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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1908-2001

Creator:  Vida Golgar

Summary/Abstract:  Vida Goldgar was an important contributor to “The Southern Israelite" for almost forty years.  The collection consists primarily of Goldgar’s columns and news articles, which she wrote for "The Southern Israelite" as well as speeches she gave to various organizations.  The collection also contains newspaper clippings about events in the Jewish community.  Of special interest are pamphlets from early synagogues in Georgia.  Also of special interest are articles and drafts documenting the settlement history of Jews in Georgia.

Quantity/Physical Description: .8 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 126, Vida Golgar 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 newspapers removed to newspaper collection.

Processed by:  Anne Letkeman (July, 2003)

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

Biographical/Historical Note Vida Goldgar (1930-2004) was an important contributor to The Southern Israelite for almost forty years. She moved to Atlanta from New York with her husband and four small children in 1959.  After moving to Atlanta, she quickly became involved in the Jewish community and joined the staff of The Southern Israelite in 1964.  Over the next forty years she filled many positions from columnist to managing editor.  On January 1, 1979 she purchased the paper and became editor and publisher.  She owned The Southern Israelite until August 1986 when she sold it again.  After selling the paper, she continued to serve as a senior editor and columnist until her retirement in 1994.  She continued to serve as a regular columnist for the Atlanta Jewish Times, formerly The Southern Israelite until her death in July 2004. Goldgar’s journalistic talent and leadership gained her national recognition. In 1988 she was elected the first woman president of the American Jewish Press Association.  Earlier, in 1979 she was elected the first woman president of the Society of Professional Journalists.  As well as being a successful journalist, Goldgar always managed to find time to serve her community.  She served as trustee of the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Atlanta, as a board member for the Anti-Defamation League, and as a board member for the National Conference for Community and Justice.  Her community service earned her honors such as the State of Israel Bonds Award (1994) and the Humanitarian Award from the Crohn and Colitis Foundation (1991).

Scope and Content:  Researchers interested in the history of southern Jewish journalism or the history of southern Jewish settlement will find this collection of special interest. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 American Jewish Press Association 1979
2 Atlanta Jewish Community Center 1997-1998
3 Biography- Goldgar, Vida 1994
4 Biography- Geffen, Rabbi Tobias Undated
5 Central Relief Committee 1919
6 Certificates and awards 1979-2001
7 Columns as editor and publisher 1979-1980
8 Columns as editor and publisher – reprints c. 1970-1995
9 Correspondence 1981-1987
10 Dictionary of Georgia Biography 1983
11 Georgia Kashruth Bill 1980
12 Hebrew Orphan’s Home 1934
13 History-Jews in Atlanta, GA, (includes typescript history by Rabbi David Marx) 1977, Undated
14 History-Jews in Savannah, GA 1933-1976
15 Industrial Removal Office- (IRO), in Macon, GA 1909-1913
16 Jewish press wars Undated
17 Kaler, Irving – Jewish voting Undated
18 Miscellany Undated
19 National Conference of Christians and Jews Undated
20 Newspaper articles-anti-Semitism (includes articles on Colombians) 1946-1986
21 Newspaper articles-general subjects 1970-1986
22 Synagogues-Congregation Beth Shalom, GA
23 Synagogues-Congregation Etz Chaim, Marietta, GA 1991
24 Synagogues-Congregation Shearith Israel, Atlanta, GA 1940
25 Synagogues-Free Synagogue, New York 1928
2 1 Synagogues-Temple Beth El, Dalton, GA 1942
2 Synagogues-Temple Children of Israel, Augusta, GA 1933
3 Synagogues-The Temple 1917-1971
4 The Southern Guide (copy) 1908
5 The Southern Israelite-final issue printed in shop 1973
6 The Southern Israelite-index 1929-1977
7 The Southern Israelite-issues published in Augusta, GA 1925
8 The Southern Israelite-script 75th anniversary 2000
9 The Southern Israelite payroll 1976-1981
10 The Southern Israelite payroll 1982-1985
11 The Southern Israelite tax returns and miscellaneous documents 1978-1979
12 United Hebrew School Undated
13 Writings-anti-Semitism Undated
14 Writings-Jewish life Undated
15 Writings-Jewish journalism and The Southern Israelite Undated
16 Young Judaea-newsletter, “The Southern Judaean” 1925
Magazines (removed from collection)
The American Jewish Chronicle January 26, 1917
The American Jewish Review October 1915, December 1915
The Jewish Tribune August, 1, 1924;September 19, 1924; November 14, 1924  
The Light of Israel June 8, 1925
The Maccabaean 1918-1919
The New Maccabaean May 20, 1921; June 1, 1921
The Southern Judaean June 1925
The Southern Israelite March 1973, March 1975
Atlanta Daily World February 28, 1980
Atlanta Journal April 24, 1989


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