Jewish Heritage Collection
About the Collection

The Jewish Heritage Collection documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial times to the present day. The archives grows out of an active program of collection, field work, and public education that was inaugurated in January 1995 by the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, the College of Charleston's Jewish Studies Program, and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. Project staff spearheaded research and development of a major museum exhibition, A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life, that opened at McKissick in January 2002, beginning a two-year national tour.

Located in Special Collections at the College's Addlestone Library, the Jewish Heritage Collection emphasizes individuals over institutions. It encompasses recorded interviews, manuscripts, photographs, genealogies, memoirs, home movies, and other primary sources. You can access inventories and descriptions of archival materials through the College of Charleston library catalog or the Special Collections homepage.

The strength of the Collection is the Oral History Archives, where over 300 interviews document what it was like to grow up Jewish in the South. In South Carolina Jews Tell Their Stories, excerpts from these interviews are pieced together to show how religion and regional culture have accommodated one another and occasionally clashed. You also can find synopses of interviews by entering the search terms “Jewish Heritage Collection oral history” in the library catalog.

If you have family photos, papers, or artifacts that you want to preserve for posterity, please contact us at the address below. The Collection is on-going and open to all—we invite you to come and explore it for yourself!


Jewish Heritage Collection
Special Collections Department
Addlestone Library
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424
Dale Rosengarten, Curator
Telephone: 843.953.8028
Fax: 843.953.8019
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.