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Salomon Family of Friesack Collection

Identifier: AR 5020 / MF 1056

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains extensive material for a publication planned by George Salomon, called "The Salomon Family of Friesack", which he wasn't able to finish due to his death in 1981. The material compiled by George Salomon consists of genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs, maps, books, correspondence and newspaper publications and was divided by him into three parts, each with subdivisions. The collection was catalogued accordingly. Series I holds George's actual research notes, while Series II contains the source material on which his research notes are based. In Series III it is documented which research institution and sources he used.

To many sections George Salomon wrote helpful "Introductory Remarks" of different length, giving background information and explanations as to how he conducted the research. For his writings as well as for the family trees he composed, he used light-blue paper so that they can easily be recognized.

In addition, the collection comprises writings by George Salomon's ancestors Dr. Georg Anton Salomon, Fritz Salomon, Richard Cohn, and Richard Georg Salomon of which most are pertaining to topics connected to George Salomon's family research.


  • Creation: 1765-1989


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 1056).

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

George Salomon was born in Hamburg on April, 23 in 1920 as the first child of the historian Richard Georg Salomon and his wife Gertrud J. Horwitz. In 1937 he graduated from high school with his Abitur at the Johanneum Hamburg.

In 1938 the family immigrated to the U.S. where George studied at Swarthmore College from 1937 to 1940 and in 1938 he became co-founder of a fund for refugee students. From 1940 onwards, he created graphical works in New York's printing industry (Druckgewerbe) and in 1947 he became a graphic designer. Between 1957 and 1959 George worked for the N.Y.C. Transit Authority and designed the first diagram-card for the subway system of New York. From 1960 to 1962 he worked as a journalist for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and in 1966 he became a member of the Association of Jewish Community Relations Workers and of the LBI.

George Salomon died on May 8, 1981 in Great Neck, N.Y, leaving behind his wife Mathilde Norah Loewen, a qualified fashion designer and teacher in applied arts and their children, Frank, born in 1946 and Richard, born in 1948.


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This collection comprises George Salomon's material for the planned publication "The Salomon Family of Friesack" which he did not finish before his death in 1981. The material is composed of genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs, maps, books, correspondence and newspaper publications as well as of writings by ancestors of George Salomon. The collection provides extensive genealogical information on the Salomon family as well as information on Friesack, a town at the western border of Brandenburg.


Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 1056).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 2/1
  2. Reel 2: 2/2 - 2/4

Related Material

The LBI Library also holds:

  1. Aus den Avignon-Akten des Hamburgischen Staatsarchives, by George Salomon's father Richard Salomon, CD 1375 H3 S25
  2. Opicinus de Canistris; Weltbild und Bekenntnisse eines Avignonesischen Klerikers des 14 Jahrhunderts, by Richard Salomon, N 7952 O_6 S3
  3. Rat und Domkapitel von Hamburg um die Mitte des 14 Jahrhunderts, by Richard Salomon, DD 901 H22 S3 v. 1
  4. Richard Salomon, 1884-1966, D 15 S25 A4
  5. Georg Salomon; Ein Blatt der Erinnerung fuer seine Freunde, DS 135 G5 S26
  6. "Wer ist John Maynard?" Fontanes tapferer Steuermann und sein amerikanisches Vorbild, by George Salomon, PT 1863 Z78

The LBI Archives also hold:

  1. Photographs from the Salomon Family, Friesack Collection, F AR 5020
  2. Photographs: Views of town and cemetery; Friesack, Brandenburg (Germany), ALB 168
  3. Richard G. Salomon Collection, AR 3862
  4. Ferientage in Friesack, by Georg Salomon, ME 551a
  5. A Stranger's Diary, by George Salomon, ME 552
  6. Jugend-Erinnerungen, by George Salomon, ME 551b

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

The material was arranged according to the divisions made by George Salomon. Further folders have been added.

Guide to the Papers of the Salomon Family of Friesack 1765-1989 AR 5020 / MF 1056
Processed by Sophia Nacke
© 2010
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from SalomonFamilyFriesack.xml

Revision Statements

  • March 2011: 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