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Rosen family papers

Identifier: Mss 1143

Collection Overview

The collection contains assorted family photographs, correspondence, clippings, newspaper photocopies, and ephemera documenting the Rosen family’s history. Of special focus is the life and work of Sylvan Lewenthal Rosen (1913-1996), former Georgetown mayor (1948-1961) and prominent local attorney. Also included are various genealogical records related to the Rosen family.


  • Creation: 1938-2015


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection has been minimally processed, but is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

The Rosen family moved to Georgetown, South Carolina, at the turn of the twentieth century. Members of the family opened their first business in Georgetown in 1911. Brothers Sylvan and Meyer Rosen, who grew up in Georgetown, founded their law firm Rosen & Rosen following the end of World War II. Sylvan Rosen served as Mayor of Georgetown from 1948 to 1961. In 1995, a bridge spanning the Sampit River was named in honor of Sylvan’s service to his community.


0.5 linear feet (1 document box)

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the box level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in 2015 by Benedict Rosen.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Sylvan Rosen and Meyer Rosen (Mss 1035-035).

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren McCarter, February 2022.



Inventory of the Rosen Family Papers, 1938-2015
Processed by: Lauren McCarter; finding aid created by: Lauren McCarter
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Repository Details

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