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Inventory of the Karesh Family Photographs, 1939, 1944

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Black and white photographs of Alex Karesh, Leslie Karesh, and Stanley H. Karesh of Charleston, South Carolina.
Title: Karesh family photographs
Creator: Karesh family
Date(s): 1939,   1944
Extent: 1 folder
(3 photographs)
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 1034-088
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Stanley Karesh (1921- ), son of Alex Karesh (1890-1969) and Leslie Feinberg Karesh (1899-1987), grew up in the Hampton Park Terrace neighborhood of Charleston, South Carolina. Alex Karesh was a Charleston merchant, owning and operating the Uptown Sample Shoe Store, located on King Street in downtown Charleston. After graduating from Charleston High School, Stanley Karesh attended dental school in Baltimore, Maryland, where he met his future wife, Charlot Marks (1924- ); the two were married in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1945. At the end of 1944, immediately after graduating from Dental School, Karesh joined the Navy, eventually receiving his orders to report to California. Finding his orders cancelled upon arrival in California, Karesh did a few months of active sea duty before returning to Charleston on terminal leave, eventually being discharged from the Navy. After his return to Charleston, Karesh and Charlot rented a furnished house on St. Margaret Street and opened his first dental office on Calhoun Street in the northwest section near the old Synagogue Emanuel. The couple eventually became charter members of the Conservative Synagogue Emanu-El. They built one of the first homes in the suburban South Windermere neighborhood, west of Ashley River.

Collection Overview

Black and white photograph of Alex and Leslie Karesh taken in Cuba on February 28, 1939, and two black and white photographs of Stanley H. Karesh in Naval uniform taken in 1944.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are arranged and described at the item level.

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.


    • Karesh, Alex, 1890-1969
    • Karesh, Leslie, 1899-1987
    • Karesh, Stanley, 1921-
    • Karesh family


    • Jews--South Carolina--Charleston
    • United States. Navy
    • Jewish soldiers
    • World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish


    • Charleston (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white photographs

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include a 1995 oral history interview with Stanley Karesh and Charlot Marks Karesh (Mss 1035-037).


    Photograph of Leslie and Alex Karesh in Cuba, 1939 February 28
    Photograph of Stanley Karesh taken in service dress white naval military uniform, 1944
    Photograph of Stanley Karesh taken in service dress blue naval military uniform, 1944

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

    Copyright Notice

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    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2002 by Charlot M. Karesh.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joshua Minor, July 2011.

    Encoded by Joshua Minor, September 2011.

    Reviewed, edited, and uploaded by Martha McTear, January 2012.

    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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