Catalogue of the Braun Family Archive

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Svenja Kunze
2015

Shelfmarks: MS. Braun 1-167
Catalogued with the generous support of Christopher Braun.

This is the first edition of this catalogue.

Further material will be added in subsequent editions as result of ongoing cataloguing work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Papers from Hildburg Braun's house 1861-2004
    A.1   Papers of the Weber Family 1898-1951
    A.2   Papers of, and concerning, Hildburg Braun née Weber 1910-2006
    A.3   Papers of the Friedmann-Braun Family 1884-1958
    A.4   Papers of, and concerning, Konrad Braun 1896-1997
    A.5   Papers of, and concerning, Konrad and Hildburg Braun 1921-1999
    A.6   Papers of, and concerning, Christopher Braun
B   Family history research and collected material 1685-2006
    B.1   General notes c. 1950-2000
    B.2   Books and other printed material 1811-2005
    B.3   Paternal ancestors: Friedmann-Braun / Lehfeldt-Lehmann family 1764-2006
    B.4   Maternal ancestors: Weber-Busse / Fink-Zeller family 1685-2001
C   Papers of Thomas Braun
    C.1   Correspondence 1936-2008
    C.2   Personal Papers 1935-2008
    C.3   Academic matters 1955-2002
    C.4   Writings 1946-2010
D   Autograph Collection 1812-2007
E   Audio-visual material 1934-2007


Braun Family Archive

1685-2010

Abstract:
Correspondence and papers of the Braun Family, including papers of Thomas Braun (1935-2008), classicist and Fellow and Dean of Merton College, and family history research material.

Extent: 28 Linear metres, 167 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: German, English, with occasional use of Latin, Greek (ancient), French, Hebrew, Czech, Polish.

Introduction

The Braun family archive consists of family papers and documents inherited and collected by Thomas Braun (1935-2008, Dean of Merton College and Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History), and by his brother Christopher Braun (born 1943), who donated the collection to the Bodleian Library.

Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, family members were successful in German business and regional politics, a prominent part of literary and artistic circles and well-established in the German military and civil service. With different branches of the family having both Jewish and non-Jewish antecedents, the family faced persecution in Nazi Germany. Although Konrad Braun (1896-1969) and Hildburg Braun née Weber (1910-2004), Thomas's and Christopher's parents, and other family members escaped from Nazi regime in the late 1930s by emigrating to the United Kingdom, some very close relatives were victims of the holocaust. After coming to Britain the Braun family were much involved with the Society of Friends (Quakers) and its commitment to peace and international development.

Scope and Content

The archive contains documents relating to Konrad Braun and Hildburg Braun, and their families, relations and ancestors. The history of many, though not all, families from whom Konrad and Hildburg were descended was well documented at least from the beginning of the 19th century, with some material in the collection concerning ancestors in earlier centuries. Although many of the papers were lost during the 1939-1945 war, a substantial quantity did survive, collected in particular by Konrad and Hildburg's elder son Thomas Braun, who added documents from a variety of other sources, including gifts from relatives. Konrad Braun's brother Gerhard Braun (1893-1946) and his wife Anneliese née Finster (1901-1996), who also emigrated to England in 1939, brought a significant number of family documents with them. These were mainly collected and sorted by Konrad and Hildburg's younger son Christopher Braun when he was clearing the house of Gerhard and Anneliese's daughter Ruth Braun (1926-1999) after her death.

The archive now includes correspondence, personal and legal papers, diaries, memoirs, eulogies, articles, occasional verses etc., dating from before 1800 to the 2000s, as well as family trees, secondary literature and other material accumulated in the course of genealogical research by Thomas Braun and Christopher Braun.

The archive also includes Thomas Braun's personal papers and the originals of a large collection of his writings, collected and arranged by Christopher Braun after his brother died in 2008 following a road accident.

Autograph letters and other papers from an eclectic variety of prominent people in both Germany and Britain with whom members of the family had contact over the decades were brought together in a separate Autograph Collection, which forms part of the archive.

