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Hilda Levy Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25141

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal papers belonging to Hilda Levy and members of her family. The letters in folder 1 were sent from Hilda Levy’s maternal grandmother Johanna Steinhardt to her son Isidor. Many of these letters also have messages from Marie Steinhardt, Hilda’s mother, and they mention Hilda as well as other family members. The final letter indicates that Johanna Steinhardt died in 1910. Each of these handwritten German letters is accompanied by a typewritten English translation. The vital records in folder 2 are mainly photocopies. The materials in folder 5 include Hilda Levy's passport, her naturalization certificate, and her marriage certificate, among other related papers. The photographs are portraits of Hilda Levy, her parents, and a friend’s wedding party.


  • 1870-1966


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.

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Hilda Levy was born on February 21, 1905 to the merchant Jakob Levy (1870-1957) and his wife Marie née Steinhardt (1872-1956). Jakob ran a shoe store in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany. After attending secondary school at the Realschule Tauberbischofsheim and a business vocational school, Hilda eventually took over the management of this business. In 1935, Hilda traveled to the United States on a visit. She had bought a return ticket but decided to stay. She married Victor Gottlieb in 1944, and the couple settled in the greater New York City area. Hilda Levy died in Manhasset, New York in 1995.


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This collection contains the personal papers of Hilda Levy and her family. Born in 1905 in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, Hilda Levy managed her family’s shoe store before immigrating to New York City in 1935. Materials in the collection include correspondence, vital records, inheritance and restitution materials, education records, emigration records, and photographs.


The collection is arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Photographs were placed in archival envelopes. Materials were rehoused into acid-free folders where necessary. Sticky notes on the photographs were photocopied onto acid-free paper, and the original notes were removed.

Guide to the Hilda Levy Family Collection 1870-1966 AR 25141
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2014
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Description is in English.
Processing made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States