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Isadore Givner papers

Identifier: Mss 1041

Collection Overview

Includes scrapbook (1903-1953) of photographs, ephemera, letters and newspaper clippings chronicling Givner's life, academic achievements, medical career and accomplishments. Folder of letters contains recommendation from MUSC faculty and Roper Hospital staff including typed transcript of Givner's MUSC classes and grades; letters of admittance to various medical societies including Medical Society of South Carolina, and New York Academy of Science; letters of appointment to medical positions at organizations including New York University Medical Center and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Includes letters re. membership in Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, Medical Society of New York and the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress. Certificates of achievement, membership and recognition from Givner's academic and professional career include: College of Charleston diploma, South Carolina License to Practice Medicine and Surgery; certificates from American Board of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, American Physicians Fellowship, American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Fifty Year Club of American Medicine. Photographs include Givner with Brith Sholom Men and Boys Choir (ca. 1916), Henrietta Givner (ca. 1940), Givner at a medical conference (ca. 1951) and in his New York office (ca. 1940), Dr. and Mrs. Givner at a dinner, 1968. Other material includes folder of biographical information compiled by Givner's children; original poem, "Dr. Isadore Givner," by Jerry Nussbaum, and photocopies of Givner's page in the 1942 edition of Notable New Yorkers, and Givner's 1922 College of Charleston annual, The Comet. Folder of publications (1938-1945) written or co-written by Givner contains articles on various opthamalogical diseases. Also included is Givner's leather medical bag (ca. 1930s) used for holding pill bottles.

Addition consists of assorted publications including The Prevention of Disease in Everyday Practice, professional correspondence, certificates, awards, and school records.


  • Creation: 1918-1998
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1950s


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Additions to this collection have been minimally processed, but are open for research.

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Biographical Note

Dr. Isadore Givner was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He lived at 7 College Street (now Education headquarters for the College of Charleston) while attending the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. After receiving a medical degree (1926) and finishing an internship at Roper Hospital (1926-1927), Givner left Charleston for New York University where he completed post graduate study and a residency in ophthalmology. Among other professional accomplishments, Givner worked as an Assistant Ophthalmic Surgeon at numerous New York hospitals, was Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University and Director of Ophthalmology at New York City Hospital. He retired in 1971 after forty years in the field of medicine. Givner married Martha Barbe (1912-1992) in 1938. The couple raised three daughters and one son in New York where they were members of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun. They are buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Queens, NY.


2.17 linear feet (2 slim document boxes, 1 document box, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize paper folder)

Language of Materials



Awards, certificates, degrees, letters and miscellaneous papers relating to the professional career of Dr. Isadore Givner, ophthalmologist.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2020 by Eileen Givner Goldfless, Barbara Givner Goodman, Joan Givner Bovarnick, and Lewis M. Givner.

Inventory of the Isadore Givner Papers, 1918-1998 (bulk 1940-1950s)
Processed by: Special Collections staff ; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff; accruals processed by; Joshua Minor
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