Series 2
Family papers, 1898-2003
Boxes 27-35 and 83-90; OP1, 5; BV1-2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of family papers of the Geffen family from 1898-2003. The papers include legal documents such as marriage certificates, naturalization papers, and certificates of citizenship; biographical/genealogical records relating to the Birshtein, Geffen, and Levin-Rabinowitz families; materials relating to family celebrations such as Bar Mitzvahs, births, weddings, and anniversaries; certificates of membership and awards of recognition; and school papers.

The family papers also contain several diaries including Anna Geffen's diaries of trips to Israel in 1976 and 1983; David Geffen's 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree diary; and Louis Geffen's diaries documenting his World War II service including one he kept while traveling from Oakland, California to the Philippines (August 21-September 9, 1945) and another documenting his activities (October 15-November 9, 1945) in Manila up to the point that he left Manila to serve as chief prosecutor in the Yokohama war crimes trials.

The series also includes materials relating to Louis Geffen's military service (1933-1964) including official correspondence and printed material, records (1947-1958) of the Post 112 (Atlanta, Georgia) of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States, and legal cases files (circa 1927-1940) from his Atlanta law firm.

Materials relating to Rabbi Tobias Geffen include a rare 1898 handwritten his Lithuanian pre-nuptial tanaaim for Tobias and Sara Hene Rabinowitz, memorials celebrating his life, and documents relating to his estate and property.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
Box Folder Content
27 1 Artwork: Codor, Dick
27 2 Artwork: Kirschen, Yaakov
OP1 1 Artwork: Kirschen, Yaakov
27 3 Artwork: Siegel, Jerry [cartoon signed by]
27 4 Birshtein family: Biographical/Genealogical
27 5 Birshtein Furniture Studios: Ephemera
27 6 Birshtein, M.I. "Easy": Business card
27 7 Birshtein, M.I. "Easy": Death, 1978
27 8 Birshtein, M.I. "Easy": Letter [in German] from Albert Einstein, 1931 [photocopy]
27 9 Birshtein, Oscar: Program from stepson's, Douglas Selig Levy, bar mitzvah, 1987
27 10 Geffen family: Biographical/Genealogical materials (1 of 2)
27 11 Geffen family: Biographical/Genealogical materials (2 of 2)
OP5 1 Geffen family: Family history tree, 1962-1972 [
27 12 Geffen family: Family meeting minutes, 1971-1982
OP5 1 Geffen family: Family tree: Rabbi Tuvia Geffen and Sara Hene Rabinowitz
27 13 Simon, Abe: Birthday Tribute to Lottie, June 1975
27 14 Geffen, Abe: Boys High, school papers, 1930-1932
27 15 Geffen, Abe: Boys High, school papers, debate notes on Munitions Problems, Anti-Semitism, Government Ownership of Public Utilities, Military Protection, Private Schools, Taxation, Jewish Life, and Friendship, circa 1930-1932
27 16 Geffen, Abe: Emory University, 1934-1937
BV1 Geffen, Anna: Autograph book upon leaving the Formwalt School, 1938
27 17 Geffen, Anna: Bingo game using Jewish and southern food
OP1 2 Geffen, Anna: Birthday poem from children and grandchildren, 1976
27 18 Geffen, Anna: Cards [membership, etc.]
27 19 Geffen, Anna: Certificate of Citizenship, 1912
27 20 Geffen, Anna: Certificates
OP5 2 Geffen, Anna: Certificates
27 21 Geffen, Anna: Datebook (lists food served), 1958
28 1 Geffen, Anna: "Days to Remember" small volume [family birthdays, etc.]
28 2 Geffen, Anna: Diary, 1942 [military life]
28 3 Geffen, Anna: Diary, December 1976 [trip to Israel]
28 4 Geffen, Anna: Diary, November-December 1983 [trip to Israel for Tuvia Jeremy Geffen Bar Mitzvah]
28 5 Geffen, Anna: Formwalt School (Atlanta, Ga.) memorabilia
28 6 Geffen, Anna: In Memoriam book, 2001
28 7 Geffen, Anna: Scrapbook from early years of marriage, 1930s
29 1 Geffen, Anna: Wedding mementos, 1934
29 2 Geffen, Anna: Wedding telegrams, 1934-1935
29 3 Geffen, Annette: Emory University, school papers, 1931
29 4 Geffen, Avie: Bar Mitzvah, 1979
29 5 Geffen, Bessie: Emory University, school papers, 1929
29 6 Geffen, Cathy Rele: Birth
29 7 Geffen, David: Autographs
29 8 Geffen, David: Baby Book, 1938
29 9 Geffen, David: Bar Mitzvah announcements, 1951
29 10 Geffen, David: Bar Mitzvah autograph album, 1951
29 11 Geffen, David: Bar Mitzvah certificate, 1951
BV2 Geffen, David: Bar Mitzvah scrapbook
29 12 Geffen, David: Biographical materials
29 13 Geffen, David: Birth announcement, 1938
29 14 Geffen, David: Cards [membership, etc.]
