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Lucie and Herbert Hanauer family collection

Identifier: AR 25163

Scope and Content Note

The Lucie and Herbert Hanauer Family Collection holds the papers of this couple as well as of members of their families, the Wolfs and the Hanauers. Much of the collection centers on the family members' immigration to the United States. The collection consists of correspondence, official papers such as identification documents and school certificates, and some professional documents.

Personal correspondence makes up the bulk of the collection, conveying personal greetings and news between family members and friends, and almost all of it consists of letters and postcards received by family members. The correspondence of Herbert and Lucie Hanauer is located in Series I. Although much of their correspondence is personal, there is a smaller amount of professional correspondence. Herbert Hanauer's professional correspondence and papers focus on his professional certification as a dentist, including a letter that testifies to the conferral of his German diploma as well as others that relate to the English language requirement in order for him to pursue professional certification in America. Lucie Hanauer's professional letters document her employment at the Gesellschaft für Giessereichemie (Society for Casting Chemistry), with others mentioning the firm's productions. The correspondence of other family members will be found in Series II and primarily constitutes personal letters of Selma Hanauer and Lina Owitz, although this series also contains some papers of Adolf Wolf, among which is correspondence regarding Paula Kahn and her husband Wilhelm.

Immigration and educational documentation comprise the bulk of the remainder of the collection. Papers used in the immigration of Herbert and Lucie Hanauer are located in Series I, while Selma Hanauer's immigration papers are in Series II. These include such routine documents as vaccination and naturalization certificates, passports and birth certificates. Lucie Hanauer's educational papers consist of certificates from the secondary school (Philanthropin Lyzeum) she attended in Frankfurt, Herbert Hanauer's of his doctoral diploma. A few personal papers of other family members are located in Series II.


  • 1893-1976
  • Majority of material found within 1933-1944


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.

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

Herbert Hanauer, a dentist, was born in Karlsruhe on October 28, 1911 the son of Aron Hanauer and Lina Hanauer, née Owitz. He received his doctor's diploma on the same day he left for the United States of America, on November 27, 1936. Lucie Wolf was born as Karoline Lucie Wolf in Frankfurt am Main on March 9, 1914, the daughter of Nathan Wolf and Sara Wolf, née Adler; at some point she changed the order of her given names. By the end of 1936 Herbert and Lucie had married; in 1944 they became American citizens.

Selma Hanauer, Herbert Hanauer's sister, was born in Karlsruhe on November 16, 1907. She came to the United States in 1939 with a visitor's visa, but she would later re-enter the country. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1952.

Adolf Wolf, the brother of Nathan Wolf, had immigrated many years earlier to the United States. Feeling deep gratitude to his brother for earlier kindnesses, he provided affidavits for the entire family that enabled them to flee Germany. He also employed his brother and two of his nieces in his printing and dyeing business.


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The Lucie and Herbert Hanauer Family Collection documents significant events in the lives of the dentist Herbert Hanauer, his wife Lucie and their family members, including members of both the Hanauer and Wolf branches of the family. The most prominent topic is the couple's immigration to the United States. Personal correspondence constitutes most of the collection, but it also contains professional correspondence, official documents used in immigration, educational documents, and a few other personal papers.

Other Finding Aid

An item-level inventory that reflects the collection's previous arrangement is available.

Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in April 2012 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. Some folders were subdivided by content or subject. The overall arrangement of folders was adjusted to form series.

Guide to the Papers of the Lucie and Herbert Hanauer Family 1893-1976 AR 25163
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2012
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from LucieHerbertHanauerFamily.xml

Revision Statements

  • October 23, 2012 : 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