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Robert M. Travis Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 108

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Robert M. Travis Papers will gain insight into the Zionist movement in Atlanta, Georgia. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1977

Creator

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Robert (Bob) M. Travis (1900-1985) was an ardent Zionist and one of the first to recognize, as early as 1939, that the Jewish people would be facing a holocaust if Europe’s Jews were not allowed to immigrate to Palestine. Robert Travis served as president of the Zionist District in Atlanta from 1937-1939. He later served as president of the Southeastern Zionist Region. In 1941, in association with Julian Boehm, he was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta branch of the American Christian Palestine Committee. He is also credited with being a founder of Camp Judaea in Henderson, North Carolina.

Bertha (Bert) Edison Travis (1902-1978) was involved with Hadassah for over four decades. She received the Atlanta Chapter of Hadassah’s highest honor, the Myrtle Wreath Award for her dedication to the cause of Zionism. Her service in Hadassah ranged from sending penny postcard meeting notices to serving as Atlanta Chapter president Southeastern Region president and a member of Hadassah’s national board. She was instrumental in organizing Hadassah chapters in Augusta, Rome, and Tampa, FL. Mrs. Travis initiated Atlanta’s Business and Professional Group of Hadassah, she also organized a Young Judaea Leaders’ Council and served as its advisor. As an active Zionist, she attended the World Zionist Congress in Geneva in 1939. A native of Russia, Mrs. Travis was a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim and its Sisterhood, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the National Council of Jewish Women and Brandeis University Women.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Robert (Bob) M. Travis was an ardent Zionist and one of the first to recognize, as early as 1939, that the Jewish people would be facing a holocaust if Europe’s Jews were not allowed to immigrate to Palestine. Robert Travis served as president of the Zionist District in Atlanta from 1937-1939. He later served as president of the Southeastern Zionist Region. In 1941, in association with Julian Boehm he was instrumental in organizing the Atlanta branch of the American Christian Palestine Committee. He is also credited with being a founder of Camp Judaea in Henderson, North Carolina. The collection consists of correspondence, a scrapbook from Bertha Travis’ years as Hadassah president, programs, invitations, and tributes to both Robert and Bertha Travis.

Arrangement

All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Physical Location

The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Materials

Two Issues of “Together” – publication of the Atlanta Jewish Community Cuncil. Vol. 1 No. 1 October, 1953; Vol. 1 No. 3 February, 1954. Removed to Newspaper and Magazine collection.
Title
Robert M. Travis Papers, Mss 108
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

Contact:
1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States
678-222-3700