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Meer Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25213

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of handwritten correspondence sent from Toni Guth in Vienna to her daughter Alice Meer née Guth in New York. A few pieces of correspondence from Arthur Meer’s parents Jakob and Sophia Meer are also included, as well as one letter from Therese Deutsch, a friend. Folder 6 holds some official documents reflecting the immigration of Alice and Ilse Meer as well as receipts for money sent to Toni Guth and Jakob Meer in 1941. Transcriptions of the handwritten letters and a few translations of official documents can be found in folder 7. The collection consists entirely of photocopies.


  • 1938-circa 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1941


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is 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 "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Arthur Meer (1905-1996), the son of Jakob Meer (1878-1941) and Sophia Rosa Rosenfeld (1878-1941), was a bookmaker in Vienna, Austria. He immigrated to the United States in 1938, where he found work as a shoemaker. He earned enough to support the immigration of his wife Alice Meer née Guth (1909-1984) and their daughter, Ilse (born 1938) in 1939. The Meer family settled in the Bronx. Later in life, Alice and Arthur moved to Scarsdale, New York.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection consists mainly of correspondence from Toni Guth to her daughter Alice Meer, who immigrated to the United States in 1939 with her infant daughter Ilse to join her husband Arthur Meer. Also included are a few pieces of personal correspondence with others and some official documents related to the Meer family’s emigration. The collection consists entirely of photocopies.


Materials are arranged by document type and then by correspondent and year where necessary.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Materials were arranged and placed in archival folders during previous processing. A spacer was placed in the box in 2014, and the name of the collection was updated to better reflect its contents.

Guide to the Meer Family Collection 1938-circa 2005 (bulk 1938-1941) AR 25213
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States