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Title: Hirschman family papers

Collection #: Mss 1034-045

Dates: 1910-1987

Size: 17 items

Biographical Note:

Born in Austria-Hungary, Solomon Hirschman immigrated to America in the late 1870s. He and wife, Lena Nachman, settled in Cades, South Carolina, and later (ca. 1883) moved to Charleston to open a wholesale grocery business. The Solomon's had two sons (Henry and Joseph) and three daughters (Katie, Cecile, and Rosa). Rosa Hirschman [Gantt] was the first woman to graduate (1900) from the Medical College of South Carolina. Henry Hirschman entered the grocery business with his father. Their store, S. Hirschman and Son, was known to provide support and credit to Jewish immigrants starting out as traveling peddlers.

Henry married Rosa Sternberger, an active member of Charleston's Jewish community, in 1896. Rosa and Henry Hirschman had five sons including Jerold, who together with wife, Lilah Baumrind Hirschman, founded (1955) Peroclene Cleaners. In 1960 the business moved to the current site of the College of Charleston's Jewish Studies Center, where it remained for 20 more years. Jerold and Lilah Hirschman had two children, Henry Hirschman and Judith Hirschman Rivkin.

Scope and Content Note:

Includes Hirschman family biographical notes, news clippings (1918-1987) and images (1912-1975). Original souvenir handkerchief from the 1929 South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhoods annual meeting held in Greenville, SC. Also includes several images of the Rivkin family, ca. 1910 and 1920.


  A. Biographical Information: Family history compiled by Jerold Hirschman, 1981-includes information about the Solomon Hirschman Family, Jonas Sternberger Family, David Sternberger Family, Elias Mayer Family, Henry Hirschman Family and Jerold Hirschman Family; information compiled by Judy H. Rivkin and Henry Hirschman about the Hirschman family connection to the College of Charlestonís, Jewish Studies Center.  
  B. News Clippings, 1918-1987: (all are photocopies); articles (1918, 1935) re. deaths of David Sternberger and Dr. Rosa Hirschman Gantt (first female to graduate from Medical College of South Carolina); article re. history of house at 11 Montagu St., (Hirschman family home) Charleston, SC; editorials (1986) re. J. Hirschmanís efforts to save marshland on the Ashley River, Charleston, SC; biographical sketch of Rosa Hirschman Gantt, published in Nov. 1987 issue of Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.  
  C. Photographs, 1912-1975: (all are color photocopies); portrait (1912) of male members of the Henry Hirschman family: Lionel, Henry, Joseph M., Solomon, Edgar, Victor and Jerold; image (ca. 1930s?) of Rosa Sternberger Hirschman; Jerry, Lilah, Henry and Judy Hirschman, ca. 1942-1943; Lilah and Jerry Hirschman, ca. 1975.  
  D. Rivkin Family: two photocopy images of the Rivkin family; first taken in 1910, New York City, includes Ida, Louie and Irving Rivkin, Sam, Bessie, Celia and Joe Rivkin, Miriam, Bella and Avram Mordecai Rivkin and Ida, Morris, Mitchell and Annie Rivkin; second image (color photocopy) of Rachel and Jake Rivkinís wedding, 1920 includes, Lewis, Jacob and Avram Mordecai Rivkin, Rachel Winter Rivkin, Tamara Devorah Rivkin, Sarah Rivkin, Celia and Bessie Rivkin, Caba Earl Rivkin and Raphael "Jake" Rivkin; both images include identification lists.  
  E. Souvenir Handkerchief: South Carolina Federation of Temple Sisterhoods Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, April 2-3, 1929; matted and framed with archival material; handkerchief has conference program printed on front and includes names of speakers, roll call of South Carolina Sisterhoods; roll call of State Chairmen, etc.  
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