The subjects touched on include the history of Berlin and Northeast Germany in the 19th and early 20th century, the role of the Jews and the process of assimilation, publishing and literary movements in 19th century Germany, especially Berlin, the 1914-18 war on the German side, the Nazi oppression and the holocaust, emigration from Germany, the life of German refugees in Britain, the internment of enemy aliens in Britain during the 1939-45 war, the Quakers in Germany and Britain, and academic life in Oxford.

Arrangement

Based on the lists made by Christopher Braun when administering his brother Thomas Braun's and cousin Ruth Braun' estates, the collection was arranged in five series. The arrangement of the material from Thomas Braun is based on the order in which he kept it.

F. Papers from Ruth Braun's house, mostly by, or relating to, Gerhard Braun (1892-1946), his wife Anneliese Braun née Finster (1901-1996) and their daughter Ruth Braun (1926-1999), are to be added as result of ongoing preservation and cataloguing work.

Restrictions on Access

Material of a sensitive personal nature is closed. Restrictions are indicated in the catalogue as (=Res.).

Acquisition

Donated to the Bodleian Library by Christopher Braun in four tranches between July 2010 and April 2014, together with a grant towards the cost of preparing this catalogue.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library (followed by shelfmark and folder number, e.g. MS. Braun 1, file 1)

Related Material

A considerable collection of family photographs, as well as the Thomas Braun estate papers, remains in the possession of the Braun family.

Various members of the Lehfeldt family, related to the Braun family on Konrad Braun's maternal ancestors' side, retain their own archives, mainly in Germany.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Braun | Helene Margarete Hedwig Hildburg | 1910-2004 | née Weber
Braun | Konrad Ernst Leonard | 1896-1969 | lawyer and judge, Quaker scholar
Braun | Thomas Felix Rudolf Gerhard | 1935-2008 | classicist and Dean of Merton College, Oxford

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Oxford University | Balliol College
Oxford University | Merton College

Subject(s)

Berlin (Germany)--Intellectual life
Genealogy
Germany--Emigration and immigration--History
Germany--History--1933-1945
Germany--History--19th Century
Germany--History--20th century
Great Britain--Emigration and Immigration
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany
Jews--Germany--Berlin--History
Jews--Germany--History--1800-1933
Jews--Germany--History--1933-1945
Quakers
Refugees--Germany--Biography
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center (Birmingham, England)
World War, 1914-1918

A   Papers from Hildburg Braun's house 1861-2004

Scope and Content

Papers of, and collected by, Konrad Braun and Hildburg Braun née Weber, and brought from Hildburg Braun's house after she died in 2004. Mainly correspondence, personal documents, writings and memorabilia by, or relating to, Hildburg Braun and her husband Konrad Braun. Includes papers Hildburg Braun kept from, and relating to, her parents, Rudolf Weber and Hedwig Weber, and her siblings Gisela Weber and Heinrich Weber; and papers Konrad Braun had kept from, or relating to, his parents, Felix and Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, and his siblings Johannes Braun, Hildegard Braun and Gerhard Braun.

Arrangement

Papers relating to Thomas Braun, mainly childhood memorabilia collected by his mother, were moved to C. Thomas Braun.


A.1   Papers of the Weber Family 1898-1951

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Weber | Gisela | 1902-1990
Weber | Hedwig | 1867-1951 | née Fink
Weber | Heinrich | 1905-1965 | lawyer
Weber | Rudolf | 1861-1925 | consul

A.1.1    Papers of, and concerning, Rudolf Weber 1861-1975

Biographical history:

Rudolf Weber (1861-1925) was born in Amtsbauhof near Schwerin, Mecklenburg. After studying law in Tübingen, Berlin and Leipzig he joined the German Foreign Office for a career as a diplomat, with posts as a consul and consul general in Bahia, Brazil, Montevideo, Uruguay, and Jassy, Romania. During the second half of the First World War, he was a captain in the German army in Champagne, France, commanding a German-held territory behind the lines.


