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Robert Wolfers Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 1312 / MF 525

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains extensive personal documents including correspondence and biographical material, of members of the Wolfers family from the early 19th century until mid 20th century. There is also significant documentation concerning the Berlin road construction firm of the Wolfers in the early 20th century.

Most of the folders in Series I contain genealogical documents including birth, marriage, death certificates and testaments relating to the individuals in the folder name. Folder 3 contains letters from such prominent figures as Hermann Struck, Otto Gebühr, Hans Goslar. Two etchings by Hermann Struck are also included and a certificate with medal which Flora Wolfers received for her volunteer service as a nurse during war-time.

The printed family tree in folder 4 entitled "Stammbaum der Familien Itzig und Feibes," edited by J. Feibes and published in Munich in 1887 includes family names: Itzig, Mathe, Alsberg, Harff, Romberg, Weyl, Grünebaum, Moses, Blumenfeld, Rothschild, Joseph, Ascher, Rosenstein, Wolfers, Cramer, Beerman, Lewin, Hertz, Löwenstein, Hamburger, Stern, Feibes, Wolf, Rosenbaum, Flechtheim, Ransohoff, Schwabe, Steinberg, Reifenberg, Gaudchaux, Egers, Sutheim, Jonas, Aschaffenburg, KOenigsberger, Goldschmidt, Ems, Frank, Abel, Hirschland, Katzenstein, Heidenheim, Heymann, Bielefeld, Rosenberger, Stein, Schönbeck, Kaufmann, Cohen, Paradies, Heilbrunn, Arnold, Bing, Abraham, Levi, Levison, Mey.

The Gustav Stresemann material in folder 11 includes a postcard to Max Reiner (a Wolfers relative) and draft of a speech. The letters of Robert Wolfers to LBI in folder 9 provide outlines of family history including genealogical information.

Dates

  • 1811-1968

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, French.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Philip Wolff Wolfers (? - 1848) was the father of Jacob Philipp Wolfers (1803-1878) and Julius Wolfers (1822-1896) (additional children as well). Jacob Philipp Wolfers became a well-known astronomist and corresponded with, amongst others, Alexander von Humboldt. Julius married Flora Blumenfeld (1826-1910) of Osnabrück and managed a store in Minden. They had several children, including Richard (1854-1925) who married Bertha Harff (c. 1857-1940). Richard was partial owner of a road construction company in Berlin. His son, Robert (1884-1968) , took over the company business upon the death of his father. Robert was one of 7 children, some of whom emigrated during the 1930s and some of whom were killed in concentration camps. Robert, his wife Lilly, and daughter Ruth (1936-2001) emigrated to the United States separately, Robert arrived last in 1940.

Extent

0.50 Linear Feet

Abstract

The collection contains extensive personal documents including correspondence and biographical material, of members of the Wolfers family from the early 19th century until mid 20th century. There is also significant documentation concerning the Berlin road construction firm of the Wolfers in the early 20th century.

Other Finding Aid

The original German language catalogue cards are in folder 1.

Microfilm

Microfilm [MF 525] only: Correspondence between Jacob Philipp Wolfers and Alexander von Humboldt. Articles or excerpts of articles by Dr. J. P. Wolfers

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.
Title
Guide to the Robert Wolfers Family Collection, 1811-1968  AR 1312 / MF 525
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Julie Dawson
Date
© 2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • April 12, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States