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Bruno Strauss Collection

Identifier: AR 3753

Scope and Content Note

This collection showcases the historian Bruno Strauss's collection of correspondence and writings of the notable German Jewish intellectuals Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, and Martha Wertheimer. The largest groups of materials pertain to Cohen and Wertheimer, and consist of original correspondence as well as (for Cohen) offprints, programs, and other papers dating to the nineteenth and early 20th century. Most of Wertheimer's correspondence is addressed to Siegfried Guggenheim. Other materials include articles (1915, 1918) on Max and Abraham Lewandowsky, and a few letters from Franz Rosenzweig and Otto Wolfskehl, father of Karl Wolfskehl. Some of these may have passed down through the Strauss family (some of the letters are addressed to Strauss's father Abraham Strauss), others are addressed to Bruno Strauss.


  • 1863-1969


Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, and Hebrew.

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

Bruno Strauss was a historian and philologist who lived from 1889-1969. He was raised in Marburg and studied there and in Berlin. From 1912-1938 he taught at the University of Berlin, but was forced to flee to Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, in 1939. He immediately gained employment at Centenary College in Shreveport, and taught history and German there until 1964.


0.25 Linear Feet (7 folders)


This collection contains the academic Bruno Strauss's collection of correspondence and other papers from the notable German Jewish intellectuals Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martha Wertheimer and others, as well as some of Strauss's personal papers.

Other Finding Aid

The original inventory is available in folder 1.

Separated Material

Clippings have been removed to the Bruno Strauss Clippings Collection AR 3753 C .


Some of the Martha Wertheimer-Siegfried Guggenheim correspondence has been damaged by adhesive or tearing; there is a minimal loss of text.

Guide to the Bruno Strauss Collection, 1863-1969  AR 3753
Processed by Ilse Turnheim and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
© 2010
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • March 2012: Link to digital object for Box 1 Folder 6 added in Container List.
  • February 13, 2014 : Remaining 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