Carola Levy Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Carola Levy Collection holds papers of this individual as well as of her ancestors, the Levy and Feldheim families, and their forebears. The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, copies of documents of family members, and a friendship book.
Carola Levy's own papers are located in Series I and include unpublished articles as well as correspondence. Her articles relate to Martin Buber and to the Fuerstlich Leiningensches Archiv in Amorbach, Germany, archive that holds records of Jews of the region. Another work by her will be found in Series II, a recollection of the stories of her grandmother Amanda Levy. Series I also includes some articles written by others including on the history of Jews in Worms as well as on anti-Semitism and the events of the 1930s and 1940s. Her correspondence in the first series includes letters to the Leo Baeck Institute regarding her family and Else Lasker-Schüler in addition to correspondence with others on a range of other subjects.
Series II focuses on the Levy, Feldheim and other related families. Much of this series is composed of photocopied documents of family members, such as official and business documentation, wedding papers, and newspaper clippings that mentioned family members. Notable is the friendship book of an unidentified "Rosa" and a lecture on Friedrich Gernsheim given by Kurt Becker. Included in the series is also a family tree.
The following individuals and families are mentioned in this collection: Feldheim family; Gernsheim, Friedrich; Kaufmann, Ferdinand family; Lasker-Schüler, Else; Levi, Jakob; Levi, Simon; Levy family; Levy, Carola, 1893-1975; Levy, Marcus; Levy, Max; Rosenbaum, Hirsch; Rosenbaum, Philipp; Stein, Nathan; Steinheim, Salomon; Taubes, Zwi; Wisser, Richard.
- Majority of material found in 1840-1890, 1965-1975
- Kaufmann, Carola, 1893-1975 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is primarily in English, German, and Hebrew, with small amounts of Yiddish, Spanish and French.
Open to researchers.
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
Carola Levy was born in Worms in 1893, the daughter of Max and Rosa (née Feldheim) Levy. Max Levy was head of the Jewish Community in Worms. Around 1933 Carola Levy emigrated to Switzerland, where she married Ferdinand Kaufmann of Basel. They later moved to the United States. Carola Levy Kaufmann died in 1975 in New Rochelle, New York.
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The Carola Levy Collection holds the papers of Carola Levy Kaufmann as well as of the Levy and Feldheim families and related families. The collection consists of correspondence, article manuscripts, copies of family members' documents and newspaper clippings, and a friendship book.
Other Finding Aid
Twenty-two catalogue cards list each item in the collection; each item in the collection is marked with a number that corresponds to that used in the catalogue cards.
This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety with the exception of folder 2, which is only available onsite due to copyright concerns.
During processing an issue of the newspaper Der Ruf: Unabhaengige Juedische Zeitung Organ der "Messilo" was removed to the LBI Library.
The collection was previously processed in 1978 by Ilse Turnheim as the Mrs. Ferdinand Kaufmann Collection, at which time a family tree was created. The collection consisted of one large folder but during reprocessing in October 2013 it was further subdivided into multiple folders and the folders into series.
- Alba amicorum
- Amorbach (Germany)
- Centre de documentation juive contemporaine
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Feldheim family
- Genealogical tables
- Gernsheim family
- Jewish families
- Jews -- Genealogy
- Jews -- Germany -- History
- Kaufmann, Carola, 1893-1975
- Levy family
- Liebmann family
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Official documents
- Worms (Germany)
- Guide to the Papers of Carola Levy 1823-1978 AR 257
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Ilse Turnheim
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from CarolaLevy.xml
- July 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.