Guide to the Fritz Victor Lenel Family Collection
Undated, 1773-2010 (bulk 1890s-1980s)

AR 25424/ MF 1125

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann

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Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in April 2011. Description is in English.
November 2011. Microfilm inventory added.December 2011. Boxes 6 to 9 added to Series VI.July 2013. Box 6 of Series VI changed to Box 10 as a "box 6" was inadvertently duplicated when processing the Louise Lenel journals

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lenel, Fritz V., 1907-
Title: Fritz Victor Lenel Family Collection
Dates:Undated, 1773-2010
Dates:Bulk 1890s-1980s
Abstract: This collection consists of a "Lenel family archive" created by Fritz Victor Lenel. In addition to materials common in genealogical collections, such as genealogical tables and photocopies of archival documents, this collection includes original material relating to Lenel's ancestors, many of whom were prominent members of the Mannheim Jewish community, and very thorough research notes and correspondence with distant relatives.
Languages: This collection is in German and English, with some French, Hebrew, and Latin. The 19th-century material is primarily in German. Most of the mid-20th-century correspondence is in English. The journals of Luise Lenel (series VI) are written in old German script.
Quantity: 9.5 linear feet and 1 oversize folder (OS 139)
Identification: AR 25424
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Fritz Victor Lenel (1907-2003) was born to Walter and Luise Lenel in Kiel, Germany. He studied chemistry at the universities of Breslau and Munich. In 1931, Lenel emigrated to the United States and embarked on a successful career in powder metallurgy. He was a professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1947 until his retirement in 1973. He spent much of the rest of his life creating this collection, the "Lenel Family Archive."

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a "Lenel family archive" created by Fritz Victor Lenel. It documents his ancestry back to his great-grandparents, and includes extensive correspondence with their contemporary descendants as well as Lenel's extensive research notes. In addition to materials common in genealogical collections, such as genealogical tables and photocopies of archival documents, this collection also includes original material relating to Lenel's ancestors and relatives, such as correspondence, diaries, and vital records. In addition, virtually all of the hundreds of photographs in this collection, ranging in date from 1848 to the 1980s, are identified.

A dedicated genealogist, Lenel organized his materials by family branch. Ancestors documented by this collection include his great-grandparents Friedrich Kapp (1824-1884) and Louise (Engels) Kapp, his great-grandparents Friedrich Ludwig Borckenhagen (1818-1870) and Julie (Seydel) Borckenhagen, his great-grandparents Moritz (1810-1876) and Caroline (Scheuer) Lenel (1814-1867), and his paternal grandmother Helene (Michaelis) Lenel (1844-1917). The descendants of Lenel's great-grandparents live, among other places, in Germany, the United States, England, France, and South Africa. The collection includes Lenel's extensive correspondence during the 1970s and 1980s with many of these people.

Many of the Lenels were prominent members of the Mannheim Jewish community. Industrialist Viktor Lenel (1838-1917) and his son Richard Lenel (1869-1950) served in the local chamber of commerce and were also noted philanthropists. In addition to material on these and other Lenel family members, the collection contains materials about Fritz Victor Lenel's father, historian Walter Lenel, and his immediate family, and the journals of his mother Luise (Borckenhagen) Lenel.

Items that may be of particular interest include documents appointing Jonas Michaelis as a syndic (representative) of the Nieheim Jewish community by the consistory of the Kingdom of Westphalia (1809); Walter Lenel's personal documents, such as his 1905 certificate of baptism by Albert Schweitzer and documents about being hired by the university in Heidelberg in 1932 and fired in 1933; and the many well-labeled photographs in a variety of formats.

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Arrangement

The first five series are arranged corresponding to Fritz Victor Lenel's organization. He placed his materials into five portfolios, based on genealogical divisions, and within each portfolio placed items in alphabetical or numerical "pockets." Within each of Lenel's original "pockets," materials were rearranged logically and descriptive folder titles assigned. Correspondence was arranged chronologically within each folder. All material that was identified as coming from a particular portfolio pocket has its origin noted in parentheses after the title. Series VI was not arranged by Lenel and is arranged chronologically and by format. Indexes corresponding Lenel's arrangement are found in the first folder of each series. The indexes describe the materials fairly accurate, but do not match precisely; there are some additional materials and some missing materials. Photographs were physically separated, but are found in their proper intellectual place in this finding aid.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers. There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection.

Access Information

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.

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Access Points

Click on a subject to search that term in the Center's catalog. Return to the Top of Page

Related Material

LBI holds the following related materials:

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Separated Material

The autobiography of Leo Janko was removed from portfolio 3, pocket M, and added to the memoir collection as ME 1612.

