Mailing Address:
Special Collections
College of Charleston Library
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

(843) 953-8016

Title: Benjamin and Evelyn Rubin family papers

Collection #: Mss 1022

Dates: 1930s-1980s

Size: .25 linear ft.

Biographical Note: Benjamin Rubin (1883-1969) co-founded (1927) the French Boot Shop (278 King Street) and founded (ca. early 1950s) Evelyn Rubin, Inc., a children's clothing store (300 King Street) that eventually opened at two other Charleston locations. Benjamin's wife, Evelyn Selz Rubin, (1911-1993) ran Evelyn Rubin, Inc. She was later joined by son Alan, and his wife Nancee. Benjamin Rubin's brother was Mitchell I. Rubin, a prominent physician.

Scope and Content Note:

Includes photographs, photocopies, clippings.

Bulk of collection consists of Rubin family photographs (1930s-1950s). All are black and white; most feature Evelyn and Benjamin Rubin (1940) or Alan Rubin as a child (1930s-1950s); also, group photographs (1940s) of extended Rubin family and of Nancee and Julie Rubin (1970s). Other material includes photocopies of newspaper and magazine clippings re. members of the Rubin family and advertisements for Evelyn Rubin [store]. Also photocopies of the marriage license and consent form (1930s) of Evelyn Selz and Benjamin Rubin.


I.   Photographs    
  A. Benjamin Rubin and Family (1940s-1950s): most images 8x10; group shot of extended Rubin family; Evelyn and Benjamin Rubin; Benjamin Rubin with wife and children; Evelyn Selz with her father; Benjamin Rubin at French Boot Shop (King St).  
  B. Alan Rubin and Family (1930s-1970s): images of Alan Rubin as a child at relatives’ homes on Pitt and President Streets; Alan Rubin’s high school basketball picture; group photograph with Nancee and Julie Rubin.  
II.   Clippings    
  A. Rubin Family (1940s-1980s): (photocopies and originals) includes Alan Rubin receiving a sports award; Nancee Rubin’s Hadassah involvement, Benjamin Rubin’s obituary; article about Alan and Nancee Rubin’s business ventures; Julie Rubin’s trip to Africa.   
  B. Evelyn Rubin, Inc. [store] (1970s-1980s): (photocopies and originals) newspaper and magazine ads (from Charleston publications) for stores at King Street, Ashley Plaza and Citadel Mall.  
III.   Ephemera: (photocopies) 1930 marriage paperwork of Benjamin Rubin and Evelyn Marjory Selz.