Correspondence
Date: 1898-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 1
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters by Rudolf Weber to family members, including:

Letters from the front in France
Date: Apr 1917 - May 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 2
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Rudolf Weber's letters and postcards to his wife Hedwig Weber from his post as a captain of the German army, commandant of Ville-sur-Retourne (Apr 1917-Nov 1917) and of Biermes (from Nov 1917) in Champagne, France:

Letters from the front in France
Date: Jun 1918 - Dec 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 3
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Rudolf Weber's letters and postcards to his wife Hedwig Weber from his post as a captain of the German army, commandant of Biermes in Champagne, France, and from the march back to Germany after the Armistice.

Personal documents and other papers relating to the life of Rudolf Weber
Date: 1861-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 4
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (8 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal documents, letters, memorabilia and other papers relating to the life of Rudolf Weber, including:

Biography and transcripts
Date: 1942-1975
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 5
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Photographs and memorabilia
Date: 1878-1925
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 6
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (17 photographs, 1 bundle)

Scope and Content

Photographs collected by Rudolf Weber, including portraits of friends and colleagues (Milton Hart, Steffen, Ernst Kasten, Victor Eschke, Herbert Wilken, Arnold Wolf and wife, Georgine Aleucar et al.) some with autographs and dedications; photo of the Lion of Lucerne monument dedicated by Rudolf Busse to his parents Heinrich und Helene Busse, 23 Aug 1878; photo postcard of University and Paulanerkirche Leipzig dedicated by Rudolf Weber to his parents 26 Oct 1881; view of Bahia, Brazil with note 'Bahia, Rudolf & Hedwig'; bundle of dried flowers.

Photographs and memorabilia of Jassy
Date: 1911-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 7
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (1 folder, photo pages)

Scope and Content

Includes:

A.1.2    Papers of, and concerning, Hedwig Weber née Fink 1912-1967

Biographical history:

Hedwig Weber née Fink (1867-1951) was born as the daughter of the physician Hermann Fink in Moschin/Mosina near Posen/Poznan. She married Rudolf Weber in 1901. In 1946 she emigrated from West Berlin to live with her younger daughter Hildburg's family, the Brauns, in Woodbrooke, Selly Oak near Birmingham.


Letters to Rudolf Weber and other family members
Date: 1912-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 8
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Hedwig Weber's letters to family:

Letters to Gisela Weber
Date: Oct 1946 - Dec 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 9
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Hedwig Weber's letters sent from Woodbrooke, Selly Oak, to her daughter Gisela Weber in Berlin:

Writings, notes and biography
Date: c. 1937-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 10
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Documents by, or relating to, Hedwig Weber, including:

A.1.3    Papers of, and concerning, Gisela Weber 1902-1990

Biographical history:

Gisela Weber (1902-1990), 'Liebi' or 'Kull', was the eldest child of Rudolf and Hedwig Weber, born in Montevideo whilst her father was consul in Uruguay. She earned a doctorate in economics and, as an expert in employment law, worked for Siemens in Berlin as a senior HR advisor until her retirement in 1965. She later moved to a retirement home in Munich.


Personal documents, correspondence and memorabilia
Date: 1902-1989
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 11
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Including:

Miscellaneous papers
Date: c. 1920 -1990
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 12
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Documents and memorabilia relating to the life of Gisela Weber:

Restrictions on Access

Some papers are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


A.1.4    Papers of, and concerning, Heinrich Weber 1917-1965

Biographical history:

Heinrich Weber (1905-1965), 'Heinz' or 'Exe', was the second child of Rudolf and Hedwig Weber. He earned his doctorate in law and worked for the mortgage bank Deutsche Centralbodenkredit AG in Berlin. He was twice called up during the Second World War and was seriously wounded early in 1945, when serving on the eastern front in Silesia. Taken prisoner by the Russians, he was released later in 1945 and made his way to his family in Ilsede near Hanover. Later he worked as the company lawyer for the iron and steel company Ilseder Hütte.


Correspondence and memorabilia
Date: 1917-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 13
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to Heinrich Weber and his family, including:

A.2   Papers of, and concerning, Hildburg Braun née Weber 1910-2006

Biographical history:

Hildburg Braun née Weber was the youngest child of Rudolf and Hedwig Weber. She was born in 1910 and was also known as 'Zück' or 'Bisam' in the family. She studied languages at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin and earned her doctorate in French philology in 1934. In the same year, she married Konrad Braun. Because of Konrad Braun's Jewish ancestry, the family was at risk during the Nazi regime and emigrated to the UK in 1938-1939.