The following books were removed to the LBI library:

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Microfilm

The collection is on twenty reels of microfilm (MF 1125):

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Fritz Victor Lenel Family Collection; AR 25424; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The materials were unfolded and rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Published material was sent to the LBI library. Photographs were physically separated, individually housed (with the exception of a few modern gelatin silver prints), and placed in separate boxes.

In December 2011, additional materials were added to Series VI. These are found in boxes 6 through 9.

In July 2013, it was found that a "box 6" appeared twice. The box 6 in Series VI was changed to box 10.

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Container List

 

Series I: Friedrich and Louise (Engels) Kapp family, undated, 1835-2009

This series is in German and English.
0.7 linear feet.
Arrangement:

In Fritz Victor Lenel's original arrangement, materials were placed by subject into alphabetical pockets. A descriptive folder title was assigned during processing, but the folders were maintained in Lenel's alphabetical pocket system order, and the portfolio number and pocket letter are found in parentheses at the end of each folder title. Correspondence within a folder was rearranged chronologically. Items without an assigned pocket are found at the end of the series. Photographs were physically separated and are found in box 5 of the collection.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Fritz Victor Lenel's portfolio 1, which concerns the family of his great-grandparents Friedrich Kapp (1824-1884) and Louise (née Engels) Kapp. By Lenel's reckoning, Friedrich Kapp was the most well-known of his ancestors. Kapp fled Germany after his involvement with liberal elements in the revolution of 1848. He settled in New York City and from 1850 to 1870, he was a successful lawyer, journalist, and writer. After the amnesty of 1870, Kapp returned to Germany and became a member of parliament with the National Liberal Party.

Original documents from the mid-late 19th-century include correspondence, diaries and other manuscript materials, and photographs. The series also contains Lenel's correspondence with Kapp and Engel's family descendents, as well as clippings, printed material, genealogical tables and notes, family histories, and biographies. Some of these materials are copies, and noted as such in the folder list. Materials specifically by and about Friedrich and Louise Kapp are found in pockets B-G. Genealogical materials in pockets H-L contain information about both the Kapp and Engels families. Pocket M contains genealogical materials specific to the Kapp family, while pockets N-PQ contain genealogical material on the Engels family. Information about direct descendants is found in pockets R-XYZ. The index prepared by Lenel in box 1, folder 1 describes the materials in more detail. This series also contains materials about the Borckenhagen and von der Leyen families.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Indexes to portfolio 1 2009
1 2 Correspondence – Wolfgang Hinners (1/B) 1980-1981
1 3 Printed material (1/B) 1969
1 4 Kapp family biographies and notes (1/C) Undated, 1981-1984
1 5 Correspondence – Friedrich Kapp to Louise Kapp (1/C) 1862
  

Typed copies

 
1 6 Correspondence – Friedrich Kapp 1863, 1883
1 7 Notes and correspondence (1/C) Undated, 1979-2004
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS139 Kapp family genealogical tables (1/C) Undated, 1927
  

Copies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 8 Friedrich Kapp autograph album (1/D) 1843-1848
1 9 Friedrich Kapp obituaries and remembrances (1/E) 1884-1886
  

Includes a scrapbook

 
1 10 Friedrich Kapp - articles by and about (1/E) 1866-1884
1 11 Correspondence and notes - Friedrich Kapp (1/E) Undated, 1842-1884
1 12 Materials about Friedrich Kapp (1/E) Undated, 1884-1943
1 13 Correspondence – Paul Ewald (1/E) Undated, 1971-1984
1 14 Louise Kapp autograph album (1/F) 1846-1848
1 15 Louise Kapp manuscript music book (1/G) 1835-1836
1 16 Louise Kapp notebook (1/G) 1845
1 17 Louise Kapp diary/expense book (1/G) 1858-1870
1 18 Louise Kapp birthday notebook (1/G) 1913-1915
1 19 "The Kapp Family" and notes (1/H) 1980s
1 20 "The Engels Family" and notes (1/H) 1980s
1 21 Kapp family genealogical information from Anneliese Kapp (1/IJ) Undated, 1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS139 Kapp family genealogical tables from Anneliese Kapp (1/IJ) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 22 Notes for Engels and Kapp family trees (1/K) Undated
1 23 Certification of baptism for Clara Kapp (1/L) 1935
1 24 Correspondence about Kapp and Engels family found with photographs (1/L) Undated, 1973
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5 1 Photographs of Kapp and Engels family members (1/L) Undated, 1861-1902
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 25 Kapp family material (1/M) Undated, 1922-1986
  

Copies

 
1 26 Engels family coat of arms (1/N) Undated
1 27 Engels family notes and material (1/O - 1/PQ) Undated, 1970s-1980
  

