Bernhard Altmann Collection
Scope and Contents
The Bernhard Altmann Collection contains documents related to the private life of Bernhard Altmann as well as his textile business in New York, including photographs; a friendship album; publications; and a brochure. Materials relating to Bernhard Altmann’s business also include two booklets which were published by his company, a textile factory. The books explain the development of Altmann’s factory.
Furthermore, the collection contains information about his private life. This includes for instance a friendship album, in which friends and relatives of Bernhard Altmann wrote short messages for his birthday on December 23rd, 1953. Additionally, the collection holds photographs of vacations and various family members.
- Altmann, Bernhard, 1888-1960 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English, and some French.
Conditions Governing Access
Open to researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection.
Bernhard Altmann was born in Premissel, Galicia, Austria (today Przemyśl, Poland) on December 23, 1888, the son of Karl Chaskel Altmann and Karoline Keile Altmann.
Bernhard Altmann was a textile manufacturer in Vienna, where he and his family – his first wife Nelly Cornelia Altmann and several siblings – lived until 1938. After having fled Austria, Bernhard Altmann lived in several places. He left England for the United States in the late 1930s, where he started successful cashmere textile companies in Massachusetts, Texas, and New York. Later he partially lived in Austria. Bernhard Altmann died in Zurich, Switzerland in 1960.
0.5 Linear Feet
1 Folders (1 oversized folder in a shared oversize box)
The Bernhard Altmann Collection contains documents related to the private life of Bernhard Altmann as well as his textile business in New York, including photographs; a friendship album; and publications.
The collection is arranged in three series.
- Personal Documents, undated, 1953
- Books about the Bernhard Altmann Corporation, 1950-1952
- Photographs, undated, 1949, 1955, 2007
Materials were rehoused into acid-free boxes and folders and the collection was divided into three series during the processing of the archival collection.
- Processed by Marlene Wulf
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