Goldstein Papers

Goldstein Department Store

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Title: Goldstein Papers

Dates: 1890s–1970s (Bulk 1930s–1960s)

Creator: Goldstein Family

Summary/Abstract: The Goldstein Papers pertain to a family of Murfreesboro store owners and businesspeople. The family most prominently owned Goldstein’s Department Store on the Public Square, but also owned and operated several other businesses in the area, including Aultman’s Jewelers in Murfreesboro and Goldstein’s satellite store in Tullahoma. Members of the immediate and extended Goldstein family also owned, wholly or in part, Carolyn’s in Shelbyville, Friedberg Jewelers in Detroit, Howard Jewelers in Bowling Green, and Joy’s Jewelers in Clarksville. These papers primarily document the Goldstein Family, local businesses in Murfreesboro, business life on the Public Square, and Jewish immigration and family life in Rutherford County.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 2.25 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Goldstein Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: The items in this collection were salvaged from Aultmann’s Jewelers on Murfreesboro’s Public Square in 2005 when it was being closed. Steve Cates donated the items to the Albert Gore Research Center. The Peggy Goldstein Leftwich addendum was donated April 24, 2008, by Rosemary Ziebert, Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Processed By: Original processor undetermined, June 2007

Arrangement: These papers are arranged into series by type of information documented and type of material. The four major series are: family papers, department store, other businesses, and publications and printed materials. These series are further arranged into subseries by name of person, business, or location. The donation of the Peggy Goldstein Leftwich addendum added a sixth box to the papers. Although treated as its own series in the inventory, this addendum is part of the family papers series.

Biographical Note: William Goldstein, a Jewish Russian immigrant, moved to the United States in 1880 and settled in Murfreesboro in 1886. Soon afterwards, he opened a dry goods store in town, eventually settling into a space on the Public Square off of Church and Vine. He ran the store with his wife Dora until his death in 1930, when his son David took possession of the store. Upon David's death in 1942, the proprietorship transferred to David’s brother Bernard, who ran the store until selling out to a national chain in 1965. Bernard and his wife Evelyn financially supported many charities, among which was Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. The 1964 annual report is included in these papers. Goldstein’s Department Store ultimately closed its doors in 1982. The Goldstein family operated several other businesses in addition to Goldstein’s, was prominent in local society, and was well-known in the community for their benevolence.

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich (1916 – 2008) was the granddaughter of William and Dora Goldstein, and daughter of David and Flora Goldstein. The items of hers in this collection were donated to the Albert Gore Research Center upon her death.

Scope and Content: The Goldstein Papers include a wide assortment of personal and business documents, as well as some photographs. The bulk dates from the 1930s to 1960s, when Bernard Goldstein ran the business. Because of this, most of the papers relate to him. Included are tax records, sales records, financial statements, and letters and receipts from both the family’s business and their personal life. Although small, the collection is important, as not many records pertaining to Jewish families are available in Rutherford County.

Associated Materials: Eighty-one photographs are housed separately in the Albert Gore Research Center’s photograph holdings. Thirty-nine photographs (#043-081) were acquired with the Peggy Goldstein Leftwich addendum. Many of these photographs depict storefronts and display windows, but some are of family members.

An early twentieth-century photograph of Goldstein’s storefront on the Public Square is located in the Pittard Photograph Collection.

More Goldstein family photographs can be found in the Licker-Haney-Maxwell and Aaron Weise Papers.
An automatic signature machine of unknown vintage was donated with this collection and is stored with other Gore Center artifacts.

Related Collections: The Licker-Haney-Maxwell Papers contain relevant material as the Licker and Goldstein families were related. William Goldstein’s and Sam Licker’s wives were sisters. The Aaron Weise Papers also relate, as Aaron Weise married Leah Goldstein.

