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Kornblut family papers

Identifier: Mss 1044

Collection Overview

The collection consists mainly of photocopies as the originals remain with the donor. Collection contains genealogical information on the Iseman, Schafer, Blum, Kornblut and Baker families; also copy of Leon Kornblut's U.S. Naturalization Certificate (1921). Photocopies of photographs of the Leon Kornblut family (1906-1956), Kornblut relatives in Poland (1890s-1920) and the Abraham Schafer family (1880s-1950s). Correspondence includes photocopy of letter (Oct. 1906) from Rebecca Schafer to her daughter Lizzie, re. business matters, spending money and Lizzie's upcoming wedding; copy of telegram to Freda Baker Kornblut offering congratulations on the birth of her son (1952). Photocopy of Lizzie Schafer's handwritten diary recorded in two ledger books (209 pages) from Jan. 1904-Aug. 1906; writings chronicle her daily activities in Little Rock, SC, mention her parents and siblings, the family business, her schooling and courtship with Leon Kornblut. Clippings (1956-1993) re. members of Korblut family from Latta and Dillon newspapers. Material related to Latta Dry Goods Company and Kornblut's Department Store includes color copy image of Latta Dry Goods Company, ca. 1906, and photocopy images of opening of Kornblut's Department Store in Dillon, SC, 1962. Business records contain invoices (1913) from Baltimore Bargain House to Latta Dry Goods Co. (with images of Baltimore Bargain House); receipts for goods sold at Latta Dry Goods Co. (1910-1927). Misc. material includes clipping re. Freda Baker Kornblut's enlistment in the U.S. Navy WAVES, ca. 1942, memos (1999, 2001) from Harold Kornblut (son of Moses Kornblut) re. history of Latta Dry Goods Company, and essay, "The Town of Latta Has Grown," by John D. Roberts re. changes in Latta, SC.


  • Creation: 1880s-2001


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Biographical Note

In the early 1900s, the Schafer family of Little Rock, South Carolina, owned dry goods stores in Little Rock, Latta, and Dillon, S.C. As each Schafer daughter married, she was given a store to operate. In 1906 Lizzie Schafer married Leon Kornblut, who took over as proprietor of the Latta store. Kornblut later formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Isadore Blum, and eventually operated stores in South Carolina towns of Latta, Dillon, Marion, Mullins, Cheraw, Chesterfield, and Lake View, and Tatum, NC. Latta Dry Goods Company later became Kornblut's Department Store. Leon and Lizzie Kornblut raised their family (Rebecca, Esther, Moses and Sigmond) in Latta, SC. Moses and Sigmond Kornblut joined the family business and took over operations of the Latta and Dillon stores.


0.375 linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Harold Kornblut.

Inventory of the Kornblut Family Papers, 1880s-2001
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