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M. William Breman Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 039

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the papers of M. William Breman will gain insight into Jewish industrialists and philanthropists in the South. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply to several folders related to Last Will and Testament.

Conditions Governing 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Biographical / Historical

Mortimer William (Bill) Breman was born on March 13, 1908, in Philadelphia. When he was five years old, the family moved to Atlanta, where they remained until Bill was 15, at which time they moved to Asheville, North Carolina. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1929.

Bill returned to Atlanta and married Sylvia Goldstein (1911-1992) of Rochester, New York, in 1934. The couple had two children, Carol Breman Nemo (b. 1938) and James Breman (1943-2017). Bill retired from his business, Breman Steel Company, in 1979. Following his first wife's long illness and death in 1992, Bill married Elinor Angel Rosenberg (1922-2018). Elinor was an ardent supporter and an active participant in the development and progress of the Museum from its beginnings. In honor of Bill's 90th birthday, Elinor made a gift of a Steinway piano to the Museum, ensuring that music would be incorporated into the Museum's programming.

Bill received numerous humanitarian and human relations awards for the extensive community service work that he did, including the Distinguished Service Award of the Gate City Lodge of B'nai B'rith (1965); the American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award (1981) and the Abe Goldstein Humanitarian Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1984). He served as president of The Temple and The Jewish Home, now called The William Breman Jewish Home. Bill was a life member of the following boards: American Jewish Committee, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Temple, The William Breman Jewish Home and The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. In 2000, he was honored by the Federation with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The Bremans endowed The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, the religious school of The Temple, the Sylvia Breman Library at The Davis Academy, The William Breman Jewish Home, and the Sylvia Breman Auditorium at The Selig Center. Before his death on December 13, 2000, three months shy of his 93rd birthday, Bill and Elinor attended nearly every museum event and valued time with their combined families – 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.


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Language of Materials



M. William Breman was a respected Jewish and general community leader who gave both time and financial support to various concerns, causes, and organizations. Both the William Breman Jewish Home and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum are named for him. The papers include records from the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, Atlanta Jewish Federation, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, the William Breman Jewish, Home, The Temple and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Of special interest is a collection of newspaper articles on the Leo Frank Case, 1915-1982.


All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

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M. William Breman Family Papers, Mss 39
Sandra Berman; additions processed by Victoria H. Schaeffner, 2018; Hannah Helmey, 2018.
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States