Charleston Research Fellowship
The Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston invites applications for its research fellowship program. Fellowship stipends will amount to $500/week and, depending on availability, may include free housing.
Applicants must be working on projects of scholarship, public history, or artistic production that would benefit from research in Charleston. Preference will be given to those coming from out of state and those using materials from the Jewish Heritage Collection at the College’s Addlestone Library. Recipients may include senior scholars, graduate students, and independent scholars, as well as journalists, filmmakers, artists, and exhibition curators.
Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their research needs in Charleston and the proposed length of the fellowship period; a curriculum vitae; and a 2-page proposal that describes the project. Applications should be emailed to Shari Rabin, director of the Center. We have two deadlines: August 1 for those hoping to visit during the academic school year (September-April) and March 1 for those hoping to visit during the summer (May-August).
The Jewish Heritage Collection documents the Jewish experience in South Carolina from colonial times to the present day. The archives grow 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. In 2000 the collection’s scope expanded to include the Holocaust, with contributions from survivors, liberators, and other eyewitnesses with ties to South Carolina. In 2007 Irene Rosenthall, widow of Rabbi William A. Rosenthall donated her husband’s world-class collection of Judaica, assembled over his lifetime, as well as his professional and research papers.
Located in Special Collections on the third floor of the College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library, the Jewish Heritage Collection is open to the public. Content includes oral histories, manuscripts, artefacts, photographs, genealogies, memoirs, home movies, and other primary sources. Researchers can access inventories and descriptions of archival materials through the College of Charleston library catalogue or the Special Collections homepage. A growing number of collection items and oral histories have been digitized and are available for viewing online at the Lowcountry Digital Library.
One of the strengths of the collection is the Oral History Archives, which consists of over 400 recordings. Click on our Oral History Archives tab to see a comprehensive list of interviewees, panellists, and speakers. Select the Stories tab to read excerpts from transcripts and see how religion and regional culture have accommodated one another and occasionally clashed.
Congregational Records, including
- Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim (1798-2002)
- Brith Shalom Beth Israel (1888-2012)
- Beth Israel Congregation, Beaufort, SC (1905-1961)
- Temple Sinai, Sumter, SC (1789-2012)
Organizational Records, including:
- Hebrew Orphan Society (1850-2000)
- Hebrew Benevolent Society (1867-1984)
- National Council of Jewish Women Charleston Section (1906-2012)
- Jewish Community Center Papers (1920-1998)
- Kalushiner Society landsmanshaft (1925-1936)
- Aiken, SC, Jewish Community Collection (1923-1995)
- Young Judea (1946-1993)
- Chapter #143 of Aleph Zadek Aleph (1947-1958)
- Post 237 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States (1947-1969)
- Jewish Community Relations Committee (1958-1967)
- Southern Jewish Historical Society (1958-2010)
Oral History Archives – over 400 recordings of Jewish South Carolinians
Holocaust Archives – dozens of manuscript collections and oral histories from survivors and liberators
A wealth of rabbinical records, family collections, unpublished memoirs, genealogical material, business records, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, and more!
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.