Guide to the Julius and Edith Hirsch Collection
Undated, 1810-1982, bulk 1942-1960

AR 1254

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in January 2012. Description is in English.
December 05, 2013  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hirsch, Edith, 1899-
Title: Julius and Edith Hirsch Collection
Dates:Undated, 1810-1982
Dates:Bulk 1942-1960
Abstract: This collection primarily contains professional material by and about economists Julius and Edith Hirsch. The materials by and about Julius Hirsch include printed material, correspondence, manuscript and published writings, and memos prepared for the Office of Price Administration. Edith Hirsch materials include some published economics materials and a narrative family history centered on her maternal grandparents, Rudolph Bernheim (1848-1941) and Sara Bernheim née Levy (1853-1934) of Hechingen, Germany. The collection also contains material of wider German-Jewish interest donated by Edith Hirsch.
Languages: This collection is in German and English, with a small amount of Dutch.
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Identification: AR 1254
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note
Portrait of Julius Hirsch (1882-1961)

Portrait of Julius Hirsch (1882-1961)

Julius Hirsch (1882-1961) was born in Mandel, Germany to Salomon and Mathilde Hirsch. He studied economics in Bonn and taught at the University of Cologne beginning in 1911. From 1919 to 1922 he served as Secretary of State in the German Ministry of Commerce, and was involved in reparation negotiation and post-war economic development. Thereafter, he was professor of economics at the University of Berlin and the Berlin Graduate School of Business (Handelshochschule Berlin). He immigrated to Copenhagen in 1933 and to the United States in 1941, where he worked in the 1940s for the U.S. Office of Price Administration before becoming a private consultant. He was also a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York from 1942 to 1960, and Director of the New School Business Administration Center.

Edith Jarislowsky Hirsch (1899-2003), daughter of Adolph Jarislowsky and Flora Jarislowsky née Bernheim, received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg in 1925. She met Julius Hirsch in Hechingen, Germany at the family home of Albert Einstein's wife Elsa, who was close friends with Edith's mother, and they got married in 1927. Edith Hirsch was an economist as well, receiving an MA from the New School in 1943, and she worked together with her husband in his consultancies both in Germany and in the United States. She specialized in food and agriculture economics. Hirsch was also involved with the LBI: she helped editing the memoirs of George Tietz, published in 1965, and also collected and donated to the LBI a range of materials related to the German-Jewish experience.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains professional material by and about economists Julius and Edith Hirsch. It also includes some material of German-Jewish interest donated by Edith Hirsch.

The materials concerning Julius Hirsch include obituaries, bibliographies of his work, a curriculum vitae, and other documents describing his career as an economist both in Germany and in the United States. The collection also contains a small amount of Julius Hirsch's correspondence, with James Auchincloss, Daniel Bloomfield, Homer Capehart, Albert Einstein, Charles David Ginsburg, W. Hasenack, Claude E. Hawley, Edward Ware Hullinger, Franz Oppenheimer, and Ernest Stern. Professional writings form the bulk of the collection. Julius Hirsch's primary interests were wartime macroeconomic theory and price controls, and this is reflected in the topics of the publications, speeches, and articles quoting him that are found in the clippings, off-prints, and manuscripts (handwritten and typed). Also included are over forty memos, including drafts and notes, prepared by Hirsch for the Office of Price Administration during World War Two. The memos primarily address the issue of wartime price controls.

The collection also contains materials relating to Edith Hirsch, including a curriculum vitae, letters from researchers interested in her husband's career, and some published economics materials. In addition, it contains a narrative family history centered on the descendants of Edith Hirsch's maternal grandparents, Rudolph Bernheim (1848-1941) and Sara Bernheim née Levy (1853-1934) of Hechingen, Germany.

