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David A. Cohen, Jr., collection

Identifier: Mss 1021

Collection Overview

Includes letters, contracts, deeds, ledgers, minutes, reports, photocopies, clippings, ephemera, postcards, typescripts, journal, architectural floor plan. Papers (1928-1980) of the Darlington Temple Sisterhood: include certificate of incorporation and 1933 constitution; correspondence, bulk pertains to financial matters; broken runs of minutes; topics include general business, fundraising activities and state sisterhood news; broken run of annual reports; financial records include bank statements, check book, and account ledgers for general sisterhood funds and cemetery expenses. South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhood (SFTS) papers contain annual convention programs, minutes (typescripts) from Executive Board meetings, revisions to constitution, and typescript of first "SC Sisterhood News." National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods material includes uniongram packet, ephemera from 1937 Union of American Hebrew Congregations conference; annual report, and by-laws. Papers (1954-1993) of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation: typed history (1964) of Darlington Jewish community; correspondence (1954-1993), bulk pertains to possible synagogue and rabbi service; correspondence (1956-1991) re. cemetery (includes hand drawn plats); broken runs of annual meeting minutes (1953-1972) include general business reports, cemetery issues, rabbi service, finances; financial records contain checkbooks (1954-1965 and 1971-1982,) bank statements (1963-1986) and savings account book (1958-63). Hennig family financial papers consist of real estate documents (1877-1927) for lands in Darlington County; most are transactions between Henry or Lena Hennig and farm owners (including African-American sharecroppers); other material includes Hennig family tax returns and real estate summaries (1922); bids (1930) submitted to Herbert Hennig, Darlington County Clerk, for county audit. Hennig personal papers are primarily handwritten letters: between Henry and Lena Hennig (1900, 1903-4); bulk written while Henry was in Germany visiting family. Misc. letters from Hennig relatives, business and religious associates; correspondence in gothic German [bulk to Henry/Heinrich Hennig] from locations in Germany, London and New York; includes postcards with hand-drawn illustrations; misc. ephemera includes invitations, calling cards and event programs (some in German). Cohen family papers include Hilda Cohen's journal (1950s-1960s) detailing vacations to Europe and South America; David A. Cohen, Jr.'s term (1961-1971) as 5th grade teacher at Beth Israel Synagogue (Florence, SC) is represented by pupil activity books, teachers' guides, lesson plans, student rosters; invitation and menu from the wedding (October 1918) of David Cohen and Hilda Hennig.


  • Creation: 1870s-1990s


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

South Carolina families connected by the marriage of David A. Cohen, Sr. (1886-1963) to Hilda Hennig (1896-1980). Henry Hennig (1858-1922), father of Hilda Hennig was originally from Neumark, Germany. He made his living in Darlington, South Carolina, as a lien merchant and was a founding member (1896) of the Darlington Hebrew Cemetery Association. The Cohen family was active in community groups including the Darlington Hebrew Congregation (founded in 1924) and the Darlington Temple Sisterhood (founded 1925). Hilda Hennig Cohen was president (1962) of the South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhoods and her son, David A. Cohen, Jr., was president (1954-56) of the Darlington Hebrew Congregation.


3.0 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by David A. Cohen, Jr.

Inventory of the David A. Cohen, Jr. Collection, 1870s-1990s
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