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Julius H. Greenstone Family Papers

Collection ID

SCRC 419

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Collection Summary 


Julius H. Greenstone Family Papers


1841-1982, bulk 1894-1955

Collection ID

SCRC 419


Greenstone, Julius H. (Julius Hillel), 1873-1955


2.92 linear feet (5 boxes)


Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries


Materials in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, German, Polish, and Latin.          

Detailed Collection Information 

Biographical Note

Julius H. Greenstone was a conservative rabbi, bookseller, author, and educator in Philadelphia. The son of Pesah David Grunstein and Leah Puskelinsky, Julius was born in Mariampol, Lithuania, on April 23 or 25, 1873. He immigrated to the United States in 1894. Greenstone graduated from the City College of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as spiritual leader of Congregation Mikveh Israel from 1900 to 1902 before joining the faculty of Gratz College in 1905, where he taught religion and education until 1933. He later served as principal from 1933 to 1948 and as principal emeritus at Gratz from 1948 to 1955 Greenstone authored articles and books on Jewish topics, was a contributing editor to the Philadelphia weekly newspaper The Jewish Exponent, and sold English and Hebrew language “books of Jewish interest.” Julius H. Greenstone married Carrie Amram in 1902, and they had three children, Leah, Gella, and Deborah. After Carrie’s death, he married Ray Steindhardt Abeles in 1916. Greenstone died March 7, 1955.

Description of Collection 

Collection consists of personal and professional correspondence; published and unpublished writings on topics including Jewish history, education, and biblical texts; financial records fromGreenstone’s bookselling activities; and papers related to the education and personal life of Greenstone and other members of his family. Collection includes a small amount of material collected by Greenstone’s descendants after his death.

Organization and Arrangement 

The collection is arranged into 4 series as follows:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1874-1982, bulk 1902-1936

Series 2: Writings, 1894-1951

Series 3: Bookseller’s records, 1902-1934

Series 4: Family papers, 1841-1961

Series 1: Correspondence, 1874-1982, bulk 1902-1936, contains primarily incoming personal and professional correspondence addressed to Julius. Some personal correspondence is addressed to Julius’ first wife Carrie and other members of the Greenstone and Amram families. There is extensive condolence correspondence regarding the deaths of Carrie and Carrie’s parents Esther and Werner D. Amram. A few letters of personal correspondence post-date Julius’ death. Professional correspondence with contemporary rabbis and scholars relates to Greenstone’s writing and publishing activities. Correspondents regarding his dissertation “The Turkoman Defeat at Cairo” include Richard Gottheil, Wilhelm Bacher, Adolf Buchler, and Henry Malter. Correspondence is primarily in English, with some letters in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, and German. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Writings, 1894-1951, contains published articles by Greenstone mainly pasted in scrapbooks, including “The House of Israel” and “About Men and Things” columns that appeared in The Jewish Exponent, and reviews of Greenstone’s works The Religion of Israel (1902) and The Messiah Idea in Jewish History (1906). This series also includes unpublished manuscripts and pamphlets. The bulk of the records in this series are in English, with some articles and handwritten manuscripts in Yiddish. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Series 3: Bookseller’s records, 1902-1934, contains business records related to Greenstone’s bookselling activities including account books listing book purchases and sales by supplier or customer name; cashbooks listing amounts paid or received by date; daybooks recording daily book sales; and a sales ledger recording books sold from personal libraries bought by Greenstone. Some ledger entries are written in Hebrew or Yiddish. This series is arranged alphabetically by record type.

Series 4: Family papers, 1841-1961, contains personal materials by and about Julius, Carrie, and other members of the Greenstone and Amram families, including school records; family photographs including individual and group portraits; vital and immigration records; diplomas and certificates; and property records such as deeds and indentures. A small amount of records in this series are in Hebrew, Polish, Russian, or Latin. This series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Patron Information 

Alternate Form Available

The bulk of the family photographs in Series 4 have been digitized and are available online on the Temple University Digital Collections website: https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/collection/p15037coll15 

Catalog Record 

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991029999059703811 

Research Access 

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 

Publication and Copyright Information 

The Julius H. Greenstone Family Papers are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donors have not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.  

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Julius H. Greenstone Family Papers, SCRC 419, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material

Leary’s Book Store Records, SPC.MSS.PP003, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Administrative Information 

Acquisition Information

Bookseller’s records purchased from Carmen Valentino/American Historical Manuscripts in July 1986. All other records in collection were donated by Deborah Greenstone, Gella Greenstone Kraus, and Maxwell Farber between 1982 and 1990. A portion of the collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information 

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in October 2019 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist. 



Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names: 

Greenstone, Carrie (Caroline) Amram, 1870-1914

Greenstone, Julius H. (Julius Hillel), 1873-1955

Corporate Names:

Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Gratz College (Philadelphia, Pa.)


