Guide to the Papers of Greta Loebl (1917-2005)

AR 25101

Processed by Anna-Charlotte Lipp

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in September 2010. Description is in English.
June 06, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Loebl, Greta 1917-2005
Title: Greta Loebl Collection
Dates:bulk 1939-1941
Dates:bulk 1981-1993
Abstract: The collection documents the private and artistic life of Greta Loebl, an American artist who was born in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1939. As an artist, she was professionally known under her married name, Greta Schreyer. Besides correspondence of a personal and business nature, the collection comprises photographs of the artist, family members and her artwork as well as various collected documents, articles and items meaningful to the artist. A remarkable part of the collection consists of her former husband Oskar Schreyer’s correspondence concerning the immigration of his own parents, Chaim Eisig and Pessie Schreyer, as well as his of parents-in-law, Sigmund and Irene Loebl and of his sister and brother-in-law, Gusti and Mosei Graboi. Furthermore, Schreyer’s personal correspondences are enclosed in the collection.
Languages: The collection is in English, German, and French and Spanish.
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Identification: AR 25101
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Greta Loebl was born on July 28th 1917 in Vienna (Austria), where she spent her early years. At the age of 18 she followed in her father’s steps by becoming a master goldsmith. The Nazi occupation forced her to leave the country in September 1938 along with her future husband Oscar Schreyer. The young couple fled via Germany to France and remained in Paris until their visa application to the U.S. was approved. Since Greta Loebl did not possess a valid identity card the couple couldn't get officially married until they arrived in the U.S. in March 1939. From 1941 onwards the couple strove to acquire visas for their parents, but did not succeed: They were all deported to different concentration camps. Greta Loebl's parents were first deported to Terezin; after her husband's death, Irene Loebl was sent to Auschwitz. Chaim and Pessie Schreyer were deported to Izbica (Poland).

Greta Loebl Schreyer started working as a jewelry designer, before developing into a painter. Art helped her cope with difficult inner feelings towards her parent’s fate and early melancholic memories of her Austrian home. Her first solo exhibition took place in the United States in 1956. During the following years the painter held many exhibitions all over the United States. After Oscar Schreyer's death, Greta married her cousin Eugen Loebl, a well-known economist, and consequently reassumed her maiden name, now also her married name. In 1987, the same year her second husband passed away, she returned to Austria for the first time on purpose of her first European exhibition at Schloss Belvedere, Vienna. Later on her art has widely shown in several countries worldwide, such as in Canada, the Czech Republic, Austria, Israel and in the United States. Greta Loebl passed away on October 3rd 2005, survived by her two children and four grandchildren.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises a wide variety of personal items, correspondences, documents and photographs of Greta Loebl (Series I). The same series contains information, photographs, descriptions and reviews on her artwork and her exhibitions. Besides, the collection documents correspondence of diverse kind conducted by her first husband Oscar Schreyer (Series II). Since the process of obtaining visas for his family members demanded not only strenuous efforts but time, a remarkable part of his correspondence concerns visa affairs. Official documents relating to this process are included in Series III, along with various other official documents.

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The collection is arranged in three series.

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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.

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

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Access Points

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Related Material

The LBI Archives also include the Oscar Schreyer Collection [AR 6552].

The Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Museum also has a small collection (0.2 linear ft.), the Greta L. Schreyer Papers.

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Separated Material

A portrait photograph of Greta Löbl has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Greta Loebl Collection; AR 25101; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

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

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Series I: Greta Loebl, 1902-2002

This series is in German, English and Spanish.
0.5 linear ft.


Scope and Content:

This series holds a wide variety of personal items, correspondence, documents and photographs of Greta Loebl. The first two folders include correspondence between H. Adolph, director of the Austrian gallery "Schloss Belvedere", and Peter Chrastek, Austrian art collector, documenting the development of former business relations into closer personal relationships throughout the years of correspondence. Besides letters, the two folders also include a few postcards. Greta Loebl's business correspondence (Folder 3) is conducted with several international museums. The same folder contains several personal letters and postcards. Folder 4 contains various documents, such as two moving poems addressed to her dead mother written by the artist in 1995 and 1998, the completed questionnaire of the Austrian Heritage Collection, and directions on how to proceed with her belongings. Furthermore, material concerning her artistic life will be found in the same folder, which holds photographs of her artwork, an overview on all exhibitions the artist took part in and on all reviews of the artist’s work that have been published, as well as a brochure with images an descriptions of her artwork. Original and copied photographs of Greta Loebl and her family members as well as of her artwork are also enclosed in this series (Folder 5). Articles, clippings and leaflets concerning Jewish life, exile Jewry and art exhibitions are presented in the final folder (6) of the series.

11Correspondence – Family H. Adolph1981-1992
12Correspondence – Peter Chrastek1986-1993
13Correspondence - Personal and Business1981-2001
14Personal Documents and Artistic Life1988-2001
15Photographs – Family, Friends and her Art1902-1998
16Leaflets, Flyers, Articles1941-1991
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Series II: Oscar Schreyer, 1930-1948

This series is in German, English, French and Spanish.
3 folders.


Scope and Content:

Series II comprises correspondence of different kind, conducted by Greta Loebl's first husband, Oscar Schreyer. Schreyer's business and official correspondence (Folder 7) deal with several money transactions concerning visa affairs and address different involved people. Furthermore, the same folder contains a number of telegrams, as well as a more extensive correspondence with the Transmigration Bureau of the American Jewish Distribution Committee. His personal correspondence (Folder 8) was predominantly conducted with his parents, uncle and sister; apart from these there is further correspondence with his friend William Seidler and some personal correspondence with different people included. The third folder encloses more extensive correspondence with Andre Tencer, Josua Torczyner and Norman C. Norman, persons strongly involved in the process of obtaining a visa for his parents.

17Business and Official1940-1946
19Visa Affairs1939-1941
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Series III: Official Documents, 1938-1980

This series is in English, German and Spanish.
1 folder.


Scope and Content:

This series documents Oscar Schreyer's strenuous efforts of obtaining a visa for his parents, as well as for his sister and parents-in-law. It contains documents of different kinds concerning the different familial visa cases such as affidavits, official documents to and from the Department of State and the Consulate General, several receipts and a visa information sheet from Cuba. Furthermore, the series includes copies of Sigmund and Irene Loebl's passports, a letter informing Oscar Schreyer about his parents' fate and Eugen Loebl's certificate of naturalization, from 1980.

110Official Documents1938-1980
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