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Berend & Co. Collection

Identifier: AR 1571

Scope and Content Note

The Berend & Co. Collection consists of official correspondences and family papers.

The first series contains about 280 original letters from about 60 senders, mostly people in high social or government positions, like i.e. the imperial Russian Minister David von Alopeus (Diplomat). Most of the correspondence concerns business matters or petitions for loans. One will also find a few bank checks, newspaper clippings, and three issues of the French newspaper Bulletin des Halles from 1878.

In Series II one finds documents of the Berend family. Documents include birth certificates, military documents, correspondence, protection papers, royal recognitions, academic documents, and other material.

The material in the collection predominantly centers around Herz Berend, the son of Samuel Bacher Berend, but other Berend family members are also mentioned in the collection. The connection of some people mentioned in the papers to the Berend family is sometimes unclear.


  • Creation: 1769-1855
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1830s


Language of Materials

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

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Reserve" button.

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


Historical Note

The banking firm of Berend & Co. was founded in Potsdam by the brothers Samuel Bacher Berend and Lewin (Louis) Bacher Berend who had come to Potsdam in 1786. During the war years of 1812-13 the firm moved to Berlin. In 1818 it turned from banking to sugar refining with which it continued until 1850. The firm was dissolved in 1880.


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The Berend & Co. Collection holds information about the Berend & Co. banking house and later sugar refining company and the Berend family itself. Prominent topics are business matters and Samuel Bacher Berend's son Herz Berend. The collection consists of correspondence, bank checks, birth certificates, military documents, protection papers, royal recognitions, academic documents, and other certificates.


The collection has been divided into two series.

Other Finding Aid

With the collection is an item-level inventory from 1962 that still applies to the arrangement of the material now.

Processing Information

The collection's structure mostly applies to the old inventory from 1961. The folders have only been further subdivided for preservation purposes.

Guide to the Papers of Berend & Co. 1769-1855 AR 1571
Processed by Meike Bingemann
© 2012
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Berend_and_Co.xml

Revision Statements

  • November 26, 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