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Prystowsky-Feldman family papers

Identifier: Mss 1016

Collection Overview

Includes correspondence, photographs, photocopies, scrapbook. Correspondence (telegrams) regarding marriage (1918) of Raye Karesh and Moses Prystowksy; photographs (1950s-60s) of Prystowsky women at Brith Sholom Beth Israel events; photocopies of images from wedding (1955) of Arnold Prystowksy and Shirley Feldman; photocopies of family documents including real estate titles (1888-1940) for St. Philip St. property, Prystowsky family U.S. citizenship information (1898-1912), partnership document from E. Prystowsky and Sons (1926). Also includes Aleph Zadik Aleph scrapbook (1936-1939).

Acrruals consist of a late-19th-century Megillah, a Havdalah spice box, a store ledger from and framed photograph of E. Prostowsky and Sons store, legal and financial documents, family photographs, and an Israel Commemoriative Society set of medallions.


  • Creation: 1887-1976


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Charleston families connected by the marriage (1955) of Arnold Prystowsky (1918-2015) to Shirley Feldman (1927- ). Ezra Prystowsky (d. 1929) became a U.S. citizen (Poland native) in 1898 and founded clothing store E. Prystowsky and Sons (521-523 King Street).


3.15 linear feet (3 slim document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 artifact box, 2 wrapped items)


Family papers, photographs, and artifacts of the Prystowsky-Feldman family of Charleston.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 1997, 2015, and 2018 by the Arnold Prystowsky family.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown. Accruals processed by Lauren Bickel, February 2023.

Inventory of the Prystowsky-Feldman Family Papers, 1887-1976
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff Accruals processed by Lauren Bickel, February 2023.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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