Material of German-Jewish interest donated by Edith Hirsch and found in this collection include six banking slips, dated October-November 1810, signed by E. D. Cohn; a letter from a researcher, Robert R. Banks, to Edith Hirsch, inquiring about the private banking firms "Gebrüder Arons" and "Gebrüder Koppel;" typed and manuscript copies of an errata list for the book "Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York " by Stephen Birmingham, compiled by Julius Bunzl; and photocopies of a 1966 letter from Alfred Gray (aka Gruenebaum) to Edith Hirsch, about the Ph. Freudenberg firm in Elbersfeld, Germany, and the Gebrüder Alsberg and Fried & Alsberg firms of Cologne, and a one-page copy of a photograph and a handwritten letter. The photograph shows a board of directors, probably of Fried & Alsberg.

The original container list and index cards in folder 1/1 provide a more granular content list for the original collection.

A list of names and subjects mentioned in this collection was created during prior processing: Alsberg, Siegfried; Arons, Brothers; Auchincloss, James C.; Banks and banking; Berlin; Bernheim Family; Bernheim, Rudolf; Bernheim, Sara; Birmingham, Steven; Bloomfield, Daniel; Bunzl, Julius; Business and economic history; Capehart, Homer; Cohn, E. D.; Cologne; Einstein, Albert; Elberfeld; Freudenberg Dress Shop; Fried & Alsberg; Fried, Otto; Ginsburg, Charles David; Gruenebaum, Emil; Hamburger, Ernst; Hasenack, W.; Hechingen; Hirsch, Edith, nee Jarislowsky; Hirsch, Julius, 1882-1961; Hoechstadter family; Hullinger, Edwin Ware; Koppel, Alexander; Koppel, Brothers; Office of Price Administration; Oppenheimer, Franz; Ruberg, Dr.; Stern, Ernest H.; Wahl, Max.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series. The arrangement differs from the previously prepared container list and index cards, found in folder 1. To allow documents cited according to the previous arrangement to be found, the folder number in the original container list is placed in parentheses after the folder titles. Folders without following numbers were not described in the original record. Index cards in folder 1/1 provide a more granular content list for the original collection.

Materials from related collections that were combined into this collection are noted as such in the scope note for a particular folder. See also Series II, Subseries 2: Collected Materials.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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Access Points

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Related Material

The LBI library holds dozens of books by Julius Hirsch. It also holds a memorial book, "Der Handel heute. In memoriam Julius Hirsch", that was prepared for his 80th birthday but became a memorial book after his death.

The digitized collection of Ernst Hamburger (AR 7034) contains notes about Julius Hirsch's career in Weimar.

The Fogelman Library at the New School for Research holds course catalogs and the publication The New School Bulletin, both of which document Julius Hirsch's involvement with the New School as a professor.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Julius and Edith Hirsch Collection; AR 1254; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The collection was renamed from the Julius Hirsch Collection to the Julius and Edith Hirsch Collection. The original arrangement was modified. Folders were rearranged and retitled. Documents within folders were not moved, but some folders were divided into multiple folders. Related collections were combined into this collection. The following collections were transferred into AR 1254 (all donated by Edith J. Hirsch): AR 3756, AR 6181, AR 2079, AR 3043, AR 3044, AR 3516, AR 3756. AR 3044, Fried & Alsberg Collection, had been transferred to the LBI Photograph Collection but was removed and integrated into this collection. See Series II for more information about these collections.

Folders and boxes were replaced. Acid-free paper was added between newspapers clippings. Original folders with additional information were photocopied and discarded. Exact duplicates within an individual folder were discarded.

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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.

 

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Index cards and original container list1970s
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Series I: Julius Hirsch, Undated, 1915-1982, bulk 1942-1960

This series is in German and English.
Arrangement:

This series is divided into three sections: biographical information, correspondence, and writings. The correspondence section is arranged by correspondent. The writings section is arranged alphabetically by folder title. The material in the writings section was rearranged to separate manuscripts from published materials, but the order otherwise remains the same and corresponds to the original container list.

