Guide to the Albert Ladenburg Family Collection
undated, 1834-1972

AR 25373

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in 2013. Description is in English.
October 2015 dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mayer, Eva, 1918-
Title: Albert Ladenburg Family Collection
Dates:undated, 1834-1972
Abstract: This collection contains materials relating to the Ladenburg family of Mannheim, primarily chemist Albert Ladenburg. It includes clippings and articles, diaries, personal ephemera, and a collection of bills and Notgeld from the Weimar-era hyperinflation.
Languages: This collection is in German.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Identification: AR 25373
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Albert Ladenburg (1842-1911), undated

Portrait of Albert Ladenburg (1842-1911), undated

Albert Ladenburg (1842-1911) was born into a prominent Jewish family in Mannheim. He was a noted professor of chemistry in Kiel (1873-1889) and later in Breslau (1889-1909). In 1905, he won the Royal Society's Davy Medal. He was married to Margarete née Pringsheim, and their children were Rudolph Ladenburg (1882-1952) and Eric Ladenburg (1878-1908).

Albert Ladenburg's father was jurist Leopold Ladenburg (1809-1899), and his grandfather was Wolf Hajum Ladenburg (1766-1851), who founded the private bank W.H. Ladenburg and Söhne in Mannheim in 1785.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials relating to the Ladenburg family of Mannheim, primarily chemist Albert Ladenburg. It includes clippings and articles, diaries, personal ephemera, and a collection of bills and Notgeld from the Weimar-era hyperinflation.

The Ladenburg family material includes short bios, clippings, and articles about various family members and activities, primarily the bank W. H. Ladenburg und Söhne; letters, birthday cards, poems, plays, and ephemera; a family tree; and Rudolph Ladenburg's copy of the constitution of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for the Advancement of the Sciences (Kaiser Wilhelm Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften).

Materials relating to Albert Ladenburg include a copy of a photo of his gravestone; articles by and about him (some photocopies); diplomas, appointments, and proclamations about his education and honorary positions in various societies; residence permits and a marriage license; and a last will and testament.

The collection also includes the June 1834 diary of Leopold Ladenburg, written while in England, and the diary of Eric Ladenburg, who tended to write one very long entry every few years. It also contains Weimar-era money and stamps, including Notgeld from various municipalities in Germany and Austria; postage stamps and ephemera; and German and Austrian bills and bonds, denominated from 5 marks to 20 billion marks.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

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

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Related Material

The LBI Library holds a book about the Ladenburg bank, "W. H. Ladenburg & Soehne; aus der Geschichte eines Mannheimer Privatbankhauses" (HG 3060 M24 L28). LBI partner institution YIVO holds a copy of Albert Ladenburg's memoirs, Lebenserinnerungen (000028702). The LBI Library and Archives also hold general material about the Jews of Mannheim and Ladenburg.

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Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Albert Ladenburg Family Collection; AR 25373; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

Materials were refoldered. Sticky notes were copied to acid-free paper.

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Container List

 

Albert Ladenburg Family Collection, undated, 1834-1972

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Ladenburg familyundated, 1860-1972
1 2 Ladenburg, Albertundated, 1863-1914, 1933
1 3 Ladenburg, Eric – diary1878-1908
1 4 Ladenburg, Leopold – diary1834 June
1 5 Bills and Notgeld1903-1926
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