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Date Span:  1905-1982

Creator:  The Samuel Leon Eplan Family 

Summary/Abstract:  The Eplan family has had a long and respected history of service to the City of Atlanta, and in particular, to Atlanta’s Jewish community. The papers consist primarily of correspondence, newspaper, articles, programs, certificates, a scrapbook and memorabilia from the various organizations and causes in which Mr. Samuel Leon Eplan participated.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 12, The Samuel Leon Eplan Family Papers, 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, oversized material removed to oversized collection, and plagues removed to plaque collection.

Processed by:  Sandra Berman (August, 1993)

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and then chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note Samuel Leon Eplan (1896-1982) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Leon and Rosa Eplan.  Samuel’s father, Leon, immigrated to the United States in 1880, arriving in Atlanta a year later.  It was in Atlanta that the senior Eplan elevated himself from peddler to merchant and then to banker.  He would later become a vice president of the Morris Plan Bank, an establishment which he helped to found.  Active in the Jewish community, Leon Eplan helped to organize and operate the Jewish Educational Alliance, the Jewish Progressive Club and Ahavath Achim Congregation. Samuel Eplan began his educational career at Crew Street Elementary School, graduating in 1913.  He later attended college and law school at Emory University, receiving his law degree in 1919.  In July of that same year, Samuel Eplan announced his association with Owens Johnson in the practice of law.  Mr. Eplan would continue to practice law in the City of Atlanta for the next 60 years.  He was admitted to the Court of Appeals of Fulton County in 1919, the Supreme Court of Florida in 1925, the U.W. district Court in 1933, the Court of Appeals of Georgia in 1942 and the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1961. Samuel Eplan was as equally devoted to community service as he was to the practice of law, and actively participated in a number of clubs, organizations and causes that were a vital part of both the Jewish and general communities of Atlanta.  He was an active member of the Don’t Worry Club (a Jewish debating club), the Progressive Club, Congregation Ahavath Achim, Jewish War Veterans and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.  In addition to these activities, Mr. Eplan was also recognized for his support of the Jewish Home, the Jewish Welfare Federation (Atlanta Jewish Federation) Emory University, and Jewish refugee relief following WW2, the State of Israel, and for his devotion to finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis by sponsoring an annual golf tournament, which generated the largest source of funds for the Atlanta Chapter.

Scope and Content:  The researcher interested in documenting Jewish concerns and the varied interests of a southern Jewish family will find this collection of special interest. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and then chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory  

Box File Description Date
1 1 Biography of Samuel Leon Eplan Undated
2 Brides book and copy of marriage license of wedding of Bess Abelson and Samuel Eplan 1922
3 Business cards 1919
4 Cards, invitations, menus, and programs 1922-1955
5 Certificates 1944-1955
6 Community activities – Alpha Epsilon Pi, Nehemiah Gittelson Award 1963
7 Community activities – Congregation Ahavath 1980, Undated
8 Community activities – Don’t Worry Club Ca. 1915-1951
9 Community activities – The Jewish Progressive Club 1922-1969
10 Community activities – Jewish War Veterans 1944-1950
11 Community activities – Junior Alliance Debating Society Undated
12 Community activities – Karen Hayesod 1922
13 Community activities – Masters Preview 1961-1967
14 Community activities – United Jewish appeal, Welfare Fund 1943-1948
15 Community activities – World War I community service 1919
16 Community activities – World War II bonds drive 1943
17 Correspondence 1918-1964
18 “History of the National Bank of Georgia” 1974
19 Miscellany 1922-1966
20 Newspaper clippings 1919-1981
21 Scrapbook 1905-1923
22 Telegrams 1922-1980
23 Thesis – “The Early years of the Atlanta Jewish Community: the Ordeal of Settlement” by Elise R. Eplan 1982
24 Tribute to I.M. Weinstein written by Samuel Eplan 1954


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