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Solomon-Prystowsky family papers

Identifier: Mss 1013

Collection Overview

Sophie P. Solomon financial records, obituary, and eulogy; Aaron Solomon speeches, real estate documents (regarding 1966 sale of 167-71 St. Philip Street), certificates, correspondence (1970-1981), clippings (1940-1990), obituary, and eulogy. Miscellaneous family material contains photocopies of 1995 Solomon-Prystowsky family reunion booklet, program from 1981 dedication of Solomon Hall (Brith Sholom Beth Israel), and two family wills. Also included are Solomon family photographs (1880s-1980s, bulk 1930s-50s, candid snapshots), images of Aaron Solomon receiving awards, and photocopied photo album (1934) compiled by A. Solomon while at Charleston High School. Sam Solomon Company papers (1960s) contain mock-up designs for sporting goods, men's gifts and dolls (Tressy and Teenie Weenie Tiny Tears), catalog pages, photographs (1940s-1960s) of 484 King and 338 East Bay locations, and miscellaneous ephemera and clippings (1960s). Aaron Solomon's Jewish Community Center affiliation is documented by JCC budget reports and financial statements (1964-1970), Evaluative Committee correspondence (1969-1970), questionnaires, and final report. Free Mason-Scottish Rite papers contain commemorative booklet (1924) from Charleston Supreme Council meeting, typed excerpts from Masonic ceremonies, and group photographs (1950s). Miscellaneous material includes Jewish interest pamphlets and clippings (1960s-80s) and photocopies of bill of sale (1945) for 180-182 Rutledge Avenue.


  • 1880-1990

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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Charleston families connected by marriage (1912) of Sophie Prystowsky (1893-1985) to Samuel Solomon (d. 1954). Of five children, Aaron Solomon (1917-1991) carried on family business, Sam Solomon Company, Inc. During the 1960s, A. Solomon opposed South Carolina Blue Laws as a denial of religious liberty and took the fight to the Supreme Court. He was an active member of the Free Masons and Jewish Community Center, where he served as president (ca. 1968) and on the Evaluative Committee (1970).


0.5 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Marilyn Brilliant and Melvin and Gertrude Solomon.

Inventory of the Solomon-Prystowsky Family Papers, 1880-1990
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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