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Adolph Rosenberg Papers

Identifier: Mss 395

Scope and Contents

Researchers examining the Adolph Rosenberg Papers can gain greater insight into both his successful career as a journalist, and the role he played as a prominent Jewish leader within the Atlanta community. In addition to samples of his newspaper articles there are two short stories, one written under the byline “Bruce Bercovicci” which may have been produced as radio short stories according to associated correspondence. Research and papers pertaining to early American photography also encompass a significant amount of material. Two more prominent groups of materials include several letters composed between 1968 and 1969 corresponding to Rosenberg’s appointment as president of the American Jewish Press Association, and a large journal with hand written and typed entries relating the finance and business of the Congregation of the Children of Israel (Athens, Ga.), 1910-1943. The journal focuses on quarterly, trustee and committee meetings.


  • 1910 - 2002

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Adolph Rosenberg was born in Albany, Georgia on August 14, 1911. He graduated from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He studied photography under Bill Bradley and Dr. Hefner at the Georgia Tech Night School and later, in Denver at the Air Corps photo school. Stationed in the South Pacific, Rosenberg served as a war-time photographer for three and a half years with a photo mapping unit.

His interest in photography followed him throughout his life as he researched and wrote papers on the history of American Civil War photographers including Mathew Brady, George S. Cook and one of the first successful female photographers in Atlanta, Mrs. L Condon. Rosenberg was an ardent collector of civil war era photography, which he eventually donated to the University of Georgia. He also had an interest in the advent of photo processes such as daguerreotypes and Camera Lucida. He researched and wrote on British Captain Basil Hall’s use of Camera Lucida to examine American life between 1827-1828.

In addition to editing the Southern Israelite for over 30 year, Rosenberg was a founding member of the Atlanta Press Club and held many offices within the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA), including acting as president for several terms. During one of these terms, while in Israel just after the conclusion of the 1967 AJPA conference, Rosenberg chose to remain in the country during the Six Day War, and serve as witness to the events.

Rosenberg was a community leader serving on boards and as member of several organizations including the Southeast Zionist Region, the Atlanta Zionist District, The Temple and the Jewish Community Center, and the Fulton Masonic Lodge. He won many awards and was honored in 1975 by the AJPA in conjunction with his colleague Leo I Goldberger, former editor of the Hebrew Watchman of Memphis. He worked up until his death in 1977 after battling cancer for several years.


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Language of Materials



Georgia native Adolph Rosenberg was a journalist, most recognized for his work as editor of the Southern Israelite, to whom ownership of the paper was transferred in 1951. His collection comprises of writing samples primarily from the 1930’s and 40’s including copies of newspaper articles from the Albany Journal, Atlanta Journal, and Carroll Free Press; short stories; historical research regarding his interest in early American photography; and several printed pamphlets and books ranging in subject matter from the history of Southern Jewry to theatre conservation and maintenance. The collection also includes American Jewish Press Association correspondence and a business journal from the Children of Israel Congregation of Athens Georgia.


The Adolph Rosenberg papers are arranged alphabetically by folder description and chronologically within each folder.

Physical Location

The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Related Materials

The Southern Israelite is digitized and available online through GALILEO. Adolph Rosenberg photograph collection (civil war photographs), University of Georgia, Hargrett Manuscripts.

Adolph Rosenberg Papers, Mss 395
Stacey Savatsky
July, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States