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Ralph and Goldie Goldstein Collection

Identifier: MS-0582

Scope and Contents

The Ralph and Goldie Goldstein Collection consists of the Goldstein family papers, including life cycle documents, memorial books, wills and trusts, property records and deeds, correspondence, oversized property maps, documents pertaining to the Goldsteins' son Gilbert Gaines, and Gaines' geological photographs. There is also a scrapbook from Goldie Goldstein and Gilbert Gaines.


  • Creation: 1923 - 2011


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Ralph Goldstein (1 July, 1892 - 11 August, 1973) and Goldie Janowsky Goldstein (15 March, 1901 - 17 December, 1991) were married in San Diego in 1925 and had one son, Gilbert Gaines (23 October, 1926 - 22 September, 2010). Ralph, a native of Chicago, was a World War I Army veteran and a member of the Jewish War Veterans Association. Ralph worked in the tire-retreading business and owned a gas station at the corner of 30th Street and A Street in San Diego. Goldie was a housewife and was very active in the Birdie Stodel Chapter of B'nai B'rith Women. The Goldsteins owned acreage east of San Diego State College, an area then called Montezuma Heights, on which they had a chicken farm. They donated the land for Montezuma Road to the City of San Diego and the rest of the land was subdivided for housing.


1.2 Linear Feet (One records carton and one flat file. )

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Custodial History

Gerri Brech donated this collection to the Jewish Historical Society of San Diego after the death of her cousin, geologist Gilbert Gaines, who collected the materials about his parents (JHSSD #2012.01). Ralph and Goldie Janowsky Goldstein were Gerri Brech's great uncle and aunt. Ralph Goldstein was the brother of Brech's grandfather, Meyer, and Goldie was the sister of Gerri Brech's grandmother, Anna. Sisters Anna Janowsky and Goldie Janowsky married brothers Meyer Goldstein and Ralph Goldstein, respectively.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Jewish Historical Society of San Diego transferred this collection to Special Collections & University Archives in October 2021.


October 2021

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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San Diego CA 92182-8050 US