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Thomas J. Asher Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 149

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Thomas J. Asher Family Papers will gain insight into a prominent Jewish family in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1876 - 1997


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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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Thomas Joseph (Tom) Asher was born in 1936 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Helen Elsas Asher and Joseph Fried Asher. His great-grandfather was Jacob Elsas, the founder of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills. At one time the mill was the largest employer in Atlanta. His grandfather, Oscar Elsas, became president of the mill in 1913 when Jacob announced his retirement. Tom Asher graduated from Cornell University in 1958 and married Rosalie Spring Savitt (1939- ) of West Hartford, Connecticut in 1959. Tom and Spring had three children: Joey, Juliet, and Hugh. He was in the investment business for over 46 years and retired as senior advisor at Smith Barney in 1999.


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A native Atlantan, Tom Asher is a prominent businessman and community leader. The collection consists of records from the Elsas family reunion held in Atlanta in 1993; record books belonging to Oscar Elsas, President of Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills following the retirement of his father Jacob in 1913; material relating to the works of playwright Alfred Uhry, a boyhood friend of Tom Asher; and newsletters from Rich's, the store at which Joseph Asher was employed.


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.

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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States