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Date Span:  1870-2000

Creator:  Oscar Elsas Family

Summary/Abstract:  A native Atlantan, Oscar Elsas was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton, a business which became the largest employer in Atlanta. The papers consist of correspondence, family genealogy, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and programs.

Quantity/Physical Description: 2.4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 56, Oscar Elsas 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, oversized material removed to oversized collection, and textiles removed to costume collection.

Processed by: Sandra Berman (August, 1993)

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Oscar Elsas (1871-1924) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 28, 1871, the son of Jacob and Clara Stahl Elsas.  Jacob Elsas was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, a business which opened its doors on Decatur Street in 1881, and which would eventually became the largest employer in Atlanta. Oscar received his early education in the Atlanta public schools and at the English High School of Boston, Massachusetts.  Upon graduation, he entered the Georgia School of Technology, and was a member of the first graduation class of that university.  In 1895, Oscar married Emma Erhlich, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ehrlich of Boston Massachusetts.  A son, Norman, was born to Oscar and Emma in 1896, followed by a daughter, Helen, in 1906.  In 1909, Oscar Elsas became president of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill following the retirement of his father, Jacob.  Conscious of the philanthropic commitment of his father to various Atlanta community organizations, such as Grady Memorial Hospital, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Hebrew Orphans’ Home, and the Temple, Oscar continued to support these institutions and was active in a wide variety of civic affairs.  Unfortunately for his family and the community of Atlanta, Oscar met an untimely death at the age of 52 while on a trip to Boston.

Scope and Content The social historian interested in the growth and development of a pioneering Atlanta Jewish family will find this collection of special interest.  There is also secondary source material relating to the history and daily operations of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill and Rich’s Inc. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Anniversary and wedding memorabilia 1895-1933
2 Asher, Barbara 1979
3 Asher, Helen Elsas 1928-1935
4 Asher, Joseph 1951
5 Asher, Tom 1986
6 Bookplate (photocopy) designed for Oscar Elsas Undated
7 Carter Center, Emory University 2000
8 Correspondence (includes ALS Jacob Elsas to Mr. Joseph Hirsch & Lady, October 5, 1871 requesting theircompany at the circumcision of Oscar Elsas) 1871-1945
9 Ehrlich, Adolph family memorabilia 1948, Undated
10 Elsas, Jacob 1932
11 Family genealogy Undated
12 Family history 1878-1986
13 Family reunion 1993
14 Fox, Lawrence M., testimonial program 1950
15 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills 1870-1991
16 Georgia Institute of Technology 1938
17 “Gone With The Wind” Movie Premiere program 1949
18 Grady Memorial Hospital Undated
19 The Howard School-newsletters and general records 1978-1984
20 Ingleside Country Club-Greens Committee record book 1925-1936
21 Miscellany 1932-1946
22 Obituaries and letters of condolence re. the death of Oscar Elsas 1924
23 Rich’s, Inc.-advertisement Undated
24 Rich’s Inc.-annual reports 1947-1964
25 Rich’s Inc.-annual reports 1965-1974
2 1 Rich’s Inc.-centennial celebration 1967
2 Rich’s Inc.-Credit Union 1963
3 Rich’s Inc.-Dear Store, by Celestine Sibley 1967
4 Rich’s Inc.-employee handbooks Undated
5 Rich’s Inc.-financial report 1954
6 Rich’s Inc.-history 1953
7 Rich’s Inc.-newspaper clippings 1929, Udated
8 Rich’s Inc. – President’s Club Undated
9 Rich’s Inc.-Publications, “Little Bits” 1951-1952
10 Rich’s Inc.- Publications, “Rich Bits” 1938-1961
11 Rich’s Inc.-“Rich Bits” 1965-1967
12 Rich’s Inc.-publicity 1955-1986
13 Rich’s Inc.-Rich’s of Atlanta, by Henry Givens Baker 1953
3 1 Rich’s Inc.-tribute to Frank Neely 1969
2 Scrapbook of Helen Elsas, re. ballet 1915-1917
3 Scrapbook of telegrams re. the wedding of Emma Ehrlich to Oscar Elsas 1895
4 The Standard Club-program 1949, 1976
5 The Temple-program and brochures 1931, Undated
6 Woodruff Robert W. 1985
4 1 Oversize bound volume – “Rich’s Believes in the Men’s Business so Rich’s Specializes in the Men’s Business” 1951


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