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Albert Phiebig Collection

Identifier: AR 352

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials collected and created by Albert Phiebig in the course of his genealogical work. It primarily documents the history of the Phiebig family and related families, but also contains original materials from his ancestors and genealogical tables of other German-Jewish families, as well as printed genealogical material and photocopies of archival material such as town registers.

More specifically, the collection contains Phiebig's genealogical research work-product, such as notes, correspondence, genealogical tables, photostats of archival records, and other materials. Many of the documents are from the 1930s, when Phiebig was performing research for the Gesellschaft fuer Juedische Familienforschung in Germany. After he fled to the USA, he continued his genealogical work, and some material from his later research is also found in the collection. Much of the research was into his own ancestry.

Phiebig also collected materials by and about his ancestors. These include original 19th-century correspondence between his ancestors (some with transcription and/or translation into English), and an original 19th-century account book maintained by Phiebig's great-grandfather, Abraham Malachowski, a grocery wholesaler. A small amount of original World War One correspondence and a handful of photographs are also present. Phiebig also assembled copies and typescripts of other 19th-century materials related to his ancestors.

The collection also contains a handful of personal items, such as newspaper articles about Phiebig and printed material from a 1936 trip to Palestine.

The following families and individuals are mentioned in this collection. Most mentions are brief, and are found in folders 16 and 17. Other folders with significant content relating to a particular family are noted at the folder level.

Abraham family, Abrahamson family, Aub family, Auerbach family, Austerlitz family, Bacharach family, Baruch family, Basservi family, Behrendt family, Bloch family, Bollag family, Bollag, Max , Bollag-Brunschwig, Bertha , Bon family, Breitinger, Maria , Bursch family, Busweiler family, Caz family, Chasan family, Chaskel family, Cleve family, Cohn family, Czellitzer, Arthur, 1871-1943 , Delmedigo family, Deutz family, Dreifuss family, Egers family, Elia family, Emden family, Emmerich family, Engers family, Englaender family, Englaender, AbrahamHirschKohn , Falk family, Feibelmann family, Finder family, Flesch family, Fraenkel family, Fraenkl family, Frankfurter family, Fridberg family, Friedburg family, Gans family, Geilich family, Gerothwohl family, Gez family, Gibartowski family, Ginzburg family, Giwartowski family, Gomperz family, Guenzburg family, Gumpertz family, Heinemann family, Heppner, Aron , Herzfeld family, Hirschland family, Honig family, Israel, Wilfrid , Jafe family, Jaffe family, Karo family, Katz family, Kaz family, Knoblich family, Kohn family, Kristeller, Rose , Landau family, Lehmann, Joseph, 1873-1933 , Levy family, Liepmann family, Lisser-Moses family, Malachowski family, Malachowski, Abraham , Malachowski, Helene , Malachowski, Rose , Mannheim family, Margoninski family, Margulies family, Markrich family, May family, May family, Meier family, Meissinger family, Mendel family, Menzels family, Neugass family, Ochs family, Oettingen family, Oppenheim family, Ost family, Ostheim family, Pfann family, Pfeiffer family, Phibeck family, Phiebig family, Phiebig, Albert , Philip family, Pressburg family, Reichenbach family, Reinganum family, Rosenwald family, Rosheim family, Rosheim, Josel von , Rothschild family, Salomonsohn family, Schelsinger family, Schiff family, Schlesing, Spir , Schlesinger family, Schlesinger, Jaffe , Schuster family, Schwab family, Schwarzschild family, Schwelm family, Seligmann family, Sichel family, Simon family, Speyer family, Spir family, Spir, Albert , Spira family, Spire family, Trier family, Trier, Nathan Joseph , Ulmann family, Unna family, Utitz family, Weil family, Weyl family, Winig family, Winnig family, Wohl family, Worms family, Wuerzburg family


  • 1600s-2002


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English, with some French, Hebrew, Polish, and Yiddish.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Biographical Note

Albert J. Phiebig (January 2, 1908 – March 27, 2004) was born in Berlin to Siegfried and Helene (née Malachowski). In his memoir, he describes a pleasant childhood in a liberal but socially ambitious family. He acquired his interest in book collecting as a youth, while looking for 16th and 17th-century editions of Greek and Latin texts to replace the modern Teubner editions he deemed unattractive. A childhood summer vacation to his father’s home Flatow in West Prussia (today Złotów, Poland) sparked his other lifelong passion, genealogical research. Phiebig studied at universities in Berlin and Freiburg and thereafter began a career in law. After being dismissed from public service by the Nazis in 1933, he became a statistician for the Reichsvertetung der Deutschen Juden. He also joined the Gesellschaft fuer Juedisc he Familienforschung, working with noted genealogist Dr. Arthuer Czellitzer. In June 1938, Phiebig married Rosa Gottlieb (1912-1960) in Berlin, with Rabbi Leo Baeck officiating.

In 1939 the couple emigrated to the USA and settled in New York City. They soon had two children, Thomas (born 1943) and Barbara (born 1946). During the war, Phiebig worked at the research and analysis branch of the Central European section of the Office of Strategic Services in Washington and New York City from 1943-1945. In 1947, he opened an antiquarian bookstore in White Plains, NY. His first wife Rosa died of cancer on August 21, 1960. Phiebig remarried in 1964, to Marianne Hoff (born 1922). He remained a dealer in rare foreign books until his retirement in 2002.

Sources: Collection; LBI memoir 918; "In Memoriam," Stammbaum 25 (2004), p. 50.


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This collection contains materials collected and created by Albert Phiebig in the course of his genealogical work. It primarily documents the history of the Phiebig family and related families, but also contains original materials from his ancestors and genealogical tables of other German-Jewish families, as well as other genealogical material and a few personal materials.


The collection was arranged into three series: Personal, Family Materials, and Genealogical Research. The third series was broken into two sections, Research performed in Germany and Research performed in the USA. The first section contains materials from Phiebig's genealogical research in the 1930s, before he left for the USA. The second section contains materials relating to his later research. Each series or section is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Related Material

LBI holds Phiebig's memoir, which is written in English and covers the period from 1908 to 1964 (ME 918).

Separated Material

Most photographs were removed to the LBI photo collection and can be accessed digitally.

MF530, Microfilms from Geheimes Staatsarchiv in Dahlem: 'General Tabelle', ca. 1783; Business account logs, 18th century, was removed and cataloged separately.

Processing Information

The materials in this collection were received from Phiebig in small batches between 1985 and 2004. The materials were rehoused into acid-free folders. Older documents were interleaved with acid-free paper. Photographs were housed in sleeves. Most of the original 19th-century documents have some foxing. Some of the documents from the 1930s are very fragile.

Guide to the Albert Phiebig (1908–2004) Collection Undated, 1600s-2002 AR 352
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann
© 2011
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Language of description note
Description is in English.
as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation

Revision Statements

  • July 24, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • March 9, 2014 : Location R 60 changed to R 55.
  • July 24, 2013 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.
  • March 26, 2014 : Link to digital object added to R 55.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States