Guide to the Bruno Schindler Collection, 1867-1967 

AR 1369

Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-08-09. Finding aid written in English.
May 2012 Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Schindler, Bruno, b. 1882
Title:Bruno Schindler Collection
Abstract: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.
Languages:This collection is in German, English, and French.
Quantity:0.25 linear feet.
Identification:AR 1369
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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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.

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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.

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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

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

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

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Bruno Schindler Collection; AR 1369; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

An 8-page inventory is available in folder 1.

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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.


Series I: Bruno Schindler 1911-1965

11Inventory and biographical information1965
12Personal papersundated, 1911-1965
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Series II: James Heckscher 1867-1913

13Personal papersundated, 1901-1913
14Personal papers -- clippings -- retirement, obituaries, estate1905, 1909
15Correspondenceundated, 1867-1905
16Correspondence -- members of British Parliamentundated, 1877-1905
17Letters from Moses Montefiore and Ivan Turgenev1876, 1881
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