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Richard B. Altman Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 261

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Richard B. Altman Family Papers will gain insight into Jewish business owners and Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1890 - 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The first Altman’s store opened in 1934 when Sam Altman bought the 15 foot wide store on Newcastle Street in Brunswick, Georgia, from Sam Lee, a Chinese launderer. Altman’s was responsible for bringing the first Estee Lauder cosmetics and fragrance counter to Brunswick, and offering the first department store credit card. In its heyday, Altman’s sold every sort of clothing imagined, included casual, dressy, uniforms and large sizes. Customer service was the secret to the chain’s success. But the store eventually fell on hard times, with road work in Newcastle and the emergence of national chains also eclipsed Altman’s success. Altman’s last branch on St. Simons Island closed in 1999. This collection also includes an original indenture for cemetery property sold to Temple Beth Tefilloh, 1949; minutes, correspondence, programs, memorial lists, histories, and general congregation records from Temple Beth Tefilloh.


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Language of Materials



The papers pertaining to the Altman family and the incorporation and operation of Altman’s Store in Brunswick, GA (1907 – 2002), and Temple Beth Tefilloh records from 1949 - 2002.


All material is arranged alphabetically 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

Photos removed to visual arts collection.

Richard B. Altman Family Papers, Mss 261
Demece Harvey
October 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States