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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Date Span:  1838-1930

Creator:  David Steinheimer Family

Summary/Abstract:  David Steinheimer was a founding member of The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple).  He married Isabelle Mayer, the daughter of David Mayer, a Confederate veteran, Temple founder, and businessman.  In David Steinheimer’s autobiography he recounts his early life working as peddler in the late 1850s. The papers include an autobiography of David Steinheimer, bride’s book, correspondence and newspaper articles.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 26, David Steinheimer Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives, The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection and textile removed to textile collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  David Steinheimer was born on August 28th, 1839 in Ichenhousen, Bavaria. He received his education in a government school and immigrated to Macon, Georgia, in 1856. His brother, Isaac, started him in a business career as a foot peddler. In 1860 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and stayed there until 1862 when the Confederate Government issued a law that made all foreigners liable to conscription. He decided to leave and went to Pittsburgh, where he remained until the end of the war. In 1865, he returned to Atlanta and live there for the rest of his life. He joined the Hebrew Benevolent Society (The Temple) and was a secretary there for a number of years.

Scope and Content:  Researchers examining the David Steinheimer family papers will gain insight into life of a German-Jewish immigrant living in Georgia in the mid-to-late 18th century.  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Autobiography handwritten by David Steinheimer

Undated

 

2

Bible personalized by David Steinheimer

1864

 

3

Bridesbook

1910-1962

 

4

Correspondence

1869-1926

 

5

David & Mayer Family statistics

Undated

 

6

Newspaper clippings

Undated

 

7

Prayer book personalized to Isabella Steinheimer from David Steinheimer

1873

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