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Ruth Karlsruher Eisenmann Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25542

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the family history of the siblings Audrey and Geoffrey Eisenmann, whose ancestors lived in Württemberg and Bavaria, Germany, and worked in agricultural production, silk trade, and banking. The main families covered in the collection are the Adler, Eisenmann, Furth, Karlsruher, Regensburger, Schweizer, and Wimpfheimer families.

The collection includes an inventory of materials with biographical information provided by Audrey Eisenmann in folder 1. Materials related to each family are listed in the folder titles; these include family trees for almost every branch of the family, vital documents (birth, marriage, and death certificates), photographs, personal and business correspondence, and a few other business-related documents.

A large amount of postcards have been placed among the Karlsruher family documents because they were suggested to be items in the stamp collection of Nathan Karlsruher. These include business correspondence to Gabriel, Karl, and Nathan Karlsruher concerning their grain trading business. There is a significant amount of correspondence to Gustav Schettler, W. Reiss & Sohn, and Joseph M. Joseph, although the relationship between these individuals and the Karlsruher family is not clear. The postcards to various correspondents in folder 9 are mainly business-related. Most of the correspondents to whom they are addressed resided in Württemberg or Bavaria. Some of these correspondents’ names are family names that are prominent in the collection, including Schweizer and Kaufmann. Some of these postcards were sent from Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Argentina, Mexico, and the United States.


  • 1769-2013
  • Majority of material found within 1870-1930


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German with a few documents in French.

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.

Biographical Note

Audrey Eisenmann and her brother Geoffrey Eisenmann are the children of Ruth Eisenmann née Karlsruher (1922-2009) and Albrecht Eisenmann (1920-1982).

Ruth Eisenmann née Karlsruher was the daughter of Nathan Karlsruher (1874-1933) and his wife Jella Furth Regensburger Karlsruher (1879-1961). Nathan Karlsruher ran the family grain trading business with his brother Karl in Mannheim, Germany. Jella Furth Regensburger Karlsruher also came from a family in the business of agriculture production and trade; her grandparents had run the Landesproducten-Handlung K.H. Wimpfheimer in Karlsruhe.

Jella had one daughter, Irene, with her first husband, Leonhard Regensburger (1858-1914), a silk merchant with French citizenship. Irene Regensburger (1905-2007) later married Friedrich Schweizer (1891-1962), who became the head of a bank in Mannheim and was related to other prominent banking families including the Warburgs.

Jella married her second husband Nathan Karlsruher in 1919 and gave birth to their one child, Ruth, in 1922. Nathan Karlsruher died of natural causes in 1933, and Jella and Ruth immigrated to the United States in 1940, eventually settling in Chicago.

Ruth married Albrecht Eisenmann, the son of Otto Eisenmann of Noerdlingen, Germany and his wife Ida Kaufmann Eisenmann, a descendant of the Adler family. Ida was deported from Noerdlingen to Piaski in 1942 and perished in the Holocaust. Albrecht Eisenmann died in Chicago in 1982, and Ruth later married her second husband, Herbert Rosenfeld. Ruth Eisenmann died in 2009 in Skokie, Illinois.


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This collection documents the family history of the siblings Audrey and Geoffrey Eisenmann, whose ancestors lived in Württemberg and Bavaria (Germany) and worked in agriculture, silk trade, and banking. Materials include family trees, photographs, correspondence, and vital documents, and a few business documents.


The collection is arranged according to its original order by family name and ordered alphabetically.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused into acid-free archival folders. Photographs were placed in archival envelopes and sleeves. Oversized materials were flattened and placed in oversized folders and boxes. Notes written on adhesive papers were copied onto non-adhesive paper, and the original notes were removed. Extensive notes were written on several of the envelopes in which the collection was donated. In these cases, these notes were copied and the original envelopes removed.

Guide to the Ruth Karlsruher Eisenmann Family Collection 1769-2013 (bulk 1870-1930) AR 25542
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History." Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • April 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States