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Abraham Geiger Collection

Identifier: AR 29

Scope and Content Note

Folder 1 holds photocopies of handwritten letters and their transcriptions, written by Abraham Geiger to his colleagues, Rabbis Bernhard Felsenthal in Chicago (9 letters) and Rabbi Samuel Adler in New York (1 letter plus English translation), Feb. 13 1863 – Sept. 16. 1874.

Also included is the typed transcription of Geiger’s petition to the Prussian ministry for religious, educational and medical affairs to establish an academic chair for post-biblical Jewish literature, written in Berlin, Dec. 18, 1849, 6 pages.

There also are two original autographs by Abraham Geiger and their transcriptions, Aug. 19, 1839, and Sep. 3, 1867, as well as a portrait photograph of Rabbi Abraham Geiger.

Folder 2 contains the photocopy of a family tree of the Geiger family since 1632, written by Daniel August Worms in 1903: Stammtafel der Familie Geiger / Zusammengestellt im Auftrag des Herrn Alfred S. Geiger von Daniel August Worms, Sekretär der israelitischen Gemeinde zu Frankfurt a.M. 1903. Abraham Geiger and his descendents are mentioned on pages 34-35. Also included is a 4-page typescript with additions to the family tree. Folder 3 holds a bound notebook with 31 poems by Abraham Geiger, 1859-1873. Attached is a 12-page typescript with the handwritten poems’ transcripts. This album is part of the LBI Salomon Herxheimer Collection, AR 4832: some poems mention Johanne Loewenstein, née Herxheimer.


  • 1839-1903


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and some English.

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

Abraham Geiger (May 24, 1810 in Frankfurt am Main –October 23, 1874 in Berlin) was a German rabbi and scholar, instrumental in developing Reform Judaism.


4 Folders


The collection contains original autographs as well as photocopied correspondence by Rabbi Abraham Geiger. Also included are a family tree of the Geiger family and a photograph.

Other Finding Aid

Also available are the original, German language index cards, describing most items in this collection.

Related Material

The handwritten poetry album in folder 3 is part of the Salomon Herxheimer Collection, AR 4832.

Separated Material

One additional portrait photograph of Abraham Geiger has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

During microfilming and consequent digitization the original order of the collection has been disrupted.

Inventory of the Abraham Geiger Collection, 1839-1903 AR 29
© 2009
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The inventory is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States