Lee Sommer Collection
Scope and Content Note
The Lee Sommer Collection contains many family photographs and some documents of members of the Lee Sommer family. The bulk of the collection consists of photo albums, photographs, and picture postcards of the family, but the collection also includes a small amount of family correspondence, memorial albums, and some articles about Hermann Schuelein, director of Rheingold breweries.
Series II is the largest area of the collection, with extensive photographs of family members and the places to which they traveled, family pets, vacations, and school excursions and events. It also includes many photographs and picture postcards from World War I.
Series I contains the documents of Lee Sommer and his family. This series includes family correspondence from the 1940s, newspaper and magazine clippings about Hermann Schuelein, and memorial albums that mark the deaths of family members.
- Majority of material found within 1914-1948
Language of Materials
The collection is in German and English, with a small amount of French.
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
Lee Sommer was born as Leo Sommer on May 8, 1899 in Cologne (Köln), Germany, the son of Moritz and Elise (née Strauss) Sommer. He had two brothers, Max and Emil. Lee and his wife Traudi arrived in New York on August 12, 1938, and during the 1940s lived in the Washington Heights neighborhood in northern Manhattan. Max and Trude Sommer survived World War II in Switzerland and joined his brother in the United States in 1946.
Lee Sommer died on November 11, 1970.
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The Lee Sommer Collection primarily consists of photographic material of the Lee Sommer family. In addition it contains a small amount of family correspondence, memorial albums, and articles about Hermann Schuelein.
The collection is arranged in two series:
During processing of the archival collection, it was divided into two series and untitled photo albums were assigned titles based on the albums' contents. Many photographs in multiple photo albums were discovered to have fallen loose from their album pages. Therefore they were placed in photo envelopes separate from their album, with identification of the photographs and their respective pages recorded on the envelopes to preserve their order within the albums.
- Ascona (Switzerland)
- Badgastein (Austria)
- Bavaria (Germany)
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Cologne (Germany)
- Como (Italy)
- Jewish families
- Jewish refugees
- Lisbon (Portugal)
- Lucerne (Switzerland)
- Montauk (N.Y.)
- Munich (Germany)
- New York World's Fair (Location of meeting: New York, N.Y.). Date of meeting or treaty signing: (1939-1940 :.)
- North Conway (N.H.)
- Paris (France)
- Riviera (France)
- Sauerlach (Germany)
- Schülein, Hermann, 1884-1970
- Sommer family
- Sommer, Lee
- Sommer, Max
- Sommer, Traudi
- Sommer, Trude
- Switzerland -- Emigration and immigration
- Voyages and travels
- Whiteface Mountain (N.Y.)
- World War, 1914-1918
- Zürich (Switzerland)
- Guide to the Papers of Lee Sommer 1914-1971 AR 25572
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey
- © 2018
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from LeeSommer.xml
- August 2018:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.
Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States