Subject Terms

Persons
William Goldstein
Bernard Goldstein
Evelyn Goldstein
Andrew King
David Goldstein
Flora Goldstein
Dora Goldstein
Peggy Goldstein Leftwich
Leah Goldstein Weise

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Tullahoma, Tennessee
Shelbyville; Tennessee
Detroit, Michigan
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Clarksville, Tennessee
New York, New York
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Subjects (General)
Local businesses
Department stores
Jewish families
Family history
Murfreesboro public square
Downtown Murfreesboro
Schools
Colleges and universities
Hospitals

Material Types
Tax records
Sales records
Financial statements
Government documents
Correspondence
Receipts
Photographs
Publications
Yearbooks
Programs
Printed materials
Artifacts

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Subseries

Description of Contents

1

1

Family Papers

 

Legal and financial documents; 1922, 1925, 1941-42

1

2

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Andrew King; Bernard’s personal servant; 1958-1962

1

3

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Charities – Hospitals; Mt. Sinai (NY), Beth Israel (Boston), Rutherford Hospital (TN); 1958 – 1964

1

4

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Charities – Miscellaneous; 1960-1961

1

5

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Charities – Religious; The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, Nashville; Devt. Fund for American Judaism; 1960-1964

1

6

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Charities – Vanderbilt; 1959-1964

1

7

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Financial – Receipts; 1950-1964

1

8

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Financial – Statements; 1957, 1960-1963

1

9

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Financial – Taxes; 1930 – 1956

1

10

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Financial – Taxes; 1957 – 1964

1

11

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Hotels; Documents business and family ties in New York City; 1949-1965

1

12

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Insurance; 1956-1964

2

13

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Legal; 1941, 1948-1949, 1957

2

14

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Letters Received; 1951-1965

2

15

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Letters sent; 1952-1964

2

16

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Memberships; 1946-1965

2

17

Family Papers

Goldstein, Bernard & Evelyn

Transportation; 1957-1964

2

18

Family Papers

Goldstein, David & Flora

1921-1967

2

19

Family Papers

Goldstein, William

Includes naturalization papers from 1894; provide a brief history of how he moved to Murfreesboro; 1894-1931

2

20

Family Papers

Weise, Leah Goldstein

1944-1959

3

21

Department Store

Murfreesboro

Historical Miscellany; 1927 and undated

3

22

Department Store

Murfreesboro

Legal & Financial; 1921-1946

3

23

Department Store

Murfreesboro

Legal & Financial; 1947-1959

3

24

Department Store

Murfreesboro

Legal & Financial; 1960-1963, undated

3

25

Department Store

Tullahoma

1960-1965; undated

4

26

Other Businesses

Aultman’s, Murfreesboro

1919-1946

4

27

Other Businesses

Aultman’s, Murfreesboro

Undated

4

28

Other Businesses

Carolyn’s, Shelbyville

1959, 1963

4

29

Other Businesses

Friedberg Jewelers, Detroit, MI

1951, 1963

4

30

Other Businesses

Howard Jewelers, Bowling Green, KY

1950, 1963-1965

4

31

Other Businesses

Joy’s Jewelers, Clarksville

1944-1965

4

32

Other Businesses

Murfreesboro Business List

Lists downtown Murfreesboro businesses by street, undated

5

0

Publications/ Printed Material

Staunton Military Academy

Yearbook; Bernard Goldstein’s Senior Year; 1923

5

0

Publications/ Printed Material

Vanderbilt University

Yearbook; 1924

5

0

Publications/ Printed Material

Mt. Sinai Hospital, NY

Annual Report; Bernard Goldstein’s charitably supported Mt. Sinai Hospital; 1964

5

0

Publications/ Printed Material

Shopping Centers

Shopping Centers: Planning and Management by Paul E. Smith; published by the National Retail Dry Goods Association; 1956

5

0

Publications/ Printed Material

Staunton Military Academy

Commencement Program; 1923

6

0

Family Papers

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich

Hearthstones (Murfreesboro), undated

6

0

Family Papers

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich

Baby book; 1916-1918

6

0

Family Papers

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich

School notebooks, 2; undated

6

0

Family Papers

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich

Beech Haven Camp Yearbook; 1929

6

1

Family Papers

Peggy Goldstein Leftwich

Clippings and family history; undated; includes a copy of a transcript of an account by Peggy’s ancestor, Leon Cahn, about his family’s encounter with cholera in Paris, France, and their subsequent immigration to the United States.