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Shemper Family Genealogy Project

Identifier: M599

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a binder compiled by David Shemper in 1996 for a high school English assignment. In addition to photographs, the album contains biographical/historical sketches, obituaries, and other newspaper clippings that document the Shemper and Conway (David’s maternal grandparents) families. David’s paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shemper, founded the company later known as Ben Shemper & Sons, Inc., in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1905.


  • 1996


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Ben Shemper was born July 20, 1908 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the son of Sam and Goldie Shemper. He met and married Esther Rosenthal in Atlanta, Georgia in 1917, and the couple returned to Hattiesburg, where Ben operated Ben Shemper & Sons, Inc., an alter metal recycling company that his father had established in 1905. The couple had four children: Jerry, Marvin, Sam, and Goldie Shemper. Ben died July 21, 1977, and Esther died in 2004.


.30 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The Shemper Family Genealogy Project consists of a school project organized by David Shemper in 1996 that details the history of the Shemper family of Hattiesburg. This collection is of particular interest to those studying local history, Jewish people in the South, and genealogy.


This small collection has been kept in the original binder David Shemper utilized for his school genealogy project.


Donated by Jerry Shemper via David Shemper on 14 September 1998.

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Case File

Contents from the collection

Shemper Family Genealogy Project
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
04 February 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001