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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1914-1955

Creator:  Ruth and Joe Levin

Summary/Abstract:  Ruth and Joe Levin settled in Savannah in 1919, established a successful business and became active members of the Savannah Jewish Community.  The papers include birth certificates, personal letters, military records, wedding memorabilia and business documents.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 382, Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Custodial History: The Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives which were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection and textile removed to Textile Collection.

Processed by:  Sherri Levin Wildstein (March-April, 2017)

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

Biographical/Historical Note: Joe Levin was born near Kobryn, Russia around 1891 and immigrated to America in 1911. Upon his arrival in Chicago, he used a pushcart to sell dry goods in the Midwest.  Joe was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and was sent to Savannah in 1918 by the U.S. Government to work as a carpenter in the shipyards during World War I.  Joe married Ida Adrezin around 1920 and they had three children: Max (1921-1989); Irving (1923-1980) and Zena (1928-2016). Joe opened a dry goods store, Joe Levin & Company, on West Broad Street in Savannah in 1919.  Joe remained a well-known member of the Savannah business community until he retired and closed the store in 1978 after being in business for 59 years.   Ida Levin died in 1931 during childbirth along with the baby.  In 1933,  Joe married Ruth Levinson who had immigrated from Poland following World War I. Ruth and Joe had two daughters, Joan (1934) and Iris (born 1944). During World War II, Irving served on Iwo Jima as a member of the U.S. Army. Joe was a founding member of the Workmen’s Circle Credit Union of Savannah and the Levins were active members of the B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue. Joe passed away in 1980 and Ruth in 1990.

Scope and Content: Researchers examining the Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers will gain insight into the lives of an Eastern European couple who immigrated to America and settled in Savannah during World War I. The Levins established a successful business and became active members of the Savannah Jewish Community. The papers include birth certificates, personal letters, military records, wedding memorabilia and business documents.

Subject Terms

Jews--Georgia--Savannah.

World War, 1939-1945.

Jewish businessmen

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Birth Certificates

1923, 1928

1

2

Genealogy

1919-1944

1

3

Levin’s Department Store

1950-1952

1

4

Military Records

1942-1955

1

5

Personal Letters

1931, 1948-1950

1

6

School Records, Phyllis Aronson Levin

1935-1946

1

7

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

1914

1

8

Wedding

1949

 

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