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Inventory of the Grand Purim Masquerade Ball Invitation, 1902

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The collection consists of an invitation to a grand Purim masquerade ball at the Academy of Music on March 24, 1902. The ball was sponsored by the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Orangeburg, South Carolina, and printed on the invitation is a photograph of winners from the previous year's costume contest, among them Julia Peterkin, who, in 1929, won a Pulitzer Prize for literature. The invitation also contains a list of the ball's patronesses, arrangement committee, associate reception committee, refreshment committee, and floor managers.
Title: Grand Purim Masquerade Ball Invitation
Creator: Hebrew Benevolent Society (Orangeburg, S.C.)
Date(s): 1902    
Extent: 1 folder
(1 item)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
URL: http://archives.library.cofc.edu
Call Number: Mss 1034-107
Language of Material: Materials in English

Historical Note

The Hebrew Benevolent Society was the first Jewish organization in Orangeburg, organized in 1885 with Theodore Kohn acting as president. The group purchased land for a cemetery the following year. Purim balls became an increasingly popular means of raising money for Jewish charity beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century. Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people in Persia from Haman who plotted to destroy them. Purim balls combined several of the traditions of Purim, such as wearing costumes and masks and donating charity to the poor.


Collection Overview

The collection consists of an invitation to a grand Purim masquerade ball at the Academy of Music on March 24, 1902. The ball was sponsored by the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Orangeburg, South Carolina, and printed on the invitation is a photograph of winners from the previous year's costume contest, among them Julia Peterkin, who, in 1929, won a Pulitzer Prize for literature. The invitation also contains a list of the ball's patronesses, arrangement committee, associate reception committee, refreshment committee, and floor managers.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.


Search Terms

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    Names

    • Hebrew Benevolent Society (Orangeburg, S.C.)

    Subjects

    • Purim--South Carolina--Orangeburg
    • Fasts and feasts--Judaism
    • Masquerades--South Carolina--Orangeburg

    Places

    • Orangeburg (S.C.)--Religious life and customs

    Types of Material

    • Invitations

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the Hebrew Benevolent Society Papers (Mss 1059).


    Inventory

    Grand Purim masquerade ball invitation, 1902

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Grand Purim Masquerade Ball Invitation , College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2010 by David Ross.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, October 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, November 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, November 2015.

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