Guide to the Papers of Leo Glueckselig
1900s-2003

AR 25193 / MF 1090

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in December 2009. Description is in English.
July 2010. Link to Friedrich Bergammer Collection added. February 2011. Microfilm inventory added. February 28, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Glueckselig, Leo
Title: Leo Glueckselig Collection
Dates:1900s-2003
Abstract: The Leo Glueckselig Collection includes materials pertaining to Leo Glueckselig and other members of the Glueckselig family and consists mostly of personal correspondence, photographs, and documents, whereas other document types such as printed materials, manuscripts, art works, and a cookbook constitute a smaller part of the collection.
Languages: The collection is in German and English, with some Russian and Polish.
Quantity: 4 linear feet
Identification: AR 25193
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Leo Glueckselig was born in Vienna in 1914. He studied architecture and worked as an interior designer. He left Austria with his family in 1938 and immigrated to New York, where he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. He was part of the Oskar-Maria-Graf Stammtisch. Since 1999 his artwork has been exhibited in Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Washington, and Graz. He died in New York in 2003. His brother was the poet Friedrich Berghammer.

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Scope and Content Note

The Leo Glueckselig Collection includes materials pertaining to Leo Glueckselig and other members of the Glueckselig family and consists mostly of personal correspondence, photographs, and documents, whereas other document types such as printed materials, manuscripts, art works, and a cookbook constitute a smaller part of the collection.

TThe bulk of the correspondence consists of two large segments - correspondence between Leo Glueckselig and his parents, Max and Paulina Glueckselig, and correspondence between Leo Glueckselig and his wife, Ita Glueckselig, née Goldberg.

Correspondence between Leo and his parents is very extensive and was generated mostly between 1942 and 1945, i.e. during Leo Glueckselig’s military service in the United States army. Surprisingly, most of the correspondence is conducted in English.

The earliest correspondence between Leo and Ita Glueckselig dates back to the pre-war period. There is no correspondence generated during WWII, since Leo immigrated to the United States while Ita remained in Europe. Their correspondence resumed in 1945.

Some of the post-war correspondence is addressed to Janina Sklaska, the name used by Ita Glueckselig during the war. In addition to discussing private issues, Leo and Ita discussed the problem of bringing Ita from Europe to New York, where they finally reunited in 1946.

As a matter of fact, the entire Glueckselig family was involved in bringing Ita to the States, issuing AffItavits of Support, and writing countless letters to various governmental agencies. Documents related to these issues are found in Series II: Various and include AffItavits of Support and other financial documents, and legal and court documents.

Other correspondence includes correspondence with friends and other family members, small amount of correspondence regarding Leo Glueckselig’s pension from the Austrian government and some professional correspondence of Max Glueckselig and Leo Glueckselig.

Other materials include educational, immigration, military, and vital documents, as well as examples of Leo Glueckselig’s art works and works by other artists, most notably László Mutulay, and large amounts of personal photographs.

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Arrangement

The collectionis divided into three 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.

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.

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Access Points

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Related Material

LBI Archives: Friedrich Bergammer Collection

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Separated Material

Books have been removed to the LBI Library.

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Microfilm

This collection is on six reels of microfilm (MF 1090):

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Leo Glueckselig Collection; AR 25193; 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.

Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Series I: Correspondence, early 1900s-2002

This series is in German and English.
1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series I: Correspondence includes correspondence between members of the Glueckselig family, correspondence with friends, and a small amount of correspondence regarding Leo Glueckselig’s pension from the Austrian government and some professional correspondence of Max Glueckselig and Leo Glueckselig.

There is an extensive correspondence between Leo Glueckselig and his parents, Max and Paulina Glueckselig, during Leo’s military service in the United States Army. Additionally, there is correspondence between Leo Glueckselig and his future wife, Ita Goldberg. Some of the correspondence is addressed to Janina Sklaska, the name used by Ita Glueckselig during the war. In addition to discussing private issues, Leo and Ita discussed the problem of bringing Ita from Europe to New York, where they finally reunited in 1946.

As a matter of fact, the entire Glueckselig family was involved in bringing Ita to the States, issuing AffItavits of Support, and writing countless letters to various governmental agencies (documents related to this issues are found in Series II: Various.

Other correspondence includes Ita Goldberg’s correspondence with her mother and other relatives in Israel, correspondence with friends, and some professional correspondence. However, aside from the correspondence between Ita and her family, there is no family correspondence dated before World War II and very little correspondence with friends or professional correspondence.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 ABirkennholz, Paul1938-1947
11 BBirkennholz, Paul1940s
11 CBirkennholz, Paul1940s
11 DFellner, Bertha to Glueckselig, Leo1953-1061
11 EFellner, Bertha to Glueckselig, maxundated, 1947-1952
12 AFischer, Philippine1978-1984
  

pension from the Austrian government

 
12 BGlueckselig familyundated, 1939-1984
13 AGlueckselig, Fritz and Gaby1944-1946
  

incoming

 
13 BGlueckselig, Fritz and Gaby to Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1942-1943
14Glueckselig, Gaby1996-1998
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
27Glueckselig, Ita1938-1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
15Glueckselig, Ita1939-1940
16Glueckselig, Ita1941
  