Copies

 
1 28 Correspondence – Kapp family descendents (1/S) 1958-1981
1 29 Kapp family notes and material (1/S) Undated, 1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 2 Photographs of Kapp family members, Clara Lichtenstein (1/S) Undated, 1874-1933
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 30 Correspondence – Kapp-von der Leyen family descendents (1/T) Undated, 1979-1984
1 31 Kapp-von der Leyen family notes and printed material (1/T) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 3 Photographs of Kapp-von der Leyen family members Undated, 1901-1904
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 32 Borckenhagen-Kapp family materials (1/UV) Undated
1 33 Correspondence – Wolfgang Kapp descendents (1/W) Undated, 1958-1988
1 34 Wolfgang Kapp family notes and printed material (1/W) Undated, 1958-1963
1 35 Family history articles by Anneliese Kapp (1/W) Undated, 1928, 1978
  

Typed copies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 4 Photograph of Tante Ida Kapp (1/XYZ) Undated
5 5 Photographs of Grete Kapp and Ida Robinow Undated, 1870-1895
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 36 Kapp family notes, correspondence, and printed material Undated, 1946, 1975
1 37 Kapp family genealogical tables Undated, 1983
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Series II: Friedrich Ludwig and Julie (Seydel) Borckenhagen family, undated, 1783-1987

This series is in German and English.
0.7 linear feet.
Arrangement:

In Fritz Victor Lenel's original arrangement, materials were placed by subject into alphabetical pockets. A descriptive folder title was assigned during processing, but the folders were maintained in Lenel's alphabetical pocket system order, and the portfolio number and pocket letter are found in parentheses at the end of each folder title. Correspondence within a folder was rearranged chronologically. Items without an assigned pocket are found at the end of the series. Photographs were physically separated and are found in box 5 of the collection.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Fritz Victor Lenel's portfolio 2, which concerns the family of his great-grandparents Friedrich Ludwig Borckenhagen (1818-1870) and Julie (née Seydel) Borckenhagen. Pockets B-G contain information about the Seydel and Borckenhagen families, such as publications, clippings, genealogical tables, and family records, including the naval records of Lenel's grandfather, Admiral Ludwig Borckenhagen (1850-1917). Pockets H-S contain materials about the descendents of Friedrich and Julie, such as genealogical tables, notes, printed materials and clippings, 18th and 19th-century correspondence, and Lenel's correspondence with the descendents. Carl Borckenhagen (1852-1898), Friedrich Ludwig's brother, emigrated to South Africa in 1873, and pockets N-S consist primarily of Lenel's correspondence with his distant relatives in South Africa.

The index prepared by Lenel in box 1, folder 38 describes the materials in more detail. This series also contains materials about the Vogeler-Hagedorn, Mayer, von Fischel-Borckenhagen, and Borckenhagen-Hagedorn families. Note that the 18th and 19th-century materials in this series are copies.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 38 Index to portfolio 2 Undated
1 39 "Unsere Familie," von Friedrich Seydel (2/B) 1906
1 40 "Friedrich Wilhelm Seydel" and "Carl Mayer" booklets (2/C) 1939
1 41 Clippings about General Erich von Manstein (2/C) 1953, 1973
1 42 Post-1939 additions to Seydel genealogy (2/C) Undated
1 43 Vogeler-Hagedorn genealogy (2/C) 1983
1 44 English translations of portions of 2/C (2/D) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 6 Photographs of Ludwig and Julie Borckenhagen (2/E) Undated
  

Silver gelatin copies

 
5 7 Photographs of the children Ludwig and Julie Borckenhagen, with spouses (1/E) Undated
  

Silver gelatin copies and negative

 
5 8 Photograph of Hans Borckenhagen (2/E) Undated
5 9 Photographs of Johann Ludwig, Friederike, and Ludwig Borckenhagen (2/E) Undated
  

Silver gelatin copies

 
5 10 Photograph of Karl Borckenhagen, drawing of Fritz Borckenhagen (2/E) Undated, 1915
  

Photo is a silver gelatin copy

 
5 11 Photographs of Frida (Seydel) Roloff and Friedel Russmann (2/E) 1968
5 12 Photographs of Friedrich Wilhelm Seydel and the Rodenbach (2/E) Undated
  

Silver gelatin copies and negative

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 45 Correspondence and notes about Ludwig Borckenhagen (2/F) Undated, 1968-1973
1 46 Borckenhagen family birth, baptism, and marriage certificates (2/F) 1888, 1935
  

Typescript copies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS139 Ludwig Borckenhagen naval records (2/F) 1868-1912
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 47 Correspondence - Borckenhagen family (2/G) 1856
  

