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Ethel Oberman Katzen papers

Identifier: Mss 1034-027

Collection Overview

Collection includes personal photographs and ephemera of Ethel Oberman Katzen. Six candid photographs (ca. 1930s-1940s) of Katzen with friends posing at various Charleston, SC, locations including Folly Beach, the Battery and King Street (photocopies of images with identifications included). Ephemera includes an invitation to a circumcision (Charleston, SC, 1913); notice of the price of High Holy Day seats at Beth Israel Congregation (Charleston, SC, 1933); Ethel Oberman Katzen's certificate of distinction (1933) from Bennett School in Charleston, SC; certificate of membership (1934-1935) to Cecile Rubin Chapter of Young Judaea; membership cards (1935-1936) to Girl Scouts, Inc. Also included are an invitation to the Charleston Israel Bonds dinner (1976); sheet of letterhead (ca. 1940s) from I. Oberman Complete Household Furniture (King Street); letterhead (ca. 1940s) from Beth Israel Congregation.


  • Creation: 1913-1976


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

The youngest of seven children, Ethel Oberman Katzen was born at home in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1920. Her parents, Isaac (b. 1884) and Sarah (b. 1885) Oberman emigrated from Poland in 1906 and settled in Charleston, SC, where Isaac worked in the furniture business. Ethel Oberman married Julius Katzen in 1943.


2 folders (24 items) ; 5-28 cm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials donated by Ethel Oberman Katzen.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history interview with Ethel Oberman Katzen (Mss 1035-46).

Inventory of the Ethel Oberman Katzen Papers, 1913-1976
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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