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Clara Levysohn Collection

Identifier: AR 3778

Scope and Content Note

Ulrich Levysohn met and married Clara Herrmann in 1876. Series I of this collection contains Ulrich's daily letters to his fiancée.

By far the largest part of the collection are letters from Fritz Mauthner to Clara Levysohn. It is apparent from these letters that a close relationship existed between Clara and Fritz Mauthner, that Clara's husband intervened in 1895 and that from this time on Clara and Fritz Mauthner agreed to communicate by correspondence only, with an occasional short meeting. This collection contains the letters of Fritz Mauthner, but not Clara’s responses. There are 388 letters, 77 cards and 11 telegrams by Fritz Mauthner from 1895 to 1908. In addition, there are 756 pages in diary format from 1905 to 1907. The letters and diaries are informative not only about Clara Levysohn and Fritz Mauthner personally, but also about Mauthner's friends, his travels, and especially about his work which he regularly discussed with Clara. Series II also includes some handwritten copies of his letters by Clara Levysohn.


  • Creation: 1840, 1876-1908
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1895-1907


Language of Materials

The collection is in German.

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.

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

Clara Hermann was born on December 4, 1854 and married Ulrich Levysohn in 1876. Her date of death is unknown.


1 Linear Feet


The Clara Levysohn Collection holds letters sent to Clara Clara Herrmann from her fiancé and later husband Ulrich Levysohn as well as from the author and philosopher Fritz Mauthner.

Other Finding Aid

A 12-page inventory by Ilse Turnheim from 1971 contains an item-level inventory of the items in the collection.

Related Material

Related is the Fritz Mauthner Collection, AR 3392.

Processing Information

This collection was reprocessed in 2012 following the arrangement of its existing item-level inventory, with no changes made in the order of folders or items. The description used in the former inventory was also retained in the current finding aid and forms the present collection-level scope and content note. The former parts II and III were combined to form Series II. For preservation purposes, folded items were unfolded when possible and overfilled folders were further subdivided without altering the order of items.

Guide to the Papers of Clara Levysohn 1840, 1876-1908 AR 3778
Processed by Ilse Turnheim and Dianne Ritchey
© 2012
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from ClaraLevysohn.xml

Revision Statements

  • July 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