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Inventory of the Harold Jacobs Photographs, 1988, undated

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Three photographs of Harold Jacobs, owner of the Charleston, South Carolina, grocery store Harold's Cabin.
Title: Harold Jacobs photographs
Creator: Jacobs, Harold, 1913-2009
Date(s): 1988, undated    
Extent: 1 folder
(3 photographs)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1034-104
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical Note

Harold Jacobs (1913-2009) was born to Mignonette Cohen and Samuel Jacobs in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Charleston High School and upon graduation, he operated a snowball stand at the corner of Congress and President Streets. In 1929, his father founded Harold's Cabin, a small neighborhood grocery, where Harold began working after the store's first expansion in the early 1930s. During World War II, Harold volunteered for the army and served as an administrator and court instructor in the Judge Advocates section. In 1946, he married Lillian Breen (1915-2003) and the couple settled in Charleston, where he resumed operating Harold's Cabin. The grocery added gourmet products and in 1954 moved to a downtown location on Wentworth Street, gaining recognition for its specialty foods. Jacobs was deeply involved in B'nai B'rith, serving as president of Dan Lodge no. 593, and in Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, where he also served as president.

In 1968 the Jacobs sold Harold's Cabin to the supermarket chain Piggly Wiggly, but both Harold and Lillian continued to manage the specialty foods, mail order, and catering departments. Harold retired from the grocery business in 1983 and began working as a travel agent with Adventure Travel in Charleston.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of three portraits of Harold Jacobs, one as a young man, and two as an older adult.

Collection Arrangement

Materials described at the folder 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.


    • Jacobs, Harold, 1913-2009
    • Harold's Cabin (Charleston, S.C.)


    • Jews--South Carolina--Charleston
    • Grocers--South Carolina--Charleston
    • Businesspeople
    • Jewish Merchants--South Carolina--Charleston

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Color photographs

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the Harold Jacobs papers (Mss 1012) and an oral history interview with Harold Jacobs and Lillian Breen Jacobs (Mss 1035-170).


    Harold Jacobs photographs, 1988, undated

    Includes three portraits of Harold Jacobs, one as a young man, and two as an older adult.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Harold Jacobs photographs, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2013 by Mordenai Lazarus Raisin Hirsch and Rachel Marla Raisin.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, June 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, July 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, November 2015.

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