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Esther Libby Surasky Persky scrapbook and photograph albums

Identifier: Mss 1106

Collection Overview

Scrapbook and family photograph albums assembled by Esther Libby Surasky Persky of Aiken, South Carolina. The scrapbook contains photographs, clippings, school papers, report cards, and letters related to her high school and college education. Photograph albums primarily consist of images of the Surasky family: Esther's father, Hiram (Chaim) Charles Surasky; mother Freidel Surasky; older sister, Mina Surasky; younger sister, Dora Surasky; and younger brother, Ralph Surasky; and her husband, Nathan Persky. The albums also include assorted photographs of relatives and friends. The scrapbook and several of the photograph albums contain handwritten annotations by Persky, including short biographies of her parents and siblings as well as identifications of assorted relatives, friends, and locations. The collection also includes photocopied reproductions of each book with additional information provided by the donor, Mordecai Persky, and his cousin Sophie "Skip" Persky Sindler.


  • Creation: 1912-circa 1925


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Esther Surasky Persky (1899-1985), daughter of Hiram (Chaim) Charles Surasky (1870-1932) and Freidel Surasky (1876-1956), emigrated from Knyszyn, Poland, to Aiken, South Carolina, in 1902. Her father, operator of H. C. Surasky's, a dry goods store, was a prominent town merchant. She attended the Aiken Institute and in 1918 graduated from Winthrop University. In 1925 she married Nathan Persky (1888-1965), a merchant and lay leader, from 1934 to 1965, of the then Orthodox Adath Yeshurun congregation.


1.0 linear feet (2 document boxes)


Scrapbook and photograph albums assembled by Esther Libby Surasky Persky of Aiken, South Carolina, containing images and memorabilia of the Surasky family, assorted relatives, and friends.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2004 by Mordecai Persky.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Mordecai Persky (Mss 1035-228).

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Minor, September 2012.

Inventory of the Esther Libby Surasky Persky Scrapbook And Photograph Albums, 1912-circa 1925
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
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Repository Details

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