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Helen Evangeline Banks Harrison Papers, Circa 1850 – 1985

Helen Evangeline Banks Harrison was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1898 and is the daughter of Issiah and Anna DeCosta Banks, came to Charleston, South Carolina as a child and spent most of her life there. She attended city schools, Avery Normal Institute, and Howard University. In 1935, she began working as a clerk in […]

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Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.) Records

The Temple Sinai (Sumter, S.C.) Records collection is comprised of various records regarding Temple Sinai, a Reform Judaism synagogue in Sumter, South Carolina. The digitized portion of this collection are the scrapbooks, correspondence, and several published poems written by Penina Moise, a prominent American poet and hymnist; and a scrapbook compiled by Abraham Moise. The […]

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Hebrew Benevolent Society Papers

The Hebrew Benevolent Society Papers collection consists of records related to the Hebrew Benevolent Society which functioned under the Congregation of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina. Incorporated in 1830, it is known to have assisted in burial of the dead, help for the poor, and medical help to the ill. The digitized […]

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Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin Papers

The Rabbi Jacob S. Raisin Papers digital collection is comprised of correspondence, writings, records, and photographs encapsulating the life and work of Rabbi Jacob Salmon Raisin and his family. A prolific writer and supporter of the Reform, Jacob Raisin served as rabbi of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) in Charleston, South Carolina from 1915 to […]

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Lazarus and Hirsch Family Papers

The Lazarus and Hirsch Family Papers collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, and documents created by and related to the Lazarus and Hirsch families, two prominent Jewish families in South Carolina. Notable from the collection are several letters between Jane Levy (Hart) and Mordecai M. Levy, grandparents of Jane Lazarus Raisin; a letter to Private […]

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Slave Records in the Discrete Manuscript Collection

The selected manuscripts date from as early as 1774 and contain evidence of the lives and experiences of enslaved persons in South Carolina. The items include bills of sale, plantation ledger lists, land plats, court records, family papers, correspondences, labor contracts, last will and testaments and estate records. These manuscripts have proven essential in genealogical […]

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Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation Records

The Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Congregation Records collection consists of Board of Trustees meeting minutes, correspondence, and various documents encompassing all aspects of congregational life. Notable in this collection are the nineteenth-century meeting minute volumes which provide firsthand accounts of the many changes adopted by the congregation in their turn towards Reform Judaism. The minutes […]

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Isaac Harby Family Papers

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, Isaac Harby’s Copybook, and Isaac Harby’s prayer book manuscript. Harby’s prayer book contains the Reform Society’s “Articles of Faith,” which introduced several elements […]

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B. A. Rodrigues Ottolengui Collection

The B. A. Rodrigues Ottolengui Collection consists of various newspaper clippings, theater programs and advertisements, as well as theater tickets which feature performances by a number of members of the Ottolengui family. Notable in this collection is a scrapbook given to Benjamin Adolf Rodrigues Ottolengui by his mother and father, Helen Rodriguez Ottolengui and Daniel […]

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Phillips Family Papers

The Phillips Family Papers collection is comprised of typescripts and manuscripts created by members of the Phillips family, prominent members of Charleston’s Jewish community in the Antebellum period. The collection contains recollections and a memoir, both serving as accounts of the family’s daily activities prior to and during the Civil War. Notable from the collection is a typescript copy […]