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Hirschman family papers

Identifier: Mss 1034-045

Collection Overview

Includes Hirschman family biographical notes, news clippings (1918-1987) and images (1912-1975). Original souvenir handkerchief from the 1929 South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhoods annual meeting held in Greenville, SC. Also includes several images of the Rivkin family, ca. 1910 and 1920.


  • Creation: 1910-1987


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Born in Austria-Hungary, Solomon Hirschmann immigrated to America in the late 1870s. He and wife, Lena Nachman, settled in Cades, South Carolina, and later (ca. 1883) moved to Charleston to open a wholesale grocery business. The Hirschmann's had two sons (Henry and Joseph) and three daughters (Katie, Cecile, and Rosa). Rosa Hirschmann [Gantt] was the first woman to graduate (1900) from the Medical College of South Carolina. Henry Hirschmann entered the grocery business with his father. Their store, S. Hirschman and Son, was known to provide support and credit to Jewish immigrants starting out as traveling peddlers.

Henry married Rosa Sternberger, an active member of Charleston's Jewish community, in 1896. Rosa and Henry Hirschmann had five sons including Jerold, who together with wife, Lilah Baumrind Hirschman, founded (1955) Peroclene Cleaners. In 1960 the business moved to the current site of the College of Charleston's Jewish Studies Center, where it remained for 20 more years. Jerold and Lilah Hirschman had two children, Henry Hirschman and Judith Hirschman Rivkin.


17 items

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Judy Hirschman Rivkin and Maxcy C. Rivkin.

General Note

All items except souvenir handkerchief are photocopies.

Inventory of the Hirschman Family Papers, 1910-1987
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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