Research Guides

Click here to view the catalog of Jewish Heritage Collection archival holdings in Special Collections.

For related sites, click on the links below:

A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life: a landmark exhibition that presents a remarkable group of objects and a provocative investigation of the people and circumstances that produced them. See our Publications page for the book.

A Synagogue a Day: this tumblr shows images from the William A. Rosenthall collection. Click on “Archive” to see the whole run of images posted to date.

Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (housed at Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania): a tremendous treasure trove of primary documents and photographs that covers Jewish life in the Western Hemisphere, beginning in the era of European colonization. Many of the collection items pertain to South Carolina Jews. The site offers high resolution images that are easy to access and download.

Children and the Holocaust: a research guide compiled by Addlestone reference librarian Alana Lewis and Professor Theodore Rosengarten.

Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative: Historic Columbia, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s Jewish Heritage Collection, the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation of Columbia, the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, and Richland Library, has developed a multi-discipline project to document as well as provide access to and awareness of local Jewish history. Take an interactive neighborhood tour to learn about the capital city’s early Jewish residents or contact Historic Columbia if you have stories or photos to share.

Genealogy Guide: a list of resources available in Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life: South Carolina is among the states featured in the institute’s encyclopedia of southern Jewish communities.

Holocaust Archives: follow this link to see a catalog listing of the collections in our Holocaust Archives, Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.

Holocaust Memorial Quilt: the quilt is housed at the Charleston County Public Library. To view materials from the College of Charleston’s Holocaust Archives, coupled with narratives of Charleston-area survivors, please check out this interactive site that displays the quilt online.

Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina: JHSSC meets twice a year in different cities and towns across South Carolina, and publishes a biannual magazine. Its statewide survey of Jewish burial grounds, accessible on this site, continues to expand, as additional tombstones are photographed and genealogical information discovered. Consult its Resources page for useful links to genealogical sites and other points of interest.

JHSSC Magazine: word searchable PDF of all issues to date.







Life of the Synagogue: an online exhibit featuring images related to synagogues and other aspects of Jewish life and culture from around the world, selected from the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection, housed in Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.

Lowcountry Digital Library: browse this site for a sampling of Jewish Heritage Collection materials. Enter the search terms of your choice, for example: Jewish Heritage Collection Oral Histories; Zionism; Holocaust; William A. Rosenthall.

Mapping Jewish Charleston: an online exhibit that invites you to explore the Jewish presence in Charleston over the centuries through images and texts from our archives, plotted on historical maps that document the shifting geographical distribution of Jews and Jewish institutions across the urban landscape. This online exhibit was made possible by funding from the Cahnman Foundation, the Charleston Jewish Federation, and the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture.

Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture: The College of Charleston’s Center for Southern Jewish Culture seeks to broaden public knowledge and inspire conversations about the southern Jewish experiences through programming, fellowships, and public history projects. Generously funded by the Pearlstine/Lipov family in 2014, it brings together the resources of the Jewish Studies Program, the Jewish Heritage Collection, and the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Carolina.

Synagogues of the South: Architecture and Jewish Identity: an online exhibit that explores the lost history of synagogues in the American South through the lens of dozens of postcard images from the William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection, housed in Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston.

William A. Rosenthall Collection: in 2007 Special Collections, Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, was pleased to accession the papers of William A. Rosenthall, rabbi, scholar, and collector of Judaica. This site provides collection resources as well as news about uploads of material.