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Irene E. Newhouse Collection

Identifier: AR 10479 / MF 1002

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes the research material that Irene Newhouse used to connect several family branches to her own. The most significant branches are those of the Morgenstern, Bauer Asch and Wilde family. Dr. Georg Wilde was a rabbi in Breslau where many of the researched families are from. Other families have their origin in Western Germany, in Hamburg, Hanover and Lower Saxony.

Research material in Series III holds material on many of the families that are mentioned in Series II, as well as older branches of the family. Series III also contains information about Jewish genealogy and history in the areas of Silesia and Prussia. Series I documents Irene Newhouse's process of gathering genealogical information.

Series I preserves the correspondence she had with people from several cemeteries, communities and other institutions. There are also translations of material concerning Jewish communities in Silesia and Prussia, in present-day Poland.

Series II holds the largest amount of material in the collection. Included are family trees and copies of death certificates from Jewish (or other) cemeteries, often together with a map of a graveyard. Other folders of this series hold research material on family branches or particular members of relevant families such as the Bauer, Morgenstern and the Goldschmidt family.

Series III contains research material about Jewish communities in Silesia/Prussia, in particular Breslau, as well as information about the community in Hanover and the surrounding area.

Series IV contains documents added to the collection at a later date. Most of this series consists of papers of family members, or of individuals connected to them. Included are papers of members of the Honigmann family and of Alfred Schueler.


  • Creation: 1932-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1980-2002


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, Polish, Hebrew, and Danish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers, with the following exception: a letter written by Clara Morgenstern Roth on March 1, 1942, in the Jewish Hospital in Berlin, Germany remains closed until 2048.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 1002). Microfilm is closed to the public (due to the inclusion of the aforementioned letter) until 2048. Please use the digital version of the collection, which does not include the letter, or use the original documents.

Access Information

Collection has been 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 "Request" 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


Biographical Note

Irene E. Newhouse was born 15 April 1951, in New York City. She has six degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, all of them in chemistry. She works in computational bio-medical research. When her father's cousin died in 1989, she left her family several hundred photos, nearly all of which are unlabeled. That was when she started the research on her family. She decided to document everything she could, before more information was irretrievably lost. She started with her mother's family, where there was more information.


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This collection contains research material on the genealogy of Irene Newhouse's ancestors, including members of the Morgenstern, Honigman, and Goldschmidt families and others, mainly from Prussia (in particular, Breslau). It includes as well the correspondence she had with cemeteries, communities and other institutions for her research as well as the family trees she found or made herself.


The collection is arranged in three series in the following manner:

Related Material

The LBI maintains Irene Newhouse’s manuscripts “Breslau Families”

Separated Material

The research material included copies of extracts from books that are in the LBI library. These include the following: the complete book SS Dachau (call number: DD 253.6 S77); and selected extracts from: Die Familie Ballin by Oscar Ballin (CS 629 B343 B3), Friedrich der Große und der Waad Arba Arazoth by Bernhard Brilling (BM 42 B764), Genealogische Studien über die alten jüdischen Familien Hannovers by Selig Gronemann (CS 627 H3 G7), Altschlesische Judenfriedhöfe by Alfred Grotte (GT 3250 B7 G7), Einmal und nie wieder by Theodor Lessing (B 3286 L4 A2 1969), Die Stieglitz aus Arolsen by Bodo von Maydell (CS 629 S77 M3) and the family trees from Forgotten Fragments of the History of an Old Jewish Family by Louis Fraenkel (st 36). There is a more precise description (bibliography) in Box 1, Folder 5.

Some publications with writings by Clara Roth were removed from Series IV to the LBI Library during the collection's processing, with copies of titled pages of the works retained in the series. Publications with articles about the work of the artist Erich M. Simon were removed as well, with copies of the articles retained in the series.

Processing Information

Prior to processing, the collection was primarily unorganized. Some of the material had been loosely organized by both families and individuals. Folders contain copies of genealogies and photocopies of encyclopedia entries about various individuals. The genealogies are now in Box 1, Folder 5 “Family trees, Certificates of Death” and the material on individuals is now organized alphabetically by name with a precise list in Folder 11.

In June 2018 a new series of documents was added to the collection, Series IV: Addenda.

Guide to the Papers of Irene E. Newhouse (1951 - ) 1932-2008 AR 10479 / MF 1002
Processed by Katharina Hoffmann
© 2009
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from IreneNewhouse.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 22, 2010:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • June 27, 2018:: Series IV: Addenda added to collection by Dianne Ritchey.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States