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The Leon Eplan Family Papers

Identifier: Mss-436

Scope and Contents

The Leon Eplan Family Paper, 1905-2018, consisting of personal papers, and government documents, and papers related to various southern Jewish organizations.


  • Creation: 1905 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The Eplan family first came to America from Odessa, Russia, (now Ukraine), is the late 1800s. The family consisted of Leon Eplan Sr., his wife Rosa Teplitsky Eplan, and their nine children. The family eventually settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where they became active members of Atlanta's small Jewish community.

One of their sons, Samuel Leon Eplan, went on to marry Bess Abelson, and have two children, Carolyn and Leon Samuel. Leon Eplan graduated from Boys High in 1946 and went on to attend Emory University. There he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi and became active in several other local Jewish organizations, many of which he would remain a member of for most of his life. In 1950, Leon was drafted into the United States military for the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953. In the late 1950s, Leon married Madalyne Buchman and had three children, Elise, Harlan, and Jana.

Harlan donated his father's collection in 2022.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Various papers related to and regarding the Eplan family collected by Leon Eplan and later his son, Harlan Eplan from 1905 to 2018.


The collection is arranged in alphabetically by subject in the box and chronologically in 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

Two objects removed and placed in oversized files. Several photographs removed and placed in the photograph collection


The Leon Eplan Family Papers Mss 436
In Progress
Kayley Rapp
June 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States