Guide to the Laqueur Family Collection, 1850-1996

AR 10332 / MF 870

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Finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Chris Bentley on January 26, 2010. Description is in English.
November 27, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List. August 19, 2013 Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Laqueur family
Title:Laqueur Family Collection
Dates:1850-1996
Abstract:This collection focuses on Anna Laqueur (nee Levy) (1850-1932), who became a matriach of the extended Laqueur-Levi family. Her spirited correspondence with her husband Siegfried Laqueur, a successful entrepreneuer, with her sons, her brother, her sisters, with an ever growing number of nephews and nieces, as well as her family's correspondence with her, reached an astounding volume. While it was possible to trace the lineage of the Laqueur family it required an extraordinary amount of patience and some guessing to establish the family relationships of the Levy clan, who like the Laqueur family originated from small towns in Silesia and who by virtue of hardwork and a well- focused business acumen achieved economic security. Their histories reflected in their correspondences and diaries are an example of the rise of German Jews from Eastern provinces from modest beginnings to a comfortable bourgeoisie. According to the grade of their assimilation it is not surprising that the second and third generation felt no longer restrained to marry outside the Jewish faith. Measured by the volume and intensity of the correspondence between the mother and sons Walter and Ernst, who both were to become physicians, it can be concluded that they were quite attached to each other. Unfortunately the bulk of the correspondence between Ernst and his mother is in shorthand. Anna, besides being the center of the Laqueur family, had wide ranging interests: poetry (mostly offered on festive occasions), correspondence with intellectuals (Geiger, Ludwig) and active involvement in social welfare and charities. She also travelled frequently. In short, she led a very active life, a true "mater familiae".
Languages:This collection is in English, German.
Quantity:3 linear feet (6 boxes); 1 oversized folder, 3 videos
Identification:AR 10332 / MF 870
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Scope and Content Note

This collection focuses on Anna Laqueur (nee Levy) (1850-1932), who became a matriach of the extended Laqueur-Levi family. Her spirited correspondence with her husband Siegfried Laqueur, a successful entrepreneuer, with her sons, her brother, her sisters, with an ever growing number of nephews and nieces, as well as her family's correspondence with her, reached an astounding volume. While it was possible to trace the lineage of the Laqueur family it required an extraordinary amount of patience and some guessing to establish the family relationships of the Levy clan, who like the Laqueur family originated from small towns in Silesia and who by virtue of hardwork and a well- focused business acumen achieved economic security. Their histories reflected in their correspondences and diaries are an example of the rise of German Jews from Eastern provinces from modest beginnings to a comfortable bourgeoisie. According to the grade of their assimilation it is not surprising that the second and third generation felt no longer restrained to marry outside the Jewish faith. Measured by the volume and intensity of the correspondence between the mother and sons Walter and Ernst, who both were to become physicians, it can be concluded that they were quite attached to each other. Unfortunately the bulk of the correspondence between Ernst and his mother is in shorthand. Anna, besides being the center of the Laqueur family, had wide ranging interests: poetry (mostly offered on festive occasions), correspondence with intellectuals (Geiger, Ludwig) and active involvement in social welfare and charities. She also travelled frequently. In short, she led a very active life, a true "mater familiae".

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Silbermann, Max; Ludwig, Emil; Peiser, Walter; Sonnenfels, Amanda; Rathenau, Walther; Geiger, Ludwig; Herz, Bernhard; Silton, Peter; Laqueur, Margarete; Laqueur, Gerda; Laqueur, Hans Peter; Laqueur, Walter; Laquer, Grete; Laquer, Henry; Laquer, Ernst; Laquer, Jospeh Lazarus; Laquer, David Lazarus; Laqueur, Anna (nee Levy) 1850-1932.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Collection is microfilmed, please use MF 870.

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
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 6 reels of microfilm (MF 890).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Laqueur Family Collection; AR 10332; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Box 1 : Diaries, correspondence, family celebrations, Emil Ludwig: Der Anti-Freud etc, undated, 1853-1946

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondence: Anna Lacqueur to husband Siegfried1870-1877
12Correspondence: Anna to Siegfried1882-1907
13Correspondence: Siegfried to Anna1869-1903
14Correspondence: prior to Anna and Siegfried's wedding1870
15Correspondence: Letters from grandchildrenundated
16Family celebrations (mostly in rhyme)1870
17Celebration of Anna Laqueur's birthday1901-1923
18Correspondence: Letter of condolence1891-1893
19Eulogies: A. Mamelok, Walter Laqueur, Celebation ofundated
110German Association for the Protection of Mothersundated
111Diary of Anna Laqueur1853-1924
112Essay by Peter laqueur, Poems by Emil Ludwig Laqueurundated
113Ernst Laqueur in World War Iundated
114Copy of "Entzauberter Freud" (previously known as "der Anti-Freud") by Emil Ludwigundated
115Diary of Ernst Laquer (in shorthand, 1946), Ladies Calendar (1892)1892, 1946
116Miscellaneousundated
117Empty envelopesundated
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Box 2 : Family Correspondence (mostly to Anna L.), undated, 1870-1913

