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Nat Shulman papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1007

Collection Overview

Papers of Nat Shulman (1914-2000) include correspondence from his years in leadership at the Jewish Community Center, the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, and the Charleston Jewish Federation and documentation of his participation in all kinds of Jewish and civic groups. In addition, there are biographical materials, photographs, ephemera from Jewish social life, awards, artifacts, slides, and audiovisual material. 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.

Dates

  • 1943-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1995

Creator

Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Additions to this collection have been minimally processed, but are open for research.

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Biographical Note

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Nat Shulman (1914-2000) became prominent in Charleston, South Carolina's Jewish and civic life. After graduating from Upsala College in 1936, he married Lillian Rosenstein, also of Newark. They moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s, where Nat worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board (NJWB), one of the agencies that comprise United Service Organizations (USO). He was transferred to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1943, where he and Lillian raised their children, Elaine, Sanford, and David. During the remainder of World War II, Nat coordinated with Jewish communities up and down the South Carolina coast to provide services and entertainment for Jewish military personnel. He became the first director of the Charleston Jewish Community Center at its founding in in 1945. He 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.

Extent

6.5 linear feet (3 cartons, 3 flat boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 audiodisc)

Abstract

Papers of Nat Shulman (1914-2000), director of Charleston's Jewish Community Center from its founding in 1945 until his retirement in 1972. The papers reflect his prominence in Jewish civic life in Charleston; they include correspondence from his years in leadership at the Jewish Community Center, the Charleston Jewish Welfare Fund, and the Charleston Jewish Federation and documentation of his participation in all kinds of Jewish and civic groups. In addition, there are biographical materials, photographs, ephemera from Jewish social life, awards, artifacts, slides, and audiovisual material.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Professional correspondence, 1943-1995
  2. Biographical material, 1945-1995
  3. Affiliations & Projects: Jewish and JCC (Jewish Community Center) related, approximately 1950s-1990s
  4. Affiliations: General and benevolent, 1961-1993
  5. Accession 2010-16, 1943-2000

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Nat Shulman. Accession donated 2010 by Elaine Shulman Hirsch.

Processing Information

Processed by Harlan Greene, date unknown. Accrual processed by Lauren Bickel, June 2023.

Source

Title
Inventory of the Nat Shulman Papers, 1943-2000 (bulk 1970-1995)
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Harlan Greene ; finding aid created by: Harlan Greene; accruals processed by: Lauren Bickel
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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