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Jerry Meyerson World War II photographs

Identifier: Mss 1169

Collection Overview

This collection mostly consists of photographs, both loose and in a photograph album, from Meyerson's service in Europe during World War II, as well as some featuring life on the homefront. There are also a few photocopies of clippings from the 1930s about Louis A. Meyerson and a photocopy of a certificate presented to Louis A. Meyerson when he became the election commissioner for Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The photograph album is in fragile condition and should be handled with care.


  • Creation: approximately 1940s


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Gerald "Jerry" Leo Meyerson (1921-2015) was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He attended The Citadel before transferring to Duke University where he earned his B.A. and Law Degrees. After World War II he returned to Duke for his Master of Law Degree.

Jerry was accepted in the Aviation Cadet Program of the Army Air Corps, and after a year of training at Yale University in air-to-ground communication, he was stationed in London. As a Second Lieutenant and a commanding officer of his unit, he sailed to Europe on the Queen Mary with 12,000 troops aboard. He remained at U.S. headquarters in London until after V-E Day when it was moved to Paris, where he served as administrator of Orly Air Force Base. After V-J Day he transferred with U.S. headquarters to Germany.

Following the War, Jerry practiced law in New York, Connecticut, and Charleston. Jerry moved back to Charleston in 1951 to help his father with the Worthmore Men's Store at the corner of King and George Streets. In 1952 he opened his own successful store, Richard's Men's Wear on King Street, where he was a merchant for decades. In the 1970's when King Street was struggling, he formed the Local Development Corporation (LDC) which was instrumental in the revitalization of Charleston. He served as chairman of the LDC for over 20 years.

He and his wife Jane Pearlstine Meyerson had three daughters.


1.0 linear feet (1 flat box)


This collection consists of a photograph album and loose photographs from Jerry Meyerson's service in Europe during World War II, as well as some photographs from the homefront and a few photocopies of clippings/certificates related to his father Louis A. Meyerson.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2012 by Jane Pearlstine Meyerson.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, August 2023.

Inventory of the Jerry Meyerson World War II Photographs, approximately 1940s
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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Repository Details

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