Guide to the Morgenthau Family Collection, 1839-1968 

AR 4980

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Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Emily Andresini on 2013-08-16. Finding aid written in English.
May 20, 2014: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Morgenthau Family.
Title:Morgenthau Family Collection
Abstract:This collection contains genealogical data, official documents, and a diary.
Languages:This collection is in German and English.
Quantity:3 folders
Identification:AR 4980
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Lazarus Morgenthau was born in Kleinwallstadt, Bavaria in 1815. His father, Moses, was born in Gleusdorf ("Kleisdorf") in 1773. Lazarus became a tailor and married Babette Guggenheim (born 1826) of Hürben in 1920. Later he developed a successful business in cravattes which he sold at fairs. A younger brother, Mengo, went to San Francisco in 1850 and sent back funds for the establishment of a cigar manufacturing business for export to the United States. Lazarus moved to Ludwigshaven and eventually to Manheim where his son Heinrich (Henry) was born. The cigar business prospered until the US imposed a high tariff on cigars. Lazarus made various attemps to find other markets and other enterprises, but none proved successful. In 1866 the entire family migrated permanently to New York.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains genealogical data, official documents, and a diary.

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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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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Morgenthau Family Collection; AR 4980; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

The original German-language inventory is available in folder 1.

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Some photocopies in this collection are of poor quality

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Container List

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

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Container list:

11Genealogy of Moses Morgenthau and Brunhilda Lebrecht (1773-1968); family vital documents and typewritten English translations.1832-1968
12Morgenthau family tree and letters.1843-1945
13Diary of Lazarus Morgenthau1842
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