Banov and Leopold families papers
Assorted family papers of the Banov and Leopold families. Materials consist of correspondence with family in Poland and Israel, postcards (many published by I. Ginsburg), clippings, genealogical materials, a photograph, an etching by Hermann Struck, and ephemera from local Jewish organizations. Printed materials include Ladies Benevolent Society Centennial pamphlets, prayer books, and US Army-issued books from both World Wars. There are also artifacts from Charles Banov's infancy--a silver cup, brushes, and a teething ring.
- Majority of material found within 1929-1979
Language of Materials
Materials in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Polish.
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Samuel Leizer (Sam) Banov (1869/70–1933) was born in Suwalki in what is now Poland and immigrated first to Manchester, England, and then to Fall River, Massachusetts. His cousin Wolf Banov invited him to move to Charleston and join the clothing store Banov & Volaski as a tailor. Eventually Sam established his own King Street businesses, Banov’s men's clothing store and Uncle Sam’s pawn shop. His son Milton Banov (1908-1991) was also an owner of King Street businesses including the Lincoln Theater at 601 King Street, a Black vaudeville and motion picture theater. Milton married Edna Ginsberg (1908-2002). Their son Charles Banov (1930) became a doctor of internal medicine and married Nancy Leopold, a disability rights activist.
2.0 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 postcard box, 1 object box, 1 oversize paper folder)
Assorted family papers of the Banov and Leopold families. Materials consist of correspondence, postcards (many published by I. Ginsburg), clippings, printed materials including Ladies Benevolent Society Centennial pamphlets, prayer books, artifacts, and other ephemera.
Materials are described at the folder level.
Materials donated in 2017 by the Charles Banov family.
Processed by Lauren Bickel, June 2023.
- Banov family
- Jewish families -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Jewish families -- South Carolina -- Charleston -- Social life and customs
- Jewish families -- South Carolina -- Genealogy
- Leopold family
- Yiddish letters -- Translations into English
- artifacts (object genre)
- clippings (information artifacts)
- family papers
- picture postcards
- prayer books
- Inventory of the Banov and Leopold Families Papers, 1901-2004 (bulk 1929-1979)
- Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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