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Hermann Baerwald Collection

Identifier: AR 744 / MF 973

Scope and Content Note

The collection is a somewhat loose medley of (mostly photocopied) official documents and Hermann Baerwald’s correspondence, diaries, lecture notes and other manuscripts – such as an autobiography, accompanied by published materials by and about Baerwald, as well as transcripts of speeches and eulogies.


  • 1805-1929
  • 1990

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, Judeo-German and Latin

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.


Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed - MF 973.

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 "Request" button.

Biographical Note

The highly esteemed German Jewish educator Hermann Baerwald was born in the town of Nakel in the Prussian province of Posen (today Nakło nad Notecią in Poland)‏ in 1828. His academic education began at academic high schools in Konitz and Breslau, followed by studies at a Historical Seminary devoted to the study of philology and history under Gustav A. Stenzel. At the University of Berlin he studied history with Leopold Ranke and Philipp Jaffé. As a Jew, Baerwald could not enter the Prussian civil service as a high school teacher, and therefore he went as a private teacher to Vienna. In 1859 he was called to Berlin to fill an important place at the Jewish Teachers' Seminary, and then in 1868 he followed a call from the Jewish community of Frankfurt/Main to become the director of the ‘Philantrophin’, a position that he held until 1899. Hermann Baerwald died in Frankfurt am Main in 1907.


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Official documents, correspondence, diaries, lecture notes and other manuscripts (an autobiography), as well as eulogies, transcripts and published materials.


Collection is available on 2 reels of microfilm (MF 973).

  1. Reel 1: 1/1-1/12
  2. Reel 2: 1/13-2/17

Separated Material

An edition of a German Bible, "Die vier und zwanzig Buecher der Heiligen Schrift nach dem masoritischen Texte. Unter der Redaktion von Dr. Zunz uebersetzt von H. Arnheim, Julius Fuerst [und] M. Sachs. 12 Aufl. 1889" with a dedication by Hermann Baerwald has been removed to the LBI Library (17th edition).

Guide to the Hermann Baerwald Collection, 1805-1929, 1990 AR 744 / MF 973
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2009
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-11-30 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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