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Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg Collection

Identifier: AR 4025

Scope and Content Note

The Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg Collection is arranged in three series and documents Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg's personal and professional life as an inspector at a school in the German town of Wolfenbuettel, through correspondence, a biographical manuscript and various family documents.

The first series contains 14 folders with handwritten (presumably family) correspondence in Hebrew and handwritten translations of these letters into German.

Series II consists of two folders containing material relating to the biographical manuscript, as well as the manuscript itself. It includes the handwritten original with notes and the typed manuscript.

The 4 folders that make up Series III contain various family documents of the Ehrenberg family. These are handwritten letters, Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg's last will, testament and accounting books.


  • 1763-1881
  • Majority of material found within 1806-1855


Language of Materials

The collection is in Hebrew and 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

Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg was born Samuel Meyer around 1773 and studied at home until he went to the Samson'sche Talmudschule in Wolfenbuettel, a small town near Braunschweig, in 1798. After 5 years spent under difficult conditions he moved in with his brother in Berlin and later became a private teacher in Brandenburg. He then moved to Hannover, where he became friends with his Professor and moved on to Braunschweig, where he was able to become acquainted with Professor Israel Jacobson and other famous intellectuals of the time. Because of his academic surroundings he was asked to become the Inspektor for the Samson'che Freischule in Wolfenbuettel, a school created by merging the preexistent Jakobsonschule and the Samson'sche Talmudschule in 1807. There he was responsible for the reformation of the whole organization, among other things by introducing an ordered schedule, something that had not previously existed in those schools. His system was founded on the ideals of Enlightenment, which was still a controversial thing in the small town of Wolfenbuettel.

In 1808 he married his cousin, Henriette (Jette) Maas and changed his name to Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg. He died on October 21, 1853.

Philipp Ehrenberg (1811-1882) was the son of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg; he married Julie Fischel in 1847.

Seligman Meyer Ehrenberg (1770-1842) was the brother of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg and the warden (Hausvater) at the Jacobson-Schule in Seesen.


1.5 Linear Feet


The Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg Collection contains correspondence in personal matters, a biographical manuscript and various documents concerning the family history.

Related Material

There are two related memoirs in the LBI Memoir Collection: "Die Familien Ehrenberg und Fischel" by Richard Ehrenberg (ME 775) and Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg’s memoirs "Meine Lebensbeschreibung" (ME 788).

There also is the Ehrenberg-Rosenzweig Family Collection, 1772-1930 (AR 4584), containing additional documents and some correspondence pertaining to Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg and the Samsonschule in Wolfenbuettel.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in preparation of the EAD finding aid. The order of the original collection was kept intact. There are summaries and content listings included in each box.

Guide to the Papers of Samuel Meyer Ehrenberg 1763-1918 AR 4025
Processed by Philipp Thater
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from S_M_Ehrenberg.xml

Revision Statements

  • January 10, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • October 16, 2017 : 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