The Pollitzer Family of South Carolina

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About the Project Authors
Jessica Short served as project archivist at the South Carolina Historical Society (SCHS) from December 2012 – March 2013. During her time at the SCHS, Short rehoused the Pollitzer family papers, updated the finding aid for the collection, and digitized and described select materials to include in this online exhibition.

Katharine Purcell holds a PhD in American Literature and Rhetoric from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is an instructor of English Literature and coordinator for the International Education Office at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina.

Editorial Contributor
Mary Jo Fairchild, South Carolina Historical Society 

Additional Credits
This exhibition was made possible by the support and generosity of the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Joseph J. Miller Foundation. Many archival materials featured in this exhibition are drawn from the Anita Pollitzer Family Papers, held by the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston, South Carolina and organized as a digital collection with the Lowcountry Digital Library. The collection includes more than twelve linear feet of papers and correspondence, photographs, press releases, clippings, and various printed materials chronicling the lives of the Pollitzers in South Carolina from 1845 to 1979. Please see the collection finding aid for more information.


Bass, Jack and W. Scott Poole. The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2009.

Davis, Stephanie. “A Morning with Mabel Pollitzer.” Auntie Bellum: A New South Carolina Journal for Women 1.3 (1977): 5-7.

Edgar, Walter. South Carolina: A History. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1998.

McCandless, Amy Thompson. “Anita Pollitzer: South Carolina for Equal Rights.” College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Conference Presentation.

O'Keeffe, Georgia. Lovingly, Georgia: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O'Keeffe and Anita Pollitzer. Edited by Clive Giboire. New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Williams, Susan Millar and Stephen G. Hoffius. Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2011.

Yuhl, Stephanie. A Golden Haze of MemoryThe Making of Historic Charleston. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.


Anita Pollitzer Family Papers

Anita Pollitzer Family Collection Finding Aid

Charleston County Public Library - History

Oral History Interview with Mabel Pollitzer