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Jacobi-Schlossberg Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: P-705

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Jacobi-Schlossberg Family Papers comprises personal papers in the form of journals, baby books, wedding albums and correspondence kept by four generations of women in the Jacobi-Schlossberg family.

The collection is rich in genealogical content and is valuable for researchers studying the social and daily life of women in the late 19th and 20th centuries and Jewish life in Montgomery, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; New York; and Roanoke, Virginia. The collection is particularly strong in regards to marriage, raising and educating of children, college life, and personal journals. Deda Schlossberg Miller donated the material and included explanatory notes throughout the collection.

This collection also includes a sterling silver card case given to Freda Moritz Jacobi by her husband and mentioned in the Trousseau book; an original etching of the Jacobi home on Long Island in Woodmere, New York, as described in Freda Moritz Jacobi's diary; and a sterling coffee pot and creamer belonging to Deda Schlossberg Miller's great, great maternal grandmother. In addition there is a lace baby dress made by Louisiana nuns for the Brit Milah of Harold Jacobi in 1884, with his silver baby cup.

Dates

  • 1870-2000

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, Yiddish, and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at mmeyers@ajhs.org.

For reference questions, please email: inquiries@cjh.org

Biographical Note

Four generations of women are represented in this collection: Sarah Simon Jacobi, Freda Moritz Jacobi, Alice Jacobi Schlossberg, and Deda Schlossberg Miller.

Sarah Simon Jacobi was born on August 16, 1857 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She married Emile Jacobi in New Orleans on January 8, 1879. SSJ and Emile had five children, all of them born in Montgomery, Alabama. Their fourth child, Harold Jacobi, was born on October 1, 1884. SSJ, who died on December 13, 1943, survived two of her sons, Harold and Sanford, who both died in 1938.

Freda Moritz Jacobi married Sarah Simon Jacobi's son Harold. Freda Moritz Jacobi was born on November 4, 1886 in Chicago, Illinois. She married Harold Jacobi in 1910 in New York, New York. Freda Moritz Jacobi and Harold had three children: Alice, Edith and Harold Jr. Freda Moritz Jacobi died when she was 52, nineteen days after her husband, on January 19, 1939 in Woodmere, Long Island, New York

Alice Jacobi Schlossberg was born on April 24, 1912 in Montgomery, Alabama, and moved with her family to New York City when she was eleven years old. In 1929 Alice Jacobi Schlossberg attended Bradford Junior College, and later, Simmons College. While at Simmons, Alice Jacobi Schlossberg met Arnold Schlossberg from Roanoke, Virginia, who was a student at Harvard College. Alice Jacobi Schlossberg and Arnold secretly eloped in 1932, and had a formal family wedding on June 24, 1933. Only Alice Jacobi Schlossberg's sister Edith, knew about their elopement. Alice Jacobi Schlossberg and Arnold moved to Roanoke, Virginia in 1940 with their three children: Nancy, Arnold Jr., and Deda. Alice worked as a probation officer at the Juvenile Court in Roanoke for approximately ten years beginning in 1946. Alice Jacobi Schlossberg died on December 15, 1987 in Sarasota, Florida.

Deda Schlossberg Miller, was born Freda Harol Schlossberg in New York City in 1940, and moved to Roanoke, Virginia the same year. She was named after her maternal grandmother and grandfather. In 1961, Deda Schlossberg Miller married Roger E. Miller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Deda Schlossberg Miller and Roger have two sons: Kenneth David Miller and Ross Eric Miller. In 1976 Deda Schlossberg Miller received a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California.

Extent

6.7 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 20"x16"x1½" oversized flat box, 1 24"x20"x1½" oversized flat box)

Abstract

Collection consists of personal papers of the Jacobi-Schlossberg family, specifically of papers belonging to Sarah Simon Jacobi, Freda Moritz Jacobi, Alice Jacobi Schlossberg, and Deda Schlossberg Miller. Papers include correspondence between Freda and Harold Jacobi, and between Alice and Arnold Schlossberg, as well as baby books, journals, report cards, photo albums, and a videotape. The collection also includes genealogical information on the family and family photographs.

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into five series reflecting the four generations of women represented in this collection:
  1. Series I: Sarah Simon Jacobi (1857-1943), undated, 1870, 1874, 1879-1962, 1976
  2. Series II: Freda Moritz Jacobi (1886-1939), undated, 1879-1939
  3. Series III: Alice Jacobi Schlossberg (1912-1987), undated, 1912-1939
  4. Series IV: Deda Schlossberg Miller (1940- ), undated, 1908-1989, 2000
  5. Series V: Museum Objects, 1857; circa 1884

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Provenance

The Society acquired the collection through three accessions (1998.005, 1998.006, 1999.005, 1999.009, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2013) all donated by Deda Schlossberg Miller.

Related Material

Information about Arnold Schlossberg Jr., Deda's brother who died in 1994, can be found at the Virginia Military Institute Archives, Preston Library, Lexington VA 24450, and The Virginia Military Institute Museum, Jackson Memorial Hall, Lexington VA 24450. He served thirty-three years in the United States Army, and retired in 1991 as a Major General.

Digitized copies of selected photographs from the Jacobi-Schlossberg Family papers may be found here: http://digital.cjh.org/R/?func=collections-result&collection_id=1638

Separated Material

This collection also includes a sterling silver card case given to Freda Moritz Jacobi by her husband and mentioned in the Trousseau book; an original etching of the Jacobi home on Long Island in Woodmere, New York, as described in Freda Moritz Jacobi's diary; a sterling coffee pot and creamer belonging to Deda Schlossberg Miller's great, great maternal grandmother; and a "christening dress" made by Louisiana nuns for the Brit Milah of Harold Jacobi in 1884, with his silver baby cup. For more information on these items, see the Museum Curator.
Title
Guide to the Papers of the Jacobi-Schlossberg Family, undated, 1874-2000 P-705
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Rachel A. Wise
Date
© October 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Processing and preservation of this collection were funded through a generous gift from Deda Schlossberg Miller and Roger E. Miller.
Edition statement
This version was derived from JacobiSchlossberg02.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 2004.: Converted to ead 2002. Revised as JacobiSchlossberg02.xml by Dianne Ritchey Oummia. Removed deprecated elements and attributes, updated repository codes, added language codes, changed doctype declaration, etc.
  • April 2005.: Removed boilerplate entities and updated the Descriptive Summary. Tanya Elder.
  • April 22, 2005.: Photograph of four generations of the Jacobi-Schlossberg family added by Tanya Elder.
  • February 2015: The collection was partially reprocessed and the MS-Word finding aid was revised and updated by Adina Anflick. The electronic finding aid was updated by Marvin Rusinek to reflect these changes. In May 2013, items were added to the collection and changes made to the finding aid by Susan Malbin. Christine McEvilly updated the EAD record to reflect these changes. Small accession added by Christine McEvilly <date normal="2015-02">February 2015</date>.
  • June 28, 2015: Links to digitized photographs added.
  • September 7, 2018.: Added two museum objects to collection and finding aid. Tanya Elder
  • October 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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