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Date Span:  1909-1976

Creator:  Donald Oberdorfer Family

Summary/Abstract:  Oberdorfer Insurance Agency was established in Atlanta in 1894 by Eugene Oberdorfer, Sr.  Since that time family members have been active in both Jewish and general community service organizations. The papers consist primarily of records from Oberdorfer Insurance Agency and from the various organizations in which Donald Oberdorfer participated including the Anti Defamation League, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Ballyhoo Club, Future Incorporated, Hai-Resh Fraternity, the American Red Cross, the Standard Club, and The Temple.  Also included is an invitation from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to a banquet in honor of President-elect William Howard Taft, 1909.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 23, Donald Oberdorfer Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives, The 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, objects removed to artifact collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Donald Oberdorfer was born on November 25, 1901 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Eugene and Daisy Oberdorger. He married Dorothy Bayersdorfer of Steubenville, Ohio, and they had two sons; Donald, Jr. and Eugene II. Donald founded Oberdorfer Insurance Associates, Inc. in 1921, and served as its president until his retirement in 1969, when he became chariman of its board. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he played center on its football team, and was president of the alumni class in 1921. He was a noted civic leader serving as president of the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, president of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, president of the Joint Defense League, and cive president of the National Jewish Welfare Board. Mr. Oberdorfer was also a longtime director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross, chairman of the state USO during World War II and co-chairman of the Atlanta Community Chest. He was a former president of the Standard Club, a member of the G Club, Phi Epsilon Phi, The Temple and Temple Sinai.

Scope and Content:  Researchers examining the Donald Oberdorfer Family Papers will gain insight into Atlanta Jewish civic life in the early to mid-20th century.  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.   

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 American Jewish Committee – Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith Undated
2 Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – banquet in honor of President – elect William Howard Taft 1909
3 Atlanta, city of – postcards 1912
4 Atlanta Jewish Federation (formerly Jewish Welfare Fund) 1939
5 Ballyhoo 1931
6 Biography of Donald Oberdorfer 1946-1976
7 Correspondence 1946
8 Future Incorporated 1952-1964
9 Hai Resh Fraternity – bylaws, constitutions, and rosters 1922-1927
10 Hai Resh Fraternity – Magazine 1924-1925
11 Invitation 1971
12 Newspaper clippings 1927-1946
13 Oberdorfer Insuance Agency, Inc. 1927, 1955, Undated
14 Oberdorger, Saralyn 1976
15 Obituaries for Eugene Oberdorfer 1931
16 Red Cross Undated
17 Scottish Rite Free Masonry – Certificate 1974
18 The Standard Club 1951-1972
19 The Temple – 50th anniversary booklet 1917
20 Tet – a book by Donald Oberdorfer (autographed) 1971


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