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David Mayer Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 145

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the David Mayer Family Papers will gain insight into early Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1839 - 1946


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

David Mayer was born in Bechteim, Germany, December 6, 1815. In 1839, in a flush of vigor and young manhood, he left the Fatherland, and came to America, locating first in Tennessee, where he remained for four years. In 1843 he moved to Washington, Ga., where he practiced his profession – dentistry. In 1850 he removed to Atlanta, Ga. and embarked in mercantile pursuits. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and devoted his time to education and benevolence after the war. He was an early advocate to establish public schools in Atlanta, and was a member of the board of education as vice-president and treasurer. He was also a master Mason and exalted as a Royal Arch Mason. He served as the High Priest and master of his lodge. Mr. Mayer was also active in the Jewish community. He was vice-president of the Hebrew Congregation and treasurer of the Atlanta Benevolent Home.


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David Mayer was born in Bavaria in 1815. He immigrated to the United States in 1839, settling first in Tennessee and then in Washington, Georgia. Eight years later he moved to Atlanta where he remained until his death in 1890. David Mayer was a businessman, confederate veteran, free mason, and one of the founders of the Atlanta public schools. The collection consists of letters from notables such as Joseph E. Brown, elected as Georgia's governor four times, and from Alexander H. Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy. Also contained are personal letters written by David Mayer and his children.


The papers are 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.

David Mayer Family Papers, Mss 145
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States