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Thurnauer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 10362

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a postcard with genealogical information (Vienna, 1938), a genealogical table for the Thurnauer family, two photographs of the related Rudolph family (Sitka, Alaska), anda few other family items. Many of these materials revolve around the family of Josie Rudolph Thurnauer of Ludwigshöhe, who had been born into German Jewish Rudolph family in 19th century Alaska. The largest items are Josie Rudolph Thurnauer's cookbook, a pre-printed German recipe book with handwritten entries, and a short handmade Bilderbuch (picture book) dedicated to Hilde [Waring], which a contains 6 pen and watercolor drawings of humorous scenes and accompanying short poems.


  • circa 1869-1938


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

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

The parents of Josie Rudolph Thurnauer emigrated from Nuremberg to the United States in 1846. They changed their name from Monheimer to Rudolph and lived in Alaska. Josie Rudolph married Bernhard Thurnauer, they lived in Ludwigshöhe (Guntersblum), Germany. Josie Rudolph Thurnauer died in New York in 1948.


0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders.)


This collection contains correspondence, photographs, a genealogical table, a cookbook, and a handmade children's picture book pertaining to the family of Josie Rudolph Thurnauer, a German Jew born in 19th century Alaska.

Separated Material

A portrait photograph of Josie Rudolph Thurnauer has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Guide to the Thurnauer Family Collection, circa 1869-1938  AR 10362
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 20, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States