Copies and typescript

 
1 48 Correspondence – Friedrich Wilhelm Borckenhagen (2/G) 1870
  

Copies and typescript

 
1 49 Materials about Johan Ludwig Friedrich Borckenhagen and Seydel family (2/G) Undated, 1783
1 50 Borckenhagen genealogical tables (2/G) Undated
1 51 Seydel-Borckenhagen genealogical table (2/H) 1978
1 52 Correspondence – Charlotte (Seydel) Noble (2/IJ) Undated, 1967-1987
1 53 Correspondence – Seydel family (2/IJ) Undated, 1960-1984
1 54 "Die Vorfahren vaeterlicherseits von Dr. Hermann Rose aus Lueneberg" von Charlotte Noble (2/IJ) 1980
1 55 Borckenhagen-Kapp genealogical table (2/L) 1981
1 56 Borckenhagen-Blackmore genealogical table (2/L) Undated, 1981
1 57 Toni Lenel's reminiscence of grandma Borckenhagen (2/M) 1950
  

Copy

 
1 58 Correspondence – Carl Borckenhagen descendents (2/N) 1981-1983
1 59 Notes and printed material about Carl Borckenhagen (2/N) Undated, 1898
  

Copies of printed material

 
1 60 Correspondence – Carl Borckenhagen (2/O) 1876-1898
  

Copies, typescripts

 
1 61 Correspondence – Gertrude Borckenhagen to Luise Lenel (2/PQ) 1960-1970
  

Photograph

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 13 Photograph of Gertrude Borckenhagen 1960
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 62 Correspondence and notes – Borckenhagen descendents (2/PQ) Undated, 1974-1981
1 63 Correspondence – Yvonne Joost (2/PQ) 1980-1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 14 Photograph of Joost family 1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 64 Correspondence – Guenther Wachsmuth (2/R) 1974-1979
1 65 von Fischel-Borckenhagen genealogical table (2/R) 1979
1 66 Borckenhagen-Hagedorn genealogical table (2/S) 1979
1 67 Clippings, notes, and correspondence about Borckenhagen-Seydel family Undated, 1917
1 68 Borckenhagen family genealogical tables Undated, 1979-1986
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Series III: Lenel family, undated, 1812-1991

This series is in German and English, with some French.
1.2 linear feet.
Arrangement:

In Fritz Victor Lenel's original arrangement, materials were placed by subject into alphabetical pockets. A descriptive folder title was assigned during processing, but the folders were maintained in Lenel's alphabetical pocket system order, and the portfolio number and pocket letter are found in parentheses at the end of each folder title. Correspondence within a folder was rearranged chronologically. Items without an assigned pocket are found at the end of the series. Photographs were physically separated and are found in box 5 of the collection.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of portfolio 3, which concerns Fritz Victor Lenel's genealogical research on the Lenel family as descended from his great-grandparents Moritz (1810-1876) and Caroline (Scheuer) Lenel (1814-1867). Much of the Lenel family lived in or near Mannheim. Original documents from the mid-late 19th-century include correspondence, diaries and other manuscript materials, and photographs. The series also contains Lenel's correspondence with Lenel family descendents, as well as clippings, printed material, genealogical tables and notes, family histories, and biographies. Some of these materials are copies, and noted as such in the folder list.

Records about Moritz and Caroline Lenel are found in pockets B and C. Information about Viktor Lenel, his Viktor Lenel Stift and Viktor Lenel Heim, and his descendents, is in pockets D-H. Materials about Toni (Lenel) Stern, her family and descendants are found in pockets IJ-L; on the descendants of Alfred Lenel in pockets M-O; on the descendents of Jenny Rothschild in pockets PQ-R; on Thekla Steiner and her descendants in pockets S-T; and on Otto Lenel and his descendants in pockets UV-XYZ. Information about Fritz Victor's father Walter Lenel and his immediate family is found separately, in portfolio 5. The index prepared by Lenel in folder box 2, folder 1 describes the materials in more detail.

A Lenel family tree [PDF] can be found at the website of Beat Lenel.

A highlight of this series is a trove of Viktor Lenel's original 1860 correspondence, primarily with his siblings and parents. Some has accompanying transcription and/or translation into English.

