David Michael Bronstein was born in the Ukraine in 1880 and learned the tailoring trade from his father. He immigrated to the United States in 1900 and found work making ladies' clothing in Boston. In 1907, Bronstein moved to Berkeley, California, where he operated a tailoring business that served some of Berkeley's most prominent men. He opened his first shop on Allston Way and then became an associate of the firm Nish and McNeil. In the 1920s, Bronstein established a partnership with local tailor Fred Miller. He married Riva Felix of San Francisco in 1911 and together they had three daughters.
The collection contains: marriage documents; photographs, including some of the Oakland Chapter of the Workmen's Circle (1928 and 1931); biographical materials; testimonials to Riva Bronstein; newspaper clippings; and a copy of a history of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Berkeley Hebrew Center and Beth Israel Congregation, written by Dorothy Bronstein Thorne, Gertrude Bronstein Ellis, and Miriam Bronstein Sachs (not dated).