Marianne Breslauer Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Marianne Breslauer Collection is arranged in four series and includes photographs, negatives, printed matter, published articles, research material, manuscripts, journals, books, clippings, brochures, notebooks, writings, speeches, letters, certificates, diplomas and legal writings by Marianne Breslauer and others.
The collection documents Marianne Breslauer’s intellectual life in form of documents; the correspondence with her family members; as well as a small amount of official letters. There is only a small amount of material that can be used to learn about her personal/professional life in form of documents or notebooks. However, there is a wealth of material about influential people like her father, Hans Schaeffer and her father-in-law, Georg Breslauer, which gives a good picture of their lives and work.
The collection is divided into four Series: Marianne Breslauer; Family Breslauer/Schaeffer, General, and Printed Material. Marianne Breslauer’s personal correspondence is arranged chronologically. In the rest of the collection the records are arranged alphabetically by topic within each series.
A larger portion of the collection, correspondence, is in German shorthand by Marianne and her parents. Although most of the personal correspondence is listed under Marianne’s name, correspondence by other family members (Marianne’s children, her parents etc.) can be found as well. Moreover, there is a significant amount of clippings about Eva Schaeffer’s activities in Sweden.
- Majority of material found within 1920’s–1980’s
- Breslauer, Marianne, 1914-2015 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English, German, and Swedish with some French.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Marianne Breslauer was born on December 20, 1914 in Breslau, Silesia to Hans Schaeffer, Germany's Secretary of State during the Weimar Republic and his wife Eva.
She immigrated with her family to Sweden in 1933 and in the 1930s she moved to the US.
She studied Social Studies at Columbia University and worked as a social worker throughout her life. She had various research interests, such as the Jewish life in Silesia and the Holocaust and collected various articles and clippings.
She maintained a lucid and extensive correspondence with her family, in particular with her parents. These letters help to understand her situation and living conditions at the time she left Germany until her retirement in the 1990s.
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The Marianne Breslauer collection documents the life and work of Marianne Breslauer (née Schaeffer), as well as of many members of the Schaeffer and Breslauer family, such as her husband Henry Breslauer, her father Hans Schaeffer, her mother Eva Schaeffer, and her father-in-law, Georg Breslauer. Although the bulk of the material reflects the abundant amount of personal correspondence among the family members, in particular among Marianne and Henry Breslauer to her parents, the collection also includes biographical information on a variety of family members in form of clippings, booklets, manuscripts, and photos.
The collection is devided into four series:
- Series I: Marianne Breslauer, 1921–1997
- Subseries 1: Personal,1930s–1997
- Subsubseries A: Correspondence, 1930s–1997
- Subsubseries B: Documents, 1930-1941
- Subsubseries C: Notebooks and Notes, 1936-1939, 1960s
- Subseries 2: Professional, 1921-1995
- Subsubseries A: Education and Employment, 1921–1983
- Subsubseries B: Correspondence, 1983-1995
- Series II: Breslauer and Shaeffer Families, 1849-1997
- Subseries 1: Eva Schaeffer, 1939-1977
- Subseries 2: Hans Schaeffer, 1884-1979
- Subseries 3: Henry Breslauer, 1916-1992
- Subseries 4: General, 1849-1986
- Series III: General, 1906-1995
- Series IV: Printed Materials, 1900-1995
The collection is on thirty-six reels of microfilm (MF 1007).
- Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/4
- Reel 2: 1/5 - 1/7
- Reel 3: 1/8 - 1/10
- Reel 4: 1/11 - 2/3
- Reel 5: 2/4 - 2/6
- Reel 6: 2/7 - 2/9
- Reel 7: 2/10 - 3/2
- Reel 8: 3/3 - 3/6
- Reel 9: 3/7 - 3/9A
- Reel 10: 3/9B - 4/1
- Reel 11: 4/2 - 4/8
- Reel 12: 4/9 - 4/12
- Reel 13: 5/1 - 5/7
- Reel 14: 5/8 - 5/13
- Reel 15: 5/14 - 6/5
- Reel 16: 6/6 - 6/7
- Reel 17: 6/8 - 7/3
- Reel 18: 7/4 - 7/7
- Reel 19: 7/8 - 8/1A
- Reel 20: 8/1B - 9/2
- Reel 21: 8/6 - 9/2
- Reel 22: 9/3 - 10/2
- Reel 23: 10/2 - 10/3
- Reel 24: 10/4 - 10/5
- Reel 25: 10/6 - 11/5
- Reel 26: 11/6 - 11/25
- Reel 27: 12/1 - 12/22
- Reel 28: 12/23 - 13/4
- Reel 29: 13/5 - 13/14
- Reel 30: 13/15 - 14/25
- Reel 31: 14/26 - 15/1
- Reel 32: 15/2 - 15/19
- Reel 33: 15/20 - 16/6
- Reel 34: 16/7 - 17/8
- Reel 35: 17/9 - 17/19
- Reel 36: 17/20 - 17/24
- Guide to the Papers of Marianne Breslauer 1705–1997 AR 10174 / MF 1007
- Processed by Anya Quilitzsch
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- March 2010: Microfilm inventory added.
- October 24, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
- July 31, 2014 : Controlled access points added.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
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New York NY 10011 United States