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Waller Family Collection

Identifier: AR 6456

Scope and Content Note

The Waller Family Collection contains Lew Franciszek de WR Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz's genealogical research on the Waller and Baer families, including many branches of these and related families and their descendants. Most of the collection is composed of Lew Franciszek de WR Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz's genealogical correspondence with archives, his notes and family trees and photocopies of historical documents of family members, especially copies of birth, death and marriage records. Some correspondence with family members during the course of the research is also present, as are photographs of gravestones and family members. The collection's arrangement is based upon the original organization observed in the collection.

Series I consists of the genealogical research of the Waller family of Großkrotzenburg, Germany and family branches that descended from it, including the Mannheimer, Blum, Reinhard and Albrecht families. This series includes information on the Großkrotzenburg Jewish cemetery. Series II relates to the Baer family of Poland and Saxony and its descendants. The final series holds research on other branches of the family, most of whom are more distantly related to the Waller family of Series I.

In addition to the Waller and Baer families, families most prominently featured here include the Albrecht, Bleichröder, Hirsch, Mannheimer, Meyerbeer, Beer, Richter and Rosenthal families.


  • 1824-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1979-2002


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, with small amounts of Polish 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

The Waller Family of Großkrotzenburg descended from the wine merchant Salomon Waller, born in 1780 or 1781 in Großkrotzenburg, Germany. His wife was named Rifka or Rebekka née Appel, born in Birstein, Germany in 1784. They had nine children: Joseph (1806), Sara (1809), Reiz (1810), Simon (1811), Jessel (1814), Mannasen (1815), Löb (1820), Serge (1816) and Reßgen (1820).

The Albrecht and Reinhard families were related to the Wallers through the marriage of Jessel and Eva (née Hirsch) Waller's daughters Jette and Karoline. Jette married David Albrecht and Karoline married into the Reinhard family.

Leib Baer lived in Witkowo (Poland) around 1780. He had a son, Heimann who lived in Mielzyn (Poland), Witkowo, and Wrzśenia (Poland). Heimann Baer married Jette Hösch; they had five children: Johanna (born 1835), Johanna (born 1841), Eva (born 1844), Bernhard (born 1847) and Minna (born 1851). The elder Johanna married Michael Wrzeschinski, the younger Johanna married Juda Feuerstein, Eva married Samuel Rosenthal and Minna married Isaak Posener. Eva and Samual Rosenthal had a son, Leopold, who went to New York City. In 1902 he married Eva Waller, originally from Großkrotzenburg, the daughter of Solomon and Hannah (née Mannheimer) Waller.

Johanna and Juda Feuerstein had a son named Martin. Minna and Isaak Posener had a daughter, Margarethe who married Josef Lenczynski in 1910.


0.5 Linear Feet


The Waller Family Collection contains genealogical research on the Waller, Baer and other related families. It includes research correspondence, notes, photocopied historical records of family members, family trees, and photographs.

Related Material

Several families are mentioned in this collection and the LBI Archives hold collections on some of them. The following collections hold material on families mentioned here:

  1. Beer-Meyerbeer Family Collection [AR 3185]
  2. Gerson von Bleichroeder Family Collection [AR 25234]
  3. Bleichroeder Family Collection [AR 6410]

Related may also be the following book in the LBI Library:

  1. Juden, Buerger, Berliner: das Gedaechtnis der Familie Beer - Meyerbeer - Richter; [Begleitbuch zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Maerkischen Museum, Berlin, 19. Maerz-12. Juni 2004; Kuratorium der Hans- und Luise-Richter-Stiftung] [st 2661]

Processing Information

The collection was processed in May 2013 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. Series were created based upon the already established order of the collection and folders were left in their original order. One folder of material on Jette Albrecht and Karolina Bernhard was moved from the Baer Family material of Series II to the Waller Family material of Series I.

Guide to the Waller Family Collection 1824-2002 AR 6456
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2013
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from WallerFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 14, 2015 : 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