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Walther Meyer Collection

Identifier: AR 7064

Scope and Content Note

The Walther Meyer Collection contains material on the Hannover Jewish Community and genealogical research on a number of families. Series I consists of original documents, primarily official announcements relating to the Hannover Jewish community, while Series II contains the genealogical research.

Series I consists of various official decisions of the nineteenth century from religious authorities, including from Nathan Adler, Chief Rabbi of Hannover. These mention many subjects, among them those that affected the Jewish Community, such as decisions on questions of diet or burial, appeals for educational funding as well as rules for rabbis in the kingdom of Hannover or documents relating to legal or religious issues. One folder holds a few documents on the transfer of Hannover to Prussia in 1867.

The second series pertains to Walther Meyer's genealogical research of the 1930s-1940s, including numerous notes, drafts of family trees and research correspondence. Among the many families analyzed by Meyer were the Meyers, Egers, Oppenheims, Borchardts, Neufelds, Ballins, Wertheimers, and Wallachs, along with their related families. This series also includes some pages of the galley proofs of a work by Meyer on the Egers family ("Zur Geschichte der Familie Eger"); this work is also mentioned in the correspondence of this series, especially in the letters he exchanged with Arthur Czellitzer.

This collection does not contain any biographical information on Walther Meyer.


  • 1809-1977
  • Majority of material found within 1831-1939


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in German with a small amount of Hebrew and Yiddish.

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

Born in Hannover on April 15, 1890, Walther Meyer was a lawyer and genealogist. He immigrated to Luxembourg in 1939, returned to Germany in 1947, and died in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, on February 7, 1974.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection documents the genealogical research of the lawyer Walther Meyer. Among the many families mentioned here are branches of the Meyer, Eger, Oppenheimer, Borchardt, Neufeld, Ballin, Wertheimer, and Wallach families. Material on them includes many drafts of family trees as well as exchanges of genealogical research correspondence. This collection also contains official decrees and announcements pertaining to the Jewish communities of Hannover from the 1800s.

Other Finding Aid

A 3-page folder-level finding aid exists for this collection.

Related Material

The LBI Library holds three books by Walther Meyer:

  1. Zur Geschichte der Familie Eger-Gans-Gansmann [CS 527 E34 M4]
  2. Die Gefahrtragung beim bedingten Kauf [HF 5566 M4 G4]
  3. Der Braunschweiger Landesrabbiner Samuel Levi Eger (1769-1842). Auszuege aus Walter Meyers Familiengeschichte Eger, bearb. von Ralf Busch [BM 755 E36 B8]

Processing Information

The collection was partially rearranged during the reprocessing of the collection in November 2012, with much of its arrangement based on the collection's earlier 3-page inventory. Series I, which initially consisted of one large folder, was further subdivided into multiple folders following the divisions observed in the earlier inventory. These folders were arranged chronologically. The folder titles of Series II were also made more concise, and the folders arranged alphabetically by format and topic.

Guide to the Papers of Walther Meyer 1809-1977 AR 7064
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2012
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from WaltherMeyer.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 22, 2014 : 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