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Inventory of the Kligman Family Papers, 1906-1993

Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Photographs, photograph albums, memorial books, awards and certificates pertaining primarily to Louis and Ida Lomansky Kligman, of Columbia, South Carolina, and their son, Melton Kligman. Louis owned and operated "Kligman's Army Store" on Assembly Street in Columbia, South Carolina, and Melton returned the city after receiving his law degree to work as a lawyer. Both Louis and Melton were very active in the Jewish community, particularly through Beth Shalom, the city's Orthodox synagogue. Melton also held positions with the Columbia Jewish Community Center and the United Jewish Appeal. The collection also includes a small number of photographs of the related Reznick and Lomansky families.
Title: Kligman family papers
Creator: Kligman family
Date(s): 1906-1993    
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
(1 document box, 2 flat boxes, 2 oversize folders)
Repository: Special Collections, College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: (843) 953-8016
Fax: (843) 953-6319
Call Number: Mss 1123
Language of Material: Materials in English

Biographical and Historical Note

Louis Kligman (1898-1973) was born in Nicoli, Russia. After immigrating to the United States in 1925, he ran "Kligman's Army Store" on Assembly Street in Columbia, South Carolina, and joined the city's Orthodox congregation, Beth Shalom, eventually serving on the board of directors. He married Ida Lomansky (1901-1984) in 1927, and, in 1929, the couple had their only child, Melton Kligman (1929-2013).

As a young man, Melton was an active member of Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), a Jewish youth organization. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1946 and continued his education at the University of South Carolina, where he went on to receive a law degree. In 1951, he married Helene Firetag, and the couple had four daughters and a son, Lyssa Kligman Harvey, Mindy Kligman Odle, Keidi Kligman Lovit, Kala Kligman Sheckler, and Joseph Kligman. Melton served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. A life-long member of Beth Shalom Synagogue, he was deeply involved in Jewish affairs, serving as president of the Columbia Jewish Community Center, campaign chair of the United Jewish Appeal, and a board member of Beth Shalom. He received many awards for his community work, including the Distinguished Service Award from the United Jewish Appeal, the Mogen David Award from Beth Shalom Synagogue, and B'nai B'rith Man of the Year, among others.

Collection Overview

This collection consists of materials pertaining primarily to the Kligman family, particularly Louis and Ida Lomansky Kligman, and their son, Melton Kligman. The collection includes photographs of the Kligman family, as well as members of the related Lomansky and Reznick families, memorial books for Louis and Ida Kligman, and awards and certificates given to Melton Kligman by AZA, the United Jewish Appeal, B'nai B'rith, and the Columbia Jewish Federation.

Collection Arrangement

1.  Photographs, 1906-1975, undated
2.  Memorial books, 1973, 1984
3.  Awards and certificates, 1946, 1962-1993, undated

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.


    • Kligman, Melton, 1929-2013
    • Kligman, Louis, 1898-1973
    • Kligman, Ida Lomansky, 1901-1984
    • Kligman family
    • Lomansky family
    • Reznick family
    • B'nai B'rith Youth Organization
    • Aleph Zadik Aleph


    • Merchants--South Carolina--Columbia
    • Jewish families--South Carolina--Columbia
    • Jews--South Carolina--Columbia--Societies and clubs
    • Jews--Social life and customs


    • Columbia (S.C.)

    Types of Material

    • Black-and-white photographs
    • Color photographs
    • Photograph albums
    • Correspondence
    • Awards
    • Certificates
    • Diplomas

    Related Resources

    Related Material

    Related materials in Special Collections include the South Carolina Association of B'nai B'rith Lodges records (Mss 1037).

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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    1. Photographs, 1906-1975, undated  

    Loose Photographs, 1906-1940   box 1 | folder 1

    Includes photographs of members of the Reznick, Firetag, and Kligman families, including Rebekah Reznick with her children Sophie, Mildred, and Moses, Mildred and Joseph Reznick, Helene Kligman, Melton Kligman, Lyssa Kligman Harvey, and a group photograph of Ida Kligman's grandmother, grandfather, aunt, and uncle (unnamed).

    Kligman and Lomansky families photograph album, 1913-1970   box 2

    Includes photographs of Louis and Ida Kligman and their son, Melton; various members of the Lomansky family, including Fay, Leah, and Selma Lomansky; and family friends.

    Melton Kligman photograph album, 1944-1975   box 2

    Includes photographs of Melton as an adolescent with friends, at Greylock summer camp and AZA conventions, and as an adult at B'nai B'rith events and in the National Guard.

    Oversize photographs, 1935, undated   Oversize Paper Folder 1

    Includes a photograph of Louis and Ida Kligman with their son, Melton, in "Kligman's Army Store," photocopied pages of a yearbook featuring Melton Kligman, and annotated photocopies of original photographs found in the loose photographs folder, identifying subjects in the images.

    2. Memorial books, 1973, 1984  

    Louis Kligman memorial book, 1973   box 1 | folder 2

    Ida Kligman memorial book, 1984   box 1 | folder 3

    3. Awards and certificates, 1946, 1962-1993, undated  

    Awards, diplomas, plaques, and certificates given to Melton Kligman.

    United Jewish Appeal Award for Outstanding Service plaque, 1973   box 1 | folder 4

    Lion of Judah Award from the Israeli Bonds Program plaque, 1993   box 1 | folder 5

    B'nai B'rith Youth Services Appeal Covenant Member plaque, undated   box 1 | folder 6

    Campaign Excellence Award from the Columbia Jewish Federation plaque, undated   box 3

    Certificates, 1982, undated   box 1 | folder 7

    AZA membership certificate, and Outstanding Leadership Award from the Combined Jewish Appeal Campaign.

    Oversize Certificates, 1946, 1962, undated   Oversize Paper Folder 2

    Includes a high school diploma and certificate of membership in the District Grand Lodge no. 5 of B'nai B'rith. Also includes photocopies of two awards from the Columbia Jewish Welfare Federation, and a certificate of appointment as a Reserve Warrant Officer in the United States Army.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research.

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Kligman family papers, College of Charleston Libraries, Charleston, SC, USA.

    Acquisitions Information

    Materials were donated in 2014 by Lyssa Kligman Harvey.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Amy Lazarus, June 2015.

    Encoded by Amy Lazarus, July 2015.

    Reviewed and uploaded by Joshua Minor, August 2015.

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