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Maxine and Jacob Goldstein Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 271

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Maxine and Jacob Goldstein Family Papers will gain insight into immigration, Jewish life in Milledgeville, and Jewish involvement in politics. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1865 - 2012

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Abe Goldstein came to America in 1910 as a young man and found his way to Milledgeville, Georgia, as a peddler and soon established Goldstein Department Store. At first it was just a small store operated by himself and his wife, Cecilia Orenstein. They had three children, one daughter and two sons. Their son, Jacob Goldstein, was born in 1923 and after serving with distinction in World War II, he came back with his brothers to help run the store. The name of the store soon changed to C. Goldstein & Sons, Inc. Jacob went on to be a founding member of the Federal First Savings and Loan Bank. When community programs were being launched in Milledgeville, Jacob Goldstein was in the forefront and served as the president of the Kiwanis, the Jaycees, and the GMC Alumni Association. He also was instrumental in establishing the first Jewish Congregation in Milledgeville and served as the patriarch of the Jewish community. He and his wife, Maxine, were extremely active in the Democratic National Conventions. Maxine is often referred to as the “hat lady” for the lavish hats she wore to the conventions.


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Maxine and Jacob Goldstein were active in the Democratic National Convention and have a long family history in Milledgeville, Georgia. Their family papers include certificates, correspondence, deeds, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, diaries, and miscellaneous material related to their political involvement and the family owned department store that existed for nearly 100 years.


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The family papers were donated as a gift to the Cuba Family Archives in November, 2013.

Separated Materials

All oversized material removed to oversized collection and all photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Maxine and Jacob Goldstein Family Papers, Mss 271
Jeremy Katz
November 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