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Helen Gordon Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 422

Scope and Contents

Researchers studying the Mendel Gordon Family papers will gain insight into Jewish life in Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-twentieth century. The papers are arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.


  • Creation: 1938 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Mendel Gordon (1926-2010) moved to Atlanta in 1942 when his father Julius got a job as a guard at the Atlanta Penitentiary. His father emigrated from Russia as a child, and his mother Sadie was the child of Russian immigrants. Mendel attended Boys’ High and Georgia Tech, where he completed his bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in chemical engineering. He married Helen Citron Gordon (b. 1927) in 1954 at Ahavath Achim and the couple moved to Delaware shortly after. Helen was born in Atlanta and attended Commercial High School. While working at the Georgia Department of Public Health, she attended the University of Georgia night school. Her brother Irvin Citron (1924-2005) attended Boys’ High and Emory University, served in WWII, and moved to Israel in the 1940s.


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Helen Citron Gordon and Mendel Temkin Gordon lived in Atlanta in the mid-twentieth century. The Citron family belonged to Ahavath Achim synagogue and the Gordon family belonged to Shearith Israel. Most of the records detail the educational and employment history of Helen and Mendel as well as that of Helen’s brother, Irvin Meyer Citron, and Mendel’s parents, Julius Gordon and Sadie Temkin Gordon. The records contain yearbooks, scrapbooks, certificates, report cards, and newspaper clippings.


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

Oversize materials removed to oversized collection, photographs removed to Visual Arts Collection, and artifacts removed to Artifact Collection.

Helen Gordon Family Papers, Mss 422
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States