The Mayer family photograph collection was donated to Richland Library by Julian Hennig (1922 – 2006). Mr. Hennig was a lifelong friend of Monroe Mayer, Jr. who died in Columbia in 1987.

From 1908 until 1957, the Mayer family lived at 1824 Pendleton Street in Columbia, S.C. The Mayer family included Monroe Mayer Sr. (1872 – 1957), his wife, Flora S. Mayer (1878 – 1947), and their two sons, Irving (1913 -2004) and Monroe Jr. (1923 – 1987). Monroe Mayer, Sr. was born in Albany, Ga. but moved to Columbia in 1900. He worked for Pinkussohn Cigar Company and later Gayden Brothers Cigar Company. Flora was born in Atlanta to Isaac and Sophia Steinheimer. She taught in public schools before she married and moved to Columbia in 1908. The Mayers were active early members of the Tree of Life Synagogue.