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Gretel Mayer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 10634

Scope and Content Note

Materials within this collection include correspondence, photographs, family documents dating back to the 18th century, travel documents and naturalization papers.

The largest group of materials are 19th century documents and papers, housed in the second folder, pertaining to Gretel Mayer's ancestors Samuel Meyer and his son the manufacturer Simon Meyer (the spelling seems to have changed to Mayer later in his life). Much of these are vital documents with information on births, deaths, and marriages. A substantial number of documents, including Schutzbriefe (letters of protection), citizenship certificates, residency permits, and Führungszeugnisse (attestations of good character) offer insight into their lives as well. Of special note are two Khalitzah documents and a decree dating to the mid-18th century. Other materials in the collection include a small amount of Gretel Mayer's personal correspondence and some personal papers, including documents from her emigration to the United States and from her restitution claim. In the final folder are a number of family photographs, both snapshots and posed studio portraits, which show both Gretel Mayer herself and relatives in her extended family.

Dates

  • 1736-1998

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew 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

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Librarian, born in Darmstadt in 1906. Emigrated to the US, via France, in 1936.

Extent

3 Folders

Abstract

Materials within this collection include correspondence, photographs, family documents dating back to the 18th century, travel documents and naturalization papers.
Title
Guide to the Gretel Mayer Collection, 1736-1998  AR 10634
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Kate Jadwin
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 05, 2015 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States