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William Strauss Collection

Identifier: AR 7178 / MF 1026

Scope and Content Note

This collection mainly contains research material about genealogy and banking, such as articles, newspaper clippings and correspondence concerning William Strauss’s research. It also contains the articles William Strauss wrote mostly about banking and other economical subjects.

In the late 1950s, Strauss was commissioned by the LBI to write a history of the Mendelssohn banking house. Although the history was never written, the collection includes correspondence on the proposal work, working notes and clippings. William Strauss also did some genealogical research while his intention was to prove relations between his family branch and those of famous Jews.


  • Creation: 1818-1971
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1930-1962


Language of Materials

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

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

William (Wilhelm) Straus was born in Hanover in 1904. After obtaining his doctorate in economics in 1925, with a dissertation entitled” Die Konzentrationsbewegung im deutschen Bankgewerbe”, he worked in banking until his emigration to the U.S. in 1939. In the U.S., he worked as an investment analyst until his retirement. Strauss died in 1971 in California.


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This collection contains the papers of banker William Strauss. It includes his correspondence, a large amount of newspaper clippings, family trees, and research material pertaining to the Mendelssohn banking house.


This collection is divided into three series, two of those again into two subseries. The first series includes genealogical material, the second his works and the the third his research material.


Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 1026).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/6
  2. Reel 2: 1/7-1/13
  3. Reel 3: 1/14-1/25

Related Material

The LBI archive provides a large amount of material concerning the Mendelssohn family like the Mendelssohn & Co. Banking House Collection (MF 379), the Moses Mendelssohn Collection (AR 6783) and the Mendelssohn Family Collection (AR 7156).

Separated Material

This collection contained photocopies from the book Geschichte der Familie Horowitz by Bernhard Friedberg which is in the LBI library (BM 755 H67 F7 1928). The collection also contained copies of extracts from the book Schem Olam by Zevi Lavar; the YIVO institute provides a copy of it (Call number 15674).

Guide to the Papers of William Strauss (1904-1971) 1818-1971 AR 7178 / MF 1026
Processed by Katharina Hoffmann
© 2009
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from WilliamStrauss.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 05, 2015 : 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