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Date Span:  1937-1985 

Creator:  Edward M. Kahn

Summary/Abstract:  Edward M. Kahn (1895-1984) was an immigrant from Poland and was heavily involved with the Jewish community in Atlanta for much of his career. His papers  primarily consist of memorabilia relating to Mr. Kahn’s later years, especially to his retirement and to the many awards and testimonials received throughout his lifetime.  All of Mr. Kahn’s work related files, as well as some of his personal correspondences are contained in the Atlanta Jewish Federation records. The papers include certificates, scrapbook, correspondence and newspaper clippings.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 7, Edward M. Kahn 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, oversized material removed to oversize collection, and plaques removed to plaque collection. 

Related Material: Mss 83, Atlanta Jewish Federation Records

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (October, 1987)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Edward M. Kahn (1895-1984) immigrated to this country as a small boy from Bialystok, Poland.  His early years were spent in New York City, where he acquired most of his schooling.  In 1914, he graduated from the Brooklyn Law School of St. Lawrence University, and was soon thereafter admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.  In 1920, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he accepted a position as the Educational Director of the Jewish People’s Institute.  A strong interest in social work encouraged him to take courses in community organization and administration at the Graduate School of Social Service Administration of the University of Chicago. His next career move would also be his final one.  In January of 1928, Edward Kahn accepted the position of Executive Director of the Atlanta Federation of Jewish Social Service, (presently: Atlanta Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta), of the Morris Hirsch Clinic (presently: Ben Massell Dental Clinic), and of the Jewish Educational Alliance (presently: Atlanta Jewish Community Center).  Later, Mr. Kahn would also become Executive Secretary of the Atlanta Jewish Welfare Fund, established in 1936, and of the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, established in 1945.  He would hold these various positions until his retirement in 1964. Over the years, Edward Kahn served his community in a number of other capacities.  He was prominent in both local and national social work organizations as well as in Jewish organizations such as B’nai B’rith, the Jewish Children’s Bureau, the Jewish Home and the Atlanta Bureau of Jewish Education. 

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Edward M. Kahn Papers will gain insight into Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder. 

Collection Inventory  

Box File Description Date
1 1 Correspondence 1964-1984
2 Certificates, awards and testimonials 1949-1985
3 Camp Civitania – Jewish Educational Alliance Girls Scout Camp 1937
4 Retirement memorabilia 1963-1985
5 Miscellany 1956-1985
6 Newspaper clippings ca. 1956-1985
Scrapbook 1963-1964
7 certificates removed to oversized


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