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Vida Goldgar Papers

Identifier: Mss 126

Scope and Contents

Researchers interested in the history of Southern Jewish journalism or the history of Southern Jewish settlement will find this collection of special interest. All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1908 - 2001

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Vida Daab Goldgar (1930-2004) was an important contributor to The Southern Israelite for almost forty years. She moved to Atlanta from New York with her husband and four small children in 1959. After moving to Atlanta, she quickly became involved in the Jewish community and joined the staff of The Southern Israelite in 1964. Over the next forty years she filled many positions from columnist to managing editor. On January 1, 1979 she purchased the paper and became editor and publisher. She owned The Southern Israelite until August 1986 when she sold it again. After selling the paper, she continued to serve as a senior editor and columnist until her retirement in 1994. She continued to serve as a regular columnist for the Atlanta Jewish Times, formerly The Southern Israelite until her death in July 2004. Goldgar’s journalistic talent and leadership gained her national recognition. In 1988 she was elected the first woman president of the American Jewish Press Association. Earlier, in 1979 she was elected the first woman president of the Society of Professional Journalists. As well as being a successful journalist, Goldgar always managed to find time to serve her community. She served as trustee of the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Atlanta, as a board member for the Anti-Defamation League, and as a board member for the National Conference for Community and Justice. Her community service earned her honors such as the State of Israel Bonds Award (1994) and the Humanitarian Award from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (1991).


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Language of Materials



Vida Goldgar was an important contributor to “The Southern Israelite" for almost forty years. The collection consists primarily of Goldgar’s columns and news articles, which she wrote for "The Southern Israelite" as well as speeches she gave to various organizations. The collection also contains newspaper clippings about events in the Jewish community. Of special interest are pamphlets from early synagogues in Georgia. Also of special interest are articles and drafts documenting the settlement history of Jews in Georgia.


All material is arranged in alphabetical order 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

Photographs removed to visual arts collection and newspapers removed to newspaper collection.

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Vida Goldgar Papers, Mss 126
Anne Letkeman
July, 2003
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States