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Inventory of the Krasnoff Family Photographs, circa 1900-1950

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Photographs and audiovisual material of the Krasnoff family of Bishopville, South Carolina. Materials relate mostly to Sollie and Leo Krasnoff, sons of Meyer Krasnoff, the proprietor of a general store on Main Street in Bishopville.
Title: Krasnoff family photographs
Creator: Krasnoff family
Date(s): circa 1900-1950  
Extent: 1 folder, 1 videocassette
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 1034-086
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Abraham Meyer Krasnoff arrived in Bishopville in the 1890s, opened a general store, and in 1902 married Jennie Levinson. The Krasnoffs had three sons: Leo (1903-1969), Aaron (1905-1923), and Sollie (1907-2005). At one point all three-Meyer, Sollie, and Leo-operated shops in downtown Bishopville. After graduating from high school, Sollie opened a department store with dry goods given to him by his father. During World War II, Sollie fought in the D-day invasion of Normandy, France. Returning home, he married Mildred Brill (1914-1998) and fathered two daughters, Jennie (1947- ) and Dixie (1952-1993). Leo Krasnoff married Ann Pittle (1907-1991) and operated several stores, including a liquor shop, in downtown Bishopville.

Collection Overview

Photographs and audiovisual material of the Krasnoff family of Bishopville, South Carolina. Materials relate mostly to Sollie and Leo Krasnoff, sons of Meyer Krasnoff, the proprietor of a general store on Main Street.

Search Terms

The 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.


    • Krasnoff, Abraham Meyer, 1878-1954
    • Krasnoff, Leo, 1903-1969
    • Krasnoff, Sollie, 1907-2005
    • Krasnoff family


    • Jews--South Carolina--Bishopville--History
    • Jewish families--South Carolina--Bishopville--History
    • Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Bishopville--History


    • Bishopville (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Videocassettes

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the 2010 publication Bishopville and Lee County by Rachael Bowman Bradbury and William P. Baskin III.


    Photographs, circa 1900-1950   folder 1
    (14 photographs)

    Images of the Krasnoff family include portraits of Jennie Krasnoff, Sollie Krasnoff, and Leo Krasnoff; an additional portrait of Sollie Krasnoff in World War II uniform; a group photograph of the Krasnoff family on the porch of their Lee Street home circa 1917; a portrait of Fanny Krasnoff and her sister-in-law Jennie Krasnoff; a photograph of the Krasnoff brothers, Aaron, Leo, and Sollie; photographs of Sollie and Leo with their wives Mildred and Ann; an additional photograph of Sollie and Leo with their mother Jennie; and a photograph of Sollie's daughter, Jennie Krasnoff. Also included is a 7x9 inch 1973 calendar from the Sollie Krasnoff Department Store.

    "Sollie Krasnoff tells his stories"   videotape 1034-086-v1
    (Jewish Heritage Collection videocassettes box 4 | 1 videocassette)

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

    The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

    The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Krasnoff family photographs, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2009 by Jennie Krasnoff Caine.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joshua Minor, July 2011.

    Encoded by Joshua Minor, September 2011.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, November 2011.

    Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

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