Other families mentioned in this series include the Janko, Maas, Peters, Rothschild, Salvadore, Sander, Scheuer, Stern, Sterne, Stearne, Steiner, and Wolff families.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Index to portfolio 3 Undated
2 2 Marriage certificate of Max Leo Scheuer and Johanna Mayer (3/B) 1812
  

Typed copies

 
2 3 Birth certificate of Caroline Scheuer (3/B) 1814
  

Photocopy and typed copy

 
2 4 Marriage certificate of Moritz Lenel and Caroline Scheuer (3/B) 1836
  

Typed copy

 
2 5 Vital records of Viktor and Lea (Michaelis) Lenel (3/B) 1855-1916
  

Photocopies

 
2 6 Viktor Lenel passport (3/B) 1859
2 7 Viktor Lenel wills (3/B) 1888, 1916
2 8 Caroline Lenel notebook regarding expenses and servants (3/B) 1837-1849
2 9 Eulogy for Moritz Lenel (3/B) 1876
2 10 Moritz Loewenthal Stammbuch entry (3/B) 1829
  

Photocopy

 
2 11 Articles about Viktor and Moritz Lenel (3/B) 1881-1981
  

Copies

 
2 12 Letters to Viktor Lenel (3/C) Undated, 1860-1863
2 13 Letters from Viktor Lenel (3/C) 1858-1917
2 14 Other Lenel family correspondence (3/C) 1836-1856
  

Some copies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 15 Photographs of Viktor and Helene Lenel Undated, 1902-1914
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 15 Printed material and correspondence regarding Lenel family graves in Mannheim (3/D) 1963-1981
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 16 Photographs of Lenel family graves in Mannheim (3/D) Undated, 1935-1976
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 16 Printed material, notes, and correspondence regarding the Viktor Lenel Heim (3/D) Undated, 1912-1987
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 17 Photographs of Viktor Lenel Heim in Neckargemuend (3/D) 1911
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS139 Photographs of Viktor Lenel Heim in Neckargemuend (3/D) 1911
  

Platinum prints

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 17 Marriage certificate of Emilia Maas's parents (3/E) 1877
  

Copy

 
2 18 Birth certificate of Heinrich Maas (3/E) 1879
  

Copy

 
2 19 Correspondence with Richard Lenel and family (3/E) 1950-1959
2 20 Printed material, correspondence, and notes about Richard Lenel (3/E) Undated, 1963-1990
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 18 Photographs of Richard and Milly Lenel and family (3/E) Undated, 1900-1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 21 Correspondence – Victor Lenel (3/F) 1972-1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 19 Photograph of Victor Lenel (3/F) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 22 Correspondence – Tom Guldman (3/F) Undated, 1977
2 23 Correspondence – Renate Lenel (3/G) 1985-1988
2 24 Printed material, notes, and correspondence regarding Ernst Lenel (3/G) Undated, 1925
2 25 Correspondence – Stern-Lenel family members (3/G) Undated, 1972-1988
2 26 Correspondence – Heinz-Walter Lenel and family (3/G) 1960-1972, 1984-1990
2 27 Memoir of Heinz-Walter Lenel (3/G) 1991
2 28 Printed material and notes regarding Richard Lenel's descendents (3/G) Undated, 1925
  

Copies

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 20 Photographs of Ernst Lenel (3/G) 1936, 1944
5 21 Photographs of Heinz-Walter Lenel and family (3/G) 1958-1981
5 22 Photograph of Stearne family children (3/G) 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 29 Correspondence – Maas family (3/H) Undated, 1965-1991
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 23 Photographs of Elsbeth (Maas) Starck (3/H) 1947, 1955
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 30 Printed material, scrapbook, and correspondence by and about Toni (Lenel) Stern (3/IJ) 1909-1981
  

Letters are copies

 
2 31 Printed material and scrapbook by Clara and Alfred Stern (3/IJ) 1931-1932
2 32 "Erinnerung an Moriz Abraham Stern" by Ferdinand Rudio (3/IJ) 1894
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 24 Photograph of Toni (Lenel) Stern (3/IJ) 1908
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 33 Notes on Stern family (3/IJ) Undated, 1989
2 34 Correspondence – Bernhard Sterne (3/K) Undated, 1972-1986
2 35 Correspondence – Sterne family (3/K) 1985-1989
2 36 Correspondence – Stephanie Oppenheimer (3/K) 1984-1989
2 37 Stern-Lenel family genealogical tables (3/K) 1984
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS139 Stern-Lenel family genealogical tables (3/K) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 25 Photographs of Else Sterne and family (3/K) 1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 38 Correspondence, clippings, and notes – Sylvia Tennenbaum and Arthur Steinberg (3/L) 1976-1989
2 39 Correspondence – Cora Dawson (3/N) 1984-1989
2 40 Correspondence – Stella Janko (3/N) 1977-1986
2 41 Notes on Janko family (3/N) Undated, 1989
2 42 Correspondence – Salvadore family (3/O) 1972-1989
2 43 Notes on Salvadore family (3/O) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 26 Photographs of Salvadore family (3/O) 1937-1968
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 44 Correspondence – Nora Rothschild (3/PQ) 1972-1989
2 45 Correspondence – Peters family (3/PQ) Undated, 1972-1989
2 46 Autobiography of Lotte Peters 1986
2 47 Biography of Felix Rothschild, by Nora Rothschild (3/PQ) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 27 Photograph of Felix Rothschild (3/PQ) 1945
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 48 Notes on Peters-Rothschild family (3/PQ) Undated
2 49 Correspondence – Hermann Rothschild (3/R) 1973-1986
2 50 Notes on Rothschild family (3/R) Undated
2 51 Correspondence with Wolff and Sander families (3/S) 1977-1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 28 Photographs of Sander family (3/S) 1975
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 52 Notes on Wolff and Sander families (3/S) Undated, 1978
2 53 Eulogy for Thekla Steiner by Otto Lenel (3/T) 1911
  

