Scope and Contents
Researchers studying the Mendle Boorstin Family Papers will gain insight into the Jewish community in Atlanta during the 20th century. Of special interest are the minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, the newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association in the 1920s, and the records chronicling the movement to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1911 - 1986
Conditions Governing Access
Container 2, Folder 1 is closed to researchers.
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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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
Mendle Boorstin (1893-1974) was active in a variety of Jewish community organizations throughout his life. He was a World War I veteran and worked as an accountant for J.N. Rosenfeld. He was executive secretary for the Fulton Lodge, No. 216 Free and Accepted Masons, and was elected to that post 35 times. Other community interests included membership in the Hungarian Benevolent Society and the Jewish War Veterans. Mendle Boorstin was married to Fannie Spielberger Boorstin (1898-1986), an Atlanta native. Like her husband she volunteered her time for the good of the Jewish community of Atlanta. In large part, it was her drive and persistence that led to the establishment of a Jewish home for the aged. She worked tirelessly for the Home and served on the finance committee for 10 years and as secretary of the Home for 16 years. At the age of 87 she still volunteered at the Home every Tuesday to help “the older residents.” Fannie Boorstin was a charter member of B’nai B’rith Women, a member of Ahavath Achim Sisterhood, Hadassah, ORT, and the Georgia Gerontology Society. She was also the owner of the Mayfair Shop, a women’s clothing store.
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Language of Materials
Mendle and Fannie Boorstin were both active in Jewish communal life. In large part, it was the persistence of Fannie Boorstin that led to the creation of a Jewish home for the aged in Atlanta. The papers consist of minutes of the Hungarian Benevolent Society, 1926-1927; newsletters from the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, 1922-1923; and records chronicling the movement in the 1950s to establish a home for the aged in Atlanta.
All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
Photographs removed to visual arts collection and oversized material removed to oversized collection.
- Mendele Boorstin Family Papers, Mss 103
- Sandra Berman
- October 2001
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Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States