BoxFolderTitleDate
21Correspondence: Ernst to parents1896-1908
22Correspondence: Ernst to parents1895-1906
23Correspondence: Ernst to mother Anna Laqueurundated
24Correspondence: Ernst to parents (shorthand)1870-1913
25Correspondence: Ernst to mother Anna Laqueur (shorthand)undated
26Correspondence: Ernst to mother Anna Laqueur (shorthand)undated
27Correspondence: Ernst to mother Anna Laqueur (shorthand)undated
28Correspondence: Margarete Laqueur (nee Loewenthal) to her parentsundated
29Correspondence: Walter Laqueur to his parents1882-1893
210Correspondence: Walter Laqueur to his parents1894-1896
211Correspondence: Fritz Laqueur to his parents1885-1907
212Correspondence: Toni Klein (nee Levy) to sister Anna (1882-1893), Gottlieb Klein to brother in law Siegfriedundated, 1882-1893
213Correspondence: Ida to Anna Laqueur (sister)1892-1906
214Correspondence: Elise to Anna Laqueur (sister)undated
215Correspondence: Eduard's wife Gina to Anna Laqueur1895-1904
216Correspondnce: Paul to sister Annaundated
217Correspondence: Mary Levi to sister Anna Laqueur (sister)1881-1910
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Box 3 : Family Correspondence (mostly to Anna L.), Letters from friends, undated, 1881-1893

BoxFolderTitleDate
31Correspondence: Alfred Hecht to Anna & Siegfried1892-1893
32Correspondence: Letter Edward Meyerstein to Anna1881-1885
33Correspondence: Other family members to Annaundated
34Correspondence: Moritz Levy (father of Anna) to his wife Sophieundated
35Correspondence: Sophie Levy to Anna & Siegfriedundated
36Correspondence: Friends to Anna Laqueurundated
37Correspondence: Private Business correspondenceundated
38Correspondence: Jenny Meyer, Prof. L. Geiger to Anna Laqueurundated
39Correspondence: Friends to Siegfried Laqueurundated
310Correspondence: Moritz Laqueur to Siegfried (brother)undated
311Correspondence: Louis Laqueur to Siegfried (brother)undated
312Marie L. (Louis wife) to Anna & Siegfriedundated
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Box 4 : F. Loewenthal's diary (3 parts); poetry by Anna & Ernst Laqueur Letters from friends, undated, 2004-2007

BoxFolderTitleDate
41Poetry by Anna Laqueur and other family members on festive occasionsundated
42Poetry by Ernst Laqueur (handwritten)undated
43Fritz Loewenthal diary volume 1Dec. 10, 2004 - Sept. 15, 2005
44Fritz Loewenthal diary v. 2Sept. 15, 2005 - Jan. 18, 2006
45Fritz Loewenthal diary v. 3Jan. 22, 2006 - Jan. 20, 2007
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Box 5 : Business Correspondence; Genealogical trees, LQR Newsletters, undated, 1873-1996

BoxFolderTitleDate
51Business Correspondence1873-1921
52Business Correspondence1917-1919
53Ledger, Business Correspondence1879-1910
54Louis Laqueur journey through Switzerland1903
55Joseph Lazarus Laqueur (1769-1838) family treeundated
56David lazarus Laqueur (1772-1846) family treeundated
57LQB newsletters1995-1996
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Box 6: ADDENDA: Bernhard Herz Memoir, Correspondence, Journal, Documents, Certificates, undated, 1870-1943

BoxFolderTitleDate
61Bernhard Herz (1830-1903), Memoirsundated
62Bernhard Herz, Last Will And TestamentAug. 6, 1897
63Correspondence of Ludwig Geiger1872, 1893-1902
64Correspondence of Anna Levy Laqueur (related to Warberg Family); Invoices 1870-71undated, 1870-1871
65Correspondence of Grete Laqueur (wife of Ernst), from Groningen1912
66Journal of Ernst Laqueur, with inserts1899-1901
67Ernst Laqueur, Documents and Certificates1880-1938
68Peter Laqueur, Material from Argentina1942-1943
69Letter from Walter Rathenau to Amanda Sonnenfels1919
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Oversized Material, undated

BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 119Oversized materialundated
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Videos, 1995

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 video tapes of Lacqueur Family Reunion [AV Collection (videos)]July 1995
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