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Dates:  1938-1994

Creator: Gordon Family

Summary/Abstract: Helen Citron Gordon and Mendel Temkin Gordon lived in Atlanta in the mid-twentieth century. The Citron family belonged to Ahavath Achim synagogue and the Gordon family belonged to Shearith Israel. Most of the records detail the educational and employment history of Helen and Mendel as well as that of Helen’s brother, Irvin Meyer Citron, and Mendel’s parents, Julius Gordon and Sadie Temkin Gordon. The records contain yearbooks, scrapbooks, certificates, report cards, and newspaper clippings.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 422, Helen 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:  Oversize materials removed to oversized collection, photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection, and artifacts removed to Artifact Collection.

Processed by: Hannah Helmey (November 2018)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Mendel Gordon (1926-2010) moved to Atlanta in 1942 when his father Julius got a job as a guard at the Atlanta Penitentiary. His father emigrated from Russia as a child, and his mother Sadie was the child of Russian immigrants. Mendel attended Boys’ High and Georgia Tech, where he completed his bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in chemical engineering. He married Helen Citron Gordon (b. 1927) in 1954 at Ahavath Achim and the couple moved to Delaware shortly after. Helen was born in Atlanta and attended Commercial High School. While working at the Georgia Department of Public Health, she attended the University of Georgia night school. Her brother Irvin Citron (1924-2005) attended Boys’ High and Emory University, served in WWII, and moved to Israel in the 1940s.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Mendel Gordon Family papers will gain insight into Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-twentieth century. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Subject Terms

Persons/Families

Gordon, Mendel.

Gordon, Helen.

Gordon, Zelda.

Gordon, Julius.

Gordon, Sadie.

Citron, Irvin.

Gordon Family.

Organizations/Corporate Names

Ahavath Achim Synagogue (Atlanta, Ga.)

Emory University

Georgia Tech 

University of Georgia

United States. Civil Service Commission.

Georgia. Department of Public Health

American Chemical Society

Shearith Israel Sisterhood

Places

Atlanta (Ga.)

Subjects (General)

Jewish society and culture

Boys High School (Atlanta, Ga.)

Commercial High School (Atlanta, Ga.)

Jewish women

Migration

Chemical engineering

Material Types

Clippings (books, newspapers, etc.)

Yearbooks

Scrapbooking

Report card

Notebooks

Employment references

Occupations

Engineer

Georgia Penitentiary

Typists

Public Servant

Collection Inventory

Box

File

Description

Date

 

1

1

Budget books

1960-1962

 

2

Budget books

1963, 1964

 

3

Budget books

1965-1967

 

4

Budget books

1968-1970

 

5

Citron, Irvin – certificates

1936-1960

 

6

Citron, Irvin – Emory

1942-1961

 

7

Citron, Irvin – Israel

1948[?]-1958

 

8

Citron, Irvin – WWII

1989

 

 

 

 

2

1

Genealogy

Undated

 

2

Gordon, Helen – certificates

1938-1954

 

3

Gordon, Helen – Georgia Department of Public Health

1954-1956

 

4

Gordon, Helen – miscellaneous

1950-1953

 

5

Gordon, Helen – report cards

1941-1950

 

6

Gordon, Helen – school scrapbook

1944

 

7

Gordon, Helen – synagogue involvement

1954-1981

 

8

Gordon, Helen – University of Georgia

1949-1950

 

9

Gordon, Helen – wedding scrapbook

1954

 

 

 

 

3

1

Gordon, Helen – wedding scrapbook loose items

1954

 

2

Gordon, Helen – wedding scrapbook loose items

1954

 

3

Gordon, Julius – citizenship

1939-undated

 

4

Gordon, Julius – employment at Federal Penitentiary

1946-1961

 

5

Gordon, Julius – house construction notebook

Undated

 

6

Gordon, Julius – miscellaneous

1935-1942

 

7

Gordon, Julius – retirement

1964-1983

 

8

Gordon, Mendel – Boys’ High

1942-1943

 

9

Gordon, Mendel – Chemical Engineering Certificates

1949-1987

 

10

Gordon, Mendel – Georgia Tech

1944-1955

 

11

Gordon, Mendel – miscellaneous

1946-1954

 

12

Gordon, Sadie – employment as typist

1943-1945

 

13

Gordon, Sadie – miscellaneous

1960-1969

 

14

Gordon, Sadie – Shearith Israel Sisterhood notes

c. 1955

 

15

Gordon, Zelda – Ancestral Notes

1994

 

16

Miscellaneous

Undated-1966

 

 

 

 

4

1

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1944

 

2

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1945

 

3

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1946

 

4

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1947

 

5

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1948

 

6

Yearbook – Gordon, Helen

1950

 

7

Yearbook – Gordon, Mendel

1944

 

8

Yearbook – Gordon, Mendel

1947

 

9

Yearbook – Gordon, Mendel

1948

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