Guide to the Papers of Max (1892-1990) and Margareta (1902-2002) Wolf

AR 10699

Processed by Dianne Ritchey and LBI Staff

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in November 2012. Description is in English.
January 29, 2014  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wolf, Margareta, 1902-2002
Title: Max and Margareta Wolf Collection
Abstract: This collection consists of the personal and professional documents of the dermatologist Max Wolf as well as personal documents of other members of the family, including his wife Margareta Wolf. The collection encompasses official and professional documents, copies of correspondence, photographs and articles and educational certificates.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet.
Identification: AR 10699
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note
Photograph of Max and Margareta Wolf

Photograph of Max and Margareta Wolf

Max Wolf was born on June 1, 1892 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, the son of the physician Wilhelm Wolf and his wife Rosa Wolf née Kerpel. He studied medicine in Vienna and received his doctorate in 1916. From 1916-1918 he served in World War I in a hospital on the Italian front. Thereafter he conducted an internship at the Wiedener Krankenhaus in Vienna and in 1923 was admitted to Vienna's medical board of specialists in order to practice as a specialist in dermatology and syphilology. From 1922-1938 he was assistant in the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology at the Wiener Allgemeine Poliklinik and also had his own medical practice in dermatology from 1923-1938.

On August 30, 1927 he married Margareta (sometimes spelled Margarethe) Langer. Margareta was born on December 29, 1902 in Vienna and was the daughter of Adolf and Josefina (sometimes written as Josefa or Josefine) Langer.

Max and Margareta Wolf immigrated first to Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in October 1938 and arrived in New York on July 27, 1939. In November 1940 Max Wolf received his medical license from the University of the State of New York and began private practice as a dermatologist in New York City in March 1941. He also held many positions at various hospitals in New York City, among them Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology and Attending Dermatologist at New York University Postgraduate Medical School, Bellevue Medical Center Skin and Cancer Unit; Attending Dermatologist and the Home and Hospital of the Daughters of Israel; and Assistant Dermatologist in the Department of Dermatology at Beth Israel Medical Center.

He had many publications in his medical field in German, English and Spanish and was a member of several professional organizations, such as the New York Dermatological Society, American Dermatological Association, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the International Society for Dermatology and the Academia Espańola de Dermatologia, among others. In 1989 he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class.

Max Wolf died on August 25, 1990 in New York. Margareta Wolf died on July 11, 2002 in New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Max and Margareta Wolf Collection documents the professional life of dermatologist Max Wolf and captures some personal details of his wife Margareta and other family members. Included in this collection are professional documents such as certificates and correspondence, documentation of patients' treatments, educational certificates, a small amount of personal correspondence and documents, articles and clippings including obituaries and some photographs.

Series I relates entirely to Max Wolf. In this series are several folders that hold professional papers, including copies of his curriculum vitae and letters from medical associations in Vienna as well as the United States. Contained are two volumes of patients' visits and their treatments. Educational papers primarily consist of copies of certificates from educational institutions. One folder holds articles about Max Wolf and includes a few obituaries and two folders evidence his personal interest in photography. Another folder includes some correspondence with Albert Göring.

The smaller second series pertains to the remainder of the family, especially Margareta Wolf née Langer. Her material includes some poems and educational certificates, while articles on other family members or copies of correspondence to or about them consist of the remainder of the series.

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The collection is organized in two 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.

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

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Related Material

Related to this collection is the manuscript by Karl Holubar "Vienna and the Ides of March 1938" [MS 390].

An extensive collection of Max Wolf's photography is available at the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. The Max and Margareta Wolf Library at the Medizinische Universität Wien (Josephinium) holds more than two thousand medical texts of Max Wolf's.

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Separated Material

Some photographs were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

The videocassette "The Real Albert Goering" was removed to the LBI Audiovisual Collection.

A handwritten cookbook, "Koscheres Kochbuch fuer junge Ehepaare," was removed [MS 875].

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Max and Margareta Wolf Collection; AR 10699; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The collection was reprocessed in November 2012 in preparation of the EAD finding aid. Related materials were moved into the same folders and some folders were further subdivided. Max Wolf's materials, comprising the larger portion of the collection, were brought together to form Series I and description was added to the finding aid.

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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: Max Wolf, 1903-1998

This series is in German and English.
0.4 linear feet.


Scope and Content:

Series I contains the papers of Max Wolf. Although much of the series focuses on his professional life, a few folders hold more personal material or documentation of highlights of his life.

