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Buchsbaum and Levy Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 345

Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information, certificates, correspondence, clippings, publications, and a will. Most of the papers relate to Aaron L. Buchsbaum and Matthew M. Levy. Material in this collection dates from 1868 to 2011.

Of particular note are materials regarding Aaron L. Buchsbaum's career, which include information on specific legal cases, community involvement, awards, and letters to the editor of the Savannah newspaper. There are also clippings concerning noteworthy civil rights cases in which he was involved. Please note that these papers consist primarily of clippings and do not contain any confidential client information. Also included are Matthew Levy's World War I photographs and Sophie Levy's photograph album. Other family members and friends represented in the collection include: Dorothy Boblasky, Alan Buchsbaum, Esther Buchsbaum, Herbert Buchsbaum, Sarah Levy Buchsbaum, David Leon Barnett, Ida Levy Barnett, Pearl Levy, Micheal Lutzker, Odess family, Sarah Prisant, Edward Serotta, Susan Barbara Slutsky, Thelma Swartzberg, Albert Tenenbaum, Betty and Lou Weiner, Dorothy Levy Wexler, William Wexler, and Sadye Blumenfield Yergen. Undated materials are located at the back of their respective folders.


  • Creation: 1868 - 2011


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Buchsbaum and Levy families are connected through the marriage of two natives of Savannah, Georgia, Herbert “Herbie” Buchsbaum (Sep. 21, 1902-Oct. 18, 1948) and Sarah “Sauchie” Levy (Sep. 13, 1904-Jul. 30, 1972). They were married Mar. 25, 1927 in Charleston, SC. Both died in Savannah.

Herbert was the son of Abraham Buchsbaum (ca. 1861-May 7, 1909) and Gussie Finer/Feiner Buchsbaum (1868-Oct. 26, 1911), both of whom came to the United States in the 1880s and moved to Savannah by 1900. Abraham was born in Limanova, Austria (now Poland). The couple married ca. 1887 and both died in Savannah.

Sarah was the daughter of Aaron “Alter” Malitz Levy (ca. 1864-1929) and Rachel Gold Levy (1876-1951) who arrived in Savannah from Russia in 1903. Aaron was born in Brest L’Tovsk (now Belarus) with the surname Malitz and was the father of eight children: Abe Levy (b. 1887), Sophie Levy Wills (1889-1978), Ida Levy Barnett (b. 1894), Matthew Malitz Levy (1899-1971), Sarah Levy Buchsbaum (1904-1972), Rosaline “Rosalie” Levy Tenenbaum (1906-1983), Jack Malitz Levy (1908-1988), and Dorothy M. Levy Wexler (1911-1969). The first three children were by his first wife, Rifka Hannah Goldblatt Malitz, who died in Europe. After reaching Savannah, Aaron changed his surname to Levy and opened a watch repair business named A. Levy & Son. This business later became Levy Jewelers, which remains an active retail store in Savannah.

Of all the Levy children, Matthew (Mar. 1, 1899-Sep. 4, 1971) is most heavily represented in the collection. He attended the University of Georgia and Harvard Law School then went on to practice law and serve as Judge of the Municipal Court of the City of New York and Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. His wife was Pearl G. Spivak Levy (1898-2000), who was also his first cousin. There are also materials on the youngest Levy child, Dorothy Levy Wexler. She was the wife of international B’nai B’rith President, Dr. William A. Wexler, and was active in the community. The Savannah chapter of B’nai B’rith Girls was renamed in her honor in 1971.

Herbert and Sarah Levy Buchsbaum had one child, Aaron Levy Buchsbaum (Apr. 9, 1931-Apr. 12, 2014). He graduated from Tulane University and Emory University Law School prior to becoming a Savannah attorney and civil rights activist. He married Atlanta native Esther Deborah Rosenbaum Buchsbaum (Feb. 24, 1936-Aug. 25, 2020) on Jun. 21, 1956 and together they had four children: Herbert Richard Buchsbaum, Lauren Gail Buchsbaum, Susan Rachel Buchsbaum, and Elizabeth Ann Buchsbaum. Aaron and Esther are buried in Savannah's Bonaventure cemetery.

The Odess family also appears in the collection. Dorothy Spivak Odess (1912-1984) was a niece of Rachel Gold Levy.


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Language of Materials



Documents and clippings relating to the Buchsbaum and Levy families of Savannah, Georgia and New York City.


This collection is organized into four series: Series 1. Buchsbaum family; Series 2. Levy family; Series 3. Additional surnames; Series 4. Jewish publications. Within each series, folders are arranged alphabetically by surname.

Custodial History

The Buchsbaum and Levy family papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives that were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.

Related Materials

Mss 342, William A. Wexler Family Papers

Separated Materials

Oversize materials removed to Oversized Collection and photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection

Buchsbaum and Levy Family Papers, Mss 345
Valerie J. Frey, 2002; N.E. Galler, 2004; Lynette Stoudt, 2011; Lindsay B. Resnick, 2015.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States