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Ruth Marion Mosse Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25854

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, official documents, family trees, and photographs relating to the Mosse family, and most prominently to Ruth Marion Mosse and her erstwhile husband Ernest Goodman. Documents refer to their private lives as well as provide information on their families.

Series I includes materials relating to Ruth Marion Mosse and her family including correspondence relating to genealogical research; private correspondence; as well as vital and educational documents of Ruth Marion, and writings by her mother, Maria Mosse. Additionally, the series houses newspaper articles and publications relating to the opening of the Mosse House in Berlin, and a book commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rudolf Mosse's business. Also included are documents about Albert and Ulrike Mosse, relatives of Ruth Mosse.

Series II includes photographs. These show images of the Goodman family prior to World War II as well as photographs of Ruth Marion Mosse and Ernest Goodman together and with their respective families. Furthermore, there are photographs and postcards which show images of cities and landscapes which were taken or collected prior to and after the Second World War.


  • 1858-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1915-2001


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection.

Biographical Note

Ruth Marion Mosse was born on August 3rd, 1915, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Maria and Erich Mosse, granddaughter of the jurist Albert Mosse, and great-niece of the publisher and philanthropist Rudolf Mosse. Ruth Marion Mosse trained to become a nurse and graduated in 1935, when she emigrated to the United States. - Rudolf Mosse founded the Rudolf Mosse Firm, an advertising company in 1867, which developed as Verlag Rudolf Mosse into one of the biggest publishing companies in Germany at the time.

Ernest Goodman was born Ernst Gutmann on June 19, 1910, in Strasbourg, France (then Germany). In 1936, Ernest immigrated to the United States under the sponsorship of an uncle living in Greenwood, Missouri. He found work in Greenwood and later in New York City, where he eventually settled. Ernest Goodman and Ruth Mosse married on May 31, 1940. They had two children, Marion and Spencer, and they later divorced.


0.5 Linear Feet


This collection includes correspondence, official documents, family trees, and photographs relating primarily to Ruth Marion Mosse and the Mosse family. Also included are documents pertaining to Ruth Marion Mosse’s erstwhile husband Ernest Goodman.


The collection is arranged in two series.

  • Series I: The Mosse Family, 1858-2015
    • Subseries 1: Ruth Marion Mosse, 1935-2015
    • Subseries 2: Mosse Family, 1858-1995
  • Series II: Mosse-Goodman Photographs, 1909-1977

Related Materials

The LBI Archives includes the Ernest Goodman Collection (AR 10662), which contains correspondence and official documents pertaining to Ernest Goodman and Carole Goodman, his second wife.

Several photographs from this collection were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection and are digitized and available online; they can be found through a catalog search (call numbers F 37266-F 37275).

Ruth Marion Mosse was part of the Mosse family which is represented in various collections in the LBI Archives.

Separated Materials

There are photographs which have been removed from this collection to the LBI Photograph Collection (call numbers F 37266-F 37275).

Three books have been removed from the archival collection and can be found in the LBI library. The book Kriegsbriefe gefallener deutscher Soldaten (1961) includes letters by fallen soldiers from Germany. The book Stunden der Andacht (1858; call number BM 667 W6 N38 1862) is a prayer book for Jewish women. The book Dorf des Friedens (1936) by Hans Saalbach talks about the Olympic Village during the Olympic Games in Germany in 1936.

Two medals from World War I and from skiing trips which probably belonged to Ernest Goodman’s father, or his uncle have been removed from the collection and can be found in the Arts and Objects Collection of the LBI.

Processing Information

Materials were transferred into new acid-free folders and archival boxes.

The present collection AR 25854 was consolidated with an older collection of Ruth Marion Mosse (call number AR 10665) when it was re-processed in May 2022. The items from the previous collection will be found in folders 1/2 and 1/4.

Guide to the Ruth Marion Mosse Family Collection
Processed by Marlene Wulf
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States