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Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 030

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family Papers will gain insight into the role of Jewish women in the southern United States. All material is arranged in alphabetical order and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1914 - 1986

Biographical / Historical

Betty Ann Romm Jacobson was born on October 27, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents were merchant Sol Romm (1893-1954) and his wife, the former Rosalee Mendel (1896-1970).

Betty was a graduate of Girls High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illionis. She and her husband Harvey Jacobson (1923-2007) had three children together: Nancy Jacobson Freedman (b. 1954), Susan Jacobson Goldberg (1956-2005), and Joe Jacobson (b. 1957).

Mrs. Jacobson began her career of volunteer servise at 17 when she was co-chairman of the youth division of the Federation campaign. She served as chairman of the Women's Division Campaign, president of the Women's Council and in many other capacities before becoming the first woman president of the Atlanta Jewish Federation. Additionally, Mrs. Jacobson served on the boards of the Jewish Family Service, Jewish Vocational Service, the Jewish Home, Brandeis University Women, Historic Oakland Cemetery, the Atlanta Symphony, the Technion, the United Way Service Council for Day Care, The Temple, Birney School PTA, Council of Jewish Federations, United Jewish Appeal, and Hillel. Further, she was a member of the court appointed bi-racial committee for the desegregation of the Atlanta Public Schools.

Betty Ann Romm Jacobson died on November 18, 2015 at the age of 89.


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Long-time community members, Betty Ann Romm Jacobson became the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. The papers include Memorabilia the Jewish Progressive Club; the Bachelors' Club; a memory book of Rosa Lee Mendel Romm; and a history of H. Mendel and Company, a wholesale distribution company founded in Atlanta in 1890 by Hyman Mendel.


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

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Mss 003, Joseph Cuba Family Papers Mss 011, Helen Goldman Alperin Family Papers Mss 032, Abrom Lewis Feldman Family Papers Mss 041, Sam Glass Family Papers Mss 053, Simon H. Smith Family Papers

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, objects removed to artifact collection, and Holocaust material removed to Holocaust collection.

Harvey and Betty Jacobson Family Papers, Mss 30
Erin Wright
May 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