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Salier Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25792

Scope and Content Note

The Salier Family Collection contains papers of the Salier family of Germany as well as papers of members of related families. Most of the papers are those of the lawyer George Salier, his father Felix, and brother Max. Papers of his wife, Friederike Salier née Alexander are also prominent. The Lehmann and Lipmann families were related to the Alexander family, and papers of these family members are also featured in this collection. The collection consists primarily of official, educational, and professional documents of family members, along with a small amount of family correspondence, a few photographs, family writing, newspaper clippings and articles, a cookbook, and a friendship album.

Papers of members of the Salier family comprise the bulk of this collection. Most of their papers will be found in Series I, which includes many of their official documents, such as birth, marriage, and citizenship certificates, as well as educational and professional certificates; many of the latter especially relate to George Salier's legal profession and Max Salier's education in the carpentry trade. A narrative about the escape of George Salier's family from Nazi Germany is also present, as is some information on the Jewish community of Gondelsheim, where family members lived who were related to Eva Salier née Hellendag and the Dreyfuss family. A small amount of family correspondence will be found in Series II, largely correspondence of George Salier. In Series III, which holds the books and albums of the collection, are a family cookbook and Max Salier's friendship album.

Documents that pertain to the Lipmann and Lehmann families are also present throughout the collection. Series I includes documents of the Lipmann family. Among these are family letters, photographs, and a last will written by Abraham Lipmann to advise his children on their piety and moral behaviors. Lehmann family papers will be found in Series II and III. Series II includes official documents of members of the Lehmann family, including some of Friederike Salier's sister Margarete Lehmann and her husband. A diary of the couple and their children is included in Series III, and holds skits, speeches, poems, and a letter for the family.


  • Creation: 1769, 1825-2018


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German and English, with small amounts of Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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 are restrictions on two letters in the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Wilhelm Salier was born in Berlin in 1818, and married Fanny Hirschberg. Their son, the businessman Felix Salier, was born in Berlin in 1850 and married Bertha Sussmann; the couple had three children: Georg, Fanny, and Max.

Georg Salier received his doctorate in law from the University of Rostock in 1903. After passing his state exams, in 1907 he was named court assessor in Berlin. On December 10, 1911 he married Friederike Alexander, also called Frieda or Friedel. Friederike Alexander was the daughter of Julius and Helene (née Lipmann) Alexander; she had one sister, Margarete. Georg and Friederike's first son, Felix, was born in 1914, and their second son, Max, was born in 1916. Georg Salier served in World War I. In 1919 Georg Salier became a notary. In 1936 he was dismissed from his legal position.

Friederike Salier and her sister, Margarete Lehmann, counseled Georg to leave Germany. Margarete left first for Israel. By 1938 Georg and Friederike had left for Amsterdam, and their sons went to Switzerland. Eventually the family arrived in the United States. Friederike became an American citizen in 1945, Georg (who changed his name to George after immigration) in 1946. The family settled in Vineland, New Jersey, where Max Salier established a successful poultry farm.


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The Salier Family Collection holds papers of members of the Salier family as well as related families, such as the Alexander, Lipmann, and Lehmann families. The collection consists primarily of official, educational, and professional documents of family members, along with a small amount of family correspondence, a few photographs, family writing, newspaper clippings and articles, a cookbook, and a friendship album.

Other Finding Aid

An itemized list of the documents in the collection prepared by its donor is present in the final folder of the collection.

Related Material

Related is the Edward Salier Collection, AR 10708, in the LBI Archives as well as the memoir From Vienna to Vineland: A history of the Salier Family, including the ancestors and descendants of Wulff Levin Fraenkel, during the last four hundred years by Edward Salier (call number ME 1118)

Separated Material

One book was removed from the collection: Thedoor Körner's Sämtliche Werke. Handwritten notes from the book were copied and retained in the archival collection.

Processing Information

Family papers were separated into individual folders by family member or topic during processing of the archival collection. Some larger folders were further subdivided. One book was removed from the collection.


Guide to the Papers of the Salier Family 1769, 1825-2018 AR 25792
Processed by Dianne Ritchey
© 2019
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from SalierFamily.xml

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States