADL Mission to Italy, France, Germany

2006

 

15

ADL Mission to Italy & Israel

 

 

16

ADL Mission to Japan

2004

 

17

ADL Mission to Paris, London

2000

 

18

ADL Mission to Rome & Israel

2004

 

19

ADL Mission to Spain & Israel

2003

 

20

ADL Mission to Turkey & Rome

2004

 

21

ADL Mission to Warsaw & Poland

2005

 

22

ADL National Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C.

2005

 

23

ADL National Commission Meeting, Atlanta, GA

2006

 

24

ADL National Commission Meeting, New York, NY

2005

 

25

ADL National Executive Committee Meeting, Washington, DC

1991 - 1995

 

26

ADL National Executive Committee Meeting, Palm Beach, FL

2004

 

27

ADL National Executive Committee Meeting, Oak Brook, IL

2004

 

28

ADL National Executive Committee Meeting, Orange County & Long Beach, CA

2004

 

29

ADL National Executive Committee Meeting, Denver, CO

2005

 

30

ADL National Leadership Conference, Washington, DC

2006

 

31

ADL Nevada Thousand Event

2003

 

32

ADL New York Office Space

2006

 

33

ADL New York Building Management Committee

2005

 

 

 

 

3

1

ADL Nominating Process

2002 – 2003

 

2

ADL Opening of UN General Assembly, New York, NY

2005

 

3

ADL Oversight Committee Denver Litigation

2000 – 2005

 

4

ADL Southeast Region Breakfast with Ambassador of Israel, Daniel Ayalon

2004

 

5

ADL Southwest Region Board Meeting, Houston, TX

2004

 

6

ADL Speeches

1992 – 2006

 

7

ADL Steinberg Leadership Institute

2004

 

8

ADL Torch of Liberty Award Dinner

1991

 

9

ADL Twelfth Annual Women of Achievement Award, Chicago, IL

2005

 

10

ADL Winning the Nomination

2002 – 2003

 

11

ADL Woman Seeks Chairmanship

2003 – 2003

 

12

“ A Goal Worth Shooting For”, The Biography of Meyer Balser

1998

 

13

American Jewish Committee National Distinguished Leadership Award – Stuart A. Bernstein

2005

 

14

Articles

1984 – 1997

 

15

Autographed Book Title Pages

No date

 

16

B’nai B’rith Women of Atlanta

1968 – 1975

 

17

Barbara Balser Bio’s

1985 - 1993

 

18

Barbara Balser Miscellaneous

No date

 

19

Bernstein, Hilbert Jacob

1995 - 1998

 

20

Boston University – Associate in Arts

1959

 

21

Certificates

1970 – 2004

 

22

Civil Rights

2004 – 2005

 

23

Correspondence

1985 – 1993

 

24

Gissen, Ira

2005

 

25

Granite Installation Book

No date

 

26

Hale, Maizie

1986

 

27

Ina Kay Awards Dinner

2003

 

28

Jewish Atlantans National Leaders

2003

 

29

Management Compensation Group

No date

 

30

National Commission Meeting

2003

 

31

Neiman Marcus Fashion Directions

1991

 

32

Newspaper Articles

No date

 

33

Notebook

2000

 

34

Notebook

No date

 

 

 

 

4

1

Olett Palate

No date

 

2

Osias Family Papers

1896 – 1936

 

3

Passports: Barbara, Laura, and Ron Balser

1996 - 1997

 

4

Press Releases

1983

 

5

PTA Citizens Advisory Groups

No dates

 

6

Publicity

2002 – 2005

 

7

Rafshoon, Gerald

1976 – 1977

 

8

Speeches

1981 – 1995

 

9

Support Atlanta Schools

1970

 

10

Temple Sinai

1970 – 1974

 

11

Tempo

1909

 

12

Vivian Oasis Autograph book

1931

 

13

Woman Business Owners

1989

 

14

Writings

1978 – 1987

 

 

 

 

5

 

Daily Planners

1988 - 1999

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