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Hanna Spitzer Collection

Identifier: AR 25537

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of Hanna Spitzer (1897-1982) are arranged in a single series and include a photograph of her, various vital and official documents, such as Hanna's birth certificate and last will and testament, original correspondence, postcards, lists of her assets, inventories and enumerations of pictures in storage, relocation documents, gallery invitations, and receipts and notations about materials on loan to galleries. Also included in the collection is Edith Neumann's 1935 list of "Spitzer Pictures", an enumeration of artworks owned by the Spitzer family. Many of the letters are concerned with personal matters and with her family's art collection. Her father Alfred, who died in the spring of 1923, had collected the works of such famous artists as Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoscha.


  • 1910-1973
  • Majority of material found within 1916-1948


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

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

Hanna (Hansi) Spitzer was born on September 11, 1897 in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of the lawyer and art collector Alfred Spitzer and his wife Hermine. Hanna's younger sister was Edith Neumann, née Spitzer, a microbiologist who was married to the Congregationalist pastor Frederick Neumann. Hanna was forced to emigrate from Vienna in 1938, where she had been employed as a tutor. She eventually settled in New York, where she died in December 1982.


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This collection contains correspondence and various documents pertaining to Hanna Spitzer, her sister Edith Neumann, née Spitzer, and her father Alfred Spitzer.


The materials are arranged in a single series alphabetically by topic and date.

Related Material

See also the Edith Neumann Collection, AR 25262, and the Edith Neumann Estate Collection, AR 25450.

Processing Information

The files were sorted into official documents, letters and postcards from Hanna and to Hanna, materials about her relocation from Vienna, and various lists and documents about family owned artworks.

Guide to the Papers of Hanna Spitzer (1897-1982) 1910-1973 AR 25537
Processed by Robert Paustian
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from HannaSpitzer.xml

Revision Statements

  • April 01, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States