About the Collection

The Isaac Harby Family Papers collection consists of correspondence and manuscripts regarding Isaac Harby and the Harby family. Notable from this collection are a letter from Isaac Harby to John C. Calhoun, and Isaac Harby’s prayer book manuscript. Harby’s prayer book contains the Reform Society’s “Articles of Faith,” which introduced several elements of religious practice that contributed to the development of Reform Judaism in America. Isaac Harby was a leading advocate for the establishment of Reform Judaism in Charleston, South Carolina; founder of Harby’s Academy; and a prominent nineteenth-century educator, journalist, and playwright in the region.

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