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Arthur Lowy Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 25496

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history of the Lowy (alternatively Löwy or Lowry) family from the mid-1800s through the end of the twentieth century. The focus of the collection is on Adolf Lowy (1878-1943) and his sons Erich (1916-2011) and Arthur (1921-1997), but materials on other family members including Adolph Ebstein, Samuel and Rosalie Lowy, and Herta Lowy are also included. The collection consists of family trees, correspondence, vital records, education records such as grades and diplomas, military records, Adolf Lowy’s army diary from World War I, business records for the Hungarian wine merchants Dalchow & Löwy, emigration records, medical records for Arthur Lowy, extensive clippings on Anti-Semitism, limited pieces of ephemera such as menus from celebrations, a few photographs, one negative, and a play script.

Dates

  • 1842-2010

Language of Materials

The collection is in German, French, Dutch, Hebrew, and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

The Lowy family traces its ancestors as far back as the mid-1600s. The earliest papers in this collection date back to the mid-1800s to the Ebstein family of Prussia. In 1849, Adolph Ebstein was given citizenship under Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV after having served in the Prussian army. He later ran a wood business.

Adolph Ebstein’s daughter Rosalie married Samuel Löwy, the co-owner of a Hungarian wine business Dalchow & Löwy. This business eventually served the royal household of Heinrich von Hessen-Darmstadt directly. Samuel and Rosalie Löwy lived in Berlin-Charlottenburg.

Their son Adolf Lowy was born Salomon Adolf Löwy in 1878 and became a lawyer in Berlin. He and his wife Herta née Bobrecker (1895-1943) also lived in Berlin-Charlottenburg, where they raised two sons, Erich and Arthur. Adolf and Herta escaped Nazi Germany to Amsterdam, where Adolf died in 1943.

Adolf and Herta Lowy’s first son Erich Lowy (later Eric Lowry) was born on November 23, 1916. He studied chemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He immigrated to the United States in 1945 and later sponsored the immigration of his brother Arthur. Erich married Fiducia (Lucy) Gaetano, an Italian immigrant, and they had a son Earl Lemly. He died in January of 2011 in Middletown, Connecticut.

Arthur Lowy (alternatively Friedrich or Fritz Arthur) was born on May 5, 1921. He studied architecture at Leeds School of Architecture and Town Planning in Leeds, England. After immigrating to the United States, he studied urban planning at Columbia University in New York and eventually settled in southern California. He died in 1997.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection documents the history of the Lowy family of Berlin from the mid-1800s through the end of the twentieth century with a focus on Adolf Lowy (1878-1943) and his sons Erich (1916-2011) and Arthur (1921-1997). The collection includes family trees, correspondence, vital records, education records, military records, a diary from World War I, business records for the Hungarian wine merchants Dalchow & Löwy, emigration records, extensive clippings on Anti-Semitism, limited pieces of ephemera, a few photographs, one negative, and a play script.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the family member to whom the records primarily relate. Exceptions to this are folders 1-2, which document family history in general, and folder 13, which contains items related to several family members or unknown individuals.

Separated Material

A medal with the dates 1848-1849 awarded by Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia was removed to the LBI Art and Objects Collection.

Processing Information

Duplicates were removed. The pages were removed from Erich Lowy’s three-ring binder of clippings. The binder was removed, and the pages were retained in their original order. If these pages were held in plastic sleeves, the sleeves were removed. Many small items in the collection were taped to larger pieces of paper. Where possible, this tape was removed and the paper discarded. The tape was left on some items where removing it would have destroyed the content.
Title
Guide to the Arthur Lowy Family Collection 1842-2010 AR 25496
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Leanora Lange
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Sponsor
Made possible by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support "Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History."

Revision Statements

  • April 13, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States