Guide to the Collection of the Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman Family, undated, circa 1865-2002 (bulk 1900-1943)
 
*P-940

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Heather Halliday as MS Word document, June 1, 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on June 13, 2012. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman Family
Title: Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman Family Collection
Dates:undated, circa 1865-2002 (bulk 1900-1943)
Abstract: This collection consists primarily of the family photographs the Bierman, Bressler, Bretzfelder, Brett, Lieberman and Loeb families. It also includes a significant quantity of the papers of David M. Bressler and the Bretzfelder / Brett family, including correspondence and newspaper clippings. The collection offers a view of the domestic life of a prominent American Jewish family in the first half of the 20th Century.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet (2 Manuscript boxes, 1 Photograph box, and 1 Oversized folder)
Identification: P-940
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note
Photograph of left to right: Lorna Bressler (later Lorna Bressler Brett), Irma Loeb Bressler, Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, Ellen Brett (later Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman)

Left to right: Lorna Bressler (later Lorna Bressler Brett), Irma Loeb Bressler, Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, Ellen Brett (later Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman)

This collection spans three generations of the Bierman, Bressler, Bretzfelder, Brett, Lieberman and Loeb families, offering a personal view of the domestic life of a prominent American Jewish family in the first half of the 20th Century.

A substantial portion of this collection relates to David M. Bressler. David M. Bressler was born in Germany in 1879, immigrating with his parents to the United States as a small child. Bressler was highly active in philanthropic, charity, and social services circles throughout his life, serving as general manager of the Industrial Removal Office from 1901-1917. Bressler also worked integrally with the Jewish Immigration Information Bureau’s Galveston, Texas Immigration Plan. He served as president of the National Association of Jewish Social Workers, was a member of the executive committees of the National Campaign for Jewish War Relief and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, served on the boards of the Joint Distribution Committee, the New York State Planning Board, and the Appeal Board of Unemployment Insurance. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1942.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of the family photographs the Bierman, Bressler, Bretzfelder, Brett, Lieberman and Loeb families. It also includes a significant quantity of the papers of David M. Bressler and the Bretzfelder / Brett family, including correspondence and newspaper clippings. The collection offers a view of the domestic life of a prominent American Jewish family in the first half of the 20th Century.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Records of the Industrial Removal Office (1-91)

Records of the Jewish Immigrant Information Bureau Galveston Immigration Plan (1-90)

Records of the National Association of Jewish Social Workers (I-88)

Records of the American Jewish Relief Committee for Sufferers from the War (I-83)

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Collection (I-345)

National Jewish Welfare Board Records (I-298)

Papers of Louis Marshall (P-24)

Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Collection (P-128)

Records of the Baron de Hirsch Fund (I-80)

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman Family Collection; P-940; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Ellen Brett Aibel Bierman in 2005.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Bressler Family, undated, 1903-2002

English.
Box 1, Folders 1-6.
Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Scope and Content:

Composed of business and personal correspondence, reports, speeches, notes, invitations, newspaper clippings, condolence proclamations, biographical outlines relating to David M. Bressler, and other members of the Bressler family including Irma Loeb Bressler, Lorna Bressler, Alan Bressler, Ellen Bierman, and Alfred Bressler.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 David M. Bressler – Correspondence, Writings, Testimonial, Biographical Outline. undated, 1916, 1922, 1929-1932, 1934
1 2 David M. Bressler – Clippings undated, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1929, 1931, 1943
1 3 David M. Bressler – Miscellaneous Documents undated, 1903, 1922, 1924, 1929, 1936
1 4 David M. Bressler – Clippings on Bressler’s Death and Funeral 1942-1943
1 5 David M. Bressler – Death, Condolence Proclamations 1942-1943
1 6 Bressler Family – Correspondence and Clippings regarding David Bressler, Irma Bressler, Lorna Bressler, Ellen Bierman, and Alfred Bressler 1918, 1824, 1926, 1927, 1936, 1944, 1976, 1986, 2002
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Series II: Bretzfelder / Brett Family, undated, 1931-1977

English
Box 1, Folders 7-8.
Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Scope and Content:

Composed of genealogical documents, estate documents, wills, and correspondence relating to the Bretzfelder / Brett name change. Individuals include Simon Brett née Bretzfelder, Benoit Bretzfelder, and Elizabeth Bretzfelder.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 7 Genealogical Documents undated, 1977
1 8 Estates, Wills, Bretzfelder to Brett Name Change 1931-1932, 1936, 1964, 1970
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Series III: Photographs, undated, circa 1865-1983

English.
Box 1, Folders 9-14 and Box 3.
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject and material type.

