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Myron Lobman Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 207

Scope and Contents

Historians interested in the impact of the yield of the yearly cotton crop on the economy of the south will find these books of special interest. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1880 - 2002


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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Myron C. Lobman, Sr. was born in Pine Apple, Alabama in 1890, the son of Nathan and Carrie Pollack Lobman. In 1871, Nathan Lobman, along with Louis Steiner, founded the firm of Steiner and Lobman in Pine Apple selling goods to small merchants in the area. By 1891, the growth of the company necessitated a move from Pine Apple to the larger city of Montgomery. Myron Lobman and his older brother Walter joined the firm in the early 1900s. Myron was a graduate of the Starke School, in Montgomery, the University of Alabama, and Harvard University. During World War I, Myron served overseas in the United States Infantry. Following his service he returned to work at what was now called Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods. In 1920 Myron married Alma Ray Hertz, who was born in Montgomery in 1891. Alma participated in numerous Montgomery civic and Jewish organizations. Alma was especially active in Hadassah and the Montgomery Section of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Reading for the Blind Committee. Prior to America’s involvement in World War II, Alma and her husband also signed affidavits of support for four unrelated individuals in Germany, which enabled them to immigrate to the United States. During World War II, Myron Lobman served as chairman for the United Service Organization (USO) – Jewish Welfare Board (JWB) in Montgomery. He was also active in a wide range of both Jewish and general community services in Montgomery and in 1965, he and his wife were honored by Israel Bonds. Steiner-Lobman Dry Goods was a Montgomery institution from 1891 until it was sold to an investment group in 1969. The business closed several years later. In 1896, in addition to the company’s wholesale business, the firm began the manufacturing of the Polly brand of work clothes. The Steiner-Lobman building on Commerce Street is still standing and is a landmark in downtown Montgomery. Alma Hertz Lobman died in Montgomery on June 4, 1971 at the age of 80. Myron C. Lobman, Sr. died in Montgomery in 1977, at age 86.


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A native of Alabama, Myron Lobman was a prominent businessman in Montgomery. The papers consist primarily of business records from Stein-Lobman Dry Goods Company. Papers relating to the activities of the Lobman family of Montgomery are also included in the collection. The letter copy books from 1891-1903, contain the pertinent correspondence of the principals of Steiner-Lobman relating to the transactions of the company. The records also contain the customer names of the hundreds of small town stores in Georgia and Alabama who purchased goods from Steiner-Lobman.


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.

Myron Lobman Family Papers, Mss 207
Sandra Berman
March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States