Landauer Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains several business papers of the cotton mill M. S. Landauer in Hürben, Bavaria, as well as several Landauer family documents and some correspondence. A large second series consists of extensive Landauer family trees.
The first series is divided into personal and family papers, and business documents. The personal and family papers include documents such as obituaries, citizenship and residency papers (Bürgerbriefe), passports, a letter (German in Hebrew script), awards for World War I service, and an excerpt from an official register of Jews in early 19th century Rezatkreis, Bavaria. These documents belonged to Moses Paul, and Sigmund Landauer, among others. The business documents include the firm's charter, an extensive mid 19th century account book, as well as a company history, a photograph of the factory, and official letters documenting the takeover of the firm in 1938. The second series contains three extensive family trees, some with prose chronicles, of the Landauer and related families. There is also a handwritten tree for the Landauer-Oppenheim branch inscribed in the cover of a pamphlet.
- Landauer family (Family)
Language of Materials
This collection is in German and English.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
Sigmund Landauer was the son of Moses Landauer, founder of the textile mill M. S. Landauer. Paul Landauer may have been Moses Landauer's grandson.
The textile firm M. S. Landauer was founded by Moses Landauer in 1833, and was originally run out of the basement of his ancestral home, but eventually employed several hand weavers. In 1847 Landauer made his first venture into mechanical weaving in Neuburg an der Kammel, and in 1857 he built a factory in Hürben bei Krumbach. Landauer retired in 1874 and passed on leadership of the firm to his sons, who oversaw the expansion of the business including the expansion into a larger factory in Oberhausen bei Augsburg. The business remained in the family until 1938, when it was taken over during the Aryanization by the firm C. F. Ploucquet. For a more detailed history of the firm, see the chronicle in folder 2.
This collection contains several business papers of the cotton mill M. S. Landauer in Hürben, Baden-Württemberg, and Augsburg, Bavaria, as well as several Landauer family documents and some correspondence. A large second series consists of extensive Landauer family trees.
Other Finding Aid
A German-language inventory is available in folder 1.
- Augsburg (Germany)
- Bavaria (Germany)
- Black-and-white photographs
- Citizenship papers
- Economic history
- Frenkel, Elias Karl
- Genealogical tables
- Hürben (Giengen an der Brenz, Germany)
- Krumbach (Günzburg, Germany)
- Landau family
- Landauer, Moses Samuel, 1808-1893
- Landauer, Paul
- Landauer, Sigmund
- Ledgers (account books)
- Legal documents
- Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
- Military decorations -- Germany
- Oppenheim family
- Personal papers
- Textile manufacturers
- Guide to the Landauer Family Collection, 1819-1979 AR 207
- Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- October 06, 2011 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
- November 22, 2011 : Links to OSL 45, Folder 1 digital objects added in Container List.