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Wolff family papers

Identifier: Mss 1045

Collection Overview

Collection contains 37 letters, handwritten in gothic German with some passages in Yiddish and Hebrew. Letters contain correspondence (1873-1899) between members of the Wolff family in Germany and Henry Wolff in Allendale, SC. Several letters written on Henry Wolff's business letterhead, "Henry Wolff/Dealer in General Merchandise, Cotton and Fertilizers/Allendale, SC." Most correspondence is dated; many letters came from Rogowo (now part of Poland); several letters written to Henry Wolff from relatives in New York. A number of letters appear to be incomplete and one group is not dated. Letters have been photocopied and translated. Papers also contain material Lena Pearlstine Berkman (donor's great-aunt) used to teach the Wolff children Hebrew; includes book (1868), "The American Hebrew Primer: an easy method of teaching," by L. Aufrecht, and two copy books (ca. 1920) of notes used to guide students (Sura Wolff Wengrow included) through Hebrew lessons.


  • Creation: 1873-1920


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Henry (Heimann) Wolff emigrated from Germany in the 1800s. He settled in Allendale, South Carolina, and ran Wolff Department Store, a general merchandise business that sold items from cotton to coffins. Wolff married Rachel (Ray) Pearlstine of Branchville, SC, and had three children, Cecile, Sura and Louis. He died in 1914 from pneumonia.


0.375 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Sura Wolff Wengrow.

Related Materials

See also MSS 1035-212 Oral history interview with Sura Wolff Wengrow, 1999, and MSS 1010 Ruth Bass Jacobs collection for further information on Lena Pearlstine Berkman and the Pearlstine family.

Inventory of the Wolff Family Papers, 1873-1920
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