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Nat Shulman papers

Identifier: Mss 1007

Collection Overview

Includes professional and personal correspondence and papers, typed and carbon letters, photographs, brochures, and photocopies. The correspondence consists mostly of incoming letters and carbons of replies, on personal and professional topics. Early materials cover the beginnings of the Jewish Community Center, social life and services offered military personnel, with a few letters from Jewish soldiers in occupied Germany. Correspondence contains mostly invitations, thank you and congratulatory notes, letters of condolence, etc. There are brief mentions of: request to remove religious affiliations from SC State Board of Dentistry materials, Kuwaiti interests in Kiawah Island, state senate campaign of William Saunders, laws re vocational rehabilitation, and the state of Israel. Politicians and others replying to issues include J. Palmer Gaillard, Mendel Davis, Nancy Thurmond, Ernest Hollings, Floyd Spence, Strom Thurmond, Richard Riley, Nancy Stephenson and others. Letters contain frequent references to Shulman's wife Lillian, and children, with a letter describing Sabbath observation of Hassidic followers of Lubavitcher rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Biographical materials include vitae, photographs (1940s-1990s) of Shulman, friends and family, Strom Thurmond and Ernest F. Hollings, miscellaneous poetry and prose and papers (1959-1971) of a private investment club. Papers of Jewish groups document the Jewish Community Center. Minutes, brochures, correspondence etc., relate to ORT - Organization through Rehabilitation and Training, a social development program for Israel, and the Israel town Kiryat Shmona and the program "Project Renewal." Also contains materials of group trips (1962, 1968, 1971, 1976) to Israel, mostly led by Shulman. Materials re non-Jewish charities and groups include clippings, bylaws, correspondence and reports of Parent Youth Association of Charleston; scattered minutes, mailings, correspondence of the Military Services Center Branch of the YMCA; ephemera re Charleston Lodge 242, B.P.O. Elks, and Materials re Small Cities Executive Institute (1975-1989) and the Blue Ridge Institute (1964-1981), with copies of papers delivered there in 1979 and 1980 on issues such as Southern family life (1927-1978), and mental health. Veterans Administration Voluntary Service papers (1981-1993) document Jewish volunteers at VA hospital on Christian holidays. Papers (1985-1994) of the Food Bank include minutes, correspondence, clippings, lists, by laws and related corporate papers.


  • 1943-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1989


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Born in New Jersey in 1914, Shulman became the first director of the Charleston Jewish Community Center in 1945, after working with the Jewish Welfare Board in the USO program. Shulman remained Director until 1972, when he became director of the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund (renamed Charleston Jewish Federation in 1980.) He then served (1981-1993) as consultant. A recipient of national and local awards, Shulman served on many service, volunteer, and benevolent agencies. He helped found (1959) the Charleston Jewish Community Relations Board.


2.5 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Nat Shulman.

Inventory of the Nat Shulman Papers, 1943-1995 (bulk 1970-1989)
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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