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Bruno Schindler Collection

Identifier: AR 1369

Scope and Content Note

The first series contains curricula vitae, school papers, and obituaries of Bruno Schindler, as well as some notes and photographs.

The second series includes correspondence written to James Heckscher from Austen Chamberlain, Edward Grey, Paul Lindau, Moses Montefiore, Ivan Turgenev, members of the House of Lords and the British Foreign Office, as well as several other notable cultural figures in the fin-de-siecle. There are also a number of notes and clippings, obituaries and photos of Heckscher.


  • 1867-1967


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, and French.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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

Born in Leschnitz (now Lesnica, Poland) on October 16, 1882, the educator and sinologist Bruno Schindler emigrated to Great Britain in 1933 and died in London on July 29, 1964. He was the editor and head of the publishing firm Lund Humphries & Co. Ltd., as well as founder and editor of the journal Asia Major and the co-founder and publisher of the journal Islamica, Caucausica, and Armenica. During a visit to Shanghai in 1913, he helped to found a Jewish community there.

As a reporter for Reuters, James Heckscher (born 1834 in Hamburg, Germany) worked early in his career in the United States and eventually represented Reuters in the press gallery of the English House of Commons. He became a naturalized English citizen and was prominent in British society. He died in London in 1909.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains the personal papers, photos, and correspondence of educator Bruno Schindler and journalist James Heckscher. The Heckscher materials include several letters from notable cultural figures like Moses Montefiore and Ivan Turgenev, as well as several from members of Parliament.

Other Finding Aid

An 8-page inventory is available in folder 1.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection

Bronze portrait plaque of James Heckscher (item number 2520.1 in older inventory) removed to Art and Objects Collection

Guide to the Bruno Schindler Collection, 1867-1967  AR 1369
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 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