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Nathan S. Addlestone papers

Identifier: Mss 1127

Collection Overview

The collection consists of materials documenting the professional career and philanthropy of Nathan Addlestone, including scrapbooks containing clippings, correspondence and photographs relating to his business, as well as programs, newsletters, and reports on his philanthropic activities, particularly in the area of education. The collection also contains his high school yearbook, yearbooks of Trident Technical College, and an audio tape of Addlestone reminiscing with his long-time friend Nate Muskin.


  • Creation: circa 1910-2009


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Nathan Addlestone (1913-2001) was born to Rachel and Abraham Addlestone in Charleston, South Carolina. Though Nathan was registered to begin college at the University of South Carolina in 1931, due to difficulties caused by the Great Depression, he was forced to forgo college to help with the family's scrap metal business. He went on to establish several of his own highly successful scrap metal businesses, including Steelmet, Incorporated and Addlestone International Corporation. Nathan also served on the Foreign Trade Committee for the Institute of Scrap, Iron, and Steel and the Trident Technical College Area Commission.

In 1937, Nathan married Ruth Axelrod and the couple had two children, Carol and Susan. After 42 years of marriage, Nathan and Ruth were divorced, and in 1982 Nathan married Marlene Alfred Kronsberg.

Throughout his life, Nathan was known for his support of education. He gave significant gifts to Addlestone Hebrew Academy, Trident Technical College, and the College of Charleston, among other Charleston institutions. At the College of Charleston, he established an endowment for Lowcountry Art and Culture and, with his wife Marlene, donated 1.5 million dollars towards the College's new library, completed in 2005. To honor their generous support, the College named the building the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library.


1.5 linear feet (1 document box, 1 flat box, 1 oversize box, 2 audiocassettes)


Scrapbooks, yearbooks, clippings, programs, newsletters, and reports pertaining to Nathan Addlestone, a Charleston businessman who founded several scrap metal businesses, including Steelmet, Incorporated and Addlestone International Corporation. He was also very active in philanthropy, particularly pertaining to education.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Scrapbooks, circa 1910- 2001, undated
  2. Yearbooks, 1931, 1977-1978
  3. Philanthropy files, 1989-2000, undated
  4. Audiovisual materials, 1997, 2009
  5. Other, 1970-2009, undated

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2011 by Marlene Addlestone.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include an oral history with Nathan Addlestone (Mss 1035-057).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, June 2015.

Inventory of the Nathan S. Addlestone Papers, circa 1910-2009
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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