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Frederick Brunner Collection

Identifier: AR 4237

Scope and Content Note

The Frederick Brunner Collection contains the research files of this banker and LBI chairman, with the focus of the collection on subjects in which he had an interest rather than on his own life. Most of the topics he investigated relate either to banking history or his birthplace, Landau in der Pfalz. The collection includes correspondence, numerous newspaper clippings, copies of articles, notes, some typescripts and manuscripts, and a few photographs.

Brunner's research into the Rothschild family is located in the first two series of this collection. A small amount of letters related to his Rothschild research is located in the folder of general correspondence of Series I. In Series II will be found the bulk of such research. About half of this series consists of newspaper clippings on Rothschild family members in various countries. Some correspondence with Rothschild family members is present, as are a few genealogical tables for the family. The series also holds photocopies of imperial documents that raised Rothschild family members to the nobility and a list of artwork taken from them by the Nazis.

Research on Jews in the Palatinate (Pfalz) and in the city of Landau in particular are prevalent in multiple series as well. Most of Frederick Brunner's correspondence in Series I is with other former residents of the city, including from several rabbis. Two individuals with whom he corresponded, Otto Brunner and Caesar Seligmann, sent him memoirs about Kristallnacht in Landau and the Seligmann family history, respectively. Further material on Landau is located in Series III. Series III consists of typescripts (especially by Hermann Arnold), articles, letters and a number of newspaper clippings. Clippings on other towns in the Palatinate as well as Baden and Bavaria also form part of Series III.

Series IV holds Brunner's research files on other subjects, and includes several folders that pertain to banking history, including collected articles on well-known institutions such as the Warburg Institute and Deutsche Bank, as well as some that concern aspects of German-Jewish history. Much of Series IV consists of newspaper clippings, although a small amount of genealogical research on various German-Jewish individual is also present.

Series V comprises various material whose research subjects could not easily be identified. Of note in this series is a partial handwritten essay of Frederick Brunner's.


  • 1711-1972
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1970


Language of Materials

The collection is in German, English, and French.

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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Friedrich Brunner was born in Landau in der Pfalz on December 11, 1895, the son of the salesman Albert Brunner and his wife. Friedrich Brunner was a banker and collector of Rothschildiana and material on the history of banking. He immigrated to the United States in March 1939 via England, and served as vice-chairman of Arnhold, S. Bleichroeder, Inc., in New York, and as chairman of the board of the Leo Baeck Institute. Frederick Brunner died in New Rochelle, New York, on July 19, 1974.


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The Frederick Brunner Collection incorporates the research of the banker and LBI board chairman Frederick Brunner. Prominent subjects encompassed in this research include the Rothschild family and the history of Jews in Landau in der Pfalz. Some research on banking history and Jews as bankers may also be found here. The collection contains extensive newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, notes, genealogical tables and family trees, and a few photographs.

Other Finding Aid

A detailed item-level 22-page inventory exists for this collection and formed the basis for the collection's current arrangement.

Related Material

The LBI Library contains many books on the Rothschild family and on Jewish bankers.

The LBI Archives include many archival collections related to members of the Rothschild family. Some collections in the LBI Archives on the Rothschild family in general consist of the following:

  1. House of Rothschild Collection [AR 512]
  2. Family Rothschild Collection [MF 26]

The LBI Archives also hold many collections about or by Jewish bankers. Of close interest to this collection may be Walter Sulzbach's manuscript "Jüdische Bankiers" [MS 154].

The LBI Library contains several books on Jews in Landau in der Pfalz, and additionally includes various newspapers from Landau. Most relevant to this collection may be Hermann Arnold's book Juden in der Pfalz; vom Leben pfälzischer Juden [DS 135 G4 P35 A73]. In addition, a longer memoir of Caesar Seligmann's is also present in the LBI Memoir Collection, titled "Mein Leben. Erinnerungen eines Grossvaters 1836-1941" [ME 595].

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the Photograph Collection.

A book on Bãrbel von Ottnheim has been removed to the LBI Library.

Processing Information

This collection has been arranged following the order established in an earlier paper finding aid, written by Ilse Turnheim. In the earlier finding aid, series A-F pertained to the original collection as processed in 1975, while series G-P pertained to the collection's 1978 addenda. Many series overlapped and have therefore been brought together in this current finding aid. Series I comprises the former series A, E and K. Series II is the former series B. Series III comprises the former series D, H and J. The above-mentioned series carry similar titles to those in the older finding aid, while Series IV and V have been retitled. Series IV: Families, Firms and Other Research Subjects is the former series C "Andere Familien und Firmen und Verschiedenes," to which the former series G and L-O have been added. Series V, now titled "Other Material" comprises the two former "Varia" series F and P. Material in Series V have been reorganized by topic.

Some larger folders have been further subdivided during processing.

Guide to the Papers of Frederick Brunner (1895-1974) 1711-1972 AR 4237
Processed by Dianne Ritchey and Ilse Turnheim
© 2012
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from FrederickBrunner.xml

Revision Statements

  • December 04, 2013 : 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