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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1898-1999, undated

Creator:  Gordon family members

Summary/Abstract:  The Gordon family spans several generations in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia. Their papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, military records, genealogical information, and diaries.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.2 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 387, Gordon Family Papers, 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, artifacts removed to artifact collection, and oversized removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (May, 2017)

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

Biographical/Historical Note: The Gordon family spans several generations in Georgia. The patriarch of the family, Lewis Gordon, immigrated from Kovna, Lithuania, and started his working life in the United States as a peddler with a pack on his back. He settled in Atlanta and opened Gordon Tuttle Department Store on Peters Street in Atlanta, Georgia. He met Elizabeth Gottlieb and they gave birth to Jacob Benjamin Gordon on December 21, 1888. Jacob married Sadie Goldstein who was born on November 9, 1891 in Macon, Georgia. Sadie’s family owned Goldstein’s Dry Good Company that had locations in Macon. Sadie and Jacob had two children, Jack and Samuel Gordon. Both served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Jack was captured in the Philippines in 1942 and tragically perished when his POW transport ship was sunk in 1944. Sam received his medical license from Emory in 1941 and served as a surgeon during the war. He met and married Nancy Willstatter of New York City while a medical student at Emory in January of 1942. Nancy was in school at Agnes Scott College. Her father, Alfred Willstatter, was a member of the New York Stock Exchange and her uncle was a Nobel award winning chemist, Richard Willstatter. They had three children, Samuel, Jack, and Peter.

Scope and Content: Researchers examining the Gordon Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish life in the American South during the 19th and 20th centuries. Some items of interest are materials related to Jack and Samuel Gordon’s military service during World War II including personal letters from Chester Nimitz and James Forrestal, as well as letters from Jack while interned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Also of note, a letter from Bobby Jones is in the papers.

Subject Terms

Jews—Georgia

Jewish doctors

Jewish servicemen

World War, 1939-1945

Atlanta (Ga.)

Macon (Ga.)   

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Bass High School

1932-1944

 

2

Bataan Relief Organization

1944-1945

 

3

Bombing leaflets to Japanese

c. 1944

 

4

Boys’ High School

1914-1939, Undated

 

5

Boys’ High School – Tatler

1911-1914

 

6

Book, “Barbed-wired Surgeon” by Dr. Alfred Weinstein

1948

 

7

Correspondence – Bobby Jones

1934

 

8

Correspondence – Chester Nimitz

1943

 

9

Correspondence – General

1919-1945, undated

 

10

Correspondence – Jack Gordon and Sadie Gordon

1928-1942, undated

 

11

Correspondence – James Forrestal

1945

 

12

Correspondence – Sadie Goldstein and Jacob Gordon

1911-1921

 

 

 

 

2

1

Correspondence – Sadie Gordon related to Jack Gordon being prisoner of war

1941-1950

 

2

Correspondence – Samuel Gordon

1915-1972, undated

 

3

Correspondence – Samuel Gordon and Sadie Gordon

1928-1945

 

4

Correspondence – Samuel Gordon and Jack Gordon

1941-1942, undated

 

5

Correspondence – Samuel Gordon related to Jack being a Prisoner of War

1945

 

6

Correspondence – World War II Passover card

1945

 

7

Correspondence – World War II Rosh Hashanah card

1945

 

8

Genealogy

Undated

 

9

Girls’ High School

1945

 

10

Goldstein, Abe

1910-1919

 

11

Goldstein, Samuel – Discharge of Bankruptcy

1899

 

12

Goldstein’s Dry Good Store (Macon, Ga.)

1935

 

13

Gordon, Jack – Autograph book

1930

 

14

Gordon, Jack – Boy Scouts of America

1933, 1939

 

15

Gordon, Jack – Certificates

1930-1950

 

16

Gordon, Jack – Correspondence while being held as prisoner of war

1942-1945, undated

 

17

Gordon, Jack – Death certificate

1945

 

 

 

 

3

1

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1933

 

2

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1934

 

3

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1935

 

4

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1936

 

5

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1937

 

 

 

 

4

1

Gordon, Jack – Diary

1939

 

2

Gordon, Jack – Emory

1937, 1941

 

3

Gordon, Jack – Last Will & Testament

1945

 

4

Gordon, Jack – Marion Institute

1938-1952, undated

 

5

Gordon, Jack – Military records (general)

1937-1945, undated

 

6

Gordon, Jack – Naval Academy memorial chair

1941-1999, undated

 

7

Gordon, Jack – Newspaper clippings

1937-1945, undated

 

8

Gordon, Jack – Report cards

1929-1936, undated

 

9

Gordon, Jack – West Point

1933-1937

 

10

Gordon, Jack – West Point

1938

 

11

Gordon, Jack – West Point

1939

 

 

 

 

5

1

Gordon, Jack – West Point

Undated

 

2

Gordon, Jacob

1918-1954, undated

 

3

Gordon, Sadie – Certificates

1898

 

4

Gordon, Sadie – Last Will & Testament

1940

 

5

Gordon, Sadie – B’nai B’rith Women

1943-1944, undated

 

6

Gordon, Samuel – Birth certificate

1918

 

7

Gordon, Samuel – Certificates

1959-1965, undated

 

8

Gordon, Samuel – Correspondence

1945-1946

 

9

Gordon, Samuel – Draft cards

1940, 1941

 

10

Gordon, Samuel – Emory

1934-1941

 

11

Gordon, Samuel – Military records

1941-1957

 

12

Gordon, Samuel – Report cards

1934, undated

 

13

Gordon, Samuel – Resume

Undated

 

14

Gordon, Samuel – Tax return

1943

 

15

Japanese currency

Undated

 

16

Jewish Welfare Board – “The Story of the Jews in the United States”

1943

 

17

Newspaper clippings

Undated

 

18

Peters Street property

1933

 

19

Prisoners of War Bulletin

1943-1945

 

20

Service Star Legion

1945

 

21

Scrapbook

1909-1911

 

 

 

 

6

1

Scrapbook

1941-1942, undated

 

2

Telegrams – related to wedding of Jacob Gordon and Sadie Goldstein

1911

 

3

The Temple

1934-1945

 

4

U.S.S. Missouri

1945

 

5

War Claims Commission

1944-1952

 

6

Willstatter, Nancy

1936-1941

 

7

YMCA – Prisoner of War literature

Undated

 

8

Zaban Storage Company

1944-1945

 

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