Leo Baeck Institute

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Leo Baeck Institute
This Leo Baeck Institute-New York is in the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask a Librarian form


Leo Baeck Institute
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
(Between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Telephone:[2]  212-744-6400 or 212-294-8340

Hours and holidays:[3]  Monday through Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm.

The LBI is closed on national holidays and on Jewish holidays.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:  Click here.

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Leo Baeck Institute in New York has a collection of 50,000 German Jewish records, primarily from Baden, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Westpreußen, and Württemberg. These include circumcision, marriage, death, and memorial records. Their holdings include 10,000 archival records, 2,000 memoirs, 25,000 photographs, 80,000 books and 1,600 periodicals.[4] The Archives have papers, community histories, personal correspondence, genealogical materials, and business and public records.[5] The Library collection deals with central European Jewry during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It also includes material dating back as far as the 16th century.[6]

Tips[edit | edit source]

The Guide to Research and Reference Services describes several ways to use their collection.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Leo Baeck Institute, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • New York Public Library, NYC, has one of the best genealogy collections in the USA, including Revolutionary War soldiers and Irish research.[7] The Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, vital records, and the Holland Land Company deeds.[8]
  • YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, NYC, East European Jewish immigrant studies, gazetteers, yizkor books (Holocaust town memorial books), biographical directories, Landsmanshaft records. Fosters the study of the history, language, religion, folkways and material culture of Jews in Eastern Europe and Russia.[9]

Neighboring Collections

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Contact LBI in Leo Baeck Institute-New York|Berlin (accessed 9 May 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Home in Leo Baeck Institute-New York|Berlin (accessed 9 May 2016).
  3. Visiting the Leo Baeck Institute in Leo Baeck Institute-New York|Berlin (accessed 9 May 2016).
  4. Collections Overview in Leo Baeck Institute (accessed 10 May 2016).
  5. Archives in Leo Baeck Institute (accessed 10 May 2016).
  6. Library in Leo Baeck Institute (accessed 10 May 2016).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 81. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  8. Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy in New York Public Library (accessed 16 October 2010).
  9. Home in YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (accessed 10 May 2016).
  10. List of Holdings in NYC Department of Records (accessed 8 May 2016)
  11. Birth Records in NYC Health (accessed 8 May 2016).
  12. Office of the City Clerk in The City of New York (accessed 8 May 2016).
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 890. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  14. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  15. Guide to the Records of the Children's Aid Society 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947) MS 111 at The New-York Historical Society (accessed 28 September 2012).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 125-26.
  17. Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital 1869-2009 MS 347 at New-York Historical Society (accessed 28 September 2012).
  18. History of the NYG&BS in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (accessed 5 May 2016).
  19. Collections in Archives of the Archdiocese of New York (5 May 2016).
  20. Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  21. Vital Records in New York State Department of Health (accessed 6 May 2016).
  22. Dollarhide and Bremer, 4.
  23. New England Historic Genealogical Society in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 August 2010).
  24. Dollarhide and Bremer, 5, 57, and 59.
  25. Gwenn F. Epperson, New Netherland Roots (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1994), 37-43. WorldCat 29980509; FHL Book 974.7 D27e.
  26. Holland Land Company in SUNY Fredonia (accessed 22 November 2013).