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Finding Aid to the Rosalie Meyer Stern papers, 1867-1996
BANC MSS 2010/604  
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Series 1 Correspondence. 1867-1965

Physical Description: Cartons 1-3; Carton 4, folders 1-7; Oversize Box 1; Oversize Folder 1B

Subseries 1.1 Incoming Correspondence. 1878-1955

Physical Description: Cartons 1-2; Carton 3, folders 1-43; Oversize Box 1

Scope and Content

Contains files (arranged chronologically) of general incoming correspondence from 1878 through 1955 and files of incoming correspondence from identified correspondents including: Eugene Meyer, Harriet Newmark Meyer,Lucy Simon, Rosalie Meyer's siblings (including Florence Meyer Blumenthal, and Ruth Meyer Cook), Ernestine and Leon Zadoc-Kahn, and Elise Stern Haas and Walter Haas Jr. There are also some files of incoming correspondence in this subseries on particular topics, including congratulatory letters for Rosalie's silver wedding anniversary and letters regarding war orphans, civic work, Judah Magnes, and the Paderewski controversy. Also included in this subseries is an oversize scrapbook of congratulatory telegrams sent to Sigmund and Rosalie Meyer Stern on the occasion of their wedding in 1892.

Subseries 1.2 Outgoing Correspondence. 1882-1965

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 44-47; Carton 4, folders 1-3

Scope and Content

Consists of one folder of general outgoing correspondence and six folders of correspondence from Rosalie Meyer Stern to Elise Stern Haas and Walter Haas, Jr.

Subseries 1.3 Special Family Correspondence. 1867-1939

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 4-7, Oversize Folder 1B

Scope and Content

Subseries consists of an 1867 letter (in English, with transcription) from Rosa Newmark (Rosalie's grandmother) in Los Angeles, California to Sarah Newmark describing in detail Harriet Newmark's Los Angeles wedding, house, and trousseau; letters to Eugene Meyer and Harriet Newmark Meyer from his family in France sent between 1867 and 1879 (written in French, German, and Hebrew or Yiddish); a copy of an 1867 letter in Hebrew or Yiddish from Sephora Meyer to her children (in oversize folder 1B); an 1892 telegram from Sigmund Stern to Eugene Meyer asking for Rosalie's hand in marriage as well as correspondence between Sigmund Stern and Eugene Meyer and the Meyer and Stern families regarding the engagement; and one folder of correspondence of Walter Meyer (1935-1939), including a 1935 letter from Justice Louis Brandeis.

Series 2 Social Life. 1875-1956

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 8-39; Carton 5, folders 1-7; Oversize Box 1

Scope and Content Note

This series contains an assortment of materials that document Rosalie Meyer Stern’s social and family life, including invitations, programs, dance cards, household documents, travel itineraries, calling cards, wills, and a Lowell Birthday Book from 1893 (in oversize box).

Series 3 Diaries. 1881-1892

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 8-10

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Rosalie’s diaries, including one from January to March 1886, written while living in San Francisco, one from her trip to Paris with Elise and Eugene Meyer in 1891-1892, and fragments written on special occasions during 1881-1888.

Series 4 Biographical and Genealogical. 1943-1964

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 11-23

Scope and Content Note

This series contains mostly unpublished biographical material, including family histories and memoirs of the extended Meyer-Newmark family. "Ship’s Log Around the Horn 1853" is the published version of the diary kept by Rosalie’s maternal grandfather, Meyer Newmark, on his trip as a 12 year old from New York to San Francisco. There is a undated, typed manuscript, written by Rosalie, which includes an account of the 1906 earthquake. This series also includes a number of handwritten genealogies of the extended Meyer-Newmark family and a certificate of induction into the French Legion of Honor given to Rosalie Meyer Stern in 1938 (in oversize folder 1B).

Series 5 Meyer Family Essays. 1884-1926

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 24-27

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a variety of family papers and essays, including an academic paper by Edgar Meyer and a series of short essays by Rosalie Meyer Stern.

Series 6 Newsclippings. 1892-1996

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 28-35; Oversize Folder 1B

Scope and Content Note

This series contains newsclippings about Rosalie Meyer Stern and her extended family.

Series 7 Leon Zadoc-Kahn Materials. 1897-1930

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 36-40; Oversize Box 1

Scope and Content Note

This series contains pamphlets (mostly in French) and clippings pertaining to Leon Zadoc- Kahn, the Grand Rabbi of France who testified at the trial of Alfred Dreyfus.

Series 8 Photographs and Pictorial Material. circa 1885-1957

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 41-53

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of photographs of Rosalie Meyer Stern's family. Included are images of the following: Joseph and Rosa Levy Newmark (circa 1885); Eugene and Harriet Meyer Newmark in front of their Los Angeles home (circa 1890-1900); the Meyer, Newmark, Loeb, and Kaufmann children (circa 1885); Meyer family headstones (circa 1955); Sigmund Stern, Rosalie Meyer Stern, and Elise Stern (circa 1913-1925); Walter Meyer; Walter and Elise Stern Haas and family (circa 1903-1920); Walter Jr., Rhoda, and Peter Haas (circa 1923-1925); Pacific Avenue homes damaged in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire (stereograph); Sigmund Stern's old house on Powell Street; Rosalie Meyer Stern's travel in the 1950s; Walter S. Heller in a biplane (circa 1914); miscellaneous unidentified individuals. There is also a photo album (circa 1900) with unidentified images.