Adler Family Collection
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains papers of various members of the Adler family. Most of the collection consists of correspondence, but there is also one folder of family papers such as wedding memorabilia, vaccination certificates, visiting cards, telegrams, a notebook, a family tree for one branch of the family and a clipping on Selig Adler.
Family correspondence makes up the greatest part of the collection. All the letters are handwritten and to various family members in various cities in Germany as well as some in America. Many letters are addressed to Rifka Adler (née Liberles) and her children. Letters from America are often from Maryland and New York. The correspondence primarily conveys family news, including holiday or birthday greetings.
Among the items in the folder "Family Documents" are several that pertain to the wedding of Rifka Liberles and Hermann Aron in March 1890. The folder also includes a passport for Josef Adler of Kitzingen and a Heimatschein for a Selig Adler, son of Josef Adler, rabbi of Aschaffenburg. A family tree lists some ancestors of a younger Selig Adler (the grandson of the previously mentioned Selig Adler) of Buffalo; a later clipping on his retirement describes his career as a professor of history at the University of Buffalo. A notebook of an unidentified family member primarily records expense calculations from 1868-1871, but also includes a few addresses.
Most documents in the collection are numerated, reflecting a prior arrangement on catalog cards with some item-level information about the documents. This numeration has been retained; a copy of the cards is present in the first folder of the collection.
- Majority of material found within 1889-1911
- Adler, Selig, 1909-1984 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German, Hebrew, 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
The Adler family lived in Bavaria during the nineteenth century; some family members immigrated to the United States before 1900. Among them was the salesman Josef Gabriel Adler, born May 9, 1873 in Kitzingen, Germany. From 1893 on he lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and on February 19, 1907 he married May Rubenstein; he died in 1925. They had one son, Selig Adler, who became a professor of history at the University of Buffalo. Other family members included an elder Josef Gabriel Adler (1802-1873), who was a rabbi in Aschaffenburg and Immanuel Adler (1840-1911), rabbi in Kitzingen.
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The Adler Family Collection contains papers of various members of the Adler family. Most of the collection consists of correspondence, but there are also folders with family papers such as wedding memorabilia, vaccination certificates, visiting cards, telegrams, a notebook, a family tree for one branch of the family and a clipping on Selig Adler.
The collection is arranged in one series.
Other Finding Aid
Five catalog cards list items in the collection.
The collection was previously arranged numerically on five catalog cards. When the collection was reprocessed in April 2013 this arrangement was retained. The folder formerly titled "misc." has been renamed "Family Documents."
- Guide to the Papers of the Adler Family 1863-1980 AR 228
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from AdlerFamily.xml
- April 08, 2015 : dao links added by Emily Andresini.