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Banov and Leopold families papers

Identifier: Mss 1162

Content Description

Assorted family papers of the Banov and Leopold families. Materials consist of correspondence with family in Poland and Israel, postcards (many published by I. Ginsburg), clippings, genealogical materials, a photograph, an etching by Hermann Struck, and ephemera from local Jewish organizations. Printed materials include Ladies Benevolent Society Centennial pamphlets, prayer books, and US Army-issued books from both World Wars. There are also artifacts from Charles Banov's infancy--a silver cup, brushes, and a teething ring.


  • Creation: 1901-2004
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1929-1979


Language of Material

Materials in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Polish.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Samuel Leizer (Sam) Banov (1869/70–1933) was born in Suwalki in what is now Poland and immigrated first to Manchester, England, and then to Fall River, Massachusetts. His cousin Wolf Banov invited him to move to Charleston and join the clothing store Banov & Volaski as a tailor. Eventually Sam established his own King Street businesses, Banov’s men's clothing store and Uncle Sam’s pawn shop. His son Milton Banov (1908-1991) was also an owner of King Street businesses including the Lincoln Theater at 601 King Street, a Black vaudeville and motion picture theater. Milton married Edna Ginsberg (1908-2002). Their son Charles Banov (1930) became a doctor of internal medicine and married Nancy Leopold, a disability rights activist.


2.0 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 postcard box, 1 object box, 1 oversize paper folder)


Assorted family papers of the Banov and Leopold families. Materials consist of correspondence, postcards (many published by I. Ginsburg), clippings, printed materials including Ladies Benevolent Society Centennial pamphlets, prayer books, artifacts, and other ephemera.

Collection Overview

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2017 by the Charles Banov family.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include Banov family papers (Mss 1025), Edna Ginsberg Banov papers (Mss 1039), and oral history interviews with Edna Ginsberg Banov (Mss 1035-045, 1035-046, and 1035-048) and with Charles and Nancy Banov (Mss 1035-438).

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, June 2023.


Inventory of the Banov and Leopold Families Papers, 1901-2004 (bulk 1929-1979)
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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