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Dates:  1935-2001, undated

Creator:  Solomon Family

Summary/Abstract:  Documents and records relating to the Samuel J. Solomon family of Savannah, Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: Three boxes (1.04 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 355, Solomon Family 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 Harold Solomon, 1998; Lena Solomon, 2004

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

Separated Material:  Oversize Materials

Processed by:  Theresa Jones, 2006; Lynette Stoudt, 2012; Lindsay Resnick, 2016

Arrangement: The folders in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order.

Biographical/Historical Note: Samuel Jack “Uncle Sammy” Solomon was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 24, 1914 to Polish immigrants Walter and Annette Tokac Solomon. He moved to Savannah, Georgia, in April 1938 after marrying Lena Feldman (1915-) in October 1937 to begin the Solomon Furniture Company.   The Solomon Furniture Company was established in 1939 and was located at 432-34 West Broad Street.  After a hurricane destroyed the building, the company relocated to 408 West Broad, where it remained until closing in January of 1979.  The Solomons were members of Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob as well as Congregation Agudath Achim.  Lena Solomon was an active member of B'nai B'rith Women, Haddasah, and on the Mental Health Board.  Samuel and Lena's two children were both born in Savannah.  Harold Stephen Solomon was born on November 12, 1940 and Sydney Carol Solomon was born on July 23, 1945. As of 2016, Lena Feldman Solomon is still active and involved in the Savannah community at age 100.

Harold Solomon was active in various local youth groups between 1954 and 1957.  Perhaps most significantly, he served as President of the Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob's Junior Congregation.  In October of 1955, during Solomon's presidency, this group came to be known as the Savannah Chapter of the Youth of the Orthodox Union (Y.O.U.) through affiliation with the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (N.C.S.Y.).  It was the first group in the country to receive such a charter and Solomon represented the group as regional president of the N.C.S.Y.  Solomon also served as president of the Geechee Judaeans (1955-1956), a chapter of the Young Judaea youth club, and gave a speech at the dedication of the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) pool on June 19, 1955.  In addition, Solomon was on the JEA debate team, receiving an award for representing the Geechee Judaeans in May of 1956 and was active in the Savannah David Finn #206 chapter of B’nai B’rith’s youth organization, Aleph Zadik Aleph (A.Z.A.). He later graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. While a student at the University of Georgia, he was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity. As of 2016, he lives near Boston, Massachusetts, where he is a nephrologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Sydney Solomon was also active in Congregation B’nai B’rith Jacob, the JEA, and the Janet M. Clark Chapter of the B’nai B’rith Girls youth organization. She attended the Grady School of Nursing in Atlanta. While a student in Atlanta, she met Steven M. Ratnow (1945-), an Emory University student who she later married. As of 2016, Sydney Solomon Ratnow lives in Suffern, New York, where she is a registered nurse.

Scope and Content: The Solomon family papers consist of business records from the Solomon Furniture Company and personal papers and photographs of family members.  The collection also contains an obituary, sympathy cards, and donations made in memory of Samuel Solomon.

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

1

1

Savannah High School football schedule

1962

 

2

Solomon Furniture Co.- accounts in collection RESTRICTED

1979-1980

 

3

Solomon Furniture Co.- company car

1979-1980

 

4

Solomon Furniture Co.- customer correspondence RESTRICTED

1967-1975

 

5

Solomon Furniture Co.- delivery receipts

1973

 

6

Solomon Furniture Co.- dissolution

1979-1980

 

7

Solomon Furniture Co.- employee financial records RESTRICTED

1979-1980

 

8

Solomon Furniture Co.- financial records

1979-1980

 

9

Solomon Furniture Co.- Georgia unemployment files RESTRICTED

1979

 

10

Solomon Furniture Co.- Georgia Home Furniture Association Health Insurance Program

1979

 

11

Solomon Furniture Co.- maintenance receipts

1980

 

12

Solomon Furniture Co.- newspaper clipping

1971

 

13

Solomon Furniture Co.- order receipts

1979-1980

 

14

Solomon Furniture Co.- payments

1975-1976

 

15

Solomon Furniture Co.- purchase receipts

1975-1977

 

16

Solomon Furniture Co.- sales journal

1973-1977

 

17

Slatus, Avidgor- 20 Years of Leadership (Cong. B’nai B’rith Jacob)

2001

 

18

Solomon, Harold- correspondence

1956

 

19

Solomon, Harold- ID cards

1959, undated

 

20

Solomon, Harold- published articles

1979-1997

 

21

Solomon, Harold- scrapbook

1954

 

22

Solomon, Lena- Anti-Defamation League booklet

undated

 

23

Solomon, Lena- Apex Investment Club

1964-1975

 

24

Solomon, Lena- certificates

1986-1988

 

25

Solomon, Lena- clipping

1974

Box

File

Description

Date

2

1

Solomon, Samuel- donations in memory of

1995

 

2

Solomon, Samuel- donations in memory of

1995

 

3

Solomon, Samuel- identification card, Charleston, SC

1969

 

4

Solomon, Samuel- Israel tree planting certificate

1984

 

5

Solomon, Samuel- Lions Club

1957-1980, undated

 

6

Solomon, Samuel- obituary, eulogy, funeral program

1995

 

7

Solomon, Samuel- sympathy cards

1995

 

8

Solomon, Samuel- sympathy cards

1995

 

9

Solomon, Samuel- sympathy cards

1995

Box

File

Description

Date

3

1

Solomon, Sydney- autograph book

ca. 1955

 

2

Solomon, Sydney- correspondence from patient

undated

 

3

Solomon, Sydney- identification cards

1960-1961

 

4

Solomon, Sydney- newspaper clipping

undated

 

5

University of Georgia pamphlets

1935-1936

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