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Ludwig Bamberger Collection

Identifier: AR 2773

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two diaries, several letters, and drafts of a will, as well as a few other items. The diaries stem from the years after his return to Germany from exile, and there are several items inserted into its pages, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, and drafts of letters. The correspondence includes a number of letters exchanged with Isidor Freymark, the executor of his will, as well as a few individual items from or to Anna von Helmholtz, Moritz Carriére, Hans Hopfen, Arnold Ruge, Hermann von Hatzfeldt and the Anwälte-Kammer zu Mainz.

Other materials include various drafts and additions of his will, created throughout the 1890s. A couple of these items are lithographic facsimiles, others are originals. Finally, there is a photoreproduction of a woodcut portrait of Bamberger, a small notebook containing various notes on financial and business affairs, and an Ex-Libris placard from the Ludwig Bamberger Foundation, created after his death.


  • 1866-1902


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and French.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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.

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

1823 July 22
Born in Mainz
Studies law in Gießen, Heidelberg, and Göttingen
Active in revolutionary movements, editor of the Mainzer Zeitung
Exile in Switzerland, London, Belgium, and Paris. Involvement in banking
Returns to Germany
Parliamentary representative and member of National Liberal Party
Founded Deutsche Bank with Adalbert Delbrück
Advisor to Bismarck during Franco-Prussian War
Split with Bismarck and the National Liberal Party; became a leader of the "Secessionists" (later Liberale Vereinigung)
Instrumental in the merger of the Progressive Party (Deutsche Fortschrittspartei) and the Liberale Vereinigung to form the Free-Minded Party (Deutsche Freisinnige Partei)
Dies in Berlin


0.25 Linear Feet (4 folders )


The collection consists of two diaries, several letters, and drafts of a will and related papers, as well as a few other items, all dating to the period after Bamberger's return from exile.


The letters folder is arranged chronologically; undated letters are filed at the beginning of the folder.
Guide to the Ludwig Bamberger Collection, 1866-1902   AR 2773
Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2011
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • December 09, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository