Guide to the Fred W. Lessing Collection, 1800-1963

AR 2235 / MF 483

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Creator:Lessing, Fred W., 1915-1990
Title:Fred W. Lessing Collection
Abstract:Family documents, correspondence, genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs
Languages:This collection is in English, German, Hebrew.
Quantity:1.5 linear feet
Identification:AR 2235 / MF 483
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Born in Bamberg in 1915, Fred W. Lessing left Germany for England in 1934. He emigrated to the United States in 1942 and immediately began work for the Stewart Stamping Company as a bookkeeper. Seven years later he became a partner; in 1968 he was named president.

Fred W. Lessing was chairman of the board of the Leo Baeck Institute and served as treasurer for over 25 years. He also served for many years as chairman of the Wiener Library in London. He was also involved with the Jewish Philanthropic Fund of 1933, and the American Federation of Jews from Central Europe.

Fred W. Lessing died in 1990.

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Scope and Content Note

Family documents, correspondence, genealogical tables, memoirs, photographs

Addenda: Xerox of letter from Paula Ehrlich (1906)

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Aron, Willy; Dessauer, Anna; Dessauer, Emmanuel; Dessauer, Sophie; Ehrlich, Joseph; Ehrlich, Max; Ehrlich, Paula; Herzfeld, Ernst; Lau, Eva; Lessing, Annelise; Lessing, Anton; Lessing, Benno; Lessing, Clemens; Lessing, David; Lessing, Paula (nee Ehrlich); Lessing, Rudolf; Lessing, Samuel; Lessing, Simon; Lessing, Thekle; Lessing, Waldemar Wilhelm; Lessing, Walter; Lessing, Wilhelm (Willy); Morgenroth, Ludwig; Strauss, Heinrich; Strauss, Julie (nee Nathusius); Treumann, Kreisel Samuel; Tuchmann, Franz; Wassermann, Jacob; Wassermann, Julius; Wassermann, Philipp.

The following families are mentioned in this collection: Arnstein family, Berg family, Boehm family, Brilin family, Bruell family, Dessauer family, Ehrlich family, Ehrmann family, Feibelmann family, Feldheim family, Feybelmann family, Guenzberger family, Heidenheimer family, Hesslein family, Hilf family, Josephthal family, Kahn family, Kohn family, Kugelmann family, Morgenroth Family, Nathusius family, Rosenwald Family, Schubart family, Strauss family, Wassermann family, Wolff family.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Collection is microfilmed - MF 483.

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

See copyright on photos

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 483).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Fred W. Lessing Collection; AR 2235; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

See inventory list.

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Container List

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

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.