Apart from raising her children Thomas (2935-2008), and Christopher (born 1943), and caring for her mother Hedwig Weber and her husband's aunt Josephine Heerman (who had emigrated to the UK in 1946 and 1947 respectively), Hildburg Braun worked at Woodbrooke, the Quaker College in Selly Oak, Birmingham until her husband's retirement in 1961. At that time the family moved to Jordans in Buckinghamshire and in 1988 Hildburg moved to London where she died in 2004.


Hildburg Braun's letters to family
Date: 1915-1946
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 14
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders, 1 bundle)

Scope and Content

Including:

Letters received from Konrad Braun
Date: 1932-1968 and 1984
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 15
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters from Konrad Braun to his wife Hildburg Braun:

Correspondence, mostly letters received
Date: 1925-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 16
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and cards received from family and friends:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Birthday and Christmas cards received
Date: 1996-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 17
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and cards received from family and friends for birthdays and for Christmas:

Letters received and collected family announcements
Date: 1968-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 18
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters received and family announcements collected by Hildburg Braun, including:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Personal documents
Date: 1910-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 19
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Related Material

More personal documents in the Hildburg Braun Estate papers, Ms. Braun 28.


School and university education
Date: c. 1925-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 20
Language(s) of Material: German, with use of French, Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Documents and memorabilia relating Hildburg Braun's schooldays and university career including:

Related Material

Hildburg Braun's original PhD diploma in Ms. Braun 64.


Travels
Date: 1946-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 21
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Travel diaries and memorabilia including:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Travels
Date: 1978-1995
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 22
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Travel diaries and memorabilia including:

Writings
Date: c. 1936-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 23
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Writings and translations by Hildburg Braun including:

Memoirs
Date: 1994-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 24
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Materials concerning Hildburg Braun's memoirs 'A Great Age, Recollections by Hildburg Braun':

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Pocket diaries
Date: 1967-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 25
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes and address books
Date: c. 1970-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 26
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notebooks and address books:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Household accounts
Date: 1975-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 27
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Account books listing Hildburg Braun's household and personal expenses:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Hildburg Braun estate papers
Date: 1910-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 28
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 4 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers compiled or created by Christopher Braun in the course of the administration of Hildburg Braun's estate, including:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Hildburg Braun estate papers
Date: 1952-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 29
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to pensions and income tax found with the Hildburg Braun estate papers:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


A.3   Papers of the Friedmann-Braun Family 1884-1958

Biographical history:

Felix Friedmann (1861-1934) was a lawyer and senior judge ('Landgerichtsdirektor') at the provincial court in Berlin. He married Gertrud Lehfeldt (1870-1942), daughter of the judge and national-liberal politician Leonhard Lehfeldt, in 1891. They had four children, Hildegard, Gerhard, Konrad and Johannes, and the family was part of the well-educated upper middle class in Berlin. In 1911, Felix Friedmann adopted his mother's maiden name Braun, changing his and his wife's surname to Friedmann-Braun, and their children's surname to Braun. Hildegard Braun (1892-?1944) was a professional singer and music teacher. Gerhard Braun (1892-1946) studied medicine and became a gynaecologist. Konrad Braun (1896-1969) was a lawyer and judge at the Berlin Court of Appeal ('Kammergericht'). Johannes Braun (1900-1942) was an actor with engagements at theatres nationwide.

