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Harold Jacobs photographs

Identifier: Mss 1034-104

Collection Overview

The collection consists of three portraits of Harold Jacobs, one as a young man, and two as an older adult.


  • Creation: 1988, undated


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Harold Jacobs (1913-2009) was born to Mignonette Cohen and Samuel Jacobs in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston High School and upon graduation, he operated a snowball stand at the corner of Congress and President Streets. In 1929, his father founded Harold's Cabin, a small neighborhood grocery, where Harold began working after the store's first expansion in the early 1930s. During World War II, Harold volunteered for the army and served as an administrator and court instructor in the Judge Advocates section. In 1946, he married Lillian Breen (1915-2003) and the couple settled in Charleston, where he resumed operating Harold's Cabin. The grocery added gourmet products and in 1954 moved to a downtown location on Wentworth Street, gaining recognition for its specialty foods. Jacobs was deeply involved in B'nai B'rith, serving as president of Dan Lodge no. 593, and in Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, where he also served as president.

In 1968 the Jacobs sold Harold's Cabin to the supermarket chain Piggly Wiggly, but both Harold and Lillian continued to manage the specialty foods, mail order, and catering departments. Harold retired from the grocery business in 1983 and began working as a travel agent with Adventure Travel in Charleston.


1 folder (3 photographs)


Three photographs of Harold Jacobs, owner of the Charleston, South Carolina, grocery store Harold's Cabin.

Collection Arrangement

Materials described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2013 by Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch and Rachel Marla Raisin.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Harold Jacobs papers (Mss 1012) and an oral history interview with Harold Jacobs and Lillian Breen Jacobs (Mss 1035-170).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, June 2015.

Inventory of the Harold Jacobs Photographs, 1988, undated
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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Repository Details

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