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Bruce I. Siegal papers

Identifier: Mss 1112

Collection Overview

The collection contains genealogical records and business records of the Siegal family's two lighting businesses. Genealogical materials include reproductions of original photographs of the Siegal family dating from the 1880s through 1984, a compiled guide to the collection of photographs including research and interview transcripts, and a small amount of correspondence regarding genealogical research. Business materials include two stock and transfer ledgers for Marvel Manufacturing Company, and two scrapbooks featuring newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and advertisements for Marvel Lamp Company and Supreme Lighting Corporation.


  • Creation: 1952-2008


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical and Historical Note

Bruce Irving Siegal (1941- ) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Arthur and Shirley Siegal. His father ran Marvel Manufacturing Company, a business established in 1935 by Bruce's grandfather, Adam Siegal. In the early 1960s, the Siegals relocated from New Jersey to Mullins, South Carolina, and opened the Marvel Lamp Company, with Bruce working alongside his father, in 1963. After selling the company to American Brands in 1974 the family remained in the lighting industry, establishing the Supreme Lighting Corporation in 1980. Bruce would continue to run the company with his cousin Gary Siegal after his fathers death in 1994. In 1992 it was ranked as one of the state's 100 largest private companies, becoming one of the largest lightbulb manufacturers in the country. The company was sold to SLI Inc. in 1999.


0.5 linear feet (1 document box)


Contains genealogical and business records of Bruce I. Siegal, president of Supreme Lighting Corporation in Mullins, S.C. Materials include a manuscript of genealogical information and transcribed family interviews titled "Six Generations in Search of a Deli," photograph reproductions, correspondence regarding genealogical research, two Marvel Manufacturing Company stock ledgers, and two clippings scrapbooks pertaining to the Siegal family lighting businesses.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2012 by Bruce I. Siegal

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, March 2015.

Inventory of the Bruce I. Siegal Papers, 1952-2008
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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