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Inventory of the Ruth Bass Jacobs Papers, 1882-2011
Inventory of the Ruth Bass Jacobs Papers, 1882-2011
|Abstract:||Newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, newsletters, memoirs, recordings, and other papers of Ruth Bass Jacobs. Materials relate to Jacobs's family history and involvement in Charleston's Jewish community, particularly Brith Sholom Beth Israel and the Addlestone Hebrew Academy. Included are biographical papers and documents regarding the Bass and Jacobs families as well as newspaper clippings on topics of interest. The collection also consists of audio and video recordings of family events, oral history interviews, and religious ceremonies.|
|Title:||Ruth Bass Jacobs papers|
|Creator:||Jacobs, Ruth Bass, 1923-2007|
|Extent:||7 linear feet
(11 document boxes, 1 flat file box, 1 rolled item box, 17 audiocassette tapes, 1 microcassette tape, 42 videocassette tapes)
|Repository:||Jewish Heritage Collection, Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
|Call Number:||Mss 1010|
|Language of Material:||Materials in English, Hebrew, and Spanish|
Ruth Bass Jacobs (1923-2007) was born in North, South Carolina, to Esther Cohen Bass and Nathan Bass.
Nathan Bass (1887-1958) was born in Vasilishok, located in modern-day Lithuania, and in 1901, immigrated to the United States. He and his cousin left New York City in 1908 for Charleston, South Carolina. Four years later, Bass relocated to North, where he established the Bass Mercantile Company, a clothing and textiles store.
Esther Cohen (1889-1974) was born in Bialystok, Poland, and immigrated to the United States in 1891 with her parents and older sister. She grew up in New York City and worked for a jewelry wholesaler until she met Nathan Bass, who was visiting the city to purchase merchandise for his store. They were married in 1917 and settled in North.
The Basses had seven children: Samuel "Bernie" Bass, Herbert "Herbie" Bass, Ruth Bass Jacobs, Frances Bass Ginsberg, Marcia Bass Brody, Lucille Bass Lipsitz, and Jack Bass. Samuel Bass graduated from the University of South Carolina and Herbert Bass graduated from the Citadel and both served in World War II. In 1943 Herbert Bass was killed in action during a failed mission in Guadalcanal. Frances Ginsberg and Lucille Lipsitz both operated family-owned businesses- Ginsberg Ladies Shop in Bishopville and Lipsitz Shoe Store in Beaufort. Marcia Bass Brody co-authored Vos Makhstu Y'all: The Bass Family of North and has documented the family's activities and achievements in the Bass family newsletter. Jack Bass, a journalist and professor, has co-authored several publications on the political culture of the American South.
Ruth Bass graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1943 with a Secretarial Science Certificate. She was working for the South Carolina State Board of Health in Columbia when she met Isaac Jacobs, a travelling salesman for Jacobs Hosiery Company based out of Charleston. Bass and Jacobs were married in 1951 and raised six children in Charleston. The Jacobses were members of the Brith Sholom Beth Israel (BSBI) Congregation.
While raising her children, Ruth Jacobs worked part-time as an office assistant for BSBI and the Addlestone Hebrew Academy, formerly known as the Charleston Hebrew Institute. She was an active member of several Jewish communal organizations, including the BSBI Sisterhood and Charleston Jewish Community Center; she edited the BSBI newsletter The Messenger; and served on the board of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina (1999-2006). Jacobs also volunteered with the Jewish Heritage Collection by recording and transcribing oral history interviews. In 2004, she was honored by BSBI as "A Woman Who Makes a Difference." Ruth Jacobs passed away in 2007.
Newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, newsletters, memoirs, recordings, and other papers of Ruth Bass Jacobs. Included are biographical papers and documents regarding the Bass and Jacobs families, including Noach Bass, Nathan Bass, members of the Pearlstine family, and Ruth Jacobs's siblings, husband, and children. Materials also relate to Jacobs's involvement in Charleston's Jewish community, particularly Brith Sholom Beth Israel and the Addlestone Hebrew Academy. Also included are Jacobs's newspaper clippings on individuals and topics of interest, and Jacobs's audio and video recordings of family events, oral history interviews, and religious ceremonies.
|2.||Ruth and Isaac Jacobs family, 1941-2000s|
|3.||Bass family, 1890s-2011|
|4.||Jacobs, Karesh, and Pearlstine families, 1882-2003|
|5.||Brith Sholom Beth Israel, 1904-2007|
|6.||Addlestone Hebrew Academy, 1965-2005|
|8.||Topical files, 1935-2007|
|9.||Audiovisual material, 1985-2000, undated|
Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index this collection in the Library's online catalog. They are grouped by name of person, family, or organization, by topical subject, by place, and by types of material.
- Bass, Ruth Jacobs, 1923-2007
- Bass family
- Jacobs family
- Addlestone Hebrew Academy (Charleston, S.C.)
- Brith Sholom Beth Israel (Charleston, S.C.)
- Jews--South Carolina
- Jewish women--South Carolina
- Judaism--Customs and practices
- Charleston (S.C.)
Types of Material
- Audiocassette tapes
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Videocassette tapes
Related materials in Special Collections include three oral history interviews with Ruth Bass Jacobs and Isaac Jacobs, 1995 and 1998 (Mss 1035-005, Mss 1035-009, Mss 1035-173), and several manuscript collections and oral histories relating to the Bass, Jacobs, Pearlstine, Karesh, and Cohen families. Special Collections also holds copies of Vos Makhstu Y'all: The Bass Family of North by Marcia Bass Brody and Ken Bass (2011) and two of Tzvi Jacobs's publications: Truths Revealed: Modern day stories of faith and miracles (1996) and From the Heavens to the Heart: True stories of extraordinary happenings in the lives of ordinary people (2000).
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1. Biographical, 1920s-2007
Includes certificates, photographs, a digital recording on DVD of Ruth Jacobs's graveside service, and eulogies for Jacobs's funeral.
Includes report cards, play programs, and materials relating to North High School. Memoirs written by Jacobs about growing up during the Great Depression and about daily life in North, South Carolina, are also included. Jacobs's high school diploma is stored in oversize box 1.
Includes correspondence and a summary of job duties relating to Ruth Bass Jacobs's secretarial work at the South Carolina State Board of Health.
Includes newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and a guestbook.
2. Ruth and Isaac Jacobs family, 1917-2000s
Includes mostly newspaper clippings of articles written by Isaac Jacobs.
Largely consists of letters from Glen Milnor, a childhood friend, describing memories of growing up in Charleston. Also includes a letter from Jacobs to the Pearlstine family sent while Jacobs was serving in the Pacific during World War II.
Includes wedding invitations, newspaper articles, and an eyewitness account of the 1991 Crown Heights riot in Brooklyn, New York, written by Joszef Steinherz.
Largely consists of newspaper articles written by Tzvi Jacobs or regarding his publications.
Mostly photographs of family members but also includes newspaper clippings and other ephemera.
3. Bass family, 1890s-2011
Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other papers relating to Ruth Bass Jacobs and her siblings. Includes a transcript of an interview with Charles Bass and a list of the descendants of Esther and Nathan Bass. One letter is written in Hebrew.
Noach Bass (1874-1940s), Ruth Bass Jacobs's uncle, was an important figure in the early Zionist movement in Grodno, Belarus (formerly Poland and Lithuania).
Includes biographies, obituaries, and newspaper clippings regarding the Bass's store in North, South Carolina. Also included is Nathan Bass's naturalization certificate (1936).
Newspaper clippings and photographs relating to Moses Cohen, Sadye Cohen Green, and David E. Cohen.
Narrative descriptions of growing up in North, South Carolina, written by Marcia Bass Brody, Lucille Bass Lipsitz, and Ruth Bass Jacobs. Jack Bass's memories of North are recorded in his essay "Just Like One of Us" (Box 3, Folder 12). Also included are several newspaper clippings about North.