Typescript copy and English translation

 
2 54 Correspondence with Steiner family (3/T) 1973-1987
2 55 Correspondence with Dora and Kurt Rossmann and clippings (3/T) 1973-1980
2 56 Notes on Steiner family (3/T) Undated
2 57 Materials by Otto Lenel (3/UV) 1920-1922
2 58 Materials about Otto Lenel (3/UV) 1935-1985
2 59 Otto Lenel's Strasbourg University appointment (3/UV) 1884
  

Copy

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 29 Photographs of Otto Lenel (3/UV) Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 60 "Zur Ahnentafel der Kinder des Richard Lenel in Mannheim," by B. Rosenthal Undated
2 61 Genealogical tables and correspondence Undated, 1980-1986
2 62 Letters from Moritz Lenel to Caroline Scheuer Undated, 1835-1836, 1975
  

Some transcriptions. 19th century letters are copies.

 
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Series IV: Michaelis family, undated, 1773-1994

This series is in German and English, with some Hebrew and Latin.
13 folders.
Arrangement:

In Fritz Victor Lenel's original arrangement, materials were placed by subject into alphabetical pockets. A descriptive folder title was assigned during processing, but the folders were maintained in Lenel's alphabetical pocket system order, and the portfolio number and pocket letter are found in parentheses at the end of each folder title. Correspondence within a folder was rearranged chronologically. Items without an assigned pocket are found at the end of the series. Photographs were physically separated and are found in box 5 of the collection.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of Fritz Victor Lenel's portfolio 4, which concerns the family of his paternal grandmother Helene (Lea) Michaelis Lenel (1844-1917). Pocket B contains genealogical tables, notes, and correspondence about the Michaelis family. It also contains originals and copies of 18th and 19th-century materials relating to Michaelis family members, including the 1809 appointment of Jonas Michaelis as a syndic (representative) of the Nieheim Jewish community by the consistory of the Kingdom of Westphalia. Pocket C contains copies of the title page and genealogical notes inside the front cover of the Michaelis family prayer book (the original book is found in the LBI library). Pocket D contains two daguerreotypes, picturing members of the Michaelis family.

The index prepared by Lenel in box 2, folder 63 describes the materials in more detail.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 63 Index to portfolio 4 (4/A) Undated
2 64 Michaelis family genealogical tables and notes by Fritz Victor Lenel (4/B) Undated, 1972
2 65 Michaelis family notes by Luise Lenel (4/B) Undated
2 66 Contract (4/B) 1773
2 67 Appointment of Jonas Michaelis as syndic of the Nieheim Jewish congregation (4/B) 1809
2 68 Duties of the Israelite syndics in the Kingdom of Westphalia (4/B) 1809
2 69 Matriculation of Sigismund Michaelis at Collegium Carolinium, Brunswick (4/B) 1822
2 70 Letter from B. Michaelis to Jonas Michaelis (4/B) 1828 October 20
  

Includes transcript

 
2 71 Will of Jonas Michaelis (4/B) 1833
  

Partial typescript copy

 
2 72 Will of Helene (Michaelis) Archenhold (4/B) 1846
  

Copy of typescript copy

 
2 73 Correspondence regarding the Michaelis family (4/B) 1933-1974
2 74 Michaelis family prayer book, "Israelitisches Gebetbuch: in hebraeischer and deutscher Sprache" (4/C) Undated, 1836
  

Copy of title page and genealogical notes inside front cover. Transcription of notes. Book removed to LBI library.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 30 Daguerreotype of Sigismund Michaelis and Eduard Michaelis (4/D) 1848 July 11
  

Poor image condition. Case missing. Note on paper backing that photograph was taken in Cologne.

 
5 31 Daguerreotype of Sigismund Michaelis and Georgine Michaelis with Johanna, Emil (Elias), and Helene (Lea) (4/D) 1854 September
  

Poor image condition. Case intact.

