Richard Lebrecht Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Richard Lebrecht Collection includes genealogical and other types of materials pertaining to the Lebrecht, Gutmann, and Einstein families as well as materials dealing with the personal life and professional activities of Richard Lebrecht.
The collection includes a wealth of original genealogical materials such as charts, tables, documents, photographs, and correspondence as well as materials pertaining to Richard Lebrecht.
There are genealogical charts and tables, documents such as birth, death, and marriage certificates, last wills, travel documents (including a travel permit of Solomon Gutmann from 1826), correspondence of family members, numerous family photographs, and memoirs.
Materials dealing with Richard Lebrecht consist of correspondence with his mother and friends, printed materials, college writings and short stories, photographs, and educational and professional certificates and awards. There is also a small amount of documents documenting Richard Lebrecht’s efforts to save family members left in Germany.
However, aside from Richard Lebrecht’s professional-related materials after his immigration to the United States there are no materials that shed light on Lebrecht’s family business, neither are there any business or professional-related materials about any other members of the Lebrecht, Gutmann, and Einstein families.
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English with some Hebrew and French.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Richard Lebrecht was born on July 12th, 1909 in Ulm, Germany. At the age of 15 he quit school to become an apprentice at a bank in Ulm. Following his father’s death in 1925 he began working for the family leather company. He became the head of the company in 1932.
After Hitler came into power, Richard Lebrecht moved to France and then to the United States in 1936. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. After he was discharged with honors in 1946 he got a job at the Army Map Service.
Richard Lebrecht earned a BA in 1950 and an MA in History in 1954.
He later transferred to the Economic Development Administration and eventually became project officer in the Appalachian Regional Commission.
After his retirement in 1970, Richard Lebrecht moved to Seattle.
Richard Lebrecht died on March 28th, 2002.
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The Richard Lebrecht Collection includes genealogical and other types of materials pertaining to the Lebrecht, Gutmann, and Einstein families as well as materials dealing with the personal life and professional activities of Richard Lebrecht. The collection includes a wealth of original genealogical materials such as charts, tables, documents, photographs, and correspondence as well as materials pertaining to Richard Lebrecht.
The collection is divided into two series:
- Artifacts (object genre)
- Baumgardt, David, 1890-1963
- Einstein family
- Emigration and immigration
- Families -- History
- Financial records
- Genealogical tables
- George Washington University
- Gutmann family
- Jews -- Germany
- Lebrecht family
- Lebrecht, Richard, 1909-2002
- Manuscripts (documents)
- Neumeyer, Karl
- Official documents
- Printed materials
- Rosenwald, Kurt
- United States
- Guide to the Richard Lebrecht Collection (1909-2002) 1826-2005 AR 25077
- Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar
- © 2011
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- December 05, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States