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Henry Heinrich Otto Berolzheimer Collection

Identifier: AR 25020

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged in three series and holds papers regarding Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer. Series I holds personal and business papers of Heinrich Otto and Getti Berolzheimer as well as legal and personal correspondence. Prominent in this series is the vast amount of documents regarding real estate issues. While the Berolzheimers seemed to have been involved in different real estate projects, it is particularly one project in Des Moines, Iowa, to which most of the documents relate.

Series II contains papers from Ruth Berolzheimer's genealogical research. Ruth maintained an intense correspondence with various people carrying the surname Berolzheimer and inquired about their relation to her family.

Series III comprises various documents and other material that is related to the Berolzheimer family as well as photographs from the Berolzheimer and Brandeis families.


  • 1785-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1887-1979


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, 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

Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer was born in 1848 in Nuremberg to Heinrich and Theresa (née Brandeis) Berolzheimer. In 1867 he obtained a passport and an exit permit to North America. 1869-1870 Heinrich Otto Berolzheimer spent some time in Paris. He was granted U.S. citizenship on March 3rd, 1876, as Henry Berolzheimer. In 1885 he married Getti (or Jetti) Salomon, who was born in Keokuk, Iowa. According to a U.S. census from 1910, Henry and Getti had four children, Ruth (born in 1889), Milton (born in 1890), Howard (born in 1897) and Leon (born in 1898). Henry was involved in various business projects, e.g. food import from Haiti, real estate and dry goods. He died in 1917. Please note: Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer, must not be confused with Heinrich Berolzheimer, Kommerzienrat from Fuerth, founder of the Eagle Pencil Company.

Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer's daughter, Ruth Berolzheimer, was a superintendent at the Jewish Home Finding Society of Chicago and a keen genealogist.


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This collection holds documents, correspondence and some visual material related to Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer and his family. Prominent issues are the real estate business and genealogy. The papers in this collection form a heterogeneous corpus of official and legal papers as well as personal and genealogical correspondence.

Related Material

The Leo Baeck Archive holds material closely related to this collection, i.e. the Michael Berolzheimer Collection (AR 4136 / MF 550), the Emile Albert Berol Collection (AR 6824), the Fuerth; Jewish Community Collection (AR 994) and several digitized visual items.

Separated Material

Two prayer books were removed to the LBI Library, i.e. a) A Mahzor prayerbook for the holidyas of Sukkot, Pessach, Shavuot, Volume 2, London, 1785; b) A Prayerbook for Tisha b'av, 1826. Copies of the handwritten notes in both books remain in the collection and can be found in Box 1, Folder 4.

Processing Information

Several oversized documents, such as a Heimatschein for Heinrich Otto Berolzheimer, a visa for Haiti, geographical documents about the loci of the real estate property and a few fiscal and business documents from Series I were placed in an oversize folder. Two newspaper clippings, most likely related to genealogical research, were removed from Series II and placed in an oversize folder.

Guide to the Papers of Henry (Heinrich Otto) Berolzheimer Family 1785-2006 AR 25020
Processed by Joern Esch
© 2012
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
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This version was derived from HenryBerolzheimerFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 26, 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