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Marvin C. Goldstein, D.D.S. Papers

Identifier: Mss 174

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Marvin C. Goldstein, D.D.S. Papers will gain insight into Jewish servicemen during World War II, as well as Jewish involvement in the field of dentistry and 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 1929 - 1992


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 25, 1917, to eastern European immigrants. Dr. Goldstein graduated from Boys High School, received his D.D.S. from Emory University in 1938 and obtained a graduate degree in orthodontics from the University of Michigan. He married Rita Mayer and they had five children. Dr. Goldstein served four years in the United States Air Corps in Europe during World War II. At war's end, he returned to Atlanta and joined his bother Irving in his orthodontics practice. In 1946, the brothers embarked on real estate ventures that propelled them into the forefront of the Atlanta business community. They purchased an apartment building under rent control with the intention of converting the apartments into office space; however, they decided that the architectural layout of the building was more suitable for a hotel, which they named the Peachtree Manor Hotel. In 1960, Goldstein, along with other investors bought and refurbished the Georgian Terrace. Also in 1960, the brothers ventured to build a hotel in downtown Atlanta. In 1961, the new 350-room Atlanta American Hotel opened its doors for business. During the turbulent Civil Rights era of the 1960s, Drs. Goldstein decided to integrate the Peachtree Manor Hotel. When the new American Hotel was completed, it was integrated as well. Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein was a clinical professor of orthodontics at the Medical College of Georgia and a lecturer in esthetic orthodontics at Emory University. Dr. Goldstein was active in a wide variety of community activities, including the Civil Rights Movement. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics, past international president of the Alpha Omega Fraternity and a past chairman of the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Orthodontics. For twenty years he sponsored an internationally known dental clinician to lecture at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry. Dr. Goldstein contributed substantially to the development of the Medical College of Georgia's School of Dental Medicine and he was very instrumental in building the dental school at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His clinical treatment and therapy in aesthetic orthodontics earned him numerous professional distinctions and awards from state, regional, and national honorary societies. Dr. Goldstein was involved in a full range of political, religious and civic activities and organizations, such as UNICEF, the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center. He received numerous awards for his service to dentistry, as well as his philanthropic and community work, which had a very direct impact on social and civic issues. Dr. Goldstein below is a brief summary of his involvement: Political: National Finance Counsel, Democratic National Committee, Government Club Georgia Democrats: Civic: Vice Chairman USO, President of A.A. Congress. President B'nai B'rith. International President Alpha Omega. President Fifth District Dental Society and Georgia Society, board member of Standard Club: Fellow American College of Dentists: Fellow, International College of Dentists: Associate Editor Journal of American Association of Orthodontists, member American Association of Orthodontists, Diplomat American Board of Orthodontists, Trustee American Fund for Dental Health, member American Academy of Dental Medicine, member American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (life Fellow), chief of Staff of Ben Massell Dental Clinic; Recipient of highest meritorian award Alpha Omega, USO JWB award, distinguished Service Award B'nai B'nith, Outstanding Citizens Award Jewish War Veterans. Thomas P. Hinman Medallion for service to dentistry and over 100 citations from dental societies throughout the world for presentations made. Served: Major, U.S. Air Force, Unit Citation, six battle stars, Member: Fulton Masonic. Standard Town and Country Club; Writings: Co-author text book in Esthetic Dentistry, many articles in professional journal.


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A native Atlantan, Dr. Marvin C. Goldstein was a clinical professor of orthodontics at the Medical College of Gerogia and Emory University. He was active in a wide variety of community activities, including the Civil Rights Movement. His papers include biographies, Civil Rights related material, correspondence, deeds, articles, invitations, programs, newsletters, speeches, newspaper clippings, and material related to his service during Worlds War II.


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.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Demece “Mickey” Harvey in February 2009. It was entered into ArchivesSpace by Moirin Cody in June 2020.

Marvin C. Goldstein, D.D.S. Papers, Mss 174
Demece Harvey
February 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States