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Joseph B. Jacobs Papers

Identifier: Mss 165

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Joseph B. Jacobs Papers will gain insight into Jewish businessmen in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 20th century. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1922


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Joseph Benjamin Jacobs (1887 – 1965) was born and educated in Atlanta, GA. On April 1, 1919, Isadore. M. (I.M.) Weinstein and a partner, Herman Gross, formed the Atlanta Linen Supply Company, with total start-up capital of $1,700. Gross sold out to his partner in 1920, but Weinstein quickly secured two new partners, Abraham J. Weinberg, and Joseph B. Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs purchased a substantial interest in the Southern Linen Service in 1922, forming the superbly successful trio of Messrs. Weinstein, Weinberg and Jacobs. The trio’s wise counsel, keen business judgment and executive ability were powerful factors in the company’s growth. In 1922 Jacobs opened the company's first branch in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1928 the National Linen Service Corporation was formed, opening sixteen new plants in 16 progressive cities. The collection contains a brief history of the business relations between three brothers, Hyman, Edward and Joseph Benjamin Jacobs. The brothers operated several business ventures under the corporation name of Joseph Thompson Company in Georgia, and Joseph Thompson Liquot Company in Alabama (beer – wholesale whiskies, candy, silk, and nails and tacks). The brothers had many business disagreements and misunderstandings about the amount of interest owned by each. They eventually went to court to settle their business differences and the court issued a settlement in favor of Joseph; Hyman and Edward had to repay his note(s).


1.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Joseph Benjamin Jacobs (1887 – 1965) was born and educated in Atlanta, GA. He became a prominent businessman in the linen industry. The collection contains personal banking transactions, congratulation letters on the marriage of Joseph to Rose, general correspondence between the three brothers, most written to Joseph from Edward, legal proceedings to settle business difference and travel journals relating to Jacob family road trips to Florida.


The papers are arranged in chronological order.

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.

Joseph B. Jacobs Papers
Demece Harvey (December, 2007); Moirin Cody (June, 2020)
December, 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States