Archives

LBI Archives

Documents from the Ernst Drucker Collection in the Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History.

Leo Baeck Institute Archives preserve and catalog family papers, community histories, personal correspondence, genealogical materials, and business and public records that touch upon virtually every aspect of the German-Jewish experience.

These records, entrusted to LBI by individuals, families, and organizations, form the foremost repository of collective memory for Central European Jewry, but they also document key aspects of Europe’s modern social and intellectual development.

The archives offer insight into a number of themes, including Jewish religious scholarship, emancipation and assimilation, anti-Semitism, Jewish commercial life and entrepreneurship, the experience of persecution and emigration, the Holocaust, restitution, Jewish contributions to the arts and sciences, and the daily lives of German-speaking Jews.

Community histories and family records in the archives form an especially valuable resource for genealogists.

A unique collection of over 2,000 memoirs offers rare insights into the lives of German Jews from all walks of life from 1790 to the post-war era.

The vast majority of LBI’s archival collections have been digitized and can be searched and viewed online via DigiBaeck at:

lbi.org/digibaeck

All archival collections, including those collections not yet digitized, can be searched via the Center for Jewish History’s online catalog at:

search.cjh.org

The Leo Baeck Institute Archives’ preservation microfilming program has been funded in parts by:

DFG (German Research Foundation)EVF