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Inventory of the Bruce I. Siegal Papers, 1952-2008

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Contains genealogical and business records of Bruce I. Siegal, president of Supreme Lighting Corporation in Mullins, S.C. Materials include a manuscript of genealogical information and transcribed family interviews titled "Six Generations in Search of a Deli," photograph reproductions, correspondence regarding genealogical research, two Marvel Manufacturing Company stock ledgers, and two clippings scrapbooks pertaining to the Siegal family lighting businesses.
Title: Bruce I. Siegal papers
Creator: Siegal, Bruce I.
Date(s): 1952-2008    
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
(1 document box)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1112
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical and Historical Note

Bruce Irving Siegal (1941- ) was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Arthur and Shirley Siegal. His father ran Marvel Manufacturing Company, a business established in 1935 by Bruce's grandfather, Adam Siegal. In the early 1960s, the Siegals relocated from New Jersey to Mullins, South Carolina, and opened the Marvel Lamp Company, with Bruce working alongside his father, in 1963. After selling the company to American Brands in 1974 the family remained in the lighting industry, establishing the Supreme Lighting Corporation in 1980. Bruce would continue to run the company with his cousin Gary Siegal after his fathers death in 1994. In 1992 it was ranked as one of the state's 100 largest private companies, becoming one of the largest lightbulb manufacturers in the country. The company was sold to SLI Inc. in 1999.

Collection Overview

The collection contains genealogical records and business records of the Siegal family's two lighting businesses. Genealogical materials include reproductions of original photographs of the Siegal family dating from the 1880s through 1984, a compiled guide to the collection of photographs including research and interview transcripts, and a small amount of correspondence regarding genealogical research. Business materials include two stock and transfer ledgers for Marvel Manufacturing Company, and two scrapbooks featuring newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and advertisements for Marvel Lamp Company and Supreme Lighting Corporation.

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.


    • Siegal, Bruce I. (Bruce Irving), 1941-
    • Siegal family
    • Supreme Lighting Corporation
    • Marvel Manufacturing Company
    • Marvel Lamp Company


    • Family-owned business enterprises--South Carolina--Mullins
    • Jewish businesspeople--South Carolina--Mullins
    • Jewish merchants--South Carolina--Mullins


    • Mullins (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Scrapbooks
    • Manuscripts (document genre)
    • Photographs
    • Correspondence
    • Financial records
    • Clippings (information artifacts)


    Siegal family photograph reproductions and "Six Generations in Search of a Deli" manuscript, 1985   box 1 | folder 1

    Reproductions of family photographs originally dating from the 1880s through 1984 with a corresponding manuscript written by Peggy Siegal titled "Six Generations in Search of a Deli" which contains captions, research, and transcribed interviews.

    Genealogical correspondence, 2008   box 1 | folder 2

    Correspondence from Ira M. Klemons to members of the Siegal family regarding genealogical research with attached photocopied census documents.

    Marvel Manufacturing Company stock and transfer ledgers, 1952, 1973   box 1 | folder 3

    The first contains entries for Adam, Martin, and Arthur Siegal. The second contains cancelled stock certificates for Martin and Arthur Siegal and a 1973 affidavit agreeing to transfer shares from Adam Siegal to Martin and Arthur Siegal upon Adam's death.

    Marvel Lighting Co. clipping scrapbook, 1963-1995   box 1 | folder 4

    Includes articles on Marvel Lamp Company's opening in Mullins, South Carolina, as well as its growth and impact on the Mullins community and local economy.

    Supreme Lighting clipping scrapbook, 1985-1997   box 1 | folder 5

    Includes articles on the history and growth of the Supreme Lighting Corporation, advertisements, catalog pages with product specifications, and letters of reference for the company from its distributor.

    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], Bruce I. Siegal papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2012 by Bruce I. Siegal

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, March 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, April 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, April 2015.

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