Several folders document Max Wolf's work as a dermatologist. Three folders hold his professional papers; two of these consist of volumes that record patients' visits. The folder of professional documentation consist of two letters from March and July 1938 permitting him to continue working as a doctor in Vienna as well as confirmation of his work in a field hospital in World War I. This folder also contains his curriculum vitae and list of publications along with membership letters from American medical associations. The two volumes list patient visits in Vienna and New York, recording names, addresses and treatments. Related to the folders of professional papers is the folder of educational certificates. These include his 1916 doctorate in medicine and a letter of recommendation from the Allgemeine Poliklinik in Vienna in addition to certification of his earlier secondary education at the K.k. Staats-Gymnasium in Wiener Neustadt.

This series also includes some biographical information on Max Wolf, notably in the first folder of the series which holds a few obituaries and an article by Karl Holubar that mentions him. A 1966 newspaper clipping features Max Wolf's recommendation regarding precautions in the use of household detergents. Further biographical information on him can be found in the folder of official documents, which holds vital documents such as his passport, copies of his birth and marriage certificates, death and citizenship certificates, and Austrian Heimatschein. A copy of the certificate for his Austrian Cross of Honor is also included.

Max Wolf's interest in photography is documented to a small extent in this series. One folder holds three photographs and copies of photography published in the "Camera Eye" feature of MD Medical News Magazine. One photograph shows children in a boat and two show Arab men before storefronts in Jerusalem, while the photocopies of his published photography display other scenes from Spain and France. Another folder contains a volume of press reviews of the Übersee photographic exhibition in which Max Wolf's photography may have been included. An oversized folder includes two large, framed photographs. One depicts a house in Tripoli, the other titled "Exhausted," was entered in the American Physicians Art Association Art Exhibition.

This series additionally holds a folder of photocopied correspondence of Albert Göring, with a few letters also signed by Erna Göring. In this folder, a May 1938 letter by Albert Göring reassures Max Wolf that there is no danger for him or his brother and offers assistance if needed. Other letters consist of postcards with greetings. Two letters relate to Albert Göring's plans to leave Austria for Argentina; a circular letter from March 1952 announces his departure from Austria.

11Articles about Max Wolf1966, 1990-1998
12Correspondence – Albert Göring1937-1938, 1951-1952, 1998
13Educational Certificates1903-1938
14Official Documents1918-1944, 1989-1990
15Photographyundated, 1961-1975
OSL 29Photography - Oversized Framed Photographsundated
16Photography – Übersee Art Exhibition1998
17Professional Papers1918-1938, 1970-after 1974
21Professional Papers – Patients' Records – Austria and United States1917-1940s?
22Professional Papers – Patients' Records – United States1939?-1940s?
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Series II: Margareta Wolf and Other Family Members, 1917-1998

This series is in German and English.
0.1 linear feet.


Scope and Content:

Series II holds papers of family members other than Max Wolf. Individuals with papers here include Margareta Wolf as well as Eugen and Leopold Kerpel, related to Max Wolf via his mother, and Max and Margareta Wolf's siblings.

Two folders contain Margareta Wolf's papers. The first of these holds her secondary school certificates, three poems and material on the inauguration of the Max and Margarete Wolf Library at the Josephinium in Vienna in 1995. Two of the poems were written to Max Wolf on the occasion of his birthdays in 1986 and 1989. The third poem, which may have been written by Max Wolf, portrays sadness on departing from the Yugoslav village Sveti Jakov in June 1939. The second folder of Margareta Wolf's material consists of a copy of the Austrian Heritage Collection Questionnaire and includes brief biographical information on the couple as well as on some of their family members, such as siblings and parents.

The folder "Other Family Members" consists of papers of Wolf and Langer family members. Included is a copy of a 1946 letter from Bundespraesident Renner to Wilhelm Wolf, advising him against returning to Vienna due to the heavy damage the city sustained during the war. Langer family members' papers include Hugo Langer's obituary, a British identification certificate for Heinz Langer, and a copy of a 1962 letter from the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde in Vienna stating that neither Adolf nor Josefine Langer are in their lists of returned individuals in Vienna.

18Articles about or by Eugen Kerpelundated, 1946
19Margareta Wolf1917-1919, 1986-1995
110Margareta and Max Wolf – Austrian Heritage Collection Questionnaire1998
111Other Family Membersundated, 1945-1963
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