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Donald Oberdorfer, Sr. Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 023

Scope and Contents

Researchers examining the Donald Oberdorfer, Sr. Family Papers will gain insight into Atlanta Jewish civic life in the early to mid-20th century. All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1909 - 1976

Biographical / Historical

Donald Oberdorfer was born on November 25, 1901 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Eugene and Daisy Oberdorfer. He married Dorothy Bayersdorfer of Steubenville, Ohio, and they had two sons; Donald, Jr. and Eugene II. Donald founded Oberdorfer Insurance Associates, Inc. in 1921, and served as its president until his retirement in 1969, when he became chariman of its board. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he played center on its football team, and was president of the alumni class in 1921. He was a noted civic leader serving as president of the Atlanta Jewish Community Council, president of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, president of the Joint Defense League, and cive president of the National Jewish Welfare Board. Mr. Oberdorfer was also a longtime director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Red Cross, chairman of the state USO during World War II and co-chairman of the Atlanta Community Chest. He was a former president of the Standard Club, a member of the G Club, Phi Epsilon Phi, The Temple and Temple Sinai. He died in December 16, 1984 in Atlanta at the age of 83.


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Oberdorfer Insurance Agency was established in Atlanta in 1894 by Eugene Oberdorfer, Sr. Since that time family members have been active in both Jewish and general community service organizations. The papers consist primarily of records from Oberdorfer Insurance Agency and from the various organizations in which Donald Oberdorfer participated including the Anti Defamation League, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Ballyhoo Club, Future Incorporated, Hai-Resh Fraternity, the American Red Cross, the Standard Club, and The Temple. Also included is an invitation from the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce to a banquet in honor of President-elect William Howard Taft, 1909.


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

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Separated Materials

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

Donald Oberdorfer, Sr. Family Papers, Mss 23
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