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Max and Margareta Wolf Collection

Identifier: AR 10699

Scope and Content Note

The Max and Margareta Wolf Collection documents the professional life of dermatologist Max Wolf and captures some personal details of his wife Margareta and other family members. Included in this collection are professional documents such as certificates and correspondence, documentation of patients' treatments, educational certificates, a small amount of personal correspondence and documents, articles and clippings including obituaries and some photographs.

Series I relates entirely to Max Wolf. In this series are several folders that hold professional papers, including copies of his curriculum vitae and letters from medical associations in Vienna as well as the United States. Contained are two volumes of patients' visits and their treatments. Educational papers primarily consist of copies of certificates from educational institutions. One folder holds articles about Max Wolf and includes a few obituaries and two folders evidence his personal interest in photography. Another folder includes some correspondence with Albert Göring.

The smaller second series pertains to the remainder of the family, especially Margareta Wolf née Langer. Her material includes some poems and educational certificates, while articles on other family members or copies of correspondence to or about them consist of the remainder of the series.


  • 1903-1998


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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


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Max Wolf was born on June 1, 1892 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the son of the physician Wilhelm Wolf and his wife Rosa Wolf née Kerpel. He studied medicine in Vienna and received his doctorate in 1916. From 1916-1918 he served in World War I in a hospital on the Italian front. Thereafter he conducted an internship at the Wiedener Krankenhaus in Vienna and in 1923 was admitted to Vienna's medical board of specialists in order to practice as a specialist in dermatology and syphilology. From 1922-1938 he was assistant in the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology at the Wiener Allgemeine Poliklinik and also had his own medical practice in dermatology from 1923-1938.

On August 30, 1927 he married Margareta (sometimes spelled Margarethe) Langer. Margareta was born on December 29, 1902 in Vienna and was the daughter of Adolf and Josefina (sometimes written as Josefa or Josefine) Langer.

Max and Margareta Wolf immigrated first to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in October 1938 and arrived in New York on July 27, 1939. In November 1940 Max Wolf received his medical license from the University of the State of New York and began private practice as a dermatologist in New York City in March 1941. He also held many positions at various hospitals in New York City, among them Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology and Attending Dermatologist at New York University Postgraduate Medical School, Bellevue Medical Center Skin and Cancer Unit; Attending Dermatologist and the Home and Hospital of the Daughters of Israel; and Assistant Dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology at Beth Israel Medical Center.

He had many publications in his medical field in German, English and Spanish and was a member of several professional organizations, such as the New York Dermatological Society, American Dermatological Association, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the International Society for Dermatology and the Academia Espańola de Dermatologia, among others. In 1989 he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class.

Max Wolf died on August 25, 1990 in New York. Margareta Wolf died on July 11, 2002 in New York.


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This collection consists of the personal and professional documents of the dermatologist Max Wolf as well as personal documents of other members of the family, including his wife Margareta Wolf. The collection encompasses official and professional documents, copies of correspondence, photographs and articles and educational certificates.


The collection is organized in two series:

Related Material

Related to this collection is the manuscript by Karl Holubar "Vienna and the Ides of March 1938" [MS 390].

An extensive collection of Max Wolf's photography is available at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. The Max and Margareta Wolf Library at the Medizinische Universität Wien (Josephinium) holds more than two thousand medical texts of Max Wolf's.

Separated Material

Some photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

The videocassette "The Real Albert Goering" was removed to the LBI Audiovisual Collection.

A handwritten cookbook, "Koscheres Kochbuch fuer junge Ehepaare," was removed [MS 875].

Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in November 2012 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. Related materials were moved into the same folders and some folders were further subdivided. Max Wolf's materials, comprising the larger portion of the collection, were brought together to form Series I and description was added to the finding aid.

Guide to the Papers of Max (1892-1990) and Margareta (1902-2002) Wolf 1903-1998 AR 10699
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2012
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from Max_and_MargaretaWolf.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 29, 2014 : 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