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Adolphe J. Warner Collection

Identifier: AR 6716

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material by Adolphe Warner, and about his family, in particular his father Moritz Werner. Warner was interested in collaborating with LBI on a research project on German banking in the 1930s, and materials related to that include a paper and an article by Warner, correspondence with academic institutions, a CV, and notes. The Werner and Frenkel Family materials include short biographies of Moritz Werner, Julius Werner, and Emil Frenkel; a copy of an etching of Frenkel; and a photocopy of an 1888 lecture about Sophocles given by Joseph Werner at the Freies Deutsches Hochstift.

A letter sent in 1838 from Johanna (Hannchen) Ballin of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to her new parents-in-law includes messages from D. Ballin and P. Ballin, all in German. A fourth message in the same letter is in German written in Hebrew characters.

The scrapbook contains materials by Moritz Werner as well as items about his family. It includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, typescripts and published clippings of Werner's writings about art and literary figures, and ephemera such as printed Jewish calendars from the 1920s.


  • 1838-1995


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers. Scrapbook with clippings and documents regarding Moritz Werner is microfilmed, use MF 469.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

Adolphe J. Warner (1917, Frankfurt am Main – 2002, New York) was a financial executive. He came to New York from Germany in 1936, and served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. After four years of working for the United States military government in Germany in the finance division, he returned to New York in 1950 and began a long career as a financial advisor and executive.

Warner was the son of Dr. Moritz Werner (1873, Frankfurt am Main – 1940, New York), a teacher of modern languages at the Lessing Gymnasium in Frankfurt, and Ella Werner née Plaut, daughter of Frankfurt rabbi Rudolf Plaut. Warner's paternal grandfather was Dr. Joseph Werner, a noted classics scholar. Emil Frenkel was a cousin of Joseph Werner's wife Rosalie. Julius Werner (died 1937) was Moritz Werner's younger brother.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box) + 1 OSL folder (OSL 27)


This collection contains material by financial executive Adolphe Warner about German banking in the 1930s, as well as material about his family, particularly his father Moritz Werner.


Scrapbook with clippings and documents regarding Moritz Werner is microfilmed (MF 469).

Separated Material

Two silver encased scrolls and a Megillah Esther scroll were previously removed to the LBI Arts and Objects collection.

Guide to the Adolphe J. Warner Collection undated, 1838-1995 AR 6716
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann and LBI Staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • July 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States