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Oscar Elsas Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 056

Scope and Contents

The social historian interested in the growth and development of a pioneering Atlanta Jewish family will find this collection of special interest. There is also secondary source material relating to the history and daily operations of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill and Rich’s Inc. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1870 - 2000


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Oscar Elsas was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 28, 1871, the son of Jacob and Clara Stahl Elsas. Jacob Elsas was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, a business which opened its doors on Decatur Street in 1881, and which would eventually became the largest employer in Atlanta. Oscar received his early education in the Atlanta public schools and at the English High School of Boston, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he entered the Georgia School of Technology, and was a member of the first graduation class of that university. In 1895, Oscar married Emma Erhlich, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ehrlich of Boston Massachusetts. A son, Norman, was born to Oscar and Emma in 1896, followed by a daughter, Helen, in 1906. In 1909, Oscar Elsas became president of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill following the retirement of his father, Jacob. Conscious of the philanthropic commitment of his father to various Atlanta community organizations, such as Grady Memorial Hospital, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Hebrew Orphans’ Home, and the Temple, Oscar continued to support these institutions and was active in a wide variety of civic affairs. Unfortunately, Oscar met an untimely death at the age of 52 while on a trip to Boston in 1924.


2.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



A native Atlantan, Oscar Elsas was the founder of Fulton Bag and Cotton, a business which became the largest employer in Atlanta. The papers consist of correspondence, family genealogy, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and programs.


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

Related Materials

Mss 015, Oscar Strauss Jr. Family Papers Mss 018, Abe Goldstein Family Papers Mss 020, Abraham Bernard Reisman Family Papers Mss 027, Julius L. Tenenbaum Papers Mss 028, Jospeh Jacobs Family Papers

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, and textiles removed to costume collection.

Oscar Elsas Family Papers, Mss 56
Sandra Berman (August, 1993)
August 1993
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States