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Macey and Adele Kronsberg and family papers

Identifier: Mss 1157

Collection Overview

Assorted personal papers and photographs of Macey Kronsberg (1911-2001), Adele Jules Kronsberg (1909-2002), and their daughter Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein.

General family files focus on family events, genealogy, and family photographs. There are also a few files about Edward’s 5¢, 10¢, and $1.00 Stores, the chain founded by Edward Kronsberg, Macey's older brother. Included is an extensive inventory created by Peggy of the various letters in the collection and a key to people mentioned therein. These documents are in the first file in the first box and are recommended as a guide to the correspondence.

Adele's files reflect her correspondence, writings, and involvement in Charleston organizations.

Macey's materials include files from his Naval service, writings, trips to Israel/Palestine, and involvement in organizations including the Brith Sholom and Emanu-El synagogues and local Zionist organizations.

Peggy's materials focus on her education and career in Judaica librarianship and at the Library of Congress through awards, publications, correspondence, and ephemera. Also included are audiovisual materials including lectures, presentations, and interviews. Also included are a few family artifacts.


  • Creation: 1917-2022
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1944-2013


Language of Materials

Majority of materials are in English, others in Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Usage Restrictions

Publications or citations using Files "1940's Israel trip correspondence" and "Photographs from Palestine trip" and "Photographs from Palestine scrapbook" are restricted for 10 years except by permission of donor.

Biographical Note

Macey Kronsberg (1911-2001) was born on Tilghman Island, Maryland, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, before following his older brothers to Charleston to work in Edward's Inc., founded by oldest brother Edward. He was a major player in the founding of several Jewish organizations including the local American Zionist Emergency Committee (AZEC), Conservative Synagogue Emanu-El, and the Southeastern Region of the United Synagogue of America. He was also a prominent member of many civic organizations. Active in Zionist causes, he traveled to Palestine in 1946 and upon his return, he wrote and spoke extensively about the experience.

Adele Jules Kronsberg (1909-2002) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and met Macey through her work with the Associated Jewish Charities. In Charleston, she was involved in and led many Jewish organizations; she founded and ran the Sunday School at Synagogue Emanu-El. In later life in New York City, she was the first president of the Solomon Schechter School of Queens.

Macey and Adele lived in Israel from 1975-1986 until they moved to Rockville, Maryland. They had three daughters, all of whom were born in Charleston: Rachel Rose Kronsberg Levin (born 1937), Peggy Rebecca Kronsberg Pearlstein (born 1942), and Sandra Judith Kronsberg (Skalka) (born 1949).

Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein served for thirty one years in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress. She was Head of the Hebraic Section from 2006-2013. A long career in Jewish Studies was accompanied by several notable publications and lectures/presentations reflecting her interest in American Jewish history and genealogy. All three of her daughters were born in Charleston, South Carolina.


7.25 linear feet (4 cartons, 1 document box, 1 slim document box, 2 flat boxes, 1 oversize paper folder, 1 artifact box)


Assorted personal papers and photographs of Macey Kronsberg (1911-2001), Adele Jules Kronsberg (1909-2002), and their daughter Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein.

Collection Arrangement

  1. General family records, 1923-2022
  2. Adele Jules Kronsberg records, 1917-1955
  3. Macey Kronsberg records, 1937-1992
  4. Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein records, 1943-2016

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2022 by Peggy Kronsberg Pearlstein.

Related Materials

Related materials in Special Collections include the Kronsberg family papers (Mss 1078), a 1996 oral history interview with Frederica "Freddie" Kronsberg (Mss 1035-097), and a 2001 oral history interview with Avram and Edward Kronsberg (Mss 1035-255).

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, December 2022.

Inventory of the Macey and Adele Kronsberg and Family Papers, 1917-2022
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
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