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Joseph K. Heyman Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 184

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Joseph K. Heyman Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish life and a variety of civic organization in Atlanta, Georgia. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1895 - 1997


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 Kohn Heyman (1908-2001) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1908, the son of Minna Simon Heyman and Arthur Heyman. He attended Fulton High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia in 1928. In 1930, he received his Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. From 1930 until 1942 he served on the staff of Tri-Continental Corporation, a New York investment company, initially as an investment analyst and later as economist. He returned to Atlanta in 1942 to serve with the War Production Board. From 1945 to 1951, Heyman operated his own investment firm, joining the Trust Company of Georgia as a vice president in 1951. Throughout his career, Heyman was often called upon to comment in print and in speeches to local organizations on the state of the economy. Notwithstanding two years during which he served as financial vice president of Rich’s Inc., he remained at the Trust Company of Georgia until his retirement in 1973. Heyman served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rich’s Inc., and was active in a variety of civic organizations, including the Atlanta Parking Commission, Community Chest, Family Service Society, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta-Fulton County Joint City-County Advisory Commission, Atlanta Arts Alliance, Inc., and the Atlanta Economics Club. He was also a member of The Temple and the Standard Club.


11 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



A native of Atlanta, Joseph K. Heyman became a prominent businessman and social figure in the community. The papers consist of publicity files and speeches given by Joseph Heyman on the state of the economy to organizations throughout Georgia, publicity files relating to his speaking commitments, records from boards and organization on which he served, correspondence and newspaper articles. Also contained in the collection are records from The Coca Cola Company, and a biography of Arthur Heyman (1825-1885) a German immigrant who settled in West Point, Georgia, written by his daughter Bertha Heyman. The biography also describes the military record of Louis Merz, also from West Point, who was killed while serving the Confederacy.


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 and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Joseph K. Heyman Family Papers
Sandra Berman
October 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