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Southern Jewish Historical Society records-Part II

Identifier: Mss 1056b

Collection Overview

Meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, programs, and publications of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS). This finding aid describes the second accession (Part II) of the SJHS records. Part I has significant overlap with Part II in regards to chronology and subject matter. Topics include conference planning, membership, publicity, and projects of the Southern Jewish Historical Society. The collection also includes material regarding the SJHS journal and newsletter, board of directors, grant proposals, authors of publications on southern Jewish history, and research material. Subjects include Jewish participation in the Civil War; southern Jewish families, including the Levy family of Monticello; and the 350th anniversary of Jewish settlement in America.

The accruals consist mostly of conference-related documents, office records, meeting minutes, and reports with two DVD documentaries and a collection of tote bags.


  • Creation: 1958-2019


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Parts of this collection have been minimally processed, but are open for research.

Copyright Notice

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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.

Historical Note

The Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) was founded in 1958 and re-established in 1976 by Saul Viener as a society for historians, archivists, and researchers to convene and discuss southern Jewish history. SJHS holds an annual conference in alternating southern states to present papers, hold panel discussions, and tour local Jewish historical sites. SJHS also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Rambler; and an annual journal, Southern Jewish History; and distributes awards and grants for research and publications relating to southern Jewish history. Participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.


16.25 linear feet (3 cartons, 27 document boxes, 2 slim document boxes, 2 flat file boxes, 5 videocassettes, 6 audiocassettes, 25 miscellaneous audiovisual format items)


Meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, programs, publications, and other administrative records of part II of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS). Materials relate to the organization and function of SJHS with resources relevant to southern Jewish History.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Administration and operations, 1978-2010
  2. Conferences, 1976-2007
  3. Membership, 1987-2007
  4. Publications and projects, 1958-2009
  5. Resources, 1986-2006
  6. Accession 2013-25, 1958-2007
  7. Accession 2015-02, 1988-2014
  8. Accession 2015-06, 2006-2007
  9. Accession 2017-92, 2015
  10. Accession 2018-66, 1996-1999, undated
  11. Accession 2018-78, 2000-2016
  12. Accession 2019-46, 2007-2019

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated at various times from 1997-2009 by representatives for the Southern Jewish Historical Society: Berkley Kalin, Sid and Helen Silver, Barbara Tahsler, Cathy Kahn, Marcy Ferris, and Bernard Wax.

Later accruals were donated at various times from 2013-2019 by representatives including Mark Bauman, Dale Rosengarten, Rachel B. Heimovics, and Deborah R. Weiner.


Further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Related collections at the College of Charleston Special Collections include the Southern Jewish Historical Society records (Mss 1056a) and issues of the SJHS journal Southern Jewish History.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, March 2011. Accruals processed by Lauren Bickel, August 2022.



Inventory of the Southern Jewish Historical Society Records-Part II, 1958-2010
Processed by: Melissa Bronheim; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; accruals processed by: Lauren Bickel 2022
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Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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