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Dates:  1955-2010

Creator:  Kole, M. Kaye Robinson, 1935-

Summary/Abstract:  Documents, invitations, and announcements relating to Kaye and Don Kole of Savannah, Georgia, and Kaye Kole’s book The Minis Family in Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: two full-size document boxes (0.83 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 346, Kaye and Don Kole Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Acquisition:  Gift of Kaye Kole, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2017.

Custodial History:  The Kaye and Don Kole Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Related Material:

Mss 334: Minis Family Papers

Kaye Kole collection of Zucker family genealogy materials

Savannah Jewish Archives collection of photographs

Processed by:  Valerie J. Frey, 2002; Kaye Kole, 2010, Lynnette Stoudt, 2011, and Lindsay Resnick, 2015.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged into two series: Series 1: Event announcements, invitations, and programs, 1955-2000, undated; and Series 2: Kaye Kole Minis Family of Georgia drafts and correspondence, 1999-2000, undated.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Margaret Kaye Robinson was born December 10, 1935 in Savannah, Georgia, daughter of Samuel and Kate (Holitser) Robinson. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1952 and attended the University of Miami for two years. In 1975, she graduated from Armstrong College (now Armstrong State University) with a BA in English and a minor in Library Science. Kaye researched and wrote The Minis Family in Georgia, published by the Georgia Historical Society in 1992 and co-wrote The Jewish Community of Savannah (Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, 2002), Voices of Savannah: Selections from the Oral History Collection of the Savannah Jewish Archives (Savannah Jewish Archives, 2004) and Picturing Savannah's Jewish Community (Savannah Jewish Archives, 2008). She is the founder of the Savannah Jewish Archives.

Donald Kole (né Kowalsky) was born September 20, 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts, son of Abraham and Beatrice (Wittenberg) Kowalsky.  He graduated from Boston University in 1952.  He then served in the military, notably Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, during which time he met Kaye at Tybee Island.  The two were married on January 1, 1955 at Congregation Mickve Israel and have two children, Deborah Kole Shelton of Atlanta and Jeffrey Holitser Kole of Savannah. 

Scope and Content

This collection contains announcements, invitations, programs, and drafts of Kaye Kole’s book, The Minis Family in Georgia along with correspondence related to the book.  Series I contains anniversary invitations, bar and bat mitzvah invitations, birth announcements, birthday invitations, graduation invitations, Jack M. Levy award invitations, wedding invitations, and event programs. Announcements and invitations in this series were originally sent to the Kole's home. Since 2000, Kaye Kole has added announcements and invitations sent to she and Don into the Savannah Jewish Archives vertical files rather than adding them to this collection.

As a certified genealogist, Kaye Kole was hired by Abram "Bob" Minis, Jr. to research and write The Minis Family in Georgia, published by the Georgia Historical Society in 1992. The Minis family is one of Savannah's first families. Abraham and Abigail Minis landed in Savannah on July 11, 1733 with the first group of Jewish settlers to Georgia's shores. Series II contains two undated drafts of the book, edited by Jo White Linn, Abram Minis, Jr., and the publisher. Also included is correspondence relevant to the book dated 1999-2000.

Subject Terms

Persons/Families

Kole, Donald, 1930-

Kole, M. Kaye Robinson, 1935-

Minis family

Organizations/Corporate Names

Congregation Agudath Achim (Savannah, Ga.)        

Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob (Savannah, Ga.)

Congregation Mickve Israel (Savannah, Ga.)

Georgia Historical Society (Savannah, Ga.) 

Jewish Educational Alliance (Savannah, Ga.)

Places

Savannah, Ga.

Subjects (General)

Jews—Georgia--Savannah

Material Types

Birth announcements

Drafts (documents)

Invitations

Letters (correspondence)

Occupations

Genealogist

Collection Inventory

Series I: Event announcements, invitations, and programs, 1955-2000

 

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Anniversary invitations

1983-1998

 

2

Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations

1968-1988

 

3

Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations

1991-2000

 

4

Birth announcements

1956-1999

 

5

Birthday invitations

1975-1999

 

6

Graduation invitations

1984-1996

 

7

Jack M. Levy Award invitations

1989-1998

 

8

Wedding invitations

1955-1981

 

9

Wedding invitations

1982-1989

 

10

Wedding invitations

1990-1999

 

11

Programs

1987-1996, undated

 

12

Savannah Jewish Archives

2010

Series II: Kaye Kole Minis Family of Georgia drafts and correspondence, 1999-2000

Box

File

Description

Date

2

1

First draft: introduction and documentation

undated

 

2

First draft: Chapter 1

undated

 

3

First draft: Chapter 2

undated

 

4

First draft: Chapter 3

undated

 

5

First draft: Chapter 4

undated

 

6

First draft: Chapter 5

undated

 

7

First draft: Chapter 5

undated

 

8

First draft: Chapter 6

undated

 

9

Second draft: Table of Contents and introduction

undated

 

10

Second draft: Chapter 1

undated

 

11

Second draft: Chapter 2

undated

 

12

Second draft: Chapter 3

undated

 

13

Second draft: Chapter 4

undated

 

14

Second draft: Chapter 5

undated

 

15

Second draft: Chapter 6

undated

 

16

Correspondence

1999-2000

 

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