Guide to the Cortell Family Collection, 1806-2003 

AR 10552

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

Fax: (212) 988-1305



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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-12-17. Finding aid written in English.
September 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Cortell family
Title:Cortell Family Collection
Abstract:This collection contains family trees, marriage records and passports from the 19th century and 1930s, as well as correspondence and several photographs documenting Jules Cortell's professional and philanthropic activities.
Languages:This collection is in English, German, French, and Hebrew.
Quantity:0.25 linear feet.
Identification:AR 10552
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Upon their emigration to the United States, Julius and Margot Kochertaler changed their names to Jules and Margot Cortell. Before settling in the United States, they had fled the Nazi dictatorship for Paris. After the war, Cortell founded the Europacar tourist agency, which specialized in car tours. He also devoted considerable energy to philanthropy as a member of the American Jewish Committee.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains genealogical tables and family trees covering the period from the 17th century through the 1990s, photocopies of marriage and citizenship records dating to the 19th century, passports and a letter which document the Cortell and Wolfson families' flight to Paris, and several letters and dozens of black-and-white and color photographs which document Jules Cortell's professional activities in the international travel industry after the second World War, as well as his philanthropic work.

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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

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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Related Material

See also the Kocherthaler Family Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Cortell Family Collection; AR 10552; 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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Container list:

11Oversized family tree and other genealogical tablesundated
12Marriage records; Passports for Jules and Margot Kochertaler and Max and Erna Wolfson; photocopy of a 19th century family photograph; Professional correspondece; caricature of Cortell; pension documents1806-2003
13Photographs of Cortell relating to professional and philanthropic activities; business cards and correspondencecirca 1965-1979
14Photographs of Cortell relating to professional and philanthropic activitiescirca 1965-1985
OS 1401Ketubahcirca 1935-1938
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