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Reis Rosenberg Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25319

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history of the Rosenberg family originally of Hamburg, Germany and the Reis family originally of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Materials include correspondence, photographs, family trees, genealogical information, clippings, announcements, and certificates of citizenship.

The correspondence consists mainly of letters concerning the emigration efforts of Alfred Reis and relative of his on his wife's family's side, Bernhard Buchwald. This correspondence includes letters signed by Sumner Welles, Fiorello LaGuardia, Paul Tillich, James Franck, and Albert Einstein. A few personal letters are also included, such as an illustrated letter from Kurt Rosenberg to his grandmother written in 1919. The clippings and correspondence related to the Rosenberg family include a copy of the certificate granting Ludwig Rosenberg citizenship in Hamburg in 1898, announcements of the opening of Kurt Rosenberg’s law office in Hamburg in 1926, excerpts from Victor Klemperer’s book I Will Bear Witness mentioning the Rosenberg family, and a wedding invitation to Herbert Reis and Thekla Rosenberg’s wedding. Many of the items in the collection are photocopies.

The family trees reach back to 1505. The following family names are mentioned in them: Arnstein, Aron, Blochmendahl, Bruell, Buchholz, Cahn, Cohn, Daltrop, Dann, Dreyfuss, Eichwald, Falkenstein, Feuchtwanger, Flesch, Gabriel, Gans, Gottschalck, Groeneberg, Gruenberg, Guttmann, Hanau, Heilbronn, Henschel, Herz, Hess, Heymann, Hirschl, Hochheimer, Hoffbauer, Jacobus, Joseph, Kaiser, Kann, Katz, Kaufmann, Kline, Langieri, Lay, Levison, Levy, Loeb, Mayer, Meier, Messerschmidt, Metzger, Morsche, Nathan, Neuburger, Neugass, Noerdlinger, Nykerk, Oppenheim, Orbach, Philipp, Pinkuss, Prager, Ranschoff, Raphael, Reingaum, Reis, Remborg, Riess, Roos, Rosenbaum, Rosenberg, Sachs, Schames, Schiff, Schlacheis, Schuster, Seidenbach, Stein, Steinberg, Stern, Sternau, Sutheim, Wedel, Wihl, Windmueller, and Wuerzweiler.

Dates

  • 1864-2006

Language of Materials

The collection is in English, German, and French.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Biographical Note

Kurt Rosenberg (1900-1977) was a lawyer in Hamburg, Germany. He married the physician Margarethe née Levison (1898-1992), and the couple had two daughters, Thekla and Gabriele. The family immigrated to the United States in 1938 and settled in Mount Vernon, New York. Margarethe Rosenberg eventually specialized in anatomical pathology and worked as a fellow at Mount Vernon Hospital. She was also a photographer and ran a portrait studio.

Thekla Rosenberg married Herbert Reis (1927-2003) on June 13, 1951. The couple had two children, Steven and Tina. Herbert came to the United States with his parents, Alfred and Frances (alternatively Friedl) Reis, after fleeing Frankfurt, Germany via Paris and Foix, France. Herbert studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, earning his degree in 1949. He held several patents for microwaves and antennas and eventually worked as Vice President of manufacturing for Bunker-Ramo Corporation.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection documents the history of the Rosenberg family originally of Hamburg, Germany and the Reis family originally of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Materials include correspondence, photographs, family trees, genealogical information, clippings, announcements, and certificates of citizenship.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type in rough chronological order.

Related Material

More extensive records belonging to Margarethe and Kurt Rosenberg can be found in the Kurt and Margarethe Rosenberg Collection, held at the LBI Archives. The LBI Archives has also digitized Kurt Rosenberg's diaries and photographs from the Kurt and Margarethe Rosenberg Collection.

Processing Information

Oversized family trees were rehoused into an oversized folder and box. Photographs were placed in acid-free archival envelopes.
Title
Guide to the Reis Rosenberg Family Collection 1864-2006 AR 25319
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Leanora Lange
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
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."

Revision Statements

  • April 08, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
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New York NY 10011 United States