Friedenwald Family Manuscript Collection, MS 3170

Finding Aid to the Friedenwald Family Manuscript Collection, 1876-1888, MS 3170

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Friedenwald Family Manuscript Collection

Creator

Friedenwald family

Call number

MS 3170

Inclusive dates

1876-1888

Bulk dates

1877-1887

Extent

1 box

Abstract

Contains the correspondence of Moses and Jane Friedenwald to their family in Baltimore, Maryland. This primarily includes letters to Moses’ brother, Aaron Friedenwald, his wife Bertha, and their son Harry. Moses’ poor health dominates the earlier letters, in which he and Jane provide in-depth descriptions of his gallbladder and liver problems.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Aaron Kaplan, November 5, 2014

Accession number

2014-031-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, March, 2015

 

Biographical Note

The Friedenwald family immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland from Germany during the winter of 1831-1832. Jonas Friedenwald came from Altenbusick, Germany with his elderly father, Chaim, his wife, Merle Baer, their three children, Betsy (Betzy), Joseph, and Isaac, and his stepson, Bernard Stern. He quickly became a prominent figure in Baltimore’s Jewish community. He was involved with many organizations and helped found Chizuk Emunah (Chizuk Amuno), an Orthodox Congregation, in 1871.

His son, Moses, and his wife, Jane Ahlborn, were similarly involved in Baltimore’s Jewish organizations, despite Moses’ poor health. This caused Moses, Jane, and their children to travel to Germany and around the United States, seeking remedies for Moses’ liver and gallbladder problems. Moses was born in Baltimore in 1834. He met Jane in St. Louis, Missouri. Jane, born in 1847 in Manchester, England, immigrated to the United States with her parents, Fannie and Julius Ahlborn, in 1863. They had four children, Belle, Herbert, Racie, and Merle. Moses, his brother, Joseph, and two of his brothers-in-law, joined the Moses Wiesenfeld Company, a wholesale clothing manufacturer. Jane was very active in the Jewish community. She served on the boards of several organizations, helped found the American Jewish Historical Society, and worked to develop and support other cultural institutions. Moses died in 1889, and Jane continued her philanthropic work until her death in 1923.

Moses’ younger brother Aaron Friedenwald was a prominent ophthalmologist in Baltimore. He studied medicine at University of Maryland. Aaron continued his studies aboard in Paris, Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. He returned to Baltimore in 1862, and in 1873, he became a professor of diseases of the ear and eye at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He married Bertha Bamberger and had five sons. Their oldest son Harry, with whom Moses frequently corresponded, also became a doctor of ophthalmology and otology and eventually taught at the College of Physicians and Surgeons like his father.

Related Collections:

The Manuscript Collections of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, 1706-1978, MS 3000

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains the correspondence of Moses and Jane Friedenwald to their family in Baltimore, Maryland. This primarily includes letters to Moses’ brother, Aaron Friedenwald, his wife Bertha, and their son Harry. Moses’ poor health dominates the earlier letters, in which he and Jane provide in-depth descriptions of his gallbladder and liver problems to his physician brother, Aaron. They also discuss the various diagnoses and remedies suggested by doctors, including visiting hot springs in Germany, where many of the early letters are written from, particularly Carlsbad and Hamburg. The bulk of the latter letters were sent by Moses to Harry from Cape May, New Jersey. The correspondence includes instructions to Harry about dealing with tenants and collecting rents for Moses’ properties in Baltimore City.

The collection is arranged chronologically.

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Correspondence

1876-1877

1

1

Correspondence

1878-1884

1

2

Correspondence

1885-1888

1

3

Correspondence

No date

1

4

 

 

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