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Jan Goin collection

Identifier: Mss 0165

Collection Overview

The first series includes biographical materials relating to the Muller family of Charleston, South Carolina, especially Rena Muller (1908-1987), Kruse Muller, Jack Muller, and John Muller. Rena Muller materials include correspondence and data relating to her career as a social worker with the South Carolina Department of Welfare, including new hire guides and manuals, Muller's personal notebooks, charter requests, and writings including case studies and essays relating to social work. Other biographical materials include data regarding World War II veteran Kruse Muller's honorable discharge documents and his "Hell on Wheels" military blouse. Also includes a large number of original family photographs and cabinet cards.

The second series includes legal and business materials such as deeds, correspondence, titles, mortgates, and other data relating to Muller/Wulbern/Kruse family real estate in Charleston's Ansonborough neighborhood, 20 Glebe Street, and 40 Society Street. This series also includes materials relating to Jan and David Goin's successful Charleston gallery, the Jan Goin Gallery.

The third series consists of a variety of paper currency, including Confederate and non-Confederate bills.


  • Creation: 1786-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1985


Language of Material

Materials primarily in English. Bible, prayer book, and some legal material in German.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Jan Goin, daughter of John and Mary Muller, owned the Jan Goin Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1963, The Mullers opened the Charles Town Gallery at 22-24 State Street, which was later purchased and relocated to 241 King Street by Jan Goin and her husband David Goin. The gallery focused mainly on picture framing and art consignment, and later was renamed Jan Goin Gallery (1980).


10.5 linear feet (19 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes)


Family papers collected by Jan Goin, owner of the Jan Goin Gallery in Charleston, S.C. and estate executor for relative and Charleston social worker Rena Muller. Includes data regarding Muller, Kruse, Wulbern and related German family history, including Charleston real estate materials, items from World War II veteran Kruse Muller, family photographs, Confederate paper money, and a large number of Charleston artist files from the gallery.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Biographical and family materials, 1786, 1810, 1850s-1998, undated
  2. Business and legal materials, 1858-1993
  3. Currency, 1861-1864

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Jan Goin, July 2010.

Separated Material

Published material originally with the collection has been removed and catalogued separately.

Processing Information

Processed by Cara McHugh, May 2013.



Inventory of the Jan Goin Collection, 1786-1998
Processed by: Cara McHugh; machine-readable finding aid created by: Cara McHugh
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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