Skip to main content

Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1166

Collection Overview

Papers of Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg, a native of Sumter, South Carolina, and a long-time resident of Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to her personal papers, there are others from members of her family, particularly her mother Virginia Moïse Rosefield. The collection also reflects Rosenberg's many years of service in local civic and Jewish groups, her interest in genealogy, and her relationship with Congregation Sinai synagogue in Sumter and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue in Charleston. The contents include records, clippings, ephemera, correspondence, family photographs and albums, genealogy research, books and publications about southern Jewish history, and a few family artifacts.

The first series consists of her personal and family papers. These include resumes and information from her career in advertising, correspondence, certificates and documents from life events, and clippings about Rosenberg as well as friends and family. There are also small files dedicated to her children, her husband Ira Rosenberg, and her father Herbert Rosefield.

The second series is composed of the papers of Virginia Moïse Rosefield. Included are many speeches and prayers she wrote, some correspondence, and files dedicated to her participation in various organizations.

The genealogy and history series reflects Rosenberg's interest in her ancestors, especially in the Moïse and Harby families. These files are mostly photocopies or hard copies of genealogical information, and several folders contain information related to a Moïse family bicentennial celebration in 1991. There are also folders dedicated to Temple/Congregation Sinai in Sumter, with which her family had a long association. Several large family trees and artifacts round out the series.

The activities and organizations series documents Rosenberg's many associations with local Jewish and historical organizations. Several files document the plans for Congregation/Temple Sinai after its membership diminished and it formed a formal relationship with Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Others demonstrate her long-standing relationship with KKBE; she was president for several years and an active member of the synagogue's Sisterhood. Some files focus on specific organizations such as Jewish Community Center of Charleston, Jewish Federation of Charleston, Women of Reform Judaism, Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, and Daughters of the American Revolution. There are also collections of speeches and presentations as well as clippings about and publications from organizations of interest.

The photographs and albums series is composed of family and personal photographs stretching back to the late 19th century. The bulk consist of family portraits, albums assembled by Virginia Moïse Rosefield and other family members, and wedding/anniversary albums. There are also photographs from various work and organizational events that Rosenberg attended as well as 3 CDs and one VHS of events at the Coming Street Cemetery.

The final series contains publications Rosenberg and family have collected, including 19th century Jewish prayerbooks and hymnals, short publications about Sumter and Jewish history, and yearbooks.

Dates

  • 1837-2018
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2018

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

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.

Biographical Note

Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg (b. 1940) was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina; her family were active members at Sumter's Reform synagogue, Congregation Sinai (also called Temple Sinai). After graduating from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, she took a job as music director at WPTF radio in Raleigh, North Carolina. She and her husband, Ira Rosenberg, moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1960s and raised three children. She first worked at WKTM radio, then in advertising agencies, and was active in the local and national professional associations. She has been involved in numerous Jewish and non-Jewish community organizations and events as part of her professional and civic work. She served as president of KKBE from 2013-2015, as Sisterhood president, and on the board of directors of the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina, among many other years of service and leadership.

Her mother Virginia Moïse (1909-2002), a long-time resident of Sumter, married Herbert A. Rosefield in 1934. A graduate of Converse College, she taught elementary school for many years and raised two children. She was extremely active in the Sumter community and at Congregation Sinai and was one of the organizers and founders of the Sumter County Education Coordinating Council, the Sumter Little Theatre, and the Fine Arts Council. In 1998, she and her husband established an endowed scholarship fund at Central Carolina Technical College for deserving students in the healthcare field.

Extent

8.0 linear feet (13 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 oversize paper folder)

Abstract

Papers of Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg, a native of Sumter, South Carolina and a long-time resident of Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to her personal papers, there are others from members of her family, particularly her mother Virginia Moïse Rosefield. The contents include records, clippings, ephemera, correspondence, family photographs and albums, genealogy research, books and publications about southern Jewish history, and a few family artifacts.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Biographical and family, 1944-2016
  2. Virginia Moïse Rosefield, 1930-2016
  3. Genealogy and history, 1849-2013
  4. Activities and organizations, 1966-2018
  5. Photographs and albums, 1861-2018
  6. Books and publications, 1837-2009

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2018, 2019, and 2023 by Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg.

Related Materials

Related materials in Special Collections include four oral history interviews, two with her husband Ira Rosenberg (Mss 1035-175, Mss 1035-452, Mss 1035-461, and 1035-554).

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Bickel, September 2023.

Title
Inventory of the Anita Moïse Rosefield Rosenberg Papers, 1837-2018 (bulk 1960-2018)
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Lauren Bickel; finding aid created by: Lauren Bickel
Date
2023
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections
College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424
(843) 953-8016
(843) 953-6319 (Fax)