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Alice Gertrude Moïse Sipley papers

Identifier: Mss 1034-092

Collection Overview

Photographs and papers of Alice Gertrude Moïse Sipley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sumter, South Carolina. Materials include black and white photographs of family members and downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the 1904 wedding album of Albert Luria Moïse and Eva May Nathans, and an 1867 award of merit pendant to L. Cohen. Also included are color photographs of the stained-glass windows of Temple Sinai in Sumter, South Carolina, and a 1996 newspaper clipping describing their history.


  • Creation: 1867-1996


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Alice Gertrude Moïse Sipley (1906-2003), was born is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Albert Luria Moïse (1872-1940), a native of Sumter, South Carolina, and Eva May Nathans Moïse (1878-1948), a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 1946, Alice married Louis Walton Sipley (1897-1968), the founder and director of the American Museum of Photography in Philadelphia. From 1946 to 1959, in connection with Louis's work with the American Museum of Photography, Alice started the Model's Guild of Philadelphia. The Guild, initially starting with a group of sixteen models and eventually expanding to approximately two hundred, supplied photographers and fashion stores with models in the Philadelphia area.


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Photographs and papers of Alice Gertrude Moïse Sipley of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Sumter, South Carolina. Materials relate to the parents and relatives of Sipley and also to the history of the stained glass windows of Temple Sinai in Sumter, South Carolina.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Family photographs, 1952, undated
  2. Wedding album and invitation, 1904, undated
  3. Award of Merit pendant, 1867
  4. Temple Sinai, Sumter, South Carolina, 1996, undated

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2009 by Anita Rosenberg.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the 1961 publication The Moïse family of South Carolina: an account of the life and descendants of Abraham and Sarah Moïse who settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in the year 1791 A.D. by Harold Moïse.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Minor, August 2011.

Inventory of the Alice Gertrude Moïse Sipley Papers, 1867-1996
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
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Repository Details

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