Includes photocopies of newspaper articles regarding Samuel Bass's service in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the Korean War and copies of correspondence to family members. After his army service, Bass was an attorney and alderman in Chicago, Illinois.
Herbert Bass (1920-1944) was a dive-bomber pilot in World War II. Bass was killed in action in 1943 during a mission in Guadalcanal.
Includes brief biographies and photocopies of materials regarding Bass's military service and funeral.
Includes correspondence from Herbert Bass to friends and family describing his daily activities at the Citadel and opinions on the war. One letter describes his experiences attending the reform and orthodox synagogues in Charleston (1938). Also included are sympathy letters in response to Bass's death.
Bass's memoir about growing up in North, South Carolina.
Includes articles written by Bass and articles regarding Bass's publications.
Includes photocopies of newspaper clippings, flyers, and promotional material from Bass's unsuccessful bid as the Democratic candidate for South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District.
Includes images of Nathan Bass and Esther Cohen Bass.
4. Jacobs, Karesh, and Pearlstine families, 1882-2003
Includes materials regarding Milton A. Pearlstine, Edwin Pearlstine, Susan Pearlstine-Foster, Thomas Pearlstine, Hanna Pearlstine, and Flora Pearlstine Jacobs.
Includes correspondence, financial records, and legal documents regarding a dispute between Ethel Jacobs and Thomas Pearlstine over inherited land.
Includes Lena Pearlstine Berkman's memoir describing her family's voyage from Russia to America in 1856.
Includes materials regarding Harold Jacobs, Samuel Jacobs, Bezalel Moshe Jacobs, Solomon Epstein (son of Florette Jacobs), Herbert Jacobs, and Janette Jacobs Wolper.
Includes newspaper clippings relating to Jan Karesh and Charles Karesh.
Photocopy of a narrative history of the Slager family beginning with Samuel Slager (1853-?), whose older sister, Jeanette, married Isaac Jacobs in 1859.
5. Brith Sholom Beth Israel, 1904-2007
Includes newspaper clippings, timelines, and narrative histories of BSBI.
Includes financial records, materials relating to board members and committees, and a real estate title and bill of sale (1945).
Mostly consists of newspaper clippings and other articles.
Mostly correspondence from the BSBI president to the congregation.
Precursor organization to the BSBI Sisterhood. Includes correspondence, financial records, constitution and by-laws.
Includes flyers for selling orthograms and Purim baskets.
6. Addlestone Hebrew Academy, 1962-2004
Formerly known as the Charleston Hebrew Institute.
Includes meeting minutes and the AHA constitution.
7. Organizations, 1957-2006
Includes correspondence, event programs, and a JCC 50th anniversary booklet.
Jacobs was editor of L'Chaim, a JCC newsletter for senior adults. Includes correspondence, drafts, and several issues.
Includes newsletters and invitations from the Charleston Chapter of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women.
8. Topical files, 1935-2007
Consist mostly of newspaper clippings.
Includes an Emanu-El Sisterhood cookbook.
Includes a Confederate $10 bill, photocopies of several articles in Spanish written by Joseph D. Benmaman, and the 1970 yearbook for Yeshiva of the South.
9. Audiovisual material, 1985-2000, undated
Most of the videos were recorded and narrated by Ruth Bass Jacobs. Original titles have been retained.
Includes brief interviews with native Charlestonians living in Israel.
Noach Bass is a compilation of essays in memory of Noach (Noah) Bass (1874-1941) published in 1946. The publication was translated from Hebrew to English by Rabbi David Radinsky.
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[Identification of item], Ruth Bass Jacobs papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.
Materials were donated in 2002 by Ruth Bass Jacobs and in 2007 by Susan Sonenthal.
Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, June 2011.
Encoded by Sarah Dorpinghaus, September 2011.
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.