immigration efforts

 
17 AGlueckselig, Ita1946
  

immigration efforts

correspondence with friends and members of the Glueckselig family

 
17 BGlueckselig, Ita to Glueckselig, Leo1937-1941
17 CGlueckselig, Ita to Glueckselig, Leo1946-1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1939-1950
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
18Glueckselig, Leo1936, 1962-2003
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
22Glueckselig, Leo1939-1985
  

incoming

 
23Glueckselig, Leo1940-1947
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
19Glueckselig, Leo1945-1953
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
24Glueckselig, Leo1981-2001
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
110Glueckselig, Leo1989-2002
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
25Glueckselig, Leo1943-1945
  

outgoing

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
111Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Ita1945-1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
26Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Ita1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
112Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Ita1946
  

includes letters by Max and Pauline Glueckselig

 
113Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Max and Pauline1942-1945
BoxFolderTitleDate
28Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Max and Pauline1942-1945
  

includes clippings

 
29Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Max and Pauline1942-1945
210Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Max and Pauline1942-1945
211Glueckselig, Leo to Glueckselig, Max and Pauline1942-1946
BoxFolderTitleDate
114Glueckselig, Leo1992-2000
  

includes photographs

holItay wishes

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
212Glueckselig, Leo and Ita1970s-1980s
  

incoming

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
115Glueckselig, Maxearly 1900-1946
  

incoming

 
116 AGlueckselig, Max and Paulinaundated, 1939-1950
116 BGlueckselig, Max and Paulinaundated, 1939-1952
116 CGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1942-1943
116 DGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1938-1942
116 EGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1942
117 AGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1942-1943
117 BGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1942-1943
118 AGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1942-1943
118 BGlueckselig, Max and Paulina to Glueckselig, Leo1943-1945
119 AGlueckselig, Ninaundated, 1970s-1980s
119 BGlueckselig, Nina1982-1984
120Landon, Branka1982
121Raab, Kurt1946-1954
122Sewera, Katharina1995
  

includes photographs

 
123Shabtay, Lea and Goldberg, Chava1970-1982
  

some correspondence in Polish

 
124Shabtay, Lea and Goldberg, Chava1978-1983
  

some correspondence in Polish

 
125 AUnknown sendersundated, 1939-1940s
125 BThe World Publishing Company1968
  

includes printed materials, photographs

 
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Series II: Various, 1906-2003

This series is in German and English with some Russian and Polish.
0.75 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical and topical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Various consists of materials of different provenance and nature and consists of correspondence, printed materials, photographs, manuscripts, and documents, such as educational, immigration, military, and vital.

Included here are materials related not only to Leo and Ita Glueckselig but other members of the Glueckselig family, for example Max and Paulina Glueckselig, Paul and Alice Birkenholz, Fritz and Gaby Glueckselig.

Also included here are examples of Leo Glueckselig’s art works as well as works by other artists, most notably László Mutulay.

BoxFolderTitleDate
38Announcements1968-1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 131Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1960s-1980s
  

art works

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
39Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1960s-1990s
  

art works

 
310Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1990-2000
  

exhibition announcements

 
311 AMutulay, Lászlóundated
  

art works

 
311 BMutulay, László1990s
  

Na, sa a Theater. A one act play in 11 drawings.

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
OS 131Temmel, Edith2001
  

art works

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
OSL 45Unknown artistsundated
  

art works

 
BoxFolderTitleDate
213Birkenholz, Paul and Aliceundatet, 1930s-1968
  

documents

 
214Center for Jewish History, Inauguration2000
215Cookbookundated
  

handwritten

 
216Fryburg, Marc1993
  

A Chanukah Story of Survival

 
217Georgetown University1989
218Glueckselig family1906-1990s
  

documents

 
219Glueckselig, Fritzundated, 1980s
220Glueckselig, Gabyundated, 2000
221Glueckselig, Ita1937-1990
  

documents

 
222Glueckselig, Ita1939-1947
  

immigration documents

 
223Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1930s-1999
  

documents

 
224Glueckselig, Leoundated, 1946-1952
  

documents

 
225Glueckselig, Max and Paulina1929-1944
  

documents

 
226Graf, Oskar Maria1994
  

radio program

 
227Cancheli, Giya1999
BoxFolderTitleDate
31Preisler, Maximilian1997
32Printed materials1990s-2003
33Restitution2000-2002
34Selbsporträt nach einem Bild von Leo Glückselig1999
35Shimron, Binyamin1989
  

Das Chajesrealgymnasium in Wien 1919-1938

 
36Sotheby’s1984-1990
37Variousundated, 1900s-2000
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Series III: Photographs, 1900s-2002

1.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Chronological

Scope and Content:

Series III: Photographs includes family photographs, photographs of friends and colleagues, some photographs of Leo Glueckselig as an artist, photographs of Leo Glueckselig during his military service, and other photographs.

BoxFolderTitleDate
312Photoalbumundated, 1900s-1930s
313Photoalbum[1980]
314Photographsundated, 1900s-1940s
315Photographsundated, 1900s-1940s
316Photographsundated, 1900s-1940s
BoxFolderTitleDate
41Photographsundated 1900s-1960s
42Photographsundated, 1920s-1970s
43Photographsundated, 1940s-1970s
44Photographsundated, 1940s-1970s
45Photographsundated, 1960s-2000
46Photographsundated, 1970s-1990s
47Photographsundated, 1990s
48Photographs, art objects[1970s]
49Photographs, Israel1970s
410Photoalbums1996
411Negativesundated
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