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Title: Kipnis family papers

Collection #: Mss 1034-008

Size: 9 items

Biographical Note: Charleston native Dorothy Sokol and New York native Dr. Frank Kipnis (1917-1998) were married in 1948. Dr. Kipnis started his pharmacy at Kaye Drug Store (515 King Street) in 1956. Often referred to as "Dr. Kaye," Kipnis was known for compassionate treatment of his patients and workers, especially African Americans. He retired in 1986.

Scope and Content Note:

Includes ephemera and clippings related to the Kipnis and Sokol families.

Contains a business card (ca. 1950s) from J. Sokol Furniture House (563 King St.) and note (1992) typed on Morris Sokol Furniture (510 King) letterhead; also Dr. Kipnis's "certified pharmacist" patch (1970s). Clippings re. development and growth of pharmaceutical profession in the South Carolina low country (1976) and interview article re. Dr. Kipnis's career as a Charleston pharmacist (1986). Also invitation and ephemera from wedding of Valerie Ann Kipnis (daughter of Dorothy and Frank Kipnis) and Eric Brian Eisenstein, September 6, 1998.


  A. J. Sokol Furniture House: Business card (ca. 1950); note to Dorothy Kipnis typed on Morris Sokol Furniture letterhead, Jan. 16, 1992.  
  B. Frank Howard Kipnis: patch (5cm), "Registered Pharmacist"; clippings (photocopies): "Drug Stores, Pharmacies A Booming Business Here," Charleston Evening Post, Nov. 9, 1976 (with image of Kipnis preparing prescription and wearing patch similar to one mentioned above); "Dr. Frank Kipnis, Known to Thousands as "Dr. Kaye" Retires from Landmark Drug Store on King Street After 30 Years", Charleston Chronicle, Sept. 6,1986.  
  C. Kipnis/Eisenstein Wedding (Sept. 6, 1998, Charleston, SC): Includes wedding invitation, letter that accompanied hotel "gift bags" for guests, "Weekend Playbill" describing wedding events (printed in form of an actual playbill), two copies of program distributed at the ceremony (Synagogue Emanu-El)