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Dora Altman collection

Identifier: Mss 1006

Collection Overview

Includes photographs, photocopies, correspondence, address books, autograph books, and ephemera. Collection consists of material related to Dora Altman's immediate family and relatives, including obituaries and family genealogy notes. Also included are a personal autograph book (1920s) and several address and memo pads with notes on family birthdays and death dates. Material of the related Brown family consists of correspondence and publications (1980s-1990s). Collection includes candid family photographs (1890s-1990s) that document life in Charleston, fashion trends, Altman family vacations and relatives. Among the photographs are several framed portrait photos (1920s). The majority of the images are of Dora, Cecile, and Annie Altman (1940s-1990s). A final group of papers document the death of Lt. Samuel D. Turtletaub, Miss Altman's fiancé who died during World War I. Included are portrait photographs and ephemera related to his death in 1918.


  • Creation: approximately 1880-1998


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Dora Altman's parents immigrated to the United States from Poland in the late 1890s and settled in South Carolina. Relatives include the Brown and Mendelsohn families. Miss Altman was engaged to Lt. Samuel D. Turtletaub (1896-1918) who died in France during World War I.


0.5 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Burnet and Joseph Mendelsohn.



Inventory of the Dora Altman Collection, 1880-1998
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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