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Morgenthau Family Collection

Identifier: AR 4980

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains genealogical data, official documents, and a diary.


  • 1839-1968


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

Lazarus Morgenthau was born in Kleinwallstadt, Bavaria in 1815. His father, Moses, was born in Gleusdorf ("Kleisdorf") in 1773. Lazarus became a tailor and married Babette Guggenheim (born 1826) of Hürben in 1920. Later he developed a successful business in cravattes which he sold at fairs. A younger brother, Mengo, went to San Francisco in 1850 and sent back funds for the establishment of a cigar manufacturing business for export to the United States. Lazarus moved to Ludwigshaven and eventually to Manheim where his son Heinrich (Henry) was born. The cigar business prospered until the US imposed a high tariff on cigars. Lazarus made various attemps to find other markets and other enterprises, but none proved successful. In 1866 the entire family migrated permanently to New York.


3 Folders


This collection contains genealogical data, official documents, and a diary.

Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.


Some photocopies in this collection are of poor quality

Guide to the Morgenthau Family Collection, 1839-1968  AR 4980
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 20, 2014:: 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