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Kaye and Don Kole Papers

Identifier: Mss 346

Scope and Contents

This collection contains announcements, invitations, programs, and drafts of Kaye Kole’s book, The Minis Family in Georgia along with correspondence related to the book. Series I contains anniversary invitations, bar and bat mitzvah invitations, birth announcements, birthday invitations, graduation invitations, Jack M. Levy award invitations, wedding invitations, and event programs. Announcements and invitations in this series were originally sent to the Kole's home. Since 2000, Kaye Kole has added announcements and invitations sent to she and Don into the Savannah Jewish Archives vertical files rather than adding them to this collection.

As a certified genealogist, Kaye Kole was hired by Abram "Bob" Minis, Jr. to research and write The Minis Family in Georgia, published by the Georgia Historical Society in 1992. The Minis family is one of Savannah's first families. Abraham and Abigail Minis landed in Savannah on July 11, 1733 with the first group of Jewish settlers to Georgia's shores. Series II contains two undated drafts of the book, edited by Jo White Linn, Abram Minis, Jr., and the publisher. Also included is correspondence relevant to the book dated 1999-2000.


  • Creation: 1955 - 2010


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Margaret Kaye Robinson was born December 10, 1935 in Savannah, Georgia, daughter of Samuel and Kate (Holitser) Robinson. She graduated from Savannah High School in 1952 and attended the University of Miami for two years. In 1975, she graduated from Armstrong College (now Armstrong State University) with a BA in English and a minor in Library Science. Kaye researched and wrote The Minis Family in Georgia, published by the Georgia Historical Society in 1992 and co-wrote The Jewish Community of Savannah (Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, 2002), Voices of Savannah: Selections from the Oral History Collection of the Savannah Jewish Archives (Savannah Jewish Archives, 2004) and Picturing Savannah's Jewish Community (Savannah Jewish Archives, 2008). She is the founder of the Savannah Jewish Archives.

Donald Kole (né Kowalsky) was born September 20, 1930 in Springfield, Massachusetts, son of Abraham and Beatrice (Wittenberg) Kowalsky. He graduated from Boston University in 1952. He then served in the military, notably Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia, during which time he met Kaye at Tybee Island. The two were married on January 1, 1955 at Congregation Mickve Israel and have two children, Deborah Kole Shelton of Atlanta and Jeffrey Holitser Kole of Savannah.


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Language of Materials



Documents, invitations, and announcements relating to Kaye and Don Kole of Savannah, Georgia, and Kaye Kole’s book The Minis Family in Georgia.


The papers are arranged into two series: Series 1: Event announcements, invitations, and programs, 1955-2000, undated; and Series 2: Kaye Kole Minis Family of Georgia drafts and correspondence, 1999-2000, undated.

Custodial History

The Kaye and Don Kole 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 334, Minis Family Papers Mss 339, Zucker Family Papers

Kaye and Don Kole Papers, Mss 346
Valerie J. Frey, 2002; Kaye Kole, 2010, Lynnette Stoudt, 2011, and Lindsay Resnick, 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States