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Solomon Breibart professional papers

Identifier: Mss 1084

Collection Overview

Research files, articles, notes, correspondence, and other professional papers of Solomon Breibart, teacher and historian. Materials relate to Breibart's research and publications on the history of Jews in Charleston, South Carolina, particularly the history of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). The collection also includes materials regarding Breibart's presentations, KKBE committee work, and involvement in the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Topics include KKBE, Jewish cemeteries, 1886 earthquake, Charleston Jewish Community Center, Brith Sholom Beth Israel, Jewish servicemen, B'nai Brith, Penina Moïse, Gustavus Poznanski, David Levy, and Jacob S. Raisin.


  • Creation: circa 1965-2008


Language of Material

Materials in English and Hebrew

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Solomon ("Sol" or "Solly") Breibart (1914-2009), teacher and historian, was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Sam and Ida Breibart. Sol Breibart attended the College of Charleston and earned his MA and teaching certificate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1938. During this period, he became an active member of Aleph Zadik Aleph, a Jewish youth organization affiliated with B'nai Brith. After graduation, Breibart worked at the High School of Charleston as a social studies teacher and guidance counselor. In 1957, he began teaching at Rivers High School, where he became assistant principal.

After retiring from teaching in 1976, Breibart began researching the poet and hymnalist Penina Moïse and other topics relating to Charleston's Jewish history, particularly Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE). Breibart gave talks and lectures on his findings and published numerous articles in KKBE's bulletin, the Charleston Jewish Journal, and the newsletters of the Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) and the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (JHSSC). Breibart was an active member of SJHS, served on the board of directors, and held terms as president and editor of the SJHS newsletter. His tenure on the JHSSC board lasted from the Society's inception in 1994 until his death in 2009.

For a more detailed biography, see "In Distinguished Company: A Profile of Solomon Breibart, Teacher and Historian" by Harlan Greene and Dale Rosengarten, published first in Southern Jewish History (2004) and then as the introduction to Explorations in Charleston's Jewish History, a 2005 compilation of Breibart's essays.


8.5 linear feet (12 document boxes, 8 index card boxes)


Research files, publications, correspondence, and other professional papers of Solomon Breibart, teacher and historian. Materials relate to Breibart's research and publications on the history of Charleston's Jewish population, in particular, the history of the city's oldest Jewish congregation, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Publications
  2. Research Files
  3. Correspondence
  4. Organizations and Activities

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Solomon and Sara Breibart in 2009. Additional material was given in 2010.

Related Material

Related collections at the College of Charleston Special Collections include the Solomon and Sara Breibart papers (Mss 1085) and 2 oral history interviews of Solomon Breibart (1995, 2004).

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah M. Dorpinghaus, October 2010.

Inventory of the Solomon Breibart Professional Papers, circa 1965-2008
Processed by: Sarah M. Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Martha McTear
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Repository Details

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