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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1964-2001

Creator:  Ben Smith

Summary/Abstract:  The Smith settled in Vidalia, Georgia, and opened a shoe store in 1925. The family business flourished into Max Smith’s Department Store. The papers contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and material related to Congregation Beth Israel and the Savannah Hebrew Day School.

Quantity/Physical Description: .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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 185, Ben Smith 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 and Jeremy Katz (April, 2014)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  The Smith settled in Vidalia, Georgia, and opened a shoe store in 1925. The family business flourished into Max Smith’s Department Store. The family was active in Congregation Beth Israel in Vidalia and the Savannah Hebrew Day School. In 1998, the city of Vidalia opened a park named in honor of Ben Smith for his service to the community.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Ben Smith Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish life and business in Vidalia, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) 25th Anniversary

1989

 

2

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Constitution and by-laws

1969

 

3

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Correspondence

1969

 

4

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Dedication

1969

 

5

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Financial

1968-2001

 

6

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Finanical – dues record book

1964-1967

 

7

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) general

1973

 

8

Congregation Beth Israel (Vidalia, Ga.) Ladies Auxiliary

1964

 

9

Max Smith, Inc.

1981, Undated

 

10

Newspaper clippings

1981, Undated

 

11

Savannah Hebrew Day School

1968-1969

 

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