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Hans Jacoby Collection

Identifier: AR 4847 / MF 1086

Scope and Content Note

The collection material consists of some family papers, as well as administrative documents and personal writings. The newspaper clippings in the collection reflect his interests within political history.

The photographs and autographs (see Series V) give insight into his surroundings in Shanghai. Other photographic material relates to his artworks, especially to his paintings of Indian or Chinese people. Brochures demonstrate his creative work.


  • Creation: 1850-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1938-1947


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, Dutch and Chinese.

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 1086).

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 Reserve 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

Hans Jacoby, born on September 6, 1900 in Dresden and married to Emma Jacoby, was educated as an artist (painter). As an illegal refugee Jacoby left Germany for Holland in 1938 and was interned in the Hoek van Holland camp, an internment location for refugees that were considered illegal by the Dutch government. On April 28, 1940, he immigrated to Shanghai, where he took courses at the Juedische Gemeinde Shanghai and at the Asia Seminar. The latter, founded in 1943, was a seminar of academic lectures. The courses were dealing with languages, Chinese philosophy and law. The Asia Seminar continued until 1948.

Jacoby moved to the United States in 1947. He has lived mostly in Miami. One of his pictures of Golda Meir was displayed at The Miami Jewish Federation.


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This collection documents the life of the painter Hans Jacoby, who immigrated to the United States via Holland and Shanghai. Documents include family papers, personal writings, correspondence, brochures, official and other administrative documents, newspaper clippings, photographs and autographs.


Collection is available on 1 reel of microfilm (MF 1086).

Related Material

The Leo Baeck Institute possesses the Memoir collection "Diaries of Hans Jacoby, 1938-1946," see LBI Archives, DM 70. This manuscript is digitally available online. The material is also on microfilm; see LBI Archives, MM 113.

Separated Material

Photographs have partly been removed to the LBI Photograph collection; see F AR 4847, available online.


Guide to the Papers of Hans Jacoby 1850-1984 AR 4847 / MF 1086
Processed by Matthias Hertle
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from HansJacoby.xml

Revision Statements

  • September 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