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Inventory of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Asssociation Records, 1887-1991

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Minute book, financial records, cemetery records, publications, and assorted papers of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, a Jewish fraternal organization and the genesis of the Beth Israel Congregation, formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina.
Title: Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association records
Creator: Hebrew Benevolent Association (Florence, S.C.)
Date(s): 1887-1991  
Extent: 0.42 linear feet
(1 document box)
Repository: Jewish Heritage Collection, 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 1067
Language of Material: Materials in English

Historical Note

The Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, a Jewish fraternal organization and the genesis of Beth Israel Congregation, was formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina. The organization was established to "unite the Hebrews of Florence and surrounding country into a fraternal and benevolent association and to assist needy Israelites," and to obtain "a suitable burying ground" for its members. In November of that same year the society purchased land for its cemetery lot from the Northeast Railroad for $50.00. On September 27, 1912, a Certificate of Incorporation was filed with the State of South Carolina establishing Beth Israel Congregation.


Collection Overview

Collection contains minute book, financial records, cemetery records, publications, and assorted papers of the Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association, formed in 1887 in Florence, South Carolina. Minute book contains the constitution, by-laws, and minutes of the first six meetings held between 1887 and 1889, and the minutes from a 1958 meeting. Financial records consist of cashbooks listing shareholder names, donations, expenses, plot purchases, quarterly dues paid, and expenses of the association, a bank deposit book listing deposits of the Hebrew Benevolent Association, and a certified copy of deed for lot of land on the Northwest intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Avenue. Also included are cemetery records consisting of a burial register listing names, ages, dates of birth, dates of death, residing towns, and grave numbers of deceased and a cemetery plot listing owners and the names of those buried within. Publications include Synagogue Research, Survey #5: Cemetery Operations and Procedures, a 1970 Temple Beth Israel dedication program, and "Beth Israel Congregation—Then and Now" by Beatrice K. Rogol. Collection also includes correspondence and miscellaneous papers containing blank cemetery plot purchase forms and maintenance agreements.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are 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.

    Names

    • Hebrew Benevolent Association (Florence, S.C.)
    • Beth Israel Congregation (Florence, S.C.)

    Subjects

    • Fraternal organizations--South Carolina--Florence
    • Associations, institutions, etc.--South Carolina--Florence

    Places

    • Florence (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Minute books
    • Cashbooks
    • Burial registers
    • Correspondence
    • Deeds
    • Bankbooks
    • Publications
    • Notes

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the Lois and Raphael Wolpert photographs of Beth Israel Congregation, 1956-1974 (Mss 1034-089).


    Inventory




    Minute book, 1887-1958, 1966   box 1 | folder 1

    Minute book contains the constitution, by-laws, and minutes of the first six meetings held between 1887 and 1889, and the minutes from a 1958 meeting. Also includes typed minutes of the same 1958 meeting and a typed May 1st, 1966 resolution.


    Financial records, 1887-1960



    Cashbook, 1887-1916   box 1 | folder 2

    Cashbooks containing lists of shareholder names, donations, expenses, and plot purchases. Includes photocopied reproduction.




    Cashbook, 1887-1960   box 1 | folder 3

    Cashbook contains list of shareholder names, cemetery plots purchased, lots sold, quarterly dues paid, and expenses of the association.




    Cashbook, 1928-1943   box 1 | folder 4

    Cashbook lists yearly cash paid out, cash collected, and expenses.




    South Carolina National Bank deposit book, 1939-1948   box 1 | folder 5

    Record of deposits of the Hebrew Benevolent Association made by Mrs. A. A. Cohen.




    Deed, 1938   box 1 | folder 6

    Certified copy of deed for lot of land at the northwest intersection of Elm Street and Railroad Avenue to A. L. Mayes from Beth Israel Congregation.




    "Death list and graves numbered," burial register, 1887-1917   box 1 | folder 7

    Burial register book listing names, ages, dates of birth, dates of death, residing towns, and grave numbers of deceased members and their children. Includes photocopied reproduction.




    Cemetery plot listing, 1892-1991, undated   box 1 | folder 8

    Typed and handwritten list of plot owners and the names of those buried in each plot. Also includes a carbon copy listing of plot numbers and lot names of families and individuals buried there.




    Publications, 1960-1987   box 1 | folder 9

    Contains Synagogue Research, Survey #5: Cemetery Operations and Procedures, Temple Beth Israel dedication program, and "Beth Israel CongregationThen—and Now," a history of the Beth Israel congregation by Beatrice K. Rogol.




    Correspondence, 1937-1980   box 1 | folder 10

    Contains a handwritten receipt of a bank balance, books, and papers from Mrs. A. A. Cohen, a letter from the South Carolina Industrial School For Boys regarding the construction of a cyclone fence between their property and the Hebrew Cemetery, a letter regarding a cemetery upkeep payment, and a photocopied letter from the Historic Charleston Foundation regarding community development block grant funds.




    Miscellaneous, 1987, undated   box 1 | folder 11

    Contains blank cemetery plot purchase forms and maintenance agreements, and assorted handwritten notes regarding association constitution and by-laws, meeting notes, and a photocopy of a handwritten financial statement.


    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Florence Hebrew Benevolent Association records, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Custodial History

    Materials were donated in 2009 by Harold Kornblut.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Joshua Minor, August 2012.

    Encoded by Joshua Minor, September 2012.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Martha McTear, October 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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