Scope and Content:

This series consists primarily of professional material by and about economist Julius Hirsch. The Biographical Information section consists mostly of articles about Julius Hirsch, obituaries, and bibliographies of his work. It also contains a curriculum vitae, a 15-page typescript by Edith Hirsch describing his work as German State Secretary of Commerce, a typed copy of his diary from 1915-1917, reviews of a biography, an honorary doctorate certificate from the University of Bonn, and a copy of a 1919 evaluation of his work that recommends his appointment as an undersecretary in the German Ministry of Commerce.

The Correspondence section contains one folder of letters to and from Hirsch and the following persons. These letters are clearly only a tiny fraction of Hirsch's correspondence. The original folder number is found in the parentheses after the person's name. Each correspondent is separated by a sheet of acid-free paper.

  • Auchincloss, James C. (6): Correspondence regarding economic consulting. Also includes excerpts from the Congressional Record.
  • Bloomfield, Daniel (20): Letter regarding Hirsch's writings on marketing and distribution
  • Capehart, Homer (6): Correspondence regarding economic consulting
  • Einstein, Albert (5): Photocopy of undated congratulatory letter to Hirsch, and typewritten note dated August 30, 1950 about conversation with Einstein regarding effectiveness of atomic warfare
  • Ginsburg, Charles David (7): Correspondence regarding post-war German economy
  • Hasenack, W. (20): Letter regarding the state of economic study
  • Hawley, Claude E. (20): Letter regarding translation of book New Horizons in Business
  • Hullinger, Edward Ware (7): Letter regarding propaganda directives in Germany
  • Oppenheimer, Franz (7): Two letters regarding the Board of Economic Warfare
  • Stern, Ernest (8): Three letters regarding economics

The Writings section contains Julius Hirsch's professional writings as an economist. His primary interests were wartime macroeconomic theory and price controls, and this is reflected in the topics of the publications, speeches, and articles quoting him that are found in this section. The materials include clippings, off-prints, and manuscripts (handwritten and typed). The publication outlets include newspapers such as the New York Times and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, periodicals such as the Journal of Commerce, and scholarly economics journals.

The original container list found in folder 1/1 provides titles for many of the speeches and articles. The material in this section was only rearranged to separate manuscripts from published materials; the order otherwise remains the same, and corresponds to the original container list.

The section also includes over forty memos, including drafts and notes, prepared by Hirsch for the Office of Price Administration during World War Two. The memos primarily address the issue of wartime price controls. Also included is a Table of Contents listing all memos prepared by Hirsch, presumably from the binder in which these memos were once maintained. Not all memos listed in the Table of Contents are found here.

Section 1: Biographical Information

BoxFolderTitleDate
12Honorary doctorate, University of Bonn (4)1959
13Materials about Julius Hirsch (3)1915-1979
  

Includes photocopies

 
14Publications about Julius Hirsch (23)1932-1977
  

Mostly photocopies

 
15Publication lists and curriculum vitae (17)1947-1958
16Publications about and evaluations of Julius Hirsch (21)1919-1982
  

Mostly photocopies

 

Section 2: Correspondence

BoxFolderTitleDate
17Correspondence (5-8, 20)1942-1959

Section 3: Writings

BoxFolderTitleDate
18Manuscripts (18)1941-1945
19Manuscripts (16)1941-1954
110Manuscripts (9)Undated, 1945-1953
111Manuscripts (19)1949-1954
112Manuscripts (10)1951
113Manuscripts (20)1954-1955
114Manuscripts (11)Undated, 1954-1955
115Manuscripts (6)1960
116Manuscripts (17)Undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Office of Price Administration memos (12)1941-1942
22Office of Price Administration memos (13)1942
23Office of Price Administration memos (14)1942-1943
24Publications (18)1917-1944
  

Includes photocopies

 
25Publications (2)1931-1932
  

Photocopies

 
26Publications (15)1948-1953
27Publications (19)1948-1953
28Publications (20)1954-1956
29Publications (23)1960
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Series II: Edith Hirsch, Undated, 1810-1977, bulk 1930-1977

This series is in German and English, with some Dutch.
Scope and Content:

This series contains materials relating to Edith Hirsch. Subseries 1 contains materials by or about Hirsch, while subseries 2 contains materials of a general German-Jewish nature, donated to the LBI by Hirsch.

