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Harold Brockey Papers

Identifier: Mss 291

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Harold Brockey Papers will gain insight into Rich’s department store and Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia. Of special note is an ALS from Jimmy Carter to Harold Brockey from 1975 thanking him for supporting his campaign for president. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1991


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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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Harold Brockey was born on January 10, 1909 in New York City. He worked for Macy’s and transferred to Macy’s Atlanta in 1949. He switched to Rich’s the following year. Mr. Brockey was general merchandise manager of Rich’s Store for Homes; a vice-president; general manager for the entire store; and executive vice president before moving up the presidency in 1961. He was chief executive officer of Rich’s in 1972-1978, and chairman from 1978 to 1982. He was president of the store from 1961-1972. He received a 1972 Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Maier Award of Rotary. He was a former president and member of the board of directors of Central Atlanta Progress; a former chairman of United Wary of Metropolitan Atlanta; and former chairman of the Atlanta Arts Alliance. He also belonged to Rotary, the Standard Club and The Temple. He passed away in Atlanta in 1991.


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Harold Brockey was an executive for Rich’s department store. He served as president of the company from 1961 to 1972 and oversaw the sale of the store to Federated Department Stores. The papers include correspondence, invitations, programs, certificates, awards, newsletters, and material related to Rich’s.


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.

Separated Materials

Oversized material removed to oversized collection and photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Harold Brockey Papers
Jeremy Katz
March, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States