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Date Span:  1939-1954

Creator:  Lawrence B. Goldsmith and the Huntsville Jewish Charities

Summary/Abstract:  A native of Alabama, Lawrence B. Goldsmith was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Huntsville. The collection consists of photocopies of the correspondence and administrative files relating to the Huntsville Jewish Charities (formerly Huntsville, Alabama United Jewish Appeal) campaign of which Lawrence Bernstein Goldsmith Sr. was chairman. It also includes family papers such as correspondence, clippings, and an oral history of Margaret Anne Goldsmith conducted by the Institute of Southern Jewish Life.

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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 211, Lawrence B. Goldsmith Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Arrangement: The papers are arranged in chronological order.

Separated material: All photographs removed to visual arts collections and objects removed to artifact collection. Books, “I. Shiffman & Company: Huntsville’s Most Diversified Entrepreneurial Business,” by Paul Hays and, “Historic Huntsville: A city of new Beginnings,” by Elise Stephens,” removed to library.

Related material: OHC: Margaret Anne Godsmith Artifact #011-030.01, Ceramic plate used by Cora Barley, the nurse of Margaret Anne Goldsmith of Huntsville, Alabama.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Lawrence B. Goldsmith Sr. was born in Huntsville, Alabama in 1883.  He was educated a prepatory academy in New York City and later attended a business school in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 1909 Lawrence joined his father-in-law- Isaac Schiffman in the investment and cotton business in Huntsville.  In 1933 the business was incorporated as I. Schiffman & Co., Inc.  Throughout his career Lawrence B. Goldstein participated in the civic affairs of Huntsville and was instrumental in helping his community move from an agrarian economy to one of space age industry.  He was also responsible for organizing a group of businessman to finance the construction of the Russel Erskine Hotel, a Huntsville landmark for many years.  From 1939-1954 Lawrence Goldsmith chaired the Huntsville, Alabama United Jewish Appeal campaign which later became known as the Huntsville Jewish Charities.  He solicited funds throughout the community to help the Jews of Europe prior to, during and immediately following World War II.

Scope and Content Researchers studying the Lawrence B. Goldsmith Papers will gain insight into the workings of the Huntsville Jewish Charities. The papers are arranged in chronological order.

Collection Inventory








Appraisal of family papers and inventories




B’nai B’rith – Esora Lodge No. 236, Minutes (copy)




Cora Barley




Diary of Margaret Anne Goldsmith




Finding aids to family papers at the Huntsville Public Library




Huntsville Jewish Charities




Huntsville Jewish Charities




Huntsville Jewish Charities




Oral history of Margaret Anne conducted by the Institute for Southern Jewish Life




Press clippings




Series of letters at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (CDs)


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