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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1937-1988

Creator:  Frank Garson Family

Summary/Abstract:  Lovable Brassiere Company was established by Frank Gottesman, who later changed his name to Garson, in 1914.  Garson was active in the United Palestine Appeal, the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Welfare Board and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The papers contain an Autobiography and biography of Frank Garson, memorabilia from Girls’ High School, the Jewish Home, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, Future, Inc., Lovable Brassiere Company, and the Standard Club.

Quantity/Physical Description: .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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 31, Frank Garson 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 and 1 issue of The Southern Israelite Magazine Vol. XXX No. 37 (September 16, 1955) transferred to Southern Israelite Magazine Collection.

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Frank Garson was born Frank Gottesman in a small village in Austria. He was the youngest of fifteen children and his childhood was dominated by the spirit of independence. His father was a timber merchant and was a noted benefactor and communal leader. On Saturday afternoons, his father would lecture groups on various religious subjects as he was highly educated in Hebrew. At the age of 12, Frank began learning the Talmud. These teachings influenced him the rest of his life. Frank immigrated to America when he was 17 years old. He landed on the East Side of New York not knowing a work of English. He quickly picked up the language, however, and had an urge to study law. He enrolled in night school and for six years he worked during the day and studied at night. At the age of 21, he married nineteen year old Gussie Fox, a successful young business woman of New York. When Frank was 23, he decided to become a manufacturer of wash dresses. He attended a school for designing during the evenings until he mastered all the fundamentals. After working with several manufacturers, he decided to go into business for himself. In1917, he opened his own firm in Atlanta that specialized in making brassieres. The Lovable Brassiere Company soon became recognized as one of the foremost manufacturers of its kind in America. All the meanwhile, Frank was an active member of the Atlanta Jewish community. 

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Frank Garson Family Papers will gain insight into the life of a Jewish immigrant in America and Atlanta Jewish life. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Appointed as commissioned officer in the U.S. Army of Bernard Howard 1952
2 Autobiography and biography of Frank Garson 1953, Undated
3 B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge – newsletter 1945
4 Certificate 1954
5 Death of Frank Garson –newspaper articles and related material 1955
6 Jewish home – first annual report 1952
7 Future, Inc. 1953, 1963
8 Girl’s High School – reunion, class of “1941” 1961
9 Legal documents 1942, 1952
10 Loveable Brassiere Company Records 1937-1965
11 Graduation program – Medical Administrative Corps, Officer Candidate School Undated
12 Newspaper clippings 1953-1988
13 Speech by Frank Garson 1952
14 The Standard Club – formal opening program and bulletin clippings 1949-1961
15 The Temple – confirmation memorabilia 1962, 1965


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