29 15 Geffen, David: Certificates, 1950-2004
OP1 3 Geffen, David: Certificates
29 16 Geffen, David: Department of the Army, Special Orders October 17, 1966
30 1 Geffen, David: Diary, 1953 [Boy Scout Jamboree]
30 2 Geffen, David: Emory University, Essays, 1955-1959
30 3 Geffen, David: Emory University, Honor's Day Program, May 13, 1959
30 4 Geffen, David: Emory University, Religious Studies, school papers, 1958
30 5 Geffen, David: Fort Sill (Oklahoma), Passover placemat for a Seder, 1964-1965
30 6 Geffen, David: Grady High School, Album of memories, 1955
30 7 Geffen, David: Grady High School, school papers, 1952-1955
30 8 Geffen, David: Guest book and speech by Joel Joseph, Retirement from Temple Israel, Scranton, Pennsylvania, 2004
30 9 Geffen, David: Guest book (Wilmington, Delaware), June 1977
30 10 Geffen, David: Hebrew School materials
30 11 Geffen, David: Invitation lists for graduation and wedding
30 12 Geffen, David: Report cards, 1944-1955
31 1 Geffen, David: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1957-1958
31 2 Geffen, David: Wedding bencher [prayer book for grace after meals]
31 3 Geffen, Elissa: Wedding, 1988
31 4 Geffen, Helen: School papers, French notebook with Uncle Remus on the cover
31 5 Geffen, Joseph: Report cards, Emory University, 1920-1922
31 6 Geffen, Louis: Board of Education candidate, 2nd Ward, filing fee receipt
31 7 Geffen, Louis: Boys High School, list of graduates, 1918-1922
31 8 Geffen, Louis: Cards [business, military, etc.]
31 9 Geffen, Louis: Certificates
OP5 3 Geffen, Louis: Certificates
31 10 Geffen, Louis: Diaries, 1942-1943 [3 small volumes]
31 11 Geffen, Louis: Diary, World War II, August 21-September 9, 1945 [voyage from Oakland, California to the Philippines]
31 12 Geffen, Louis: Diary, World War II, October 15-November 9, 1945 [in Manila, Philippines]
31 13 Geffen, Louis: Diary, 1987
31 14 Geffen, Louis: Diary, 1988
83 Geffen, Louis: Columbia University Law School notebooks
32 1 Geffen, Louis: Emory University transcript (copy), 1923
32 2 Geffen, Louis: In Memoriam book, 2001
32 3 Geffen, Louis: Insurance
32 4 Geffen, Louis: Marriage certificate, 1934
32 5 Geffen, Louis: Tax records, 1941-1944
32 6 Geffen, Louis: World War II mementos
32 7 Geffen, Louis: Young Judaea, S.I.J. Chapter, dance card, undated
32 8 Geffen, Rita: Certificate, 2004
32 9 Geffen, Rita: Diary, 1963-1964 [students in Israel]
32 10 Geffen, Samuel: Emory University Law School, paper on workmen's compensation, 1936
32 11 Geffen, Samuel: Emory University Law School, school papers
32 12 Geffen, Tobias: Bar Mitzvah description, Lithuania, 1883 [photocopy]
32 13 Geffen, Tobias: Biographical material
OP5 4 Geffen, Tobias: Certificates
32 14 Geffen, Tobias: Deposition regarding Louis Geffen's birth, 1964
32 15 Geffen, Tobias: Diary, February 4 October 1945 [typescript]
32 16 Geffen, Tobias: Estate
32 17 Geffen, Tobias: Home guestbook
32 18 Geffen, Tobias: Memorial on his 4th Yahrzeit, Congregation Beth Shalom, Wilmington, Delaware, 1984
32 19 Geffen, Tobias, Memorial services/dinners, 1970-1974
32 20 Geffen, Tobias: Memorial tablet, 1972
32 21 Geffen, Tobias: Naturalization certificate, 1933 [photocopy]
OP1 4 Geffen, Tobias: Portrait
32 22 Geffen, Tobias: Property
32 23 Geffen, Tobias: Scrapbook
32 24 Geffen, Tobias and Sara: Cemetery/gravestone
32 25 Geffen, Tobias and Sara Hene Rabinowitz: Lithuanian pre-nuptial tanaaim, Lithuania, 1898
32 26 Geffen, Tuvia Jeremy: Bar Mitzvah, 1983
32 27 Geffen, Tuvia Jeremy: Birth announcement, 1970
32 28 Rabinowitz, Rubin L.: Recipes/prescriptions for pharmaceuticals, Hazelton, Pennsylvania
32 29 Simon, Lottie Geffen: Affidavit regarding birth signed by Tobias and Sara Geffen, 1949
