B. H. Levy papers
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B. H. Levy papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Levy, B. H., 1912-
Title: B. H. Levy papers
Dates: 1982-1998
Extent: 11.0 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Identification: MS 1911

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Hirsch Levy was born on 24 August 1912 in Savannah, Georgia and was the son of Arthur Benjamin and Regena Waterman Levy. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1932 and later received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1935. Levy was admitted to the bar that same year and began to practice as an attorney for the Bright and Brennan law firm in Savannah. In 1940, he married Marion Cecil Abrahams of Savannah and also began active duty in the United States Air Force. He continued to serve throughout World War II and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following the war, Levy returned to Savannah and by 1949 was a partner in the Bouhan, Williams, and Levy law firm.

Besides leading a successful career as a lawyer, Levy was an active civic, business, religious, and cultural leader. Throughout his life he served as president of the Chatham County Board of Education, president of the Savannah Rotary Club, commander of the Savannah chapter of Military Order of World Wards, president of Congregation Mickve Israel, president of the Savannah chapter of the B'nai B'rith, president of the Georgia Historical Society, and was the chairman of the Georgia Seminquincentenary Commission. Levy was also a local historian interested in Georgia colonial history and was an authority on the history of Savannah's Jewish community. With the research he performed on these topics, Levy wrote articles for the Georgia Historical Quarterly and had the following books published: Savannah's Old Jewish Community Cemeteries and Mordecai Sheftall: Jewish Revolutionary Patriot. Levy died on 3 August 1988 in Savannah after suffering from a long illness.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers and research materials regarding B. H. Levy of Savannah, Georgia from 1982-1998. Majority of this collection are the research materials, books, drafts, and edited manuscripts of Levy's biography on Mordecai Sheftall that was published in 1999 and entitled, Mordecai Sheftall: Jewish Revolutionary Patriot as well as his research notes and materials on colonial Georgia history and Jewish community cemeteries, which he used for his 1983 publication of Savannah's Old Jewish Community Cemeteries. Also included are photographs, invitations, correspondence, postcards, artifacts, clippings, newspapers, and magazines relating to Georgia's 250th Anniversary celebration in 1983, of which Levy served as the chairman of the Georgia Seminquincentenary Commission.


This collection is arranged into 11 boxes:

Box 1: Correspondence, photographs, clippings, newspapers, magazines, invitations, postcards relating to Georgia's 250th Anniversary celebration, 1983-1984

Box 2: Scrapbook, certificate, artifacts commemorating Georgia's 250th Anniversary celebration, 1983

Box 3: Books, research notes, and research materials on the biography of Mordecai Sheftall, 1983-1986

Box 4: Research notes, and drafts on the biography of Mordecai Sheftall, 1987-1988

Box 5: Correspondence, research materials, drafts, and background information on the biography of Mordecai Sheftall, 1987-1988

Box 6: Research materials, drafts, edited manuscripts of Levy's book on Modecai Sheftall, 1987-1998

Box 7: Research notes, research materials, drafts of the biography of Mordecai Sheftall, 1986-1988

Box 8: Books and reference materials used in Levy's biography of Mordecai Sheftall, 1987-1988

Box 9: Research notes and background information on Benjamin Nones, drafts of Savannah's Old Jewish Community Cemeteries, colonial records, 1982-1983

Box 10: Research notes, research materials, drafts on Savannah's Old Jewish Community Cemetery, 1982

Box 11: Research materials on Mordecai Sheftall, Georgia's Jewish settlers, articles regarding Georgia's history, 1982-1988

Box 12: Correspondence, accounts, t-shirt, pin, license plate, and coin relating to Georgia's 250th Anniversary celebration, 1982-1985

Index Terms

Artifacts (object genre)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Drafts (documents)
Georgia Seminquincentenary Commission.
Georgia--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Jewish cemeteries--Georgia--Savannah.
Letters (correspondence)
Levy, B. H., 1912-
Levy, Marion Abrahams.
Magazines (periodicals)
Nones, Benjamin, 1757-1826.
Research notes.
Sheftall, Mordecai, 1735-1797--Biography.

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.