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Levy-Livingstain family papers

Identifier: Mss 1009

Collection Overview

Includes correspondence, business documents, typescripts, certificates, ephemera, booklets, realia, memo books, photographs, and clippings. Papers contain Oscar Levy's biographical information, United States Naturalization Certificate (1916) with leather case, correspondence in Yiddish and English (1930s) and Levy's Boys Store business documents (1900s-1960s), including an envelope with South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Expo scenes. Related material includes obituaries for daughters and condolence letters from business associates. Livingstain papers contain Leo Livingstain's biographical information, family photographs (1890s-1950s), ephemera, and a letterhead from Harris Livingstain Co. Also includes material from Charleston organizations, including Sarah Livingstain's speeches to the National Council on Jewish Women (1950s) and Hadassah (1965, regarding Jewish National Fund), Charleston Hebrew Institute reports (1948), and programs (1940s-50s) from Brith Sholom installation banquets. Miscellaneous material consists of clippings on preservation of King Street architecture (1970s-1980s) and a 1966 article on immigrants in America.


  • Creation: 1901-1990


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

These Charleston, South Carolina, families were connected by the marriage of Theresa Levy and Leo H. Livingstain (1902-1971). Oscar Levy (1862-1936), father of Theresa, operated Levy's Boys Store on King Street in Charleston. Theresa Livingstain was president of the National Council on Jewish Women, Charleston Chapter, in 1952


0.5 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Theresa L. Livingstain.

Inventory of the Levy-Livingstain Family Papers, 1901-1990
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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