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Michael A. Greenblatt Papers

Identifier: Mss 034

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the papers of Michael A. Greenblatt will gain insight into Jews in military service, music, industry, and southern Jewish life. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900 - 1979


Biographical / Historical

Michael Angelo (Mike) Greenblatt was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. He saw service as a trombonist in the military band which was on duty in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. After the war, he settled in Atlanta and became the band leader for the Georgia Tech Band. He even arranged the college's noted "Ramblin' Wreck" song. He was also bandmaster for the Atlanta police, Shriners, Elks and Georgia Power Company, and the Georgia Guard Band during World War II. He was one of the first to originate the technique of using a derby hat to mute the sound of the trombone and may have been the originator. He was president of the Fulton Paper Company and a member of Ahavath Achim Synagogue, the Atlanta Zionist District, B'nai B'rith, Yaarab Temple, Scottish Rite, Fulton Lodge, F&AM, the Elks and the Mayfair Club, which he helped found.


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Michael Angelo Greenblatt was a soldier during the War of the Philippine Insurrection, 1900. He later became band director for Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology where he arranged the "Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech". His papers include a diary from the War of the Philippine Insurrection, discharge papers from the United States Army and the Georgia Militia, and newspaper clippings.


All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.

Michael Greenblatt Papers, Mss 034
Erin L Wright
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States