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Breibart-Lazarus family papers

Identifier: Mss 1032

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, photographs, photocopies, legal documents, ephemera, and realia. Collection contains papers of the Breibart and Lazarus (Lazarowitz) families. Breibart material includes Sam Breibart's original U.S. Certificate of Naturalization and photocopy (1960) of his 1913 New York marriage license; George Breibart's report cards (1932-1933) from High School of Charleston and Bertha Lazarus Breibart's report cards (1926-1932) from Summerville Public School. Breibart photographs (b/w) include portrait of Jacob and Sarah Goldberg (ca. 1915), and wedding portrait of Sam Breibart and Ida Goldberg (1913). Miscellaneous candid photographs of Jack, Mildred and Sidney Breibart (ca. 1940s), George Breibart's grammar school graduation picture (1929), Bertha L. Breibart as a toddler, and her 4th and 6th grade class pictures (1927, 1929); photographs (1941) from George and Bertha Breibart's wedding and miscellaneous images (1944) of George Breibart's military service in Fordingbridge, England. Lazarus family papers include Louis Lazarowitz's receipt book (ca. 1910) from the United Garment Workers of America (in Hebrew and English), his document (photocopy) of intent to seek U.S. Citizenship (1906), and correspondence (in Yiddish) from the Naturalization Aid League; misc. letters (1919-1946) written to Louis Lazarowitz (Hebrew and Yiddish) from relatives in Palestine. Photographs (b/w) include Louis Lazarowitz's mother (ca. 1890s), Herman and Mars Lazarus (ca. 1915), Rose Sachrevitz Lazarus and Louis Lazarus (ca. 1920s). Misc. material includes photographs of relatives (Sylvia Lazarus Kirshstein, ca. 1960s) and family friends (Annie Posner, ca. 1920s), a katubah (Jewish marriage contract,) ca. 1880s, and group of Jewish New Year cards (ca. 1990s) from Bertha Breibart's cousins in Israel. Collection also contains a square blade knife (ca. 1920s) used by Louis Lazarowitz to slaughter koshered chickens, while living in Summerville, SC.


  • Creation: 1890s-1990s

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Biographical Note

South Carolina families connected by the marriage (1941) of Bertha Lazarus to George Breibart. Bertha Breibart's parents, Louis and Rose Lazarowitz (later shortened to Lazarus,) emigrated from Russia and moved to Charleston in the early 1900s, where they ran a shoe repair shop. In the early 1920s, the family moved to Summerville, SC. Sam and Ida Breibart (originally Breitbard,) also emigrated from Russia and moved to Charleston in 1914, where they made their livelihood as grocers. Their second son, George, eventually took over the family business, Breibart's Grocery.


0.25 linear feet

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Materials donated by Bertha Lazarus Breibart.

Inventory of the Breibart-Lazarus Family Papers, 1890s-1990s
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