Barney Medintz was born in London, England in 1910. At the age of 1 year he immigrated with his family to America. Following graduation from the University of Chicago he moved to Atlanta to serve as director of mens’ and boys’ activities at the Jewish Educational Alliance. Medintz worked for the Alliance for two years. Upon leaving, he founded the Service Uniform Company. In 1936 Medintz married Dorothy Davis. Medintz was active in a variety of youth and humanitarian causes in the Jewish community of Atlanta. He died in Atlanta in 1960. The papers consist primarily speeches delivered by Barney Medintz on the wide variety of Jewish community causes in which he was involved. The speeches give insight into the depth of Barney Medintz’s commitment to Jewish causes and concerns as well as the social service priorities of the Atlanta Jewish community throughout the 1950s.
- Majority of material found within 1948 - 1985
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Barney Medintz (1910-1960) was born in London, England. At the age of 1 year he immigrated with his family to America. He was raised in the Chicago area. Following graduation from the University of Chicago, where he had been a star on the university’s basketball and baseball teams, he moved to Atlanta to serve as Director of Men’s and Boy’s Activities at the Jewish Educational Alliance. Medintz worked for the Alliance for two years, after which he went into business for himself, founding the Service Uniform Company.
In 1936, Barney Medintz married Dorothy Davis (later Dorothy Medintz Ashendorf, 1915-2001). It was during this time of his life that he also began to graduate from youth work to a greater appreciation of community relations and humanitarian causes. Although Barney Medintz died suddenly at the young age of 50 he is remembered for being active in Israel Bonds, the Jewish Progressive Club, B’nai B’rith Gate City Lodge, the Atlanta Federation for Jewish Social Service, the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, the Atlanta Jewish Community Center, and the United Jewish Appeal.
Camp Barney Medintz, a summer camp in Cleveland, White County, Georgia, owned by the Marcus Jewish Community Center, was named in his memory upon its founding in the early 1960s.
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The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
The photographs in this collection have been removed to the visual arts collection.
Collection processed by Sandra Berman (October, 2002). Converted to EAD format by Jeremy Katz (October, 2012). Entered into ArchivesSpace by Lindsay Resnick (June, 2020).
- Atlanta (Ga.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- B'nai B'rith International Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bureau of Jewish Education (Atlanta, Ga.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Camp Barney Medintz (Cleveland, Ga.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Cleveland (Ga.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jewish Community Council (Atlanta, Ga.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Jewish Educational Alliance (Atlanta, Ga.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Jews -- Georgia -- Atlanta Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United Jewish Appeal Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Barney Medintz Family Papers, Mss 115
- Sandra Berman
- October 2002
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