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Irmgard Schüler Collection

Identifier: LBIJER 786

Scope and Contents

Folder 1 contains materials pertaining to Oskar Schüler's military service in the Prussian army: an army certificate (Militärpaß, 1901-1918); a certificate of good conduct (Führungszeugnis), dated September 24, 1902; a certificate for contribution to the war effort issued by the Königlich Preußischen Orden to Martha Schüler (1918); a decoration and an accompanying certificate issued by the city of Bochum to Oskar Schüler for his contribution to the war effort (Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe), and an accompanying letter from the mayor of Bochum (1919-1920). The file also contains a newspaper clipping about Schüler and his obituary notice (1925-1929).

Folder 2 contains letters and postcards sent to Irmgard Schüler by the Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn, the Museum Jüdischer Altertümer, the Jüdischer Kulturbund Berlin, the editor of the Jüdischer Rundschau, the Museum of Jewish Antiques of the Hebrew University at Jerusalem, Paul Themen, Anny Warburg, and others (1926-1941).

Folder 3 contains the birth certificates of Oskar and Irmgard Schüler (issued 1914-1938); diplomas issued to Irmgard Schüler by various educational and academic institutes (1914-1933); reference letters from the Jüdisches Museum Berlin and other institutes, and a CV (1927-1938); letters and a certificate pertaining to Irmgard and Martha Schüler's migration to Palestine and their naturalization (1938-1956); and Irmgard and Martha Schüler’s identification cards (1930-1941).

Folder 4 contains documents pertaining to Irmgard Schüler's writings on Jewish arts and crafts: hand-written notebooks, drafts and notes (German and Hebrew), including a draft of her manuscript titled "A Note on Jewish Gold Glasses," and an off-print of the final article (published in the Journal of Glass Studies VIII, 1966); and correspondence regarding the above-mentioned article (1966).

Folder 5 contains drafts of Schüler's essay Ein unbekannter Stich des Meisters der Liebesgärten (An unknown Engraving of the Master of Love Gardens), hand-written notes, photographs, and correspondence regarding the publication of the manuscript in the Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch (1933-1968).

Folder 6 contains 184 photographs of Paul Schüler, Irmgard Schüler, Martha Schüler, Oskar Schüler, the grave of Ferdinant Liebhold, and unidentified children and individuals. The photos were taken in Bochum, Berlin, Plankenburg, Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, Spiez, Jerusalem, Haifa, and other unidentified locations, ca. 1915-1959.


  • 1901-1968


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and some Hebrew.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection has been digitized.

Biographical / Historical

Oskar Schüler (born 5.11.1879) was a banker in Bochum and served in the Prussian army between 1901 and 1918. Irmgard (Jehudith) Schüler (born 12.7.1907), the daughter of Oskar and Martha Schüler (born 10.3.1885), graduated from the Altes Realgymnasium in Munich in 1929 and submitted her dissertation on the History of Art to the Kunsthistorisches Institut der Universität Bonn in 1933. She served as the librarian of the Jewish Museum in Berlin until her migration to Palestine with her mother in 1938.


6 Folders


The collection contains various materials pertaining to Oskar Schüler, his wife Martha, and their daughter Irmgard Schüler.


This collection is arranged in 2 series.

  1. Series I: Schüler Family's Materials, 1901-1959
  2. Series II: Irmgard Schüler's Research, 1933-1968
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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