August Kohn papers, 1865-1941.


August Kohn papers, 1865-1941.

Circa three linear feet of materials documenting the career and interests of August Kohn and his family; chiefly family and business correspondence including letters of James C. Hemphill, Robert Lathran, and William Watts Ball re his work for the News and Courier newspaper and the S.C Press Association. Letters of William D. Melton, Samuel Chiles Mitchell, Benjamin Sloan, William Spenser Currell, Patterson Wardlaw, and Yates Snowden re his work as trustee and alumnus of the University of South Carolina; letter, 2 Mar. 1898 (Columbia, S.C.) from Kohn to Alex[ander S. Salley, Jr.], offering him little encouragement re the position of librarian at South Carolina College, reporting that there were three candidates ahead of him, and advising that the position of librarian and clerk to the president paid $600 but that "an effort will be made to change this so as to pay the Librarian a salary and the clerk a different salary." Family letters include correspondence of his wife, Irene Goldsmith Kohn, and her mother, Rose H. Goldsmith, his daughter, Helen Kohn Hennig, and his brothers, Sol and David Kohn, and others. Business papers re his connection with various banks, real estate and insurance firms; and papers re his religious activities and work with the Jewish community, especially the Hebrew Benevolent Society of Columbia and letters re his friendship with Benjamin Ryan Tillman. Bound volumes, 1885-1931 (29 volumes), most created in Columbia, S.C., consist chiefly of address books, legal notes, bank reports, income tax returns, memorandum books, business accounts, autograph albums, newspaper clippings, including volume, 1894, consisting of transcripts of witnesses to the Darlington Riot of 1894, "Testimony before Coroner Parnell of Darlington, and a Jury of Inquest and a Military Court of Inquiry, over the dead bodies of F.R. Norment, R.H. Pepper, and L.L. Redmond." Undated volume containing essays read before the Kosmos Club [also spelled as Cosmos Club] on various topics, including lynchings; pardons; and the career of Edwin DeLeon (1828-1891), a newspaper editor who served as United States Consul to Egypt and as a diplomat for the Confederate States of America. Bound items include diary volumes, 1888, 1891, and 1919-1920, containing notes and clippings; several notebooks indexing published newspaper articles reported by Kohn: Notes on Reporting, 1888-1897 (Box 5), re industry, agriculture, race relations, Benjamin Ryan Tillman, and University [of South Carolina] and Education; "Notes on News & Courier Articles, 1893-1906," and Notes on General Reporting, 1901-1915; letterbook, 1924-1929, containing carbon copies of letters written by Kohn; and "Russian bonds," ca. 1916, bound volume of colorful financial documents.

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Journalist, business man, historian, and antiquarian of Columbia, S.C.; August Philip Kohn was a native of Orangeburg, S.C., whose education included enrollment in Sheridan Classical School in Orangeburg, the public schools of New York City, and South Carolina College [later USC], Class of 1889; in 1894, married Irene Goldsmith, a union that produce three children: Helen Kohn Hennig (1896-1961); August Kohn, Jr.; and Theodore Kohn. From the description of August Kohn papers, 1865-194...

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