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Auguste and Emil Glauber Collection

Identifier: AR 25945

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two series.

Series I includes documents of Auguste (Gustl) Glauber’s (née Mayer) childhood and youth, such as a photo album and a handwritten cookbook. These documents also cover her immigration to the US, the correspondence with her family during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as the decades after World War II.

The business-related papers and documents in Series II contain two albums of sample books. Each page describes how to dye and color a certain fabric while a sample of this fabric is attached to the back of each page. A third binder includes business papers, sketches for different machinery and more detailed descriptions of how to color different kinds of fabrics. A second file contains further business-related materials and documents.


  • 1914-2003


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

Auguste Glauber (Gusti or Gustl, nee Mayer) was born into a well-to-do family in Vienna around the early 1900s. Her father Heinrich (Hans) Mayer had inherited the family’s textile firm Leopold Mayer & Sons. In 1928, she married Emil Glauber from Berlin, and the couple had two children, George and Eleonore (Lore). Emil worked at his father-in-law’s company and developed new techniques of dying and bleaching fabrics. In 1938, Auguste and the children emigrated via Belgium to the United States, followed soon after by Emil; they lived in Aurora Illinois. During the early 1940’s, Emil was looking for a job as a chemis5t/ engineer in the textile industry, and he sent recurring letters to his friend and fellow chemist Dr. Paul Wengraf, who had emigrated to New York.

Auguste always kept in touch with her remaining family, especially her parents Heinrich and Erna Mayer, who emigrated to Shanghai, and her aunt Paula Beer (née Herrmann) in Pilsen and Prag.

Olga Spitzer-Feitler was married to Maximilian Feitler. Their son Joe Feitler later married Eleonore (Lore) Glauber-Feitler. Olga was born and raised in Vienna and in May/June of 1939 she and her husband emigrated to the United States. Olga tried to keep in touch with her remaining family in Europe, especially her aunt Emma.


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The collection documents the lives of Auguste Glauber, née Mayer and her husband Emil Glauber with references to family members in Austria, the USA, Shanghai and Czechoslovakia. Also included are documents pertaining to family’s textile firm “Leopold Mayer & Sons” as well as Gustl’s family photo album and a recipe book. Some documents are related to the family’s business led by Heinrich (Hans) Mayer, who later emigrated to Shanghai.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  • Series I: Family Papers and Personal Correspondence, circa 1914-1950, 1988
  • Series II: Business Papers, circa 1910s–1941

Related Materials

The Eleonor G. Feitler Family Collection (AR 25629) at the Leo Baeck Institute contains further information and documents on the Glauber/ Mayer family.

Separated Materials

A copy of an entire issue of the newspaper Aufbau, published on Friday, the 4th of November 1988, was removed from the archival collection. A bundle of four striped fabric samples was also removed from the collection to the LBI Arts and Object Collection.

Guide to the Papers of Auguste and Emil Glauber
Processed by Moritz Rinaldo
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States