Guide to the Elisabeth Freund Collection, 1920-1996

AR 25099 / MF 972

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Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Chris Bentley on June 30, 2010. Description is in English.
June 05, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List. July 24, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List. November 26, 2012. Biographical inoformation edited.

Title:Elisabeth Freund Collection
Dates:1920-1996
Abstract:The collection is organized in four series. Series I contains writings and publications by and about Elisabeth Freund about her personal life as well her work for the blind. There are several version of her manuscript "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941", which was published in 1996. She also wrote about her great-great-uncle, Julius R. Friedlaender, and published a book on home improvement for women in 1930. The series also contains her extensive writings, published and unpublished, on working with the blind, as well as publications and clippings about her and her work at the Overbrook School for the Blind. There are also several legal publications by Rudolf Freund. Series II: Correspondence contains both personal and professional correspondence by Elisabeth Freund, correspondence of her daughters Clare Freund and Ursula Goebel regarding her mother's work, and correspondence with the Leo Baeck Institute regarding the donation of Elisabeth Freund's papers. Series III: Photographs contains mainly images used in Elisabeth Freund's professional publications. The collection also contains a longhand writing device and workbooks developed by Elisabeth Freund (Series IV).
Languages:This collection is in German.
Quantity:1.25 linear feet
Identification:AR 25099 / MF 972
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Elisabeth Freund was born in Breslau in 1898. Her father was the neurologist Carl Freund. She studied political and economic sciences at the universities of Breslau, Wuerzburg, and Berlin. During her studies, she lived with her uncle, the chemist and Nobel Prize Laureate Fritz Haber (1868-1934). In 1922 she married her cousin Rudolf Freund who had a leading position in the Flick concern. She did forced labor in a laundry and an ammunition factory, before she and her husband were able to emigrate to Cuba in 1941. In 1938, the couple had decided to send their daughters Clare (1926-1996) and Ursula with the "Kindertransport" abroad to saftey. They emigrated to the US in 1944. She started working at the Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, which was founded by Julius Friedlaender, a brother of her great-grandfather's. There, she founded a touch and learn center. She became an authority on blind students, developing teaching manuals and kits for sharpening the taste and smell of blind students. She also lectured and published on these topics. She died in 1982.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is organized in four series. Series I contains writings and publications by and about Elisabeth Freund about her personal life as well her work for the blind. There are several version of her manuscript "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941", which was published in 1996. She also wrote about her great-great-uncle, Julius R. Friedlaender, and published a book on home improvement for women in 1930. The series also contains her extensive writings, published and unpublished, on working with the blind, as well as publications and clippings about her and her work at the Overbrook School for the Blind. There are also several legal publications by Rudolf Freund. Series II: Correspondence contains both personal and professional correspondence by Elisabeth Freund, correspondence of her daughters Clare Freund and Ursula Goebel regarding her mother's work, and correspondence with the Leo Baeck Institute regarding the donation of Elisabeth Freund's papers. Series III: Photographs contains mainly images used in Elisabeth Freund's professional publications. The collection also contains a longhand writing device and workbooks developed by Elisabeth Freund (Series IV).

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Freund, Elisabeth D.; Freund, Clare; Goebel, Ursula (Freund); Freund, Rudolf.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 4 series.

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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.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 972).

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
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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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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Microfilm

Collection is available on 3 reels of microfilm (MF 972).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Elisabeth Freund Collection; AR 25099; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Bibliography

See also Ursula E. Goebel Collection (AR 10124)

Three manuscripts by Elisabeth Freund's husband, Rudolf Freund, are cataloged in the memoir collection (ME 156)

See also Elisabeth Freund's memoirs "Zwangsarbeit fuer Hitler; Forced Labor for Hitler" (ME 153), the published version is available in the LBI library (DS 135 G4 B4 F7 1996)

A published version of Elisabeth Freund's biography of Julius Friedlaender "Crusader for light: Julius R. Friedlander, founder of the Overbrook School for the Blind, 1832" is also available in the LBI library (HV 1624 F74 F7)

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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.

 

Series I: Writings and Publications

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Biographical information about Elisabeth Freund
12Autobiographical notes
13aManuscript of "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941" (5 copies)
13bManuscript of "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941" (5 copies)
13cManuscript of "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941" (5 copies)
13dManuscript of "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941" (5 copies)
13eManuscript of "Zwangsarbeit Berlin 1941" (5 copies)
14Manuscript about Julius R. Friedlaender
15Booklet "Hausfrau Hilf Dir Selbst"
16Unpublished notes and writings about work with the blind
17Publications about work with the blind
18Publications about Elisabeth Freund and work with the blind
19Publications by Overbrook School for the Blind
110Teaching materials
111Publications by Rudolf Freund
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Series II: Correspondence, 1952-1996

BoxFolderTitleDate
21Elisabeth Freund1961-1982
22Restitution1952-1982
23Clare Freund and Ursula Goebel1982-1996
24Leo Baeck Institute1990-1996
25Misc
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Series III: Photographs

BoxFolderTitleDate
26Photographs
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Series IV: Oversize

Box TitleDate
OS 79 Longhand writing device and workbooks developed by Elisabeth Freund
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