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Friedrich Bill Collection

Identifier: AR 7059

Scope and Content Note

This collection focuses on the work of the Czech journalist Friedrich Bill. Prominent among the papers here are his writings in the form of newspaper clippings. In addition, the collection also holds a few personal documents and some files on specific topics.

The small amount of personal documents available in this collection are located in Series I. These papers consist of photographs, a Masonic medal, and a letter, in addition to biographical essays. Correspondence with the writer Johannes Urzidil will be found among the subject files in Series III.

Examples of Friedrich Bill's written work will be found in every series of this collection. Series I includes some typed pages of biographical essays, which may be excerpts or drafts of his handwritten memoirs. Series II holds the bulk of his writing, consisting mainly of his many newspaper articles but also including some poetry reflecting on the aftermath of World War I. The articles found in Series II discuss numerous social, political, and cultural topics; prominent subjects include human rights, socialism, and societal problems. Although Series III consists primarily of subject files on several topics, articles by Bill will be found among the clippings located here, specifically those pertaining to graphology and his friend Johannes Urzidil.

Information on places where Freidrich Urzidil resided, including Brno, Prague, and Ecuador, will be found in the subject files of Series III. Included among these documents are postcards of the areas, as well as clippings relating generally to the localities.


  • 1906-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1960


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Spanish, and Czech.

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 Prossnitz, Austria-Hungary (now Prostejov, Czech Republic) in January 1894, Friedrich Bill was a lawyer and journalist, and was active in the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) and vice-president of the Czech League for Human Rights. He lived for a time in Brno and Prague before emigrating to Ecuador in 1940. He came to the United States in 1951, and died in New York City on October 26, 1976.


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This collection holds the papers of the Czech journalist Friedrich Bill. Focusing primarily on his writing, the records include numerous newspaper clippings of his published work. In addition, the collection contains articles on the cities of Brno and Prague and the country of Ecuador. There are also postcards, a small amount of personal correspondence, and a Masonic medal from Prague.

Separated Material

Friedrich Bill's handwritten memoirs have been removed to the Memoir Collection (ME 754).

Processing Information

The collection was formerly arranged in a previous paper finding aid, upon which the current arrangement is primarily based. In preparation for the creation of the EAD finding aid, documents were placed in acid-free folders. Documents in large, overfilled folders in Series II and III were separated by chronological date or topic.

Guide to the Papers of Friedrich Bill (1894-1976) 1906-1972 (bulk 1920-1960) AR 7059
Processed by Leo Baeck Institute Staff and Dianne Oummia
© 2007
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from FriedrichBill.xml

Revision Statements

  • February 13, 2012 : 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