Subseries 1: Personal and Professional, Undated, 1943-1977

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials relating directly to Edith Hirsch. It includes a curriculum vitae, a letter from Ernest Hamburger, a letter from Professor Ruberg, and a copy of a letter to a Professor Rozowski, all about her husband's career, and a report authored by Hirsch about conditions in the village of Harisiddhi in the Kathmandu Valley. The publication folder contains newspaper articles about economic topics, either by Hirsch or quoting her. It also includes a typescript of remarks by Hirsch on an ABC program (probably radio), talking about the Green Revolution and Jewish life in India. In addition, this subseries contains a narrative family history centered on the descendants of Hirsch's maternal grandparents, Rudolph Bernheim (1848-1941) and Sara Bernheim née Levy (1853-1934) of Hechingen, Germany.

BoxFolderTitleDate
210Correspondence – Hamburger, Ernest (1)1970
211Correspondence – Rozowski (23)Undated
  

Photocopy

 
212Correspondence – Ruberg (21)1962
213Curriculum vitae1960s
  

Formerly AR 3756, Edith Hirsch Collection

 
214Family history (1)1977
215Publications (1)1943-1972
216Report on the Village of Harisiddhi in the Kathmandu Valley1971
  

Formerly AR 3756, Edith Hirsch Collection

 

Subseries 2: Collected Materials, 1810-1968

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains materials related to the German-Jewish experience that Edith Hirsch donated to the LBI. It includes:

Six banking slips, dated October-November 1810, signed by E. D. Cohn. The slips have the word "Berlin" printed across the top, and list sums of notes and money for various debts and obligations (formerly AR 6181, E. D. Cohn Collection).

A letter from a researcher, Robert R. Banks, to Edith Hirsch, inquiring about the private banking firms "Gebrüder Arons" and "Gebrüder Koppel" and their financial support of industrial inventions (formerly AR 2079, Aron Brothers Bankhaus Collection).

Typed and manuscript copies of an errata list for the book "Our Crowd: The Great Jewish Families of New York" by Stephen Birmingham, compiled by Julius Bunzl, as well as a letter from Hirsch describing Bunzl (formerly AR 3516, Julius Bunzl Collection).

Photocopies of a 1966 letter from Alfred Gray (aka Gruenebaum) to Edith Hirsch, about the Ph. Freudenberg firm in Elbersfeld, Germany, and the Gebrüder Alsberg and Fried & Alsberg firms of Cologne. The letter encloses a one-page copy of a photograph and a handwritten letter. The photograph shows a board of directors, probably of Fried & Alsberg, identified as Franz Goldmann, Max Simon, Moritz Klein, Alfred Alsberg, Karl Fried, Siegfried Alsberg, Otto Fried, and Alfred Rosenstein. The photo has been digitized. The letter is from Otto Fried to Siegfried Alsberg and is a birthday congratulation. (Formerly AR 3043, Freudenberg Collection, and AR 3044, Fried & Alsberg Collection).

BoxFolderTitleDate
217Banking slips1810 October – November
  

Formerly AR 6181, E. D. Cohn Collection

 
218Correspondence – Banks, Robert R.1963
  

Formerly AR 2079, Aron Brothers Bankhaus Collection

 
219Errata list for "Our Crowd" by Steven Birmingham, compiled by Julius Bunzl1968
  

Formerly AR 3516, Julius Bunzl Collection

 
220Fried & Alsberg material1930, 1966
  

Formerly AR 3043, Freudenberg Collection, and AR 3044, Fried & Alsberg Collection. Photocopies.

 
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