Hebrew Orphan Society papers
Although founded in 1801, the earliest records extant date from 1850. Minutes run from 1850-1862; and then from 1866-1997, with some lacking in the latest years; they detail attendance, finances, charities, and administration of the organization, with 1949 and 1997 constitution and bylaws and some historical clippings, photos, etc. Correspondence (1902-1909, 1930, 1978, 1982-2000) is mostly from grant seekers such as Hospice of Charleston, Charleston Jewish Social Services, Charleston Area Senior Citizens, Lowcountry Food Bank and other agencies. There is information on running the organization and data regarding the N. Edgar Miles Scholarship, which is the subject of the Scholarship series of papers (1992-1995). Financial papers include a cash book (1866-1915), a ledger (1893-1972), financial statements (1936, 1948, 1982-1998), bank statements (1982-1995) and investment reports (1982-1995).
- Hebrew Orphan Society (Charleston, S.C.) (Organization)
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Founded in 1801, the Charleston, S.C., Hebrew Orphan Society was incorporated the next year, making it "the oldest incorporated Jewish charitable organization in continuous existence in the United States." Its goal was "relieving widows, educating, clothing and maintaining orphans and children of indigent parents." Orphans on the "bounty" of the organization were maintained in private homes until the 1860-1863 period when the organization maintained an orphanage in the building it owned on Broad Street. (The Society owned this building from 1833 to 1931.) In 1944, the Society no longer accepted general members but restricted membership to eighteen, election being a recognition of community service. In 1951, the Society became a member of the Charleston Jewish Social Services, which began to channel Society funds to meet the needs of the community; in later years, it has funded grant proposals, along with its annual gifts to the Charleston Jewish Social Services.
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- Charleston Jewish Social Services (S.C.)
- Hebrew Orphan Society (Charleston, S.C.)
- Jews -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Charities
- Miles, Nathan Edgar, 1910-1995
- Orphans -- Services for -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- Scholarships -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- Widows -- Services for -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- History
- account books
- financial records
- grant proposals
- ledgers (account books)
- letters (correspondence)
- minutes (administrative records)
- Inventory of the Hebrew Orphan Society Papers, 1850-2000
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