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Helen Stern Lipton papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-012

Collection Overview

Letters, postcards, and other materials relating to Helen Stern Lipton, a Jewish woman who left Kielce, Poland, in 1915. Correspondence in Yiddish (with English translations) from Lipton's family members in Poland focuses on efforts to help them escape to America before and during World War II. Includes materials from the 1964 meeting of the American Jewish Historical Society in Charleston, South Carolina, the Fall 2008 newsletter of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, and a set of tefillin with a cloth bag for storage.

Dates

  • 1932-2008

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English and Yiddish

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Helen Stern (1899-1987) was born to a large Jewish family in Kielce, Poland. She immigrated to the United States in 1915 to avoid an arranged marriage, joining her brother, Gabriel Stern, who had already emigrated. She followed her brother from New York City to Charleston, South Carolina, where she met and married Samuel H. Lipton (1894-1983), a native of Lithuania and resident of Beaufort, South Carolina. After marrying, the Liptons lived in Beaufort where they raised three sons, Joseph, Morey, and Alfred.

Helen Lipton's family in Poland, including her mother, Rivke Machale Sterenzys, one of her brothers, Chiam Sterenzys, and several of her nephews, wrote her letters and postcards before, during, and after World War II. The bulk of this correspondence includes pleas for help in immigrating to the United States, addressed to both Helen and Gabriel Stern.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (12 folders)

Abstract

Letters, postcards, and other materials relating to Helen Stern Lipton, a Jewish woman who left Poland in 1915. Correspondence in Yiddish (with English translations) from Lipton's family members in Poland focuses on efforts to help them escape to America before and during World War II. Includes a set of tefillin with a cloth bag for storage.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2007, 2008, and 2009 by Joseph J. Lipton.

Related Material

Related materials in College of Charleston Special Collections include a 1997 oral history interview with Joseph J. Lipton and his wife, Nancy (Mss 1035-156), and a 1998 oral history interview with Morey and Sandra Lipton (Mss 1035-181).

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, May 2011.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Helen Stern Lipton Papers, 1932-2008
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2011
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
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

Contact:
Special Collections
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Charleston South Carolina 29424
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