 
5 38 Ambrotype of Georgine Michaelis (4/D) Circa 1860
  

Good image condition. Case intact. Jewelry hand-colored.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 75 Michaelis family genealogical table Undated
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Series V: Walter Lenel, undated, 1868-1985

This series is in German and English.
1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

This series is divided into two subseries. The first corresponds to Fritz Victor Lenel's portfolio five, Walter Lenel. The second subseries, Walter and Luise Lenel Family Photograph Collection, is a group of photographs that were separately arranged and described by Lenel.

Scope and Content:

This series consist of material about Fritz Victor Lenel's father, historian Walter Lenel (1868-1937), and his immediate family. Documents include vital records, educational and professional materials, eulogies, and photographs. Professional materials include Walter Lenel's appointment to the Heidelberg faculty in 1932 and his being fired in 1933.

Subseries 1: Portfolio 5, undated, 1868-1985

This subseries is in German and English.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

The first subseries corresponds to Fritz Victor Lenel's portfolio five, Walter Lenel. In his original arrangement, materials were placed by subject into numbered pockets. A descriptive folder title was assigned during processing, but the folders were maintained in Lenel's numerical pocket system order, and the portfolio number and pocket number are found in parentheses at the end of each folder title. Correspondence within a folder was rearranged chronologically. Items without an assigned pocket are found at the end of the series. Photographs were physically separated and are found in box 5 of the collection. Note that photographs found in subseries 1, Portfolio 5, are separate from and in addition to the photographs found in the second subseries.

Scope and Content:

This subseries consists of portfolio 5, which includes vital records, educational and professional materials, eulogies, and photographs by and about historian Walter Lenel.

BoxFolderTitleDate
2 76 Index to portfolio 5 Undated
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5 32 Photographs of house at Ploech 48, Heidelberg (5) 1938-1943
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2 77 Birth and vaccination certificates (5/1) 1880-1935
  

Certified copies

 
2 78 School materials (5/1) 1878-1879
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OS139 Abitur Zeugniss (5/1) 1886
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5 33 Photographs of Walter Lenel (5/1) 1868-1874
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2 79 Baptism, marriage, and military records (5/2) 1888-1906
  

Walter Lenel was baptized by Albert Schweitzer

 
2 80 University records and materials (5/2) 1886-1892
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OS139 Diplomas 1888
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2 81 Request to write Strasbourg city history (5/2) 1900
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5 34 Photographs of Walter Lenel (5/2) Circa 1900
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2 82 Engagement correspondence from Walter Lenel to Louise Borckenhagen (5/3) 1905-1906
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3 1 Professional correspondence and materials (5/4) 1911-1938
3 2 Poems and eulogies (5/4) Undated, 1917-1936
3 3 Wills (5/4) 1931-1935
3 4 Contract for house in Heidelberg (5/4) 1919
3 5 Materials on Walter and Luise Lenel's will (5/5) 1936-1985
3 6 Toasts and eulogies (5/5) 1933-1935
  

With handwritten English translation

 
3 7 "Der Konstantzer Frieden von 1183 und italienische Politik Friedrich I" by Walter Lenel and related correspondence (5/6) 1937-1977
3 8 Professional publications and correspondence (5/7) Undated, 1897-1937
3 9 Remembrance of Walter Lenel by Luise Lenel (5/8) 1937
3 10 "Remembering our father" by Toni Lenel (5/8) 1937
3 11 Biography of Walter Lenel by Fritz Victor Lenel (5/8) Undated
3 12 Correspondence re Walter Lenel as Heidelberg professor (5/8) 1982-1984
3 13 Death certificate and memorial materials (5/9) 1937-1949
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OS139 Music for memorial service (5/9) 1937
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3 14 Articles by Hermann Reincke-Bloch (5/10) Undated, 1900-1928
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5 35 Photographs of Friedrich Meinecke and Hermann Reincke-Bloch (5/10) 1912
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3 15 Letters of condolence (5/11) 1937
3 16 Letter from Fritz Victor Lenel to Walter Lenel 1916

Subseries 2: Walter and Luise Lenel Family Photograph Collection, undated, 1871-1965

The annotations are in German.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

The photographs are described by an index (box 6, folder 1) that follows Lenel's original arrangement. Numbers in parenthesis after the folder titles below refer to the envelope number of the index.

Scope and Content:

The second subseries, Walter and Luise Lenel Family Photograph Collection, is a group of photographs that were separately arranged and described by Lenel. They depict the immediate family of Walter and Luise Lenel. Most are dated and labeled and/or described by the index. Note that photographs found in subseries 1, Portfolio 5, are separate from and in addition to the photographs found in this subseries.

