Hirsch Family Collection, Mergentheim
Scope and Content Note
The Hirsch Family Collection, Mergentheim holds the papers of Abraham Hirsch, his children and one grandson. The collection consists of various official, business and personal documents as well as four folders of personal correspondence.
The first folder contains the papers of Abraham, Salomon, Marie, Wolf, Samuel and Jakob Abraham Hirsch as well as of Babette Loewensohn. Documents of Abraham Hirsch and his children include marriage and business contracts, extract from business logs, wills, inventories of possessions, and tax books. A citizenship document is present for Wolf Hirsch. Among Jakob Abraham Hirsch's papers are a eulogy and a document conferring his house to his son Samuel Hirsch as a wedding present. Papers of Samuel Hirsch include his military papers and an announcement of his engagement. Included in this folder is an item-level inventory of the collection's documents.
The bulk of the collection consists of family correspondence. The first two folders of correspondence are letters sent to Wolf and Jakob Abraham and Esther Hirsch; these letters are entirely in handwritten Hebrew script. Letters sent to Jakob Abraham and Esther Hirsch are primarily from friends and relatives. The concluding two folders are the courtship letters of Jakob Abraham Hirsch in Mergentheim and Esther Cohn (later Hirsch) in Wassertrüdingen, beginning a few months prior to their marriage and continuing through the first year of it. These letters often mention their family members and some of their activities.
- Creation: 1832-1886
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1842-1852
- Hirsch, Jakob (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Open to researchers.
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
Abraham Hirsch was a businessman who held property in Mergentheim (today Bad Mergentheim), Germany during the early to mid-nineteenth century. He had several children, among them Salomon, Marie, Wolf, Babette and Jakob Abraham. Babette Hirsch married Moses Loewensohn in August 1839. Wolf Hirsch established a soap boiling business in Paris and as a journeyman walked from Paris to Constantinople. Jakob Abraham Hirsch married Esther Cohn in August 1850. They had a son, Samuel.
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The Hirsch Family Collection, Mergentheim holds the papers of Abraham Hirsch, his children and one grandson. The collection consists of various official, business and personal documents as well as four folders of personal correspondence, including the courtship letters of Jakob Abraham and Esther Hirsch.
The collection is arranged in one series.
Other Finding Aid
A previous two-page inventory lists each document and correspondence folder in the collection and has been retained in the collection's first folder. Documents are numbered.
The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.
- Guide to the Papers of the Hirsch Family of Mergentheim 1832-1886 AR 1159
- Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff
- © 2013
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
- Edition statement
- This version was derived from HirschFamily_Mergentheim.xml
- June 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.