Guide to the papers of the Berliner family collection

AR 2575

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Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Hermann Teifer in April 2014. Description is in English.
September 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List. April 2014: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berliner family
Title: Berliner family collection
Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of one bound scrapbook with documents pertaining to Abraham Jacob, his estate, his son in law David Berliner, David Berliner’s son Abraham Berliner, and his son Moritz Berliner, all in the town of Flatow, ranging 1789-1898. The 456 pages in this scrapbook are in no chronological order. - Also included are three further documents, 1844-1913.
Languages: The collection is in German and Hebrew.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet
Identification: AR 2575
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

David Esaias Berliner was married to Hinde, the daughter of the merchant Abraham Jacob (died 1804) in Flatow West-Prussia (today Złotów, Poland), where in 1806 he was allowed to trade for an extra yearly tax on top of the Jewish head-tax (Kopfgeld), as long as Christians didn’t establish themselves in the same line of business (trading in indigo). David Berliner received his citizenship papers in 1809 and served in Flatow’s city council by 1823. He died in 1844. David and Hinde Berliner had a son, Abraham Berliner, who received his Flatow citizenship paper upon his father’s death in 1844, and who died in 1858.

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Scope and Content Note

The oldest documents – 1789 to 1803 - on pages 1-208 ; 213-332 and 369 relate to Abraham Jacob. They contain his business ledger, business correspondence and two bills of exchange on pages 205 and 369.

Correspondence relating to Abraham Jacob’s estate from courts in Flatow and in Krojanke, 1804-1805, may be found on pages 333, 365, 353, and 349.

David Berliner’s documents, 1806-1844, are his letter of protection on page 341, his citizenship paper on page 345, and his last will and testament on pages 373-388.

Two documents for David’s son Abraham Berliner, 1845-1862, on pages 407 and 411 pertain to his mother Hinde Berliner.

And two documents for Abraham Berliner’s son Moritz Berliner, 1894-1898, are issued by Flatow’s Jewish community (page 209) and Flatow’s business administration (page 337).

Also included in the collection are Abraham Berliner’s citizenship certificate (1844) and a veterans’ diploma for Moritz Berliner (1913). - A note on page 191 of the journal ‘Im deutschen Reich’ (vol. 14, no. 3, March 1908) mentions the “learned merchant David Berliner”, who had served in Flatow’s city council as early as 1823.

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The materials have been arranged in one series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

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Access Points

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Berliner family collection; AR 2575; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

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Berliner family collection,  1789-1913

1 0 Inventory list with item level description undated 
1 1 Scrapbook 1789-1898 
1 2 Additional documents 1844-1913
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