Otto H Ehrlich Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Otto Ehrlich Collection documents the life and professional activities of Otto Ehrlich, economist, lecturer, advertisement artist, and teacher. The collection includes brochures, booklets, clippings, correspondence, financial and immigration documents, minutes, notes, photographs, photo collages and examples of his advertisement work, printed materials and writings.
Documents comprising the collection reflect various aspects of Otto Ehrlich personal and professional life, teaching, research and writings in the fields of economics, and to a lesser extent his involvement with the field of advertisement and music.
Materials most represented in the collection are correspondence, documents, and writings.
Correspondence consists of personal as well as professional correspondence and is found throughout the entire collection.
Personal correspondence consists of Otto Ehrlich’s correspondence with friends and immediate family. There is a large amount of correspondence between Otto Ehrlich and his family during Ehrlich’s military service during WWI. Other military service related materials include army documents and a few books of diaries that Otto Ehrlich kept during his service.
There is a small amount of correspondence with banks and organizations regarding pension, property claims, and compensation from the German and Austrian authorities. In addition to correspondence, other financial materials include bank statements and materials related to Otto Ehrlich’s tax payments.
Correspondence with German and American organizations, Consulates and individuals regarding immigration is supplemented by immigration documents such as Affidavit of Support, passports, and other immigration documents
Professional correspondence includes correspondence with academic institutions such as Brooklyn College, New York University and others, professional organizations, publishers, government institutions, and libraries, while correspondence with individuals includes correspondence with Otto Ehrlich’s colleagues, academicians, and former students.
Other materials dealing with Otto Ehrlich’s professional activities include documents, printed materials and writings.
There is an abundance of his writings covering such topics as economics, agriculture, transportation, advertisement and art (photo collages) and music.
A large amount of the manuscripts collected here represent Otto Ehrlich’s idea of visualizing economic problems with the help of cartoons (comics) for easier dissemination of his ideas among individuals not directly connected with the field of economics.
In addition to correspondence and writings, Otto Ehrlich’s professional activities are well represented by printed materials, which include his reviews and reviews of his work, articles and brochures.
Another portion of the collection consists of documents, such as educational, vital, work related, and legal. Some of the documents deal with other family members.
And finally, there are photographs, personal as well as those used by Otto Ehrlich in his work.
- Majority of material found within 1908-1979
- Ehrlich, Otto Hild, 1892-1979 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in English and German, with some French and Italian.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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.
Otto H. Ehrlich was born on September 29, 1892, in Vienna, Austria to Julius and Marie (née Defries) Ehrlich. He received his initial schooling at the Sofiengymnasiun. He received a certificate in business administration in 1912 at the Business University in Vienna and continued his studies at the University of Vienna in 1919. In 1920, he married Rose Abranowicz, and had one daughter, Hildegard. During World War I, Otto Ehrlich served in the Austrian army and advanced from the rank of cadet officer to 1st lieutenant. After the war, Ehrlich became a junior officer at the Algemeine Depositen Bank where he remained until 1925.
From 1924 to 1934 he taught, wrote, and lectured on economic topics in Austria and other Central European countries. Between 1934 and the German annexation of Austria in 1938, Otto Ehrlich was involved in advertising and public relations business.
The family left Austria in 1939 and sought temporary refuge in England. Ehrlich and his wife sailed to the United States first. Hildegard followed her parents, but died en route due to the sinking of the S.S. Athenia. To honor his daughter, he changed his middle name to “Hild.” He settled in New York, where he taught economics at a number of universities including Brooklyn College (1941-1947), City College (1946-1947) and, most notably, New York University, where he worked from 1946 until his retirement in 1958. In 1949, Ehrlich divorced his wife and married one of his former students, Edna Gottesman.
During his tenure at New York University, Otto Ehrlich founded a scholarly journal, Economic Abstracts, which was published by the university. After his retirement, Otto Ehrlich taught at Upsala College on a part-time basis. During the early 1960s, he was a guest lecturer under the US Information Agency auspices in West Germany.
Otto Ehrlich published a number of books, including Inflation in the West (1968); Imperfect Synchronization between the Economies of West Europe and the United States (1961); Uncle Sam versus Inflation, the Problem and its Solution in Cartoons (1943); Economic cartoon no. 1 (1942); Planning jobs and jobs in planning (1943); Kann Österreich geholfen werden? (1926). Otto Ehrlich died in Plainfield, New Jersey on May 22, 1979.
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The Otto Ehrlich Collection documents the life and professional activities of Otto Ehrlich, economist, lecturer, advertisement artist, and teacher. The collection includes brochures, booklets, clippings, correspondence, financial and immigration documents, minutes, notes, photographs, photo collages, examples of his advertisement work, printed materials and writings. Documents comprising the collection reflect various aspects of Otto Ehrlich’s personal and professional life, teaching, research and writings in the fields of economics, and to a lesser extent his involvement with the field of advertisement and music.
The collection is divided into four series:
- Series I: Personal, 1917-2004
- Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1917-2004
- Subseries 2: Financial Materials, 1941-1975
- Series II: Topical, 1876-1993
- Series III: Professional, 1908-1986, 2004
- Subseries 1: Correspondence, 1921-1970s
- Subseries 2: Writings, 1920s-1981, 2004
- Subseries 3: Printed materials, 1908-1986
- Series IV: Edna Ehrlich, 1940-1979
The collection is on twenty-three reels of microfilm (MF 1081):
- Reel 1: 1/1 - 1/24
- Reel 2: 1/25 - 1/36
- Reel 3: 1/37 - 2/12
- Reel 4: 2/13 - 2/31
- Reel 5: 2/32 - 3/19 A
- Reel 6: 3/19 B - 3/22
- Reel 7: 3/23 - 4/4
- Reel 8: 4/5 - 5/8
- Reel 9: 5/9 - 5/17
- Reel 10: 5/18 - 6/21
- Reel 11: 6/22 - 6/34
- Reel 12: 6/35 - 7/7
- Reel 13: 7/8 - 7/22
- Reel 14: 7/23 - 8/19
- Reel 15: 8/20 - 9/11
- Reel 16: 9/12 - 9/16
- Reel 17: 9/17 - 9/20
- Reel 18: 10/1 - 10/9
- Reel 19: 10/10
- Reel 20: 10/11
- Reel 21: 10/11
- Reel 22: 10/12
- Reel 23: 10/13 - OS 133
Books have been removed to the LBI Library
Some photographs have been removed to the LBI Photo Collection.
- Brooklyn College
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Ehrlich, Edna E.
- Ehrlich, Otto Hild, 1892-1979
- Ehrlich, Rosa
- Inflation (Finance)
- Manuscripts (documents)
- New York (N.Y.)
- New York University
- Official documents
- Otto H. Ehrlich Memorial Fund
- Printed materials
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Participation, Jewish
- Guide to the Papers of Otto Ehrlich (1892-1979) 1876-2004 AR 25192 / MF 1081
- Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation
- July 2015: Biographical Note and Related Materials notes were updated by Nicole Greenhouse.
- June 04, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
- November 2010.: Microfilm inventory added.