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Oppenheimer and Sander Families Collection

Identifier: AR 6943

Scope and Content Note

This collection primarily consists of the family correspondence of Oppenheimer and Sander family members, most prominently Emilie Oppenheimer (née Sander) and her daughter Betty. In addition to correspondence the collection also contains a family tree, poems, and notes.

Family correspondence is located in Series I and consists entirely of personal letters between family members and friends. The bulk of the correspondence are letters sent to or from Emilie Oppenheimer to relatives such as her daughter, husband, or sister. Letters often seem to pertain to family news or activities, with mention of the issues of every day life within the closely knit families; some letters mention the family business and show Emilie Oppenheimer's efforts to support herself and her children by taking over her husband's business. Three folders of this series hold letters sent to or from Betty Oppenheimer, from other family members or friends. All of the correspondence in the collection is handwritten in the old German script (Kurrentschrift), but some folders include a few notes on correspondence contents or typed transcripts of a few letters.

Series II holds a small amount of other papers, including a family tree, a brief synopsis of the correspondence and a lengthy poem.


  • 1868-1905, 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1868-1900

Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

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

Emilie Sander became the second wife of Aron Oppenheimer, the owner of a textile business in Sonneberg (Thuringia, Germany), in 1872. The following year they had a daughter, Betty. After her husband's death in 1888, Emilie continued her husband's business by herself. Betty went to live with relatives in Vienna as a teenager in order to learn dressmaking. By December 1892 Emilie Oppenheimer had closed her textile shop and moved to Darmstadt, where many members of her family resided.

The Sander and Oppenheimer families were further intertwined through the marriage of Emilie's sister Emma Sander to Aron Oppenheimer's brother Heinrich Oppenheimer.


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The Oppenheimer and Sander Families Collection provide details of family members' lives via profuse personal correspondence, especially the letters of Emilie Oppenheimer and her daughter Betty. In addition to the many letters and postcards are a family tree, some poems and notes.

Separated Material

Photocopies of original correspondence already present in the collection from Emilie Oppenheimer to her husband Aron Oppenheimer and to her daughter Betty Oppenheimer have been removed from the collection.

Processing Information

The collection was rearranged during processing to form series, with the correspondence of Series I further organized by correspondent.

Guide to the Papers of the Oppenheimer and Sander Families 1868-1905, 2006 AR 6943
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2013
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from Oppenheimer_and_SanderFamilies.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 2016: dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States