BoxFolderTitleDate
6 1 Index to photograph collection Undated
6 2 Fritz Victor Lenel (1-3) 1907-1910
6 3 Fritz Victor Lenel, Edith Lenel, Victor Lenel (4) 1910
6 4 Grete Borckenhagen (5-6) 1871-1941
6 5 Louise Kapp, Grete Borckenhagen, and Luise Lenel with children (7) 1907-1914
6 6 Residences (8) 1899-1965
6 7 Fritz Victor Lenel, Edith Lenel, Walter Lenel, Grete Borckenhagen (10) 1902-1941
6 8 Walter and Luise Lenel in Norway (11) 1905
  

Includes tintypes

 
6 9 Ludwig and Grete Borckenhagen (12) 1912
6 10 Lenel family (14) 1916-1917
  

Stereographs

 
6 11 Fritz Victor Lenel, Edith Lenel, Toni Lenel (15) 1916-1918
6 12 Lenel and Friedenthal families (18, 21) 1926-1930
6 13 Grete Borckenhagen's 80th birthday, Walter Lenel (25) 1937-1938
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Series VI: Luise Lenel, undated, 1905-2010, bulk 1905-1976

The journals are in German, in the old script. Some clippings and ephemera are in English, and a small selection from the diares has been translated into English.
5.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Unlike other series, these materials were not arranged or described by Fritz Victor Lenel. The journals were arranged chronologically. The wedding book is found at the end of the series. Letters, clippings, and ephemera were removed and placed at the end of the folder or in separate folder. Photographs were removed and individually housed for the journals dated 1905-1907 and 1959-1976. Photographs were rehoused but kept in the same folder for the journals from 1909 to 1958. Some objects (clippings, ephemera, some plant matter) are attached to journal pages, and were left in the journal. The index does not precisely match this series, and describes only a small part of it.

Scope and Content:

This series consists primarily of the journals of Luise Lenel (1882-1982), wife of Walter Lenel and mother of Fritz Victor Lenel. She was a dedicated chronicler, and her diaries in this series, from 1905 to 1976, have entries for almost every day. They begin while she lived in Germany, and continue through her emigration to the United States, specifically to Upper Montclair, NJ, where she spent the last fifty years of her life. Note that the journal for 1937 is missing. The journals document her daily activities, travel, and family happenings. Her interest in theater, music, and world affairs is reflected. Albert Schweitzer was a family friend, and this series contains photographs of him just before his death in 1965. This series also contains Louise Lenel's wedding book, from 1905.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 17 Index Undated
3 18 Journal 1905
3 19 Items removed from journal 1905
3 20 Journal 1906-1907
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101Journal1909
102Journal1910
103Journal1911
104Journal1912
105Journal1913
106Journal1914
107Journal1915
108Journal1916
109Journal1917
1010Journal1918
1011Journal1919
1012Journal1920
1013Journal1921
1014Journal1922
1015Journal1923
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71Journal1924
72Journal1925
73Journal1926
74Journal1927
75Journal1928
76Journal1929
77Journal1930
78Journal1931
79Journal1932
710Journal1933
711Journal1934
712Journal1935
713Journal1936
714Journal1938
715Journal1939
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81Journal1940
82Journal1941
83Journal1942
84Journal1943
85Journal1944
86Journal1945
87Journal1946
88Journal1947
89Journal1948
810Journal1949
811Journal1950
812Journal1951
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91Journal1952
92Journal1953
93Journal1954
94Journal1955
95Journal1956
96Journal1957
97Journal1958
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3 21 Journal 1959
3 22 Items removed from journal 1959
3 23 Journal 1960
3 24 Items removed from journal 1960
3 25 Journal 1961
3 26 Items removed from journal 1961
3 27 Journal 1962
3 28 Items removed from journal 1962
3 29 Journal 1963
3 30 Items removed from journal 1963
3 31 Journal 1964
3 32 Journal 1965
3 33 Journal 1966
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4 1 Journal 1967
4 2 Journal 1968
4 3 Items removed from journal 1968
4 4 Journal 1969
4 5 Items removed from journal 1969
4 6 Journal 1970
4 7 Items removed from journal 1970
4 8 Journal 1971
4 9 Items removed from journal 1971
4 10 Journal 1972
4 11 Items removed from journal 1972
4 12 Journal 1973
4 13 Items removed from journal 1973
4 14 Journal 1974
4 15 Items removed from journal 1974
4 16 Journal 1975
4 17 Items removed from journal 1975
4 18 Journal 1976
4 19 Items removed from journal 1976
4 20 Translations of journals from 1916-1930 Undated, 2010
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5 36 Photographs from journals 1906-1975
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4 21 Wedding book 1906
4 22 Correspondence, photographs, and ephemera from wedding book Undated, 1904-1936
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5 37 Photographs from wedding book 1906
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