Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers
Scope and Contents
Researchers examining the Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers will gain insight into the lives of an Eastern European couple who immigrated to America and settled in Savannah during World War I. The Levins established a successful business and became active members of the Savannah Jewish Community. The papers include birth certificates, personal letters, military records, wedding memorabilia and business documents.
- Creation: 1914 - 1955
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Biographical / Historical
Joe Levin was born near Kobryn, Russia around 1891 and immigrated to America in 1911. Upon his arrival in Chicago, he used a pushcart to sell dry goods in the Midwest. Joe was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and was sent to Savannah in 1918 by the U.S. Government to work as a carpenter in the shipyards during World War I. Joe married Ida Adrezin around 1920 and they had three children: Max (1921-1989); Irving (1923-1980) and Zena (1928-2016). Joe opened a dry goods store, Joe Levin & Company, on West Broad Street in Savannah in 1919. Joe remained a well-known member of the Savannah business community until he retired and closed the store in 1978 after being in business for 59 years. Ida Levin died in 1931 during childbirth along with the baby. In 1933, Joe married Ruth Levinson who had immigrated from Poland following World War I. Ruth and Joe had two daughters, Joan (1934) and Iris (born 1944). During World War II, Irving served on Iwo Jima as a member of the U.S. Army. Joe was a founding member of the Workmen’s Circle Credit Union of Savannah and the Levins were active members of the B’nai Brith Jacob Synagogue. Joe passed away in 1980 and Ruth in 1990.
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Language of Materials
Ruth and Joe Levin settled in Savannah in 1919, established a successful business and became active members of the Savannah Jewish Community. The papers include birth certificates, personal letters, military records, wedding memorabilia and business documents.
The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.
The Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers are part of the Savannah Jewish Archives which were transferred from the Georgia Historical Society to the Breman Museum in 2015.
Photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection and textile removed to Textile Collection.
Creator: Ruth and Joe Levin
- Ruth and Joe Levin Family Papers, Mss 382
- Sherri Levin Wildstein
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Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository
1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States