33 1 Zalman-Rabinowitz family: Genealogy
33 2 Ziff, Helen: Death, 2003
33 3 Ziff, Samuel: Death, 1980
33 4 Unknown family member: Address books
33 5 Unknown family member: Funeral guestbook 1
33 6 Unknown family member: Funeral guestbook 2
Louis Geffen military service
34 1 Camp Gordon Training material, 1955
34 2 Camp Gordon Training material, 1955
34 3 Correspondence and orders, 1933-1964
34 4 Georgia Military District, "The ABC's of Military Government: A Primer." 310th Military Government Group, Georgia Military District, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1950s
34 5 Legal Team Technical Manual for Military Government Operations, circa 1948
34 6 Military government manuals
34 7 Military trial documents, 1942-1945
34 8 Miscellaneous World War II
34 9 School for Personnel Services, Personal Affairs Course, 1944
Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Post 112 (Atlanta, Georgia) [Louis Geffen]
35 1 Constitution
35 2 Correspondence, 1947-1948
35 3 Correspondence, 1949-1958
35 4 Financial records
35 5 Minutes
35 6 Miscellaneous
35 7 Printed material, Annual Commander's Banquet and Dance, 1964
35 8 Printed material, Memorial Monument Dedication, 1987
35 9 Printed material, The Voice, 1948-1963
35 10 Reports
35 11 Rosters
35 12 Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Department of Georgia Encampment, program 1947
35 13 Jewish War Veterans of the United States, Printed material
Louis Geffen law files, circa 1927-1940 [partially processed]
84 - Ackerman, Isaac, 1939 June
84 - Ackerman, Isaac, 1939 August
84 - Ackerman, Isaac, 1939 December
84 - Ackerman, Isaac, 1940 February
84 - Ackerman, Isaac, 1940 September
84 - Anderson, Mamie, 1938 April
84 - Associated Trade Adjusters, 1935 February
84 - Atlanta Cotton Batting Company care of Sidney Zimmerman, 1933 July
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1939 July
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1939 September
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1939 December
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 January
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 January (regarding Butler Street)
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 February
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 March (regarding Decatur and Daniels Streets)
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 March (regarding Washington Street)
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 April
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 July
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 August
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 October
84 - Auerbach, Abe, 1940 November 1940
84 - Barber, Alton, 1939 August
84 - Bizinsky, Robert, 1940 May
84 - Bizinsky, Robert, 1940 December
84 - Bluestein, Nathan vs Mildred Bluestein, 1932 September
84 - Book House for Children, 1934 March
84 - Brindley, Horace vs William H. Hamer forward by Earl Thompson, 1940 May
84 - Bund, Abe, 1939 December
84 - Burnstein, Hilda, 1940 July
84 - Burton, A.C., Jr., 1934 October
84 - Butler, Max, 1939
84 - Butler, Max, 1940 March
84 - Cannafax, Clarence A., 1935 January
84 - Chitwood, Mrs. Vs Berst Smith, 1935 January
84 - Citron, Abe H., 1935 January
84 - Clein, Isaac, 1938 February
84 - Clein, Leah, 1939 June
84 - Cohen, Hyman, 1939 October
84 - Congregation Shearith Israel, 1940 August
85 - Constitution Publishing Company vs Colonial Cleaners, 1932 August
85 - Cooper, Herman vs William Watts and Leroy Zachery, 1940 February
85 - Cristal, Clara, 1938 August
85 - Cristal, Seymour, 1940 January
85 - Daniel, J. H. (Reverend), Mt. Gillard Baptist Church, 1940 May
