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Rosenfeld Family

 Collection
Identifier: AR 1544

Scope and Content Note

The Rosenfeld Family Collection documents several generations of the family, their marriages, educations and professions. Included are numerous official documents of family members, including those from religious authorities as well as government offices, academic and professional institutions and the military. A smaller amount of compositions created by family members, including letters, a few essays and notes are also present, along with some material collected by family members. In addition, there are some family trees and genealogical material on the family.

The first series of the collection holds the papers of four members of the Rosenfeld family, beginning with the cantor Callmann Isaac Rosenfeld and continuing with three of his descendants, Leopold, Gustav and Fritz Rosenfeld. There is some biographical data on Callmann Isaac Rosenfeld in this series, but the bulk of the series consists of the official records and certificates of the above-named individuals, including civil, academic, professional and military documents.

Series II and III contain papers of the Rosenthal and Lublinski families, related to the Rosenfelds via Sophie Rosenthal and Toni Lublinski, who married Gustav and Fritz Rosenfeld, respectively. Many of the papers in these series belong to the women's parents and much of these are also official documents that document the Rosenthal and Lublinski family members' education, profession or marriage.

The final series of the collection holds papers of general interest, such as the family's genealogical material as well as one folder of papers that largely consist of unidentified origin. Among such papers are several notes, some documents in Hebrew, and a few letters to unknown individuals. Included in this series is a statement by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's son Manfred Rommel about his father's death and a drawing of a courtyard. The genealogical material consists of several family trees; these display the connecting branches of the Rosenfelds, Rosenthals, and Lublinskis and also include brief narratives on some family members.

Dates

  • 1795-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1830-1939

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Judeo-German and Latin.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

The Rosenfeld family was a family of physicians and cantors from southern Germany. Callmann (Karl) Isaac Rosenfeld (1756-1851) originally came from Bohemia and served as a cantor in Berlichingen, Württemberg (Germany). In 1795 he married Friderike Sulzberger. They had sixteen children. Callmann Rosenfeld was an accomplished violinist and played at the coronations of several emperors in Vienna.

One son of Callmann and Friderike was Leopold Rosenfeld (1813-1880), who studied medicine in Heidelberg in the 1830s and worked as a physician in Adelsheim and Merchingen. In 1843 he married Anna (also known as Mannchen or Nani) Straus of Tauberbischofsheim. They had four children: Karl, Julius, Emma, and Gustav.

Gustav Rosenfeld (1844-1904) also studied medicine in Heidelberg and later served in the Franco-Prussian War. He established a medical practice in Stuttgart. In 1876 he married Sophie Rosenthal of Würzburg. They had three children: Fritz, Ernest and Dora, who died in childhood.

Gustav Rosenfeld's son Fritz Rosenfeld (1877-1942) studied medicine in Würzburg and Strasbourg. In 1910 he married Toni Lublinski of Berlin. He immigrated to the United States, and died in New York in June 1942. They had four children: Annemarie, Susie, Lotte and Howard.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Overview

The Rosenfeld Family Collection comprises several generations of official and personal papers of this family of cantors and physicians. Included are a large number of certificates and other official documents from government and military offices, religious authorities, and academic and professional institutions. There are also a few family letters and essays, notes, family trees and genealogical descriptions and various other material.

Other Finding Aid

An item-level paper inventory in German is available for the collection.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Susanne Elsasser.

Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in April 2012 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. The arrangement has been kept the same as in the previous paper finding aid, except that Series I was subdivided into multiple folders. Description was also added to the series at this time. The former section "Varia" has been renamed "Other Material."

Some larger, folded certificates have been placed in an oversized folder for preservation considerations.
Title
Guide to the Papers of the Rosenfeld Family 1746-1980 AR 1544
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from RosenfeldFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • June, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States