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Dates:  1943-2006

Creator:  Sidney Feldman

Summary/Abstract: Sidney Feldman was a native of Atlanta and a successful businessman. His papers consist of materials relating to military service records and papers relating to civic activities in Atlanta GA.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.4 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  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 251, Sidney Feldman Papers, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Processed by:  Demece Harvey

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

Biographical/Historical Note:  Sidney Feldman was a most unusual businessman. He earned a fortune as president of a family business, London Iron and Metal, a scrap iron and metal company that furnished Atlantic Steel with much of its scrap melt. He supplied the first major gift to Georgia State University and funded two buildings for the Boys Club of Atlanta. His causes included the Jewish and African-American communities. Mr. Feldman played a key role in the development and success of the Morehouse School of Medicine," the only predominantly African-American medical school to be established in the 20th century.  He showed very visibly that a minority school is important to Atlanta and the nation. Mr. Feldman was awarded an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters by the medical school. Born in Poland, Mr. Feldman came to Atlanta when he was 9 and attended Boys High and Georgia Evening College, the predecessor of Georgia State University.  During World War II, he signed up with the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in the Pacific as a gunnery officer aboard an aircraft carrier, earning a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.  After the war, Mr. Feldman's uncle Max London offered him a position in his scrap metal salvage company. He was a thinker, up on current events and the world, and a bigger than life, shining personality.  After selling the company in 1989, Mr. Feldman joined Mr. London as owner of London-Feldman Properties, a successful commercial real estate firm.  Mr. Feldman served as president of many nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, including the GSU Alumni Association and the William Breman Jewish Home.  There's no telling how many people he benefacted over the years that nobody knew about.  Mr. Feldman's honors for his leadership and generosity included the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

Scope and Content:  Sidney Feldman Family Papers, consisting of papers including the high school memory book of Clara Lazar Feldman, 1946; military service records of Sidney Feldman, 1943-1956; a photograph of B'nai B'rith Girls District Five meeting, 1945; records, including framed honors and award relating to Sidney Feldman's philanthropic activities and involvement with Morehouse College, National Conference of Christians and Jews, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Katherine and Jacob Greenfield Hebrew Academy, the Anti-Defamation League, the William Breman Jewish Home, the Sullivan Society, and numerous other community organizations; a tribute book from the State of Israel honoring Sidney Feldman as "Man of the Year," 1975; and an advertising brochure from London Iron and Metal.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 Awards 1991 – 2006
Birthday Tribute Undated
Correspondence / Emails 1975 - 2005
Fiftieth wedding anniversary invitation 1996
Georgia State University Foundation 2000
London Iron & Metal Undated
Morehouse School of Medicine Salute to Excellent 1996 – 1997
Programs 1946 – 2006
School Day Memories – Yearbook 1946
U.S. Navy Discharge Papers 1943 - 1956
2 State of Israel Book of Honor 1975
First Georgia Bank Plaque 1980

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