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Nathan Cohen Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 102

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the peddler and clothing industry can gain insight into the Jewish merchant business in Georgia. The collection is organized in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1924 - 1972

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There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

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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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Cohen’s of Alma Department Store began in a special wagon drawn by a large Belgium horse in 1920. Mr. Cohen peddled a wagon full of merchandise such as shoes, sewing materials and notions. In 1924, he purchased his first store. Located in the heart of downtown Alma, Georgia, Cohen's of Alma is a family department store dedicated to serving the needs of its loyal patrons. “No matter what, you can always count on Cohen's to deliver quality products and service with a smile.


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Nathan Cohen emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1913 and moved to South Georgia working as a peddler. In 1924 he opened Cohen’s of Alma. He retired in 1957 and assumed numerous civic responsibilities throughout the community. He was elected Mayor of Alma in 1961 and later named Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club and Board of Trade. The papers include records from Cohen’s of Alma Department Store and correspondence relating to the election of Nathan Cohen as Mayor of Alma, Georgia, 1961.


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

Nathan Cohen Family Papers, Mss 102
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States