11Willy Lessing-Paula (Ehrlich) Lessing--circular genealogical tableundated
12Lessing family tree (David Lessing)undated
13Dessauer Family Trees [FOLDERS 3-7: DESSAUER FAMILY TREES]undated
14Dessauer Family Trees (Stammtafel)undated
15Dessauer Family Treesundated
16Dessauer Family Treesundated
17Dessauer Family Treesundated
18Dessauer-Rosenwald and Dessauer-Feldheimundated
19Strauss, Nathusius, Morgenroth, & Ehrlich trees [FOLDERS 9-15: NATHUSIUS, STRAUSS, MORGENROTH, EHRLICH, BERG]undated
110Strauss-Berg treesundated
111Strauss-Berg treesundated
112Strauss-Berg trees with documents concerning Annelise and Walter Lessingundated
113Nathusius family trees and documentsundated
114Nathusius, Morgenroth, and Strauss family trees (handwritten originals)undated
115Morgenroth and Heidenheimer treesundated
116Kahn Family trees [FOLDERS 16-23: OTHER FAMILY TREES]undated
117Kahn-Kugelmann treesundated
118Kahn, Wolff, and Feibelmann treesundated
119Feibelmann treesundated
120Hilf family treeundated
121Bruell, Schubart, Josephthal, Brilin, Ehrmann, Arnstein, Kohn, Boehm, Hesslein family treesundated
122Diverse family treesundated
123Diverse family treesundated
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224Friedrich Wilhelm (Fred W.) Lessing. A handwritten, four-page description of the circumstances of his birth and first weeks of life [FOLDERS 24-35: LESSING]undated
225Rudolf Lessing, inaugural (doctoral) dissertation, 1902; a scientific article in Dutch (1927); photographs of him and his colleagues in the chemistry laboratory at the University of Munich, 1901-02+1902-1927
226Walter Lessing, photograph and memoir, "Vater und Sohn im Zarenreich 1859-1914" mimeographed and bound, 1956, 50 ppundated, 1956
227Simon Lessing, original documents (1800s), school grade book, correspondence1800s
228Willi, Anton and Samuel Lessingundated
229Samuel Lessing, "Bachtvertrag"1842
230Anton Lessing, death certificate, death annoucement, testamentundated
231Wilhelm (Willy) Lessingundated
232Wilhelm Lessingundated
233Wilhelm Lessingundated
234Clippings about various Lessing family membersundated
235Paula (Ehrlich) Lessing, correspondence to and from, school grade book, diary, list of wedding gifts received from whomundated
236Joseph Ehrlich's "Kasse-Buch" 1906-12 and "Geheimbuch" 1898 (assets, budget and expenses) [FOLDERS 36-39: EHRLICH]1989-1912
237Joseph Ehrlich's "Effekten u. Bilanzkonto" (assets)1905-1906
238Joseph Ehrlich, "Account Book" (business accounts)1873-1880
239Max and Joseph Ehrlich: reports, contracts, and Joseph Ehrlich's testamentundated
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Box 3: FAMILY FIGURES (cont.), undated, 1800-1985

340Heinrich Strauss-Julie Strauss (née Nathusius), "Privat Haupt-Buch" (list of assets)1860-1862
341Julie & Heinrich Strauss, private letters and personal documentsundated
342Julie & Heinrich Strauss, private letters and personal documentsundated
343Heinrich Strauss, business documentsundated
344Anna Dessauerundated
345Wassermann (correspondence among and concerning Jacob, Julius, and Philipp Wassermann)undated
346Documents regarding Willy Aron, Emmanuel Dessauer, and Simon Lessingundated
347Correspondence between Fred and Clemens Lessing concerning the Lessing family and Anton Lessing [FOLDERS 47-57: CORRESPONDENCE, GENEALOGICAL MATERIALS, MEMOIRS, AND MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS]undated
348Bamberg Schutzjuden: Morgenroth, Dessauer, Ehrlich, Straussundated
349Strauss & Lessing materials; photocopied excerpt from A. Ekstein's book, "Geschichte der Juden im Markgrafentum Bayreuth"undated
350Feibelmann and Guenzberger family materials, including excerpts concerning "Feybelmann" in August Kopp's "Die Dorfjuden der Nordpfalz," history of the Jewish community of Alsenz since 1650undated
351Documents on Kreisel Samuel Treumann etcundated
352Franz Tuchmann, "Familienchronik" (family history and memoir); photocopy, handwritten, pp. 2-23 missingundated
353Ludwig Morgenroth, "The Morgenroths," memoir and family history, 1963, typed, photocopied, 43 ppundated
354Dr. Ernst Herzfeld, "Meine letzen Jahren in Deutschland, 1933-1938," memoir, typed, 44 ppundated
355Lessing family, miscellaneous documents; photographs of Sophie and Emmanuel Dessauerundated
356Lessing family, miscellaneous documents1800-1985
357"Hohes Komissariat fuer Fluechtlinge (isralitische und andere) aus Deutschland. Verwaltungsrat, Erste Tagung, 6. Sitzung" in Lausanne. Typed transcript, 7 ppDecember 8, 1933
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Addenda, undated

Addenda: Three note books, unaccessionedundated
Addenda 1: Articles about Lessing [not microfilmed]undated
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