Scope and Contents
Harry B. Siegel Papers, c.1951-1980, consisting of .2 cubic feet of material relating to Harry B. Siegel's 50 year career in railroading and including photographs, memoirs, keys from the caboose and washroom at the Atlanta Terminal; a Fulton County deputy sheriff badge; Masonic and railroad pins; newspaper articles; and memorabilia from the Atlanta Terminal Company.
- Majority of material found within 1935 - 1980
- Siegel, Harry B., 1896-1982 (Person)
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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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
Harry Barney Siegel was born on April 8, 1896 (although his WWI draft card says he was born Feb. 10, 1891) in New York City. He moved to Atlanta as a young man and began working as a flagman for the Southern Railway in 1912. In 1921 (age 25), he was promoted to become the youngest conductor on that railroad.
He later rose through the ranks in the Southern Railway system, serving the company in various capacities over a fifty-year-long career. When he retired in 1962, he was manager of the Atlanta Terminal Co., representing four railroads that ended in Atlanta.
During his career he arranged transportation for three U.S. Presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a member of the Ahavath Achim Synagogue from 1917, a Mason, and a Shriner.
Harry B. Siegel died on September 4, 1982 at the age of 86 in Atlanta. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Dunwoody, Georgia. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 40 years, Sarah Hoffman Siegel (1897-1957).
0.2 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
Harry B. Siegel began a career in railroading in 1912 and who was at the age of 25 promoted to freight and passenger train conductor. In 1940, he became general yardmaster and in 1941 he became terminal trainmaster of Southern Railway's largest freight yards in Atlanta. In 1943 he became manager of the Atlanta Terminal Co representing four railroads.
All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Lorraine (Cookie) Aftergut, Mr. Siegel's granddaughter.
Items separated from this collection include photographs, keys from the caboose and washroom at the Atlanta Terminal; a Fulton County deputy sheriff badge; Masonic and railroad pins.
Processed by Demece Harvey. Entered into ArchivesSpace, with revisions, by Lindsay Resnick.
- Atlanta (Ga.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jews -- Georgia Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jews -- Georgia -- Atlanta Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Railroads -- Employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Railroads -- Georgia -- Atlanta Subject Source: Local sources
- Rich's (Retail store) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Southern Railway (U.S.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Terminal Station (Atlanta, Ga.) Subject Source: Local sources
- Harry B. Siegel Papers, Mss 265
- Demece Harvey
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository
1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States