85 - Day, Iverson Lee, 1935 April
85 - Diamond Brothers, 1934 November-December
85 - Dodgen, L.A. vs W.H. Langston, 1935 February
85 - Edelstein, A.I., 1940 November
85 - Elkon, Samuel, 1939 October
85 - Eureaka Vacuum Cleaner Company vs E.L. Myrick, 1935
85 - Faris, John C. vs Ogden Geilfuss, 1934-1935
85 - Frostig, Maurice, 1940 December
85 - Geffen, Louis, 1939 February
85 - Glustrom, S., 1940 September
85 - Goldstein, Sidney vs Lucile Wingo, 1932 August
85 - Gooding, Essie, 1938 November
85 - Goodman, Dorothy, 1938 October
85 - Gotlieb, Sam, 1940 September
85 - Greenberg, A.C., 1938 April
85 - Greenberg, A.C., 1940 March
85 - Greenberg, A.C., 1940 May
85 - Greenberg, A.C. vs Martin Wise, 1940 May
85 - Greenberg, Aaron, 1939 September
85 - Greenberg, Sol, 1939 September
85 - Harrington, Olive, 1933 May
86 - J.B. Lippincott Company vs J.M. Chiles, YMCA
86 - Johnson Grocery Co., 1940 May
86 - Kennebrew, Fred Robert, 1939 March
86 - Kilan Hat Company, 1935 January
86 - Kissel Industries, 1934 October
86 - Kline's Inc., 1934 February
86 - Klotz, Sol, executor for the estate of Sarah Klotz, 1939 May
86 - Kolodkin, Abe, 1938 May
86 - Lawrence, Geneva, 1935 February
86 - Levin, Morros, 1939 May
86 - Levy Grocery Company, 1934 December
86 - Liberson, Bennie, 1939 March
86 - Liberson, Bennie, 1940 January
86 - Liberson, Ida, 1938 November
86 - Liberson, Max, 1939 September
86 - Liberson, Max, 1940 December
86 - Madison Paint Company, 1934 April
86 - Malloy, Bob, 1938 March
86 - Malloy, Robert, 1938 May
86 - Markis, Frances Wooster, 1934 (1 of 2)
86 - Markis, Frances Wooster, 1934 (2 of 2)
86 - McCrary, Charlie L., 1934 November
86 - Metltzer, Louis, 1939 May
86 - Mercantile Adjuster, 1935 January
86 - Merritt, Henry Hugh, 1939 October
86 - Miller, J.E. (Mrs.), 1934 December
86 - Miller, Joseph B., trustee, 1938 March
86 - Minday, Mike, 1938 May
86 - Minsk, Johnnie, 1939 December
86 - Minsk, Sam, 1939 July
86 - Mitchell, P.N., 1940 March
86 - Mitnick, Katie, 1938 October
86 - Moore, Wylie, 1938 October
86 - Norris, Fleming, 1940 March
87 - Novak, Sam, 1940 June
87 - Novak, Sam, 1940 August
87 - Novelty Hat Company, Inc., 1935 January
87 - Pesso, Elie D, 1939 October
87 - Prattes, George, 1938
87 - Pressley, T. F., 1938 February
87 - Reeves, Clarence, 1939 November
87 - Relford, Wilson, 1940 January
87 - Robinson, Sarah, 1933 August
87 - Saliman, Sam, 1935 April
87 - Schaffer, Joe, 1937 August
87 - Schaffer, Joe, 1938 March
87 - Schaffer, Tobe (Mrs.), 1940 February
87 - Schechter, Simon, 1940 October
87 - Siegman, Julia, 1938 May
87 - Silverman's Grocery, 1933 April
87 - Smalley, Ernestine, 1940 June
87 - Smolowski, Daisy, 1935
87 - Smith, Louis, 1933 August
87 - Smith, Walter, 1933 October
87 - Surety Products Company, 1934 September
87 - Stanford, J.W. (Mrs.), 1939 November
87 - Stein, B., 1940 July
87 - Stein, Dave, 1939 June
87 - Stewart, Ruby, 1940 August
87 - Tabeksman, M., 1938 May
87 - Taratoot, Philip, 1938 May
87 - Taylor, B.Z., 1940 January
87 - Temes, Aarron, 1927 June
87 - Tillem, M., 1940 March
87 - Townsend, Hubert F., 1939 February
87 - Trammell, Gus (estate), 1962
87 - Trice, Arthur, 1939 December
87 - W.E. Roberts Company, 1935 February
87 - Weed, L.G., 1934 December
87 - Weintraub, M., 1933 September
87 - Whaley, Julia vs Lowes Atlanta Theater, 1927
87 - White, L.C., 1932 December
87 - Wright, George, 1940 May
87 - Yalovitz, Moskey, 1940 March
87 - Tohai, Isaac, 1939 March
87 - Zimmerman, Sidney (Mrs.), 1934 October
88 - Legal case files [unprocessed]
89 - Legal case files [unprocessed]
90 - Legal case files [unprocessed]
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