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Arthur Wolf Papers

Identifier: AR 25270 / MF 819

Scope and Content Note

Personal and official documents relating to Arthur Wolf; diaries and correspondence.


  • 1906-1968


Language of Materials

This collection is in German; English; Russian; French.

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, please use MF 819.

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

Arthur Wolf was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890, the fourth child of Jacob and Friedericke Wolf. His father died when Arthur was young, and at age 14 he was apprenticed to a textile firm. Before World War I, he traveled to South America repeatedly as a sales representative. During the war, Arthur was a high ranking Jewish officer in the Austrian army and spent six years as a prisoner of war in Siberia. He met his future wife, Maria Sebastianova Ossinovsky in Vladivostok, and the couple got married in Strasbourg in 1921. They had a son, Erich (later Eric) Robert Wolf, who became a prominent American anthropologist. From 1933 to 1938 Arthur managed a textile factory in Sudetenland, Czech Republic. When the Nazis marched into Vienna in March of 1938, Arthur immediately arranged for Eric and then for his wife and himself to emigrate to England. The three immigrated to the United States in 1940.

Beginning in 1906, Arthur kept diaries for most of his life, first in German and after the 1940s in English.


3 Linear Feet


Personal and official documents relating to Arthur Wolf; diaries and correspondence.


Collection is available on 6 reels of microfilm (MF 819).

  1. Reel 1
  2. Reel 2: Masonry Books, Memberships, etc. 2/2
  3. Reel 3: 2/3-2/8
  4. Reel 4: 2/9-2/12
  5. Reel 5: 2/13-Diaries 1962
  6. Reel 6: Diaries 1963-Diaries 1968
Guide to the Arthur Wolf Papers, 1906-1968 AR 25270 / MF 819
Processed by LBI Staff
© 2010
Language of description
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 07, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States