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Carol Davidson Baird Collection

Identifier: AR 10302

Scope and Content Note

The Carol Davidson Baird Papers are arranged in three series and include copies of certificates, correspondence, family trees and photographs. The folders are kept in their original order.

Series I contains papers on the Wachsmann family. It includes photos and copies of photos of five generations of the Wachsmann family: 5th generation Mendel Wachsmann and Pauline Riokovvsky, 4th generation Samuel Wachsmann, third generation Otto (1870-1940), and Rosalie Wachsmann (1866-1949), second generation Franz (1906-1967) and Alice Wachsmann (1905-1957) and first generation John Wachsmann (1940).

Series II contains papers on the Heilborn/ Karliner/ Wachsmann family. Elfriede Wachsmann was born on August 20, 1896. She was called “Frieda” and married Marcus Karliner on July 12, 1938. They both arrived in the United States on August 26, 1940. Moritz Karliner (1863-1945) and Henriette Karliner (née Heilborn) (1873-1945) were the parents of Marcus Karliner. The series also includes documents on Rosa Karliner Loewenstein, her daughter Rita Loewenstein and her mother Hedwig Karliner (née Heilborn).

Series III contains papers on the Davidsohn family and their direct and ancillary ancestors. The series includes documents of Eva Karliner, her sister Ilse and her future husband Ernst Davidsohn. The Series also holds the family tree of the Baird and Davidsohn family going back to the 14th generation of both families.


  • 1755-2002
  • Majority of material found within 1918-1988


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.

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

Carol Davidson Baird, born on September 11, 1945 in Los Angeles, collected material concerning her family history. The collected papers contain material about various families, for example the Wachsmann, Karliner, Perl, Heilborn and Davidsohn-families.

The Wachsmann family came originally from Silesia (now in Poland). A part of the Wachsmann family moved to the United States. Otto Wachsmann, his wife Rosalie Perl Wachsmann and their son Franz Wachsmann together with his wife Alice came to California in 1934. They changed their name to Waxman. Franz Waxman became a famous pianist in the United States. His sister Frieda (1896-1988) and her husband Marcus Karliner also fled to the United States in 1940. Marcus Karliner’s parents Moritz Karliner and Henriette Karliner (née Heilborn) did not leave Germany. They both died on May 8, 1945. Marcus and Frieda Karliner had two daughters, Eva and Ilse. While Ilse was married to Leon Green, Eva married Ernst Davidsohn, and they had a daughter, Carol Joan Davidson.


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The Carol Davidson Baird Papers contain documentation of her family history. The collection includes copies of photographs, certificates and letters of various family members since 1862. It also contains genealogical charts reaching back to the 15th century.

Related Material

The Wachsmann Family is also mentioned in the Evelyn Pearl Family Collection, which is also held by the LBI Archive, New York. (AR 6292).

The Karliner Family is also mentioned in the Max Weinstein and Karliner Family Collection (AR 25513), which is also held by the LBI Archive, New York.

The Goldschmidt Family Collection is also held by the LBI Archive, New York. (AR 25452).

The Katz Family tree is also held by the LBI Archive, New York (AR 6480).

The Toczek Family Collection is also held by the LBI Archive, New York (AR 4763).

The Moses Family Collection (Beerfelden) is held by the LBI Archive, New York (AR 11374).

The Beuthner Family Collection can also be found in the LBI Archive, New York (AR 3551).

Processing Information

The collection has been split into four series pertaining to the different families. Items were kept in the original order.

Guide to the Papers of Carol Davidson Baird 1755-2002 AR 10302
Processed by Anna Corsten
© 2014
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from CarolDavidsonBaird.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 2015:: 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