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Title: Jacobosky-Friedburg-Gaeser-Altman family papers

Collection #: Ms 1011

Dates: 1870s-1980s

Size: .25 linear ft.

Biographical Note: Charleston families connected by marriages of Fannie Jacobosky (1854-1923) to Marks Friedberg (1849-1918), their daughter Frieda Etta Friedberg (1879-1971) to Philip Gaeser (1881-1921), and their daughter Ermine Gaeser (1910-1961) to Samuel Altman (d. 1964). Simon Wolf Jacobosky (d. 1861), father of Fannie Jacobosky, was commissioned to make Beauregard caps for Charleston's Confederate soldiers. Fannie Jacobosky was the first Jewish girl to graduate from Memminger High School (1874).

Scope and Content Note:

Includes photographs, genealogies, correspondence, clippings, certificates, and typescripts.

Papers cover four generations of Jacobosky, Friedberg, Gaeser, and Altman families and include genealogies, family memoirs (1861-1964) compiled by Etta Friedberg Gaeser (1936) and Francine Altman Lichtman (1964), correspondence (1930s-1980s), and certificates awarded to Walter Gaeser (Navy) and Ermine Gaeser Altman (including an original United Daughters of the Confederacy certificate, 1955).

Photographs (1870s-1980s) document the families and contain an 1877 tintype, several cabinet cards (ca. 1900) and numerous candid family snapshots; bulk dates 1920s-1960s; mixture of prints and originals. Also represented are the Fass-Lesser families (relatives of the Jacoboskys and Friedburgs); papers include memoirs and photographs, 1930s.


  1. Family Papers

  2. Genealogies and history of Jacobosky-Friedburg-Gaeser-Altman families in United States. 1/1

    Friedburg-Gaeser Family Papers (1918-1971): correspondence (1930s-1950s); Brith Sholom dedication to Marks Friedberg (1918); obituaries; J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. invoice, 1971. 1/2

    Gaeser-Altman Family Papers (1951-1964): Sam Altman obituary; Ermine Gaeser Altman'?s 1955 UDC certificate (original). 1/3

    Walter Gaeser Papers (1940s-1980s): family correspondence; certificates (Bennett Public School, US Navy, Omar Temple, Shriners Hospital). 1/4

    Lesser Family Papers (1930s): typed memoriam/history of Jacobosky-Fass families; Lesser family photographs. 1/5

  3. Photographs of Jacobosky-Friedburg-Gaeser-Altman families (1877-1980s): includes1877 tintype of Fannie Jacobosky Friedburg, cabinet cards of Etta F. Gaeser (1899), and Israel Friedburg (1901-by Charleston photographer Henry C. Searles); group portrait photos and candid snapshots (1920s-1960s) of Etta Gaeser with her children and Ermine Gaeser Altman with her children (mixture of originals and prints.). 1/6

Note: Carolyn Altman Kass and Phyllis Altman Katz gave a taped audio interview to the Jewish Heritage Project in 1997.