Antiquarian booksellers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia

Booksellers and bookselling -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Hebrew literature -- Distribution

Jewish booksellers

Jewish authors

Jewish families -- Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Jewish literature -- Distribution

Jews, Lithuanian -- United States

Jews -- Social life and customs

Newspapers -- Sections, columns, etc.


Philadelphia (Pa.)

Material Types: 




Financial records

Immigration records

Ledgers (account books)

Legal documents

Marriage certificates






Property records

School records


Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1874-1982, bulk 1902-1936

Box   Folder   Description

1          1          Personal correspondence: General          1874-1982, undated

1          2          Personal correspondence: Jewish Maternity Association          1901-1913

1          3          Personal correspondence: engagement of Julius Greenstone and Carrie Amram          1902

1          4          Personal correspondence: wedding of Julius Greenstone and Carrie Amram          1902

1          5          Personal correspondence: condolences regarding death of Esther Amram          1912

1          6          Personal correspondence: condolences regarding death of Werner D. Amram          1913

1          7          Personal correspondence: condolences regarding death of Carrie Amram Greenstone          1914

1          8          Professional correspondence: General          1902-1935, undated

1          9          Professional correspondence: dissertation "The Turkoman Defeat at Cairo"          1906

1          10          Professional correspondence: Jewish Publication Society          1906, 1920

1          11          Professional correspondence: "Some Early Jewish Catechisms"          1909

1          12          Professional correspondence: Mendes, Henry Pereira          1909-1929

1          13          Professional correspondence: Statistical Data of Jewish Religious Schools          1910

1          14          Professional correspondence: Schechter, Solomon          1913-1915

1          15          Professional correspondence: Solis-Cohen, Solomon          1914, 1934

1          16          Professional correspondence: Adler, Cyrus          1915-1936

1          17          Professional correspondence: Alexander Kohut Memorial Volume          1919

1          18          Professional correspondence: Marx, Alexander          1924-1925

1          19          Professional correspondence: Tchernowitz, Chaim          1925

1          20          Professional correspondence: Sobato Morais book Italian Hebrew Literature          1925-1926

Series 2: Writings, 1894-1951

Box   Folder   Description

1          21          "Compositions"          1894

1          22          Congregational Activities: A Series of Four Sermons Delivered Before the K.K. Mickve Israel          1901

1          23          Jewish Legends About Simon-Peter          1950

1          24          Published articles          1907-1951

1          25          Scrapbook: published articles and book reviews          1900-1915

3          1          Scrapbook: published articles          1928-1931

4          1          Scrapbook: published articles          1935-1941

1          26          Miscellaneous manuscripts          1894-1929

Series 3: Bookseller’s records, 1902-1934

Box   Folder   Description

1          27          Account books          1902-1906

1          28          Account books          1906-1918

1          29          Account books          1913-1919

1          30          Cashbooks          1913-1919

1          31          Cashbooks          1919-1927

1          32          Daybooks          1907-1913

2          1          Daybooks          1913-1915

2          2          Daybooks          1915-1918

2          3          Daybooks          1918-1921

2          4          Daybooks          1921-1923

2          5          Daybooks          1924-1926

2          6          Flier and invoice (blank)          1904, undated

2          7          Purchase of copyright and book stock agreement: Abodath Israel          1934

2          8          Sales ledger          1906-1918

Series 4: Family papers, 1841-1961

Box   Folder   Description

2          9          Carrie Amram autograph book          1879-1885

2          10          Carrie Amram Gratz College records          1897-1901

2          11          Carrie Amram school records          1894-1896

5          12          Certificates, citations, and diplomas          1883-1957

5          13          Family photographs          1903-1925, undated

2          14          Family photographs and negatives          1900-1952, undated

2          15          Family photographs: Julius and Carrie Greenstone          1900-1902

2          16          Gratz College Alumni Association 80th birthday dinner honoring Julius H. Greenstone          1953

5          17          Gratz College Alumni Association 80th birthday dinner honoring Julius H. Greenstone photographs          1953

2          18          Gratz College Alumni Association testimonial dinner honoring Julius H. Greenstone          1936

5          19          Gratz College Alumni Association testimonial dinner honoring Julius H. Greenstone photographs          1936

2          20          Gratz College Julius H. Greenstone Memorial Prize          1957-1958

2          21          Gratz College memorial meeting          1955

2          22          Immigration records          1894-1953

5          23          Izydor Kraus school records          1913-1919

2          24          Julius H. Greenstone 70th birthday anniversary          1943

2          25          Julius H. Greenstone school records          1895-1905

5          26          Ketubbot          1902-1915

2          27          Newspaper clippings          1902-1961

2          28          Prayer delivered at Carrie Amram's funeral          1914

2          29          Property records          1880

2          30          Property records: 1225 North Lawrence Street and 1228 North Leithgow Street          1911-1946

2          31          Property records: 643-645 Perth Street          1909

2          32          Property records: 927 Poplar Street          1841-1876

2          33          Property records: 929 Poplar Street          1841-1866

2          34          Werner D. Amram last will and testament          1904