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Mannaberg-Meitner Family Collection.

Identifier: AR 5062

Scope and Content Note

The Mannaberg-Meitner Family collection documents the nineteenth century history of the Mannaberg and Meitner families, who were linked by the marriage of Joseph Mannaberg to Rosalia Meitner. Financial records document the real estate and business dealings of the Mannaberg family, and personal papers document the history of Meitner family and the courtship, engagement, and wedding of Joseph Mannaberg and Rosalia Meitner, as well as those of Rosalia's siblings. The correspondence series extends the collection into the twentieth century with letters from several descendents of Joseph Mannaberg and Rosalia Meitner. The largest series consists of a collection of prayer books, and in particular the Machzor books dating to Joseph Mannaberg's youth contain many annotations and marginalia written by several generations of Mannabergs, up to about the 1920s.


  • 1828-1917


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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

The Mannaberg family appear to have been landlords who lived and worked in Moravia, with especially strong links to Wschechowitz (today Všecovice, Czech Republic). Joseph Mannaberg's school notebooks and writings indicate an interest in chemistry.

The father of Rosalie Meitner, Menachem (Mandel) Meitner, was an ordained rabbi and ritual slaughterer, like his father Itzig (or Yitzchak) Meitner. Mandel Meitner was married in 1835 to Sarel Ber. Their daughter Rosalia (Reizel) Meitner married Joseph Mannaberg, son of Simon (Sh'imon) Mannaberg, in 1862 in Plsen. Rosalia was a close ancestor of Lise Meitner, a prominent physicist whose work with Otto Hahn from 1917-1938 laid the groundwork for human-controlled atomic fission, and ultimately nuclear energy and warfare.


0.75 Linear Feet


The Mannaberg-Meitner Family collection documents the nineteenth century history of the Mannaberg and Meitner families through papers, records, and annotated prayer books.


  1. Series I: Documents and papers, 1828-1889
  2. Series II: Correspondence, 1828-1917
  3. Series III: Books, 1840-1892

Other Finding Aid

Inventory available in folder 1/1

Detailed inventory of correspondence with partial translations also available in folder 1/1

Folders with Machzor books also contain partial translations of their marginalia

Separated Material

Photographs removed to Photograph Collection

Guide to the Mannaberg-Meitner Family Collection, 1828-1917 AR 5062
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2012: Link to digital objects added in Container List.
  • October 27, 2014 : Remaining links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States