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David Steinheimer Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 026

Scope and Contents

Researchers examining the David Steinheimer family papers will gain insight into life of a German-Jewish immigrant living in Georgia in the mid-to-late 18th century. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1838 - 1930

Biographical / Historical

David Steinheimer was born on August 28th, 1839 in Ichenhousen, Bavaria. He received his education in a government school and immigrated to Macon, Georgia, in 1856. His brother, Isaac, started him in a business career as a foot peddler. In 1860 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and stayed there until 1862 when the Confederate Government issued a law that made all foreigners liable to conscription. He decided to leave and went to Pittsburgh, where he remained until the end of the war. In 1865, he returned to Atlanta and live there for the rest of his life. He joined the Hebrew Benevolent Society (The Temple) and was a secretary there for a number of years. David Steinheimer died at age 90 in Atlanta on May 1, 1930.


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David Steinheimer was a founding member of The Hebrew Benevolent Congregation (The Temple). He married Isabelle Mayer, the daughter of David Mayer, a Confederate veteran, Temple founder, and businessman. In David Steinheimer's autobiography he recounts his early life working as peddler in the late 1850s. The papers include an autobiography of David Steinheimer, bride's book, correspondence and newspaper articles.


All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Separated Materials

Photographs removed to visual arts collection and textile removed to textile collection.

David Steinheimer Family Papers, Mss 26
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