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Inventory of the Joseph Mann Tintype Photograph, circa 1873

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Tintype photograph of Joseph Mann playing cards with a friend in South Carolina. The photograph has been mounted in a shadow box.
Title: Joseph Mann tintype photograph
Creator: Mann, Joseph, 1845-
Date(s): circa 1873  
Extent: 0.4 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
Call Number: Mss 1093

Biographical Note

Joseph Mann was born in 1845 in Lubeck, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. After the end of the Civil War, Mann moved to Laurens, South Carolina, and worked in the general store of his uncle, Louis Mann. He married Amelia "Melia" Robinson in 1877 and moved to Newberry, South Carolina, where he operated a general merchandise store until he retired in Spartanburg in the mid-1920s. According to the donor, when Mann died in the 1930s, the Newberry newspaper ran an article about his life and "affectionately referred to him as 'Jew' Mann."

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a tintype photograph of Joseph Mann playing cards with a friend circa 1873. The photograph has been mounted in a shadow box. Mann is pictured on the right smoking a pipe. The photograph was likely taken at Louis Mann's general store in Laurens, South Carolina, where he was working in the early 1870s. Columbia and Charleston are other possible locations.

Collection Arrangement

Collection is 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.


    • Mann, Joseph, 1845-


    • Card games
    • Jewish merchants--South Carolina
    • Jews--South Carolina--Social life and customs

    Types of Material

    • Tintypes (prints)
    • Shadow boxes

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the Joseph Mann letters (Mss 1034-002), which mostly consists of Mann's correspondence to his wife Amelia "Melia" Robinson during their courtship. Special Collections also houses the Price family papers (Mss 1034-079), which relate to the descendants of Joseph Mann.


    Tintype photograph of Joseph Mann playing cards with a friend, circa 1873

    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], Joseph Mann tintype photograph, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2003 by Harry Price, great-grandson of Joseph Mann.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, July 2011.

    Encoded by Sarah Dorpinghaus, September 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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