Oppenheimer and Sander Families Collection
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.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
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.
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.
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
- May 2016: dao links added by Emily Andresini.