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Sartorius Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25504

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history of the Sartorius and related families, with a focus on the family genealogy and the lives of some individual family members. Genealogical material consisting of family trees, genealogical correspondence between family members, and photocopies of documents used in research, is present in every series. Some memoirs and biographical writings are included for some individual family members or for branches of the family. The collection also contains some family photographs.

Genealogical research is the predominant focus of this collection, with family trees in each series. The bulk of the genealogical material are Ira-Joël Sartorius's genealogical files in the collection's largest series, Series II, although a small amount of genealogical research is present in Series I on the Loevinson, Strauss and Meyer families. Genealogical research in Series II includes many discussions between Ira-Joël Sartorius, the family genealogist, with his various relatives about their branches of the family. Information encompasses the family's origins in Germany and the Alsace region of France, with much of the research showing the family's dissemination in the United States, especially in the South, in addition to France. Research documentation includes some photocopies of family documents, newspaper clippings that featured family members, or of texts related to areas where the family members lived. Series I includes photographs of many family members. The most prominent families in the collection's genealogical research are the Sartorius, Asher/ Ascher, Roos/ Rose, Strauss, Hirsch, and Dreyfus families; a smaller amount of research exists for the Goodkind, Meyer, and Loevinson families.

A few folders in Series II hold narratives of family members or branches of the family, with more detailed information on the family's experiences or on particular branches of the family. Included are narratives about the lives of Philip Sartorius and members of the Goodkind family of New York during the nineteenth century, as well as of Gaston Hirsch, who was taken prisoner by the Germans in World War II while fighting for the French.


  • 1839-2009


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, French, and a small amount of Italian.

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


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Philip Sartorius was born on July 15, 1831 in Germersheim am Rhein (then part of Bavaria, today in Rhineland-Palatinate), the youngest son of Abraham and Henriette (née Wolf) Sartorius. In 1845 he left Germany for the United States arriving after near a month of travel in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where his brothers Isaac and Jacob resided. He married Sophie Rose (originally Roos), a German immigrant born in Speyer, and by 1850 established a home and business in Miliken's Bend, Louisiana, then a small community east of Vicksburg along the Mississippi River.

Philip and Sophie Sartorius had eight children who survived to adulthood. When the Civil War broke out, Philip Sartorius joined the Confederate army, where he was a member of the Fourteenth Battalion of Louisiana; while on patrol he became the first person shot in the Vicksburg Campaign. He died in Vicksburg in 1913; Sophie died in 1910.

Philip and Sophie's son Assar Sartorius married Violet Asher; her father Levi Asher had been born in Cammin, Pomerania in Germany and her mother Fannie Strauss in Wissembourg, Alsace, France. Assar was head of the Amaranth Club, a Jewish social club in Vicksburg. Assar and Fannie's son Francis Strauss Sartorius had a son, Ira-Joël Sartorius (often called Joel Sartorius), who researched the family genealogy.


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The Sartorius Family Collection holds documentation on the history of the Sartorius family, along with its related families. Most of the collection consists of family trees and correspondence concerning family genealogy, although memoirs and biographical articles are also present, as are a number of family photographs. The collection especially provides information on the family's origins in Germany and lives in the American South, including family members' service in the Confederate forces during the Civil War, in addition to some information on parts of the family who resided in France.


The collection is arranged in two series as follows:

Related Material

Related is the Biography of Philip Sartorius, part of the LBI Memoir Collection (ME 1505). This biography is a different version of the memoir in folder 1/14.

Related is also the Johanna Meyer-Loevinson Collection (AR 299). The Meyer-Loevinson family was distantly related to the Sartorius family.

Separated Material

The Union Prayer Book for Jewish Worship Part II (Edited and published by The Central Conference of American Rabbis. Cincinnati, 1894 ), a bound volume originally owned by Sophie Sartorius, has been removed to the LBI Library Collection.

A commemorative medal for Philip Sartorius's military service (In Memoriam U.C.V. Camp No. 32 Vicksburg MI) has been removed to the LBI Art and Objects Collection.

A photocopy of the entire book Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland was removed from folder 1/9; title and publishing information were retained, as were copies of pages with handwritten notes on them.

Processing Information

The original Sartorius Family Collection was processed in 2011 with the call number AR 10731. In May 2017 about 0.9 linear feet of addenda were added to the original collection and it was assigned the new call number AR 25504. The papers of the original collection were added to Series I.

Guide to the Sartorius Family Collection 1839-2009  AR 25504
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • September 27, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • November 18, 2011 : Added link in Container List to digital object for Box OS 87, Folder 1.
  • May 22, 2017:: Addenda added to original collection by Dianne Ritchey.
  • February , 2018 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States