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Rosenberg, Loeb, and Winstock family papers

Identifier: Mss 1130

Collection Overview

Collection consists primarily of photographs of the Rosenberg and Loeb families, with a smaller number of photographs of the Winstock family. The largest number of photographs document Herbert Jerome Rosenberg and his immediate family, including images of his service during World War I, with his wife Rosalie "Honey" Loeb Rosenberg and his three children, Herbert Rosenberg Jr., Carol Marjorie Rosenberg Loeb, and Leman Rosenberg. The collection also contains scrapbooks, financial papers, diplomas, certificates, and genealogical research. Genealogical materials include articles, Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brein's notes on biographical information and her Ph.D. thesis about Eva Leah Visanka Winstock, wife of Moses Winstock. Also included are a number of clippings on members of the Rosenberg family, their clothing store in Greenwood, South Carolina, and a book of poetry written by Rosalie "Honey" Loeb Rosenberg, featuring poems to or about family members. Of note is a scrapbook containing a large number of letters between members of the Rosenberg family spanning the decades from the 1880s through the early 1960s.


  • Creation: 1880-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1965


Language of Material

Materials in English and Hebrew

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Moses Winstock (1818-1905) was born to Sarah Friedlander (b. 1790) and Mordechai Winstock (b. circa 1790) in Sulwalki, Poland. He married Eva Leah Visanska (1820-1891) in 1836. The couple had six children: Samuel Winstock (1838- 1880), Annie Winstock Visanka (1842-1888), Cecelia Winstock (1853-1906), Miriam Winstock (1858-1940), Rebecca Winstock Rosenberg (1860-1952), and Israel Winstock (1862-1893).

In 1842, Moses and Eva Winstock left Poland and Moses traveled to the United States, while Eva and the children remained in Liverpool, England, until he was settled. His wife and children joined him in 1847 in Charleston, South Carolina. After running a successful peddler's supply and fancy goods store on King Street in Charleston for a dozen years, the family left Charleston in 1860 in search of a drier climate and bought a 525-acre plantation west of Abbeville, South Carolina. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the family took refuge in Columbia, South Carolina. When Sherman's forces entered the city on February 17, 1865, however, both their home and the warehouse they rented to store their goods were burned to the ground. After the war the family returned to their plantation and lived there until 1875 when poor crops caused them to leave the farm and return to Charleston, where Moses again established a store on King Street.

In 1885, the couple's youngest daughter, Rebecca, married her first cousin Abraham Rosenberg (1859-1920). Abraham had emigrated from Poland in 1875 to help run a family store in Abbeville, South Carolina, established by his cousin Wolfe Rosenberg. In 1884, Abe opened his own clothing store in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he and Rebecca settled after their marriage. The store began as simply "A. Rosenberg," but in 1910 was renamed The Rosenberg Clothing & Shoe Company. Abraham and Rebecca Rosenberg had six children: Herbert Jerome Rosenberg (1886-1963), Sam Rosenberg (1887-1953), Marion Rosenberg (1889-1984), Ernest Rosenberg (1892-1978), Evelyn Rosenberg (1895-1996) and Helen Rosenberg (1898-1898).

The eldest son, Herbert Jerome Rosenberg, completed his medical internship at Grady Hospital in 1909 and went on to practice medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 50 years. He married Rosalie "Honey" Loeb (b.1890) in 1912 and the couple had three children: Herbert Rosenberg Jr. (1913-1991), Carol Marjorie Rosenberg Loeb (1917-2006), and Leman Rosenberg (1921-2008). Herbert served in World War I in Hospital no. 6 at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he was promoted to major. Herbert's brother Marion married Rosalie's sister, Lillian "Jinksie" Loeb (1892-1968), in 1913. Rosalie and Lillian were the daughters of Marcus and Lena Loeb (known as "Pops" and "Momps"). After serving overseas in World War I, the couple's youngest son, Ernest Rosenberg, returned to Greenwood, South Carolina, in 1920 to run the family's clothing store with the help of his sister Evelyn. The store operated for more than a hundred years in Greenwood.

Both Herbert Rosenberg Jr. and Leman Rosenberg served in World War II, Herbert Jr. as a 2nd lieutenant in the Navy and Leman flying a P-47 Thunderbolt in the 10th fighter squadron of the Air Force.


3.0 linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 slim document box, 1 flat box, and 4 oversize folders)


Photographs, scrapbooks, financial papers, diplomas, certificates, and genealogical research of the Rosenberg, Loeb, and Winstock family. Materials focus primarily on the merchant Abraham Rosenberg and his descendants. Genealogical research includes articles and Evelyn Rosenberg Gross-Brien's biographical information and Ph.D. thesis written on her ancestor and namesake Eva Leah Visanska Winstock. Of note is a scrapbook containing a large number of letters between members of the Rosenberg family, spanning from the 1880s through 1960s.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2015 by William J. Loeb.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include and oral history interview with George Visanska Rosenberg and Edith Cochran Rosenberg (Mss 1035-089) and the Winstock, Rosenberg, and Visanka family papers (Mss 1122).

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Lazarus, October 2015.

Inventory of the Rosenberg, Loeb, and Winstock Family Papers, 1880-2002
Processed by: Amy Lazarus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Amy Lazarus
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