Harry Colish Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Harry Colish Collection consists of documents pertaining to Harry Colish and his sister Kate Kolish. Series I consists of various personal papers, including genealogical information, correspondence, writings from Shanghai and Hsinking (Changchun, China), and photographs. Series II consists of official and financial documents, including lists of property and household items belonging to the Colish (Kolisch) family that were seized by Nazi officials. Also included are restitution claims and various official and legal documents, including education and employment certificates and passports.
- Majority of material found within 1909-1977
- Colish, Harry, 1909-2002 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German with some English.
Open to researchers.
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.
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
Harry Colish was born Hermann Kolisch to Paula and Robert Kolisch in Vienna in 1909. He trained in law and economics before emigrating from Austria to Shanghai and then to the United States. He died in New York in October 2002.
His sister Kate Kolish (born Käthe Kolisch), 1910-1977, earned a doctorate at the University of Vienna in 1935 and a Bachelor of Arts in library science at Carnegie Library School in 1944. She was an assistant professor of library science at the University of Pittsburgh.
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This collection contains documents pertaining to Harry Colish and his sister Kate Kolish, including correspondence, family trees, official and financial documents and photographs.
The collection is divided into the following series:
This collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety with the exception of selections from folder 8, which are restricted due to privacy concerns.
Photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.
- Changchun (Jilin Sheng, China)
- Colish, Harry, 1909-2002
- Financial records
- Genealogical tables
- Hochschule für Welthandel Wien
- Jews -- Austria
- Jews -- Austria -- History
- Kolish, Kate, 1910-1977
- Legal documents
- Shanghai (China)
- Universität Wien
- Vacuum Oil Company A.G.
- Vienna (Austria)
- Guide to the Papers of Harry Colish 1909-1996 AR 6888
- Processed by Matthew Johnson
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from HarryColish.xml
- July 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States