Guide to the Ludwig Bamberger Collection, 1866-1902
AR 2773

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

Fax: (212) 988-1305



© 2011  Leo Baeck Institute
Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2011--July--29. Description is in English.
December 09, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bamberger, Ludwig, 1823-1899
Title: Ludwig Bamberger Collection
Abstract: The collection consists of two diaries, several letters, and drafts of a will and related papers, as well as a few other items, all dating to the period after Bamberger's return from exile.
Languages: The collection is in German and French.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet : 4 folders
Identification: AR 2773
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

1823 July 22Born in Mainz
1842-1844Studies law in Gießen, Heidelberg, and Göttingen
1848-1849Active in revolutionary movements, editor of the Mainzer Zeitung
1849-1866Exile in Switzerland, London, Belgium, and Paris. Involvement in banking
1866Returns to Germany
1868-1890Parliamentary representative and member of National Liberal Party
1869-1870Founded Deutsche Bank with Adalbert Delbrück
1870-1871Advisor to Bismarck during Franco-Prussian War
1880Split with Bismarck and the National Liberal Party; became a leader of the "Secessionists" (later Liberale Vereinigung)
1884Instrumental in the merger of the Progressive Party (Deutsche Fortschrittspartei) and the Liberale Vereinigung to form the Free-Minded Party (Deutsche Freisinnige Partei)
1899Dies in Berlin

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two diaries, several letters, and drafts of a will, as well as a few other items. The diaries stem from the years after his return to Germany from exile, and there are several items inserted into its pages, including newspaper clippings, correspondence, and drafts of letters. The correspondence includes a number of letters exchanged with Isidor Freymark, the executor of his will, as well as a few individual items from or to Anna von Helmholtz, Moritz Carriére, Hans Hopfen, Arnold Ruge, Hermann von Hatzfeldt and the Anwälte-Kammer zu Mainz.

Other materials include various drafts and additions of his will, created throughout the 1890s. A couple of these items are lithographic facsimiles, others are originals. Finally, there is a photoreproduction of a woodcut portrait of Bamberger, a small notebook containing various notes on financial and business affairs, and an Ex-Libris placard from the Ludwig Bamberger Foundation, created after his death.

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The letters folder is arranged chronologically; undated letters are filed at the beginning of the folder.

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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.

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

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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ludwig Bamberger Collection; AR 2773; 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.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.


Container list:

11Diary1867 June-1888 April 30
12Diary1888 May 4-1897 March 10
14Drafts of will and related papers, business notebook, photograph, Ex-libris cards1866-1898
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