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Harry Colish Collection

Identifier: AR 6888

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.


  • 1909-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1909-1977


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with some English.

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.

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

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:

Digitization Note

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.

Separated Material

Photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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

Revision Statements

  • July 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States