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Goldberg family papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1051

Collection Overview

Papers of the Goldberg (a.k.a. Gelbart or Geldbart) family of Mogielnica, Poland, and Charleston, South Carolina. The collection includes photographs of family members in Poland; a brief family history; and correspondence (1920s-1930s) between family members in Mogielnica and brothers Gershon (George Goldberg) and Yisroel (Israel Geldbart) in Charleston. Also included are two memorial photograph albums that chronicle Moshe Yidel Gelbart's funeral procession in Mogielnica (1935).

Dates

  • 1902-1953

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Chaim and Tobe Mindel Gelbart lived in Mogielnica, Poland, and had two daughters: Sore Rivkah and Shafa, and five sons: Yisroel, Moshe Yidel, Fishl, Ruven, and Gershon. All but Yisroel, Gershon, and Moshe Yidel, who died as a result of appendicitis in 1935, perished during the Holocaust.

Yisroel Gelbart and his wife, Rebecca (Rivkah Rochel), immigrated to the United Sates in the early 1900s and settled in Charleston, South Carolina. Upon his arrival, Yisroel changed his name to Israel Goldberg, but in the 1950s changed his last name back to Geldbart (slightly different than the original "Gelbart"). The couple had four children: Sylvia (Khana Sorele) Geldbart Wolper, Helen (Hene Sheyndele) Geldbart Feinstein, Ralph (Rakhmiel) Geldbart, and Jack (Yankev Osef) Geldbart.

Gershon Gelbart arrived in the United States in 1928 and changed his name to George Goldberg. He worked in the garment district of New York and later joined his brother in Charleston, where he owned and operated Goldberg's Men's Store on King Street. Goldberg married Jeanette (Charna Brindle) Altman in 1933, and they had three children: Charles (Yekhiel) Goldberg, Faye Goldberg Miller, and Helene Goldberg Scharff.

Extent

0.2 linear feet (1 slim document box)

Abstract

Papers of the Goldberg (a.k.a. Gelbart or Geldbart) family of Mogielnica, Poland, and Charleston, South Carolina. The collection includes photographs of family members in Poland and South Carolina; a brief family history; and correspondence (1920s-1930s) between family members in Mogielnica and brothers Gershon (George Goldberg) and Yisroel (Israel Geldbart) in Charleston. Also included are two memorial photograph albums that chronicle Moshe Yidel Gelbart's funeral procession in Mogielnica (1935).

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2008 and 2011 by Ralph Geldbart, Charles and Harriet Goldberg, and Helene Goldberg Scharff.

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproduction available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include a 2000 oral history interview with Ralph Geldbart (Mss 1035-248) and a copy of Three Mogelnitzer by Louis Markowitz (1950).

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, September 2011.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Goldberg Family Papers, 1902-1953
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
Date
2011
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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