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Edna Ginsberg Banov papers

Identifier: Mss 1039

Collection Overview

Entire collection is photocopies of Edna Banov's unpublished manuscripts and other writings; originals remain with donor. Includes poems, short stories, letters, memoirs, notes, book reviews, eulogies, tributes and a compilation of Banov's short stories and letters titled, "Potpourri, Some of This, Some of That." (Many works in "Potpourri" have draft versions in the collection.) Most writings are annotated and several have critique notes included (from an unnamed editor.) Banov's memoirs reflect on her life in Charleston, SC, and include references to her birth, schooling and the life of her husband Milton Banov. Most letters are written to her children and grandchildren and contain family history and references to Jewish heritage and express pride in family accomplishments. Misc. material includes a four page critique of Banov's writing by Skip Johnson; Milton Banov's eulogy; speeches given by Banov children in honor of Edna and Milton Banov at Synagogue Emanu-El events, including dedication of the Edna and Milton Banov Library. Collection also contains a 45 rpm record of sound recording made for Banov (1944) by her parents, Isaac and Pauline Ginsberg; record is a spoken letter from the Ginsberg's (who were living in Miami Beach, Fl.) to the Banov family and contains wishes of health and happiness as well as Isaac Ginsberg singing a song in Yiddish; contents of record have been transferred to a cassette tape which is accessible to researchers.


  • Creation: 1960s-1990s


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Edna Ginsberg was born in Charleston, South Carolina, shortly after her parents emigrated from Russia. She grew up in Charleston, married Milton Banov in 1929, and had three children. Among other civic engagements, Banov was president of the Charleston Junior Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah. An avid writer, Banov composed many short stories based on family and friends. A large portion of her original manuscripts were destroyed by a water leak. This collection of writings are what remain, some of which were re-written from memory.


0.25 linear feet

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Inventory of the Edna Ginsberg Banov Papers, 1960s-1990s
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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