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Susan Seligman Collection

Identifier: AR 25618

Scope and Content Note

The materials in the Susan Seligman Collection include handwritten and typed letters, photocopies of passports, business documents and contracts, Tafellieder (table songs), books, photocopies of newspaper clippings, a telegram, a bank certificate from 1916 and school report cards.

The collection brings together a montage of different chapters from the lives of various people important to Susan Stierstadt. Barring the legal documents and letters of her restitution in Series II, she is rarely recipient or sender of the collection's correspondence. Instead, the personal documents in Series I focus on family members, like Alfred Stierstadt's letters to his wife and Harry Seligman's bar mitzvah memorabilia. Susan Seligman herself is present most strongly in her school report cards, personal correspondences focus primarily on her father Alfred Stierstadt.


  • Creation: 1875-2001
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1910-1938
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1969-1975


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English and 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


Biographical Note

Eva-Susanne Stierstadt was born in Cologne on the 25th of September 1917 to Alfred and Erna Stierstadt (née Goldschmidt). She worked in Palestine during the Nazi era. The family immigrated to the United States in 1941 and settled in New York City. Suzanne changed her name to Susan, and in 1947 married Harry Seligman.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains official documents, correspondence, bar mitzvah memorabilia (1921), ephemera, and historical documentation pertaining to the Goldschmidt-Stierstadt Family.


The collection is divided into two series in the following manner:

Related Material

For more information on Alfred Stierstadt, see the Papers of the Goldschmidt-Stierstadt Family, Witzenhausen 1835-2001. AR 164.

Processing Information

The folders were loosely organized in folders regarding the material within, the themes of which were broadly placed into the series "personal" and "restitution".

Guide to the Papers of Susan Seligman Collection 1875-2001 AR 25618
Processed by Theo McCarthy
© 2015
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from SusanSeligman.xml

Revision Statements

  • February 2016:: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States