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Guthman-Kahn Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 341

Scope and Contents

The Guthman and Kahn family papers contain architectural drawings, business records, certificates, clippings, correspondence, diaries, financial records, membership cards, photographs, programs, property records, and wedding materials. Family members represented in the collection include E.S. Guthman, Jennie Schindler, Walter Guthman, Jane Guthman Kahn, Julius Kahn, Baldwin “Buddy” Kahn (including materials related to his marriage with Jane Guthman), Robert Kahn, Carol Kahn, David Kahn, and Diane Kahn. The bulk of the materials pertain to Jane Guthman Kahn from her childhood through her career as a journalist and her participation in politics in the state of Georgia. Other materials include records of properties in Savannah, Georgia, owned by Julius Kahn and the records of Kahn and Company, Inc.

Dates

  • 1870 - 1999

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Guthman family, of German-Jewish descent, has lived in Savannah, Georgia for several generations. Aaron Guthman (1867-1967) was born in Philadelphia and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, then to Savannah in the early 1900s where he joined the family business and operated the Savannah branch of the Haas-Guthman-Singer Company, that later became Haas Guthman Company, a food brokerage business. Aaron Guthman and Jennie Schindler (m. 1894) had three sons; Max (1896-1976), Walter (1903-1972), and Richard Guthman (1907-1993). Walter and Max both worked with their father for the Haas Guthman Company.

Julius Kahn (1890-1988) emigrated from Lithuania to the United States in 1906. In 1918, Julius Kahn married Wray Hirsch whose family ran Hirsch’s Delicatessen. Later, Julius Kahn went to work for Frank & Company, a wholesale dry goods firm, until he left in 1929 to form his own business with his brother-in-law Charlie Hirsch. Kahn & Hirsch only lasted for one year until it became Kahn & Company, Inc., a nationwide distributor of hotel linens. Julius’ son Baldwin “Buddy” Kahn (1929-2002) joined the family business after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1950s.

Walter Guthman married Jean Guckenheimer in the early twentieth century. They had 2 children, Jane (b. 1933) and Margery (b. 1938). Jane, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, fostered a career as a journalist in Savannah and was active in the Savannah Jewish Council, and both the Inaugural Committee and the Judicial Nominating Commission of Georgia. Jane Guthman married Buddy Kahn in 1954. They have four children, Carol (ca. 1956- ), Bobby (ca. 1958- ), David (1960- ), and Mark (ca. 1970- ). Carol Kahn is a therapist in New Jersey. Bobby Kahn, of Atlanta, is well known for his work with the Democratic party of Georgia, serving as the Chair of the party from 2004-2007. David is President of Kahn & Co., Inc., based in Savannah. Mark is an attorney for technology companies in San Francisco, California.

Extent

1.2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Documents, records, clippings, ephemera, and other papers relating to the lives and families of Jane and Buddy Kahn of Savannah, GA.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series- Guthman Family Papers and Kahn Family papers.

Custodial History

The Guthman-Kahn Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection and oversized materials removed to Oversized Collection
Title
Guthman-Kahn Family Papers, Mss 341
Status
Completed
Author
Lindsay Resnick
Date
2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

Contact:
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Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States
678-222-3700