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Harry Weissman Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 416

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Harry Weissman Family Papers will gain insight into agricultural farming methods from the 1930s-1960s, convict labor in the Georgia Penitentiary System, state agriculture, the B’nai Israel Congregation, the Draft and Selective Service in World War II, as well as Jewish life in rural Georgia.


  • Creation: 1819 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Weissman was born on the Lower East Side, NY, February 22, 1909 to Austro-Hungarian parents who had immigrated to New York City. He was one of 7 children. He moved to Bucks County, PA to attend the National Farm School (1926-1929). After graduating he worked at a dairy farm in the same county. He met and married Martha Kachinski while in Pennsylvania (March 24, 1934). Martha Kachinski (original name Krevchunski) was born February 10, 1915 to parents who had immigrated from Ukraine. In 1941 Harry Weissman and his family moved to Georgia to work at the Honor Farm, DeKalb County, GA. He lived in government provided housing. In 1942 he became the Assistant Farm Manager and was promoted to Farm Manager in 1945. Under his care the dairy farm also began raising swine and conducted extensive work on animal husbandry. Harry and Martha had two children Donald and Susan.

Harry Weissman retired from federal employment in 1961 and went to work for Allied Foods formulating pet food. He and his wife, Martha were extensively involved in his community at both secular and religious events. Harry died in 1988 at the age of 79. After his death, Martha Weissman continued to be extensively involved in the community. Martha died in 2010 at the age of 95.


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This collection contains various papers from the Weissman and Kachinski (Krevchunski) families, originally from Austria-Hungary and Ukraine respectively. Included are authored writings of Harry Weissman, extensive paperwork pertaining to Harry Weissman’s time as a farm manager in the US Penitentiary in Panthersville, GA, newspaper articles, records pertaining to the National Farm School, and correspondence that is professional on subjects of farming and animal husbandry, as well as with family members.


The folders are arranged alphabetically. Series I consists of personal family papers, such as vital records, academic papers, and family history. Series II consists of Correspondence, both professional and personal, as well as authored publications, and publications (including articles and printed materials on the Weissman family members).

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to Photograph Collection.

Harry Weissman Family Papers
Dr. Lauren Hammersen
June 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