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Arthur and Herta Neustadt Collection

Identifier: AR 4593

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the lives of furniture dealer Arthur Neustadt, his wife Hertha Neustadt, and their families, in Danzig, Dortmund, and New York. It includes personal documents, correspondence, and photographs.

Materials relating to Arthur Neustadt include birth and residence certificates, wedding and anniversary items, handwritten materials prepared by the residents of a retirement home in Danzig upon the emigration of Arthur and Herta, and a Jahrzeits und Trauer-Andachtsbuch for his mother, Regina Neustadt. Correspondence in this folder includes family postcards and letters, a 1929 loan application, and a 1938 letter from the American consulate in Danzig about the Neustadt's immigration. There is also a 1941 letter from the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary concerning the Judaica that Neustadt brought from Danzig to New York, and a 1955 letter from Rabbi David Weiss confirming the community's approval of the Neustadt's removal of the materials.

Materials relating to Herta Neustadt include three autograph books; personal items and records such as her Danzig passport (issued 1936) and birth, confirmation, and immunization records; material about the Danzig collection at the Jewish Museum; material from the Leo Baeck Lodge and Chapter of B'nai B'rith, including a 1974 membership directory; an address book; and a small family tree. Her correspondence includes postcards, a few official immigration and restitution letters, and letters from her father, mother, and brother Arthur. The majority of the correspondence is from her brother Max Segall, during his time in Italy (1938-1940).

Materials relating to Sally Segall include a passport photo, a military service booklet, a thank-you note for the condolences after the death of his first wife, and a business document from the Dortmund government.

Photographs in the collection include snapshots and portraits of Arthur and Herta Neustadt, Sally Segall, and their family. There is also a photograph album in memory of Cäcilie Segall née Ehrmann, entitled "Zur Erinnerung an unsere Mutter geb. am 20. Marz 1881 gestorben am 25. Sept. 1928."

An item-level description of the photographs is found in folder 7. Some photographs were previously removed to the LBI photograph collection and digitized, and can be accessed online. Other photographs are found in folders 7 and 8. Note that photographs 6, 7, 34, and 65 as numbered on the item-level list are missing from the collection.


  • circa 1895-1978


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English, with some Italian and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

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Born in Borek, Prussia (now Borek Wielkopolski, Poland), Arthur Neustadt (1888-1958) was a furniture dealer in Danzig (today Gdańsk, Poland). His parents were Kaskel Neustadt and Regina née Schwerin (1855-1921). In 1920 Arthur married Herta Neustadt née Segall (1896-1976), who was born in Annen, Germany (today part of Witten). Her parents were Sally Segall (1868-1933) and Friedericke "Gündel" Segall née August (died 1905) of Dortmund, Germany, and her stepmother was Cäcilie Segall née Ehrmann (1881-1928). Her brothers were Maximilian and Arthur Segall.

The Neustadts immigrated to the United States in 1939. They helped transport the Judaica collection of the community of Danzig to the Jewish Museum in New York.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


This collection documents the lives of furniture dealer Arthur Neustadt, his wife Hertha Neustadt, and their families, in Danzig, Dortmund, and New York. It includes personal documents, correspondence, and photographs.


Materials were rearranged by person, except for the photographs, which remain as previously arranged by number.

Other finding aids

An item-level list of the photographs is found in folder 7.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Publication Note

The LBI Library holds a book, "1938 - le leggi contro gli ebrei. Numero speciale in occasione del cinquantennale della legislazione antiebraica fascista. Edito in collaborazione con il Centro di documentazione ebraica contemporanea" (Roma, 1988), that contains an essay about Maximilian Segal which cites letters from this collection.

Processing Information

Materials were refoldered.

Guide to the Arthur and Herta Neustadt Collection undated, circa 1895-1978 AR 4593
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processed as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States