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L. Leroy Silverstein papers

Identifier: Mss 1005

Collection Overview

Includes correspondence, photographs, certificates, documents, and photocopies. Materials include identification documents, biographical information, correspondence, estate papers, and a true copy death certificate. Other materials document his association with civic and military organizations including photocopies of plaques and awards received. Collection contains photographs of family members and business associations (1900s-1980s.) Silverstein's extensive involvement with the Jewish War Veterans (JWV) Samuel D. Turtletaub Post Number 237 is documented by membership certificates, speeches, and documents related to the many offices he held. Papers also include photocopied clippings (1960s to 1980s) about the opening of a new Leroy's Jewelers at 304 King Street, engagement announcements, mentions of awards and honors, and Silverstein's obituary. Miscellaneous material includes Silverstein's original poetry, architectural specifications for his home at 143 S. Battery, and a plaque from Palestine. Oversize material includes a drawing (1972) of Brith Sholom and photograph (print) of the William F. Gray Class, Scottish Rite, 1921 (Silverstein pictured).


  • Creation: approximately 1913-1987
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1971-1979


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Born in Poland, Lipman Leroy Silverstein immigrated to the United States, settled in Charleston, and served in the Navy during World War I. He organized the first Jewish War Veteran's post in the Carolinas in 1941 and served as its commander from 1941 to 1946. Silverstein founded LeRoy's Jewelers in 1919 and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Senior Citizens of Charleston Association, and Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue. He married Rose Levine in 1924. After she died in 1956, he married Janice Clein Coplon in 1958.


0.25 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Judy Coplon Grossman and Ettaleah Coplon Bluestein.

Inventory of the L. Leroy Silverstein Papers, circa 1913-1987 (bulk 1971-1979)
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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