Atlanta oral history interviews, 1976-1983

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Jewish Committee. Atlanta Chapter.
Title: Atlanta oral history interviews, 1976-1983
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 596
Extent:AV Masters: .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Oral history interviews conducted by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee to preserve the history of the Jewish community in Atlanta.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift, 1980 with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], American Jewish Committee, Atlanta Chapter, Atlanta oral history interviews, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Susan Potts McDonald, June 6, 2006.

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Atlanta Oral History Project was begun in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary (1980) of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and was an effort of the Atlanta Chapter to preserve the history of the Jewish community in Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of oral history interviews conducted from 1976-1983 by the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Included in the project are interviews with such members of prominent Atlanta Jewish families as John Sibley, David Marx, Harry Epstein, Sam Eplan, Rebecca Gershon, Donald Oberdorfer, Joseph Cohen, Josephine Heyman, Cecil Alexander, and Sinclair Jacobs. The interviews pertain to recollections about the history of their own community and of Atlanta in general. Also includes audiotapes relating to oral history meetings, educational programs, and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee seventy-fifth anniversary celebration.

Container List

Audio recordings-Alphabetical by name
Box Folder Content
- - Alexander, Cecil, (1) recalls his life as he speaks to "The Second Sunday Night Philosophy Group," April 1979; (2) interview by Leonard W. Leeds, November 10, 1980; and (3) "AJC honors Cecil Alexander" features remarks by Coretta King and Andrew Young, June 1, 1982 [digitized; Emory: d73sc; d73r7; d73z2; d73xx; d73kj]
- - Cohen, Gerald, November 18, 1980 [digitized; Emory: d73mp; d73nt]
- - Cohen, Joseph (Rabbi), February 12, 1976 [digitized; Emory: d73ws; d73jd]
- - Eplan, Sam, February 1976 [Tape 1] [digitized; Emory: d7p96; d7pdm]
- - Eplan, Sam, February 1976 [Tape 2] [digitized; Emory: d7ph1]
- - Freeborn, Elbridge, February 11, 1980 [digitized; Emory: d7pj5; d7pbb]
- - Gershon, David and Ruth, January 27, 1978 [digitized; Emory: d7pcg; d7p82]
- - Gershon, Rebecca, February 18, 1976 [digitized; Emory: d8mhw; d8m92]
- - Heyman, Josephine, March 5 1981 [digitized; Emory: d8mj1; d8mdg]
- - Jacobs, Sadie, February 17, 1976 [digitized; Emory: d8m8x; d8mb6]
- - Jacobs, Sinclair, n.d. [digitized; Emory: d8m7s; d8mcb]
- - Kahn, Ed and Ethel Myers, n.d. [digitized; Emory: d8mgr; d8mfm]
- - Levitas, Ida, March 13, 1976 [digitized; Emory: d9084]
- - Marx, David, May 4, 1978 [digitized; Emory: d90cj; d90bd]
- - Mayer, Albert, n.d. [digitized; Emory: d9070]
- - Oberdorfer, Donald, n.d. [Tape 1] [digitized; Emory: d90dp; d9098]
- - Oberdorfer, Donald, n.d. [Tape 2] [digitized; Emory: dw41r; dw3rj]
- - Sibley, John, n.d. [Tape 1] [digitized; Emory: dw3x7; dw4c4]
- - Sibley, John, n.d. [Tape 2] [digitized; Emory: dw48q]
- - Wenger, Nanette K., interviewed by L.W. Leeds for the AJC "Women of Achievement" oral history project, May 10, 1983 [digitized; Emory: dw445; dw40m]
- - Zimmerman, Robert (Mr. and Mrs.), September 27, 1978 [digitized; Emory: dw4d8]
Audio recordings-Chronologically by event
- - Oral History Meeting Minutes, March 4, 1976 [digitized; Emory: dwmzx; dwmvh]
- - Atlanta Oral History Project program and presentation, featuring interview conducted by Herb Kaploy, December 3, 1980 [digitized; Emory: dwn19; dwn2f]
- - 75th anniversary of the Atlanta Chapter of American Jewish Committee, April 12, 1981 [digitized; Emory: dwmtc; dwmxs]
- - "Palestinians in Perspective," an educational program at Ahavath Achim Synagogue, Atlanta, February 3, 1982 [digitized; Emory: dwn3k; dwmwn]
Video recordings
- - Atlantans Looking at Atlanta, WAGA Productions, December 3, 1980 [Part 1] [digitized; Emory: 11521]
- - Atlantans Looking at Atlanta, WAGA Productions, December 3, 1980 [Part 2] [digitized; Emory: 11522]