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Nathan Stein Collection

Identifier: AR 529

Scope and Content Note

The Nathan Stein Collection contains the educational and professional papers of this jurist. In addition are two confirmation books, certificates related to his year of military service and for awards given to him, and a few newspaper clippings, including obituaries for him.

The bulk of the collection consists of papers related to Nathan Stein's legal education and work as a jurist. The second folder of the collection holds his educational papers, including several certificates or notices related to his taking the state exams in law. Other educational papers include a handwritten essay in Latin and a notebook of grades; oversized material includes his 1878 diploma from the University of Heidelberg. Prominent among his professional papers are the many notices that show his progression through the years to different positions and the related documents in the folder of salary and financial papers that record the amount of money such positions earned. Other financial papers mention the payment of taxes. Other professional papers include official invitations to audiences with the Grand Duke of Baden and a few letters. One folder contains documents regarding Nathan Stein's retirement, including official notice of having reached the age of retirement, mention of a farewell celebration, a congratulatory letter from Hjalmar Schacht, and a 1926 notice on his retirement from involvement in the leadership of the Jewish Community of Mannheim due to health issues.

The first folder of the collection contains two notebooks for the confirmation of Nathan Stein and Cäcilie Stein; each of these holds three or four handwritten essays on religion. Two folders ("Honors") contain certificates for distinctions awarded Nathan Stein, including the Knight's Cross First Class, a Commander's Cross Second Class and a War Service Cross (Kriegsverdienstkreuz) during World War I. Among the folder of "Other Papers" is a photocopy of Nathan Stein's 1858 passport from the Kingdom of Württemberg, along with an 1878 release document from there due to his emigration to Baden. In addition this folder includes a copy of his photograph, a biography of him by a cousin, also named Nathan Stein, and a newspaper article by this cousin.


  • 1858-1959
  • Majority of material found within 1871-1927


Language of Materials

The collection is in German with a small amount of Latin.

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<extptr actuate="onload" altrender="Portrait of Nathan Stein (1857-1927)" href="" show="embed" title="Portrait of Nathan Stein (1857-1927)"/>

Nathan Stein was born in Neckarsulm on November 11, 1857. After completion of his Gymnasium studies he decided to study law, receiving his degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1878. After passing the state exams and completing his practical training he began to pursue a career as a jurist. At that time the Grand Duchy of Baden did not restrict Jews from the position of judge as other locations did. He began his career as any other young jurist, filling in for absent senior judges; his career progressed with increasing responsibilities until in 1914 he was named president of the Mannheim District Court (Landesgerichtsrat), the first, and at that time, only Jew in Germany to be appointed to such a position. He died in Mannheim on May 8, 1927.


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The Nathan Stein Collection consists of the educational and professional papers of this jurist that document the progression of his career. Other papers include two confirmation books, certificates related to his year of military service and for awards given to him, and a few newspaper clippings, including obituaries for him.


The collection is arranged in one series.

Other Finding Aid

Nine catalogue cards list most items in the collection. Most documents in the collection include numeration that refers to these cards.

Separated Material

A photograph of Nathan Stein was removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

During processing of the collection in January 2014, similar materials were arranged together in folders.

Guide to the Papers of Nathan Stein (1857-1927) 1858-1959 AR 529
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
© 2014
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from NathanStein.xml

Revision Statements

  • May 2016:: 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