The Archives

Founded in 1980, the Temple Archives houses a collection of records that cover all aspects of the Congregation’s development over the past two centuries. Included in the Archives’ holdings are documents related to the Temple’s first charter; records of early members’ births, marriages, and deaths; cemetery deeds; blueprints of Temple facilities; Board of Trustees minutes; Temple bulletins; membership rosters; and financial ledgers.

Also housed in the Archives are photographs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia on Temple congregants, rabbis, and board of trustee presidents; old Bibles, prayer books, and hymnals; books related to Judaica, genealogy, and Southern history; military records of congregants; scrapbooks from individual families; youth group memorabilia; and documents related to the congregation’s Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and B’nai B’rith associations.

Through the years the Archives’ collections have benefited researchers both locally and nationally. Students, genealogy buffs, college professors, writers, film producers, and historians have all utilized the Archives’ holdings. Congregants are encouraged to use the Archives to learn more about the Temple’s history or their own Temple ancestors.