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Dates:  1951-2001

Creator:  Future Inc.

Summary/Abstract:  Future, Inc. was a social investment club that started in 1951 by a group of Atlanta businessmen led by Joe Asher. What started as a portfolio valued at $4800, grew to $1,802,577 by the year 2001. The records contain the organizations articles of incorporation, by-laws, correspondence, finances, invitations, membership information, newspaper clippings, and meeting minutes.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.6 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 311, Future Inc. Records, 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:  Jeremy Katz (January, 2015)

Arrangement:  The records are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each file.

Biographical/Historical Note: Future, Inc. began in 1951 when Joe Asher invited three of his closest friends, Elliott Goldstein, Don Oberdorfer, and Louis Regenstein, Jr. to come over and discuss organizing fifty young men who were good friends and who had grown up together in Atlanta. Dues were $10 a month and at the end of the first years, the portfolio was valued at $4800 and a share was worth $100. By 1959, the portfolio had grown to $61,448 and a share was worth $1229. The dues were raised in the 1960s to $200 dollars and the charter was amended to include second generation family members, who were now promising businessmen in Atlanta. This second generation eventually took control of the investment club, but always under the watchful eyes of the Chairman, Joe Asher. In 1980, the stock was split two for one. Additional members were invited to join from the now fast growing Atlanta community. In 1987, each share was worth $4295 and the Chairman announced another two for one stock split. In 1989, the portfolio had reached $731, 160 and each share was worth $2708. In 1989, Joe Asher past the chair to Lyons Joel, Jr. the son of a charter member, the late Lyons B. Joel. The 1990s brought even more growth to Future, Inc. By 1995, with 158 members the portfolio topped the one million mark. The Joel years brought great wealth to the membership. The portfolio topped two million dollars in 1998. At the beginning of its 50th year, 2001, the board of directors decided to relinquish its power and become an advisory board to the third generation of board members let by the new Chairman, Bret L. Block.

Scope and Content: Researchers studying the Future Inc. Records will gain insight into a social investment club led by Jewish businessmen in Atlanta, Georgia. The records are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each file.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Annual reports

1952-1957

 

2

Articles of Incorporation

1951

 

3

Business cards

Undated

 

4

By-laws

Undated

 

5

Correspondence

1954-2002

 

6

Fifty year anniversary at the Atlanta History Center

2001

 

7

Finances

1951-1962

 

8

Finances

1970, 1972-1974

 

 

 

 

2

1

Finances

1975-1978

 

2

Finances

1980-1983

 

3

Finances

1987-1995

 

4

Finances

1998

 

5

Finances

1999

 

6

Finances

2000

 

7

Finances

2001

 

 

 

 

3

1

Finances

2002

 

2

Finances

2003

 

3

Finances

2004

 

4

Finances

2005

 

5

Finances

2006

 

6

Finances

2007

 

7

History

2001

 

8

Invitations

1970-2000

 

 

 

 

4

1

Meeting minutes

1951-2001

 

2

Membership directories (bound)

1974-1990

 

3

Membership directories (bound)

1990-2004

 

4

Membership directories (unbound)

1951-2001

 

5

Newspaper clippings

1981-1983

 

6

Social events

1995-1996, Undated

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