Scope and Content:

Composed of family photographs in various formats including tintypes, cabinet cards, carte de visite, sepia prints, black-and-white gelatin silver prints, framed photographs, photograph albums, and color photographs. Individuals include: David M. Bressler, Irma Loeb Bressler, Sadie Loeb, Eric Loeb, Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, Anselm Loeb, Julius Bressler, Sarah Bressler, Alfred Bressler, Israel Bretzfelder, Alan Bressler, Elizabeth Margolis Bretzfelder, Ellen Bierman, Simon Brett née Bretzfelder, and Lorna Bressler Brett.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 9 Lieberman, Loeb Families undated, circa 1880-1910, circa 1930
  

Portrait of Amelia Lieberman Loeb and Anselm Loeb, circa 1930

 
1 10 Amelia Lieberman Loeb undated, circa 1880-1910, circa 1930
  

Portrait of Amelia Lieberman Loeb, circa 1880-1910
Portrait of Amelia Lieberman Loeb, circa 1880-1910

 
1 11 Anselm Loeb, father of Irma Loeb Bressler undated, circa 1890-1900
  

Portrait of Anselm Loeb, circa 1890-1900
Portrait of Anselm Loeb, circa 1890-1900
Portrait of Anselm Loeb, circa 1890-1900

 
1 12 Lieberman, Loeb House – Adirondacks undated, circa 1890-1905
  

Group portrait outside the Lieberman-Loeb summer home in the Adirondacks, circa 1915
Group portrait outside the Lieberman-Loeb summer home in the Adirondacks, circa 1915
Group portrait outside the Lieberman-Loeb summer home in the Adirondacks, circa 1915

 
1 13 Julius and Sarah Bressler, parents of David M. Bressler undated, circa 1910
1 14 Bressler family members undated, circa 1875, 1899, circa 1915, 1964
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 David M. Bressler undated, circa 1885, 1922, 1931
  

Portrait of David M. Bressler with moustache, circa 1900
Portrait of David M. Bressler, circa 1900-1905
David M. Bressler swinging a baseball bat, circa 1910
David M. Bressler in his office with an unidentified man, circa 1920
Portrait of David M. Bressler, circa 1920
Group portrait (left to right) Judge Otto A. Rosalsky, James N. Rosenberg, General Albert Ottinger, Paul Baerivald, and David M. Bressler, wearing tuxedoes, March 22, 1931

 
2 2 Irma Loeb Bressler, wife of David M. Bressler – alone and with other family members undated, circa 1875-1885
  

Irma Loeb Bressler (far right) works on behalf of Jewish War Relief, circa 1918
Portrait of Irma Loeb Bressler, undated
Portait of (front to back) Irma Loeb Bressler, Lorna Bressler Brett, Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, Ellen Brett, undated
Portait of (right to left) Lorna Bressler Brett, Ellen Brett, Irma Loeb Bressler, and Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, undated
Portait of (right to left) Lorna Bressler Brett, Irma Loeb Bressler, Amelia (Millie) Lieberman Loeb, Ellen Brett, undated
Portait of (right to left) Lorna Bressler Brett, Irma Loeb Bressler, and Ellen Brett, undated

 
2 3 Alan Bressler, son of David M. and Irma Bressler undated, circa 1910-1910, circa 1930, circa 1950
  

Portait of Alan Bressler, circa 1930

 
2 4 Elizabeth Margolis Bretzfelder, mother of Simon Brett (née Bretzfelder) undated
  

Portait of Elizabeth Margolis Bretzfelder in a bathing suit, undated

 
2 5 Simon Brett (née Bretzfelder) undated, 1929, 1931, circa 1945
2 6 Lorna Bressler Brett undated, 1930, 1931
2 7 Simon and Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder), wedding album and photographs 1931
  

Wedding portrait of Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder), undated

 
2 8 Simon and Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder) undated, circa 1931, circa 1961, circa 1983
  

Portrait of Simon and Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder), October 1931
Portrait of Simon and Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder), October 1983
Portrait of Simon and Lorna Brett (née Bretzfelder) sitting on a patio, 1961

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 Three portraits of unidentified family members, tintype photographs circa 1865
  

Portrait of unidentified couple, circa 1865
Portrait of two women and two men, all unidentified, circa 1865
Portrait of an unidentified family in bathing suits, circa 1865

 
3 Elizabeth Margolis Bretzfelder, framed hand colored photograph circa 1900
3 Elizabeth Margolis Bretzfelder, round framed photograph circa 1900
3 Lorna Bressler Confirmation Book from Temple Beth El 1925
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Series IV: Oversized Materials, 1900-1931

English
1 Oversized folder (in Shared OS1 box)
Arrangement:

Arranged by material type.

Scope and Content:

Composed of a photograph, a poster, the ketubah of David M. and Irma Loeb Bressler, and David M. Bressler’s law license.

BoxFolderTitleDate
Shared OS1 Box Photograph portrait of Benjamin N. Cardozo inscribed to David Bressler 1931
Shared OS1 Box Poster about laying cornerstone of Beth Abraham Home for Incurables 1924
Shared OS1 Box Ketubah, Congregation Temple Emanu-el – David Maurice Bressler and Irma Loeb December 31, 1907
Shared OS1 Box Law license, David M. Bressler July 1900
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