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Adolf and Frieda Heilberg Collection

Identifier: AR 1054

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents the life and achievements of Adolf and Frieda Heilberg. A significant part of the collection is related to Adolf Heilberg's 70th birthday and his death.

Series I contains only materials from and about Adolf Heilberg, separated in 8 folders. Folder 1 includes testimonials and eulogies, an honorary membership dedication of the German Bar Association, a photo album, newspaper articles and a Festschrift. These materials are all in relation to Adolf Heilberg's 70th birthday. In Folder 2 letters and obituaries concerning Adolf Heilberg's death can be found. In Folder 4 are documents concerning the Heilberg-Fonds from 1928 and Folder 5 contains letters from several Lawyers' Societies. Folder 7 contains personal documents like birth, marriage and death certificates and Adolf Heilberg's master's and doctoral diplomas as well. Speeches and articles written by Adolf Helberg about diplomacy and peace and the functions of the League of Nations can be found in this series as well. This series also contains a photo album of Adolf Heilberg on his 70th birthday and a leather-bound honorary membership dedication of the German Bar Association. Both documents were presents for Adolf Heilberg on his birthday. The photo album shows six pictures from several buildings in Breslau, the members of the bar association and the interior of the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht). The photos were made by H. Götz.

Series II is about Frieda Heilberg and it is comprised of 7 folders. The papers of this series are largely comprised of articles concerning textile industry and maritime traffic, but additionally include two copies of the cover sheets of two books, which are no longer in the collection and now can be found in the library. Translations and manuscripts relating to the constitution of England and other social and economic questions can be found in this series as well. It also includes personal documents like an outline of professional training and experience, notes, a birth certificate and a doctoral diploma.


  • 1893-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1928-1978


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the Reserve button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011


Biographical Note

Adolf Heilberg was born January 15th, 1858 in Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland). He was a lawyer at the appellate court (Oberlandesgericht) in Breslau beginning in 1883. In 1899 he became a member of the Kammervorstand Breslau of which he was chairman since 1922. In 1909 Adolf Heilberg became a member of the directorate of the German bar association and in 1928 he became its vice president. Adolf Heilberg was the president of the Silesian lawyers' association from 1925 until his dismissal in 1933. As a member of the DDP (Deutsche Demokratische Partei) he was the chairman of the Stadtverodnetenkammer (city council) in Breslau. Adolf Heilberg was also on the board of the Deutsche Friedensgesellschaft (German society of peace) and the author of the book Bestimmungen des Friedensvertrags. On December 17, 1936 he died in Breslau.

Frieda Nora Heilberg was born February 19th, 1894 in Breslau. From 1914 until 1916 she went to school at the Academy for Women, a school of social work. Frieda Heilberg studied economics, social sciences, law, administration and psychology from 1920 until 1923. In November 1923 she completed her doctoral studies. In 1943 she was a part-time student at the New York school of Social Work and in 1944 she became a fulltime student. In December 1944 she completed her master's thesis about a study of the re-housing needs of tenants displaced by the Stuyvesant Town Project. She died in February 1986 in Wisconsin.


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The Adolf and Frieda Heilberg collection documents their lives and achievements. Most of the documents discuss Adolf Heilberg's 70th birthday and tributes on him. The publications of Frieda Heilberg concern topics like the textile industry and social and economic questions. In the personal documents of each person can be found birth certificates, master's and doctor's degrees and death certificates. Other documents include a Festschrift, speeches, articles, legal correspondence of Adolf Heilberg and a photo album.


The collection is arranged in two series.


The collection is on two reels of microfilm (MF 1103):

  1. Reel 1: 1/1 - 2/2
  2. Reel 2: 2/3 - 2/6

Separated Material

The LBI Library contains the books Das letzte Reich by George Quabbe and Vom Geist des Judentums by Martin Buber. The books were removed from the archival collection to the library.

Processing Information

A previous finding aid existed for this collection. The previous order has been slightly changed during reprocessing in July 2010. The documents in reference to Adolf Heilberg's death and his birthdays are now combined in one folder in Series I. The materials of Adolf and Frieda were separated into two boxes and this distribution has been maintained. The materials in the series are ordered alphabetically and within the alphabetical order the folders are arranged chronologically.

Guide to the Papers of Adolf and Frieda Heilberg 1893-1995 AR 1054 / MF 1103
Processed by Nicole Kneisz
© 2010
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Description is in English.
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This version was derived from AdolfFriedaHeilberg.xml

Revision Statements

  • June 2011.: Microfilm inventory added.
  • February 10, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States