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Inventory of the Harris Blumenfeld Papers, 1917-1964

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Contains a wedding anniversary certificate, obituary, Baron Hirsch Congregation centennial booklet, and Hebrew typewriter belonging to the poet Harris Blumenfeld.
Title: Harris Blumenfeld papers
Creator: Blumenfeld, Harris, 1861-1953
Date(s): 1917-1964    
Extent: 1.25 linear feet
(1 slim document box, 1 oversize 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 1113
Language of Material: Materials in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Biographical Note

Harris Blumenfeld (1861-1953) was born in Tuckum, Russia, and immigrated to the United States when he was 19 years old. He married his wife, Dora, in 1887 and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1910. In Memphis, he joined the Baron Hirsh Congregation, eventually serving as an assistant to the rabbi. He established the Blumenfeld Ice & Coal Co. in 1919 where he served as president until his retirement in 1942. Throughout his life he wrote poetry, publishing a book of poetry titled Garlands of Thought in 1941.

Collection Overview

The collection contains materials relating to the life and work of the poet Harris Blumenfeld. Materials consist of a wedding anniversary certificate, an obituary, a centennial booklet from the Baron Hirsh Congregation, and a Hebrew typewriter.

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.


    • Blumenfeld, Harris, 1861-1953
    • Baron Hirsch Congregation (Memphis, Tenn.)


    • Jewish businesspeople--Tennessee--Memphis
    • Poets, Yiddish
    • Jews--Tennessee--Memphis--History


    • Memphis (Tenn.)

    Types of Material

    • Typewriters
    • Certificates
    • Programs (documents)
    • Obituaries

    Separated Material

    Two copies of Garlands of Thought by Harris Blumenfeld have been removed from the collection and cataloged.


    Corona Typewriter Company Hebrew typewriter, circa 1917   box 1

    Golden wedding anniversary booklet, 1937   box 2 | folder 1

    Commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dora and Harris Blumenfeld, featuring a photograph of the couple, the poem "To My Golden Bride" in English and Yiddish, and a certificate signed by the Rabbi Morris N. Taxon.

    Obituary for Harris Blumenfeld, 1953 July 10   box 2 | folder 2

    Baron Hirsch Congregation centennial booklet, 1964   box 2 | folder 3

    Includes highlighted references to Harris Blumenfeld in the "History of the Baron Hirsch Congregation" and list of former members of the Board of Trustees.

    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], Harris Blumenfeld papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials donated in 2005 by Sylvia Blumenfeld Friedman Cremer and Dr. Harry B. Blumenfeld.

    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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