The family was Protestant and part of the Prussian-German establishment, but due to their Jewish ancestry, faced discrimination and persecution under the Nazi regime. Gerhard Braun, after losing his posts in the public health system and seeing his practice limited to private patients and later to Jews only, was arrested in the course of the 'Reichspogromnacht' in November 1938 and taken to Sachsenhausen concentration camp, where he was detained for five and a half weeks. He was released in December 1938 on condition that he emigrated, and was able to come to England with his wife Anneliese and adopted daughter Ruth. Johannes was arrested by the Gestapo in spring 1942 and brought to a concentration camp (probably Trawniki) near Lublin where he was reported to have died of Tuberculosis in July 1942. At about the same time his mother Gertrud suffered an attack, possibly a stroke, after which her health deteriorated steadily and she was dependant on her daughter Hildegard's care. From 1941 Hildegard was deployed as a forced labourer to the pharmaceutical company Riedel-de Haën in Britz on the outskirts of Berlin. Konrad's and Gerhard's desperate attempts to find a way for their mother and sister to emigrate from Germany ultimately failed. Gertrud and Hildegard were fetched from their flat in Kurfürstenstrasse on 12 December 1942 and brought to a 'collection point' ('Sammellager'), probably in Gerlachstrasse, where Gertrud died. Hildegard's fate is unknown. She is on the list of names on a transport from Berlin to Auschwitz and there is uncorroborated evidence that she worked as a nurse in Theresienstadt and died there, or after being transported on to Auschwitz in 1944; but she was not officially recorded at either camp.


Scope and Content

The majority of the Friedmann-Braun papers were kept in Gertrud Friedmann-Braun's flat at Kurfürstenstrasse 119 in Berlin, the contents of which were lost when she and Hildegard were arrested in December 1942. When emigrating to the UK Konrad Braun and Gerhard Braun were only able to save some of the papers and other family memorabilia which they had in their possession. Therefore, most of the papers of the Friedmann-Braun family date from after 1938, but they include correspondence with family members left behind in Germany.

Related Material

Papers relating to Compensation Claims made by Konrad Braun in the 1950s and 1960s on behalf, and as legal heir, of Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, Hildegard Braun and Johannes Braun, can be found in Ms. Braun 51.


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Braun | Gerhard Felix | 1893-1946 | gynaecologist
Braun | Hildegard Marie Therese | 1892-?1944 | singer and music teacher
Braun | Johannes Heinrich Werner | 1900-1942 | actor
Friedmann-Braun | Felix Hugo Bernhard | 1861-1934 | lawyer and judge
Friedmann-Braun | Gertrud Georgiana Hildegard | 1870-1942 | née Lehfeldt

Correspondence, personal documents and memorabilia
Date: 1884-1943
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 30
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, personal documents and memorabilia, by and relating to, Felix and Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, Hildegard Braun and Johannes Braun, including:

The family's fate in Nazi Germany
Date: 1937-1958 (predominantly 1938-1945)
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 31
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and other documents kept and collected by Konrad Braun regarding the fate of Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, Hildegard Braun and Johannes Braun, including correspondence about attempts to secure their emigration from Germany, and papers relating to the post-war search for Hildegard.

Papers of, and concerning, Gerhard Braun
Date: 1893-1946
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 32
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers by, or about, Gerhard Braun found with the papers from Hildburg Braun's house, including:

Related Material

The vast majority of papers by, and relating to, Gerhard Braun can be found in the 'Anneliese and Ruth Braun' series.


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Braun | Gerhard Felix | 1893-1946 | gynaecologist

A.4   Papers of, and concerning, Konrad Braun 1896-1997

Biographical history:

Konrad Braun (1896-1969) was born into the prosperous, culturally lively Berlin household of Felix Friedmann-Braun and his wife Gertrud née Lehfeldt. After service in the field artillery and a period as a prisoner of war in Bordeaux during the First World War, he completed his legal studies and embarked on a successful career as a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice and as a judge. In 1933 he was appointed as one of the youngest ever judges of the Berlin court of appeal ('Kammergericht') but was dismissed at the end of 1935 under the Nuremberg race laws. During the 1930s he came into contact with the group of Quakers in Berlin, and, although not intending to emigrate, happened to be on a study visit to Woodbrooke, the Quaker study centre in Birmingham, when the Gestapo sought to arrest him at the time of the Crystal Night pogrom in November 1938. With the help of the Cadbury family in particular, Konrad was able to bring his wife Hildburg and son Thomas over and, after being interned as an enemy alien for 7 months in 1940-1941, build up a new life in England. He was employed for 20 years as a tutor and lecturer in international affairs at Woodbrooke. In 1950 he gave the annual Swarthmore Lecture to British Quakers on Justice and the Law of Love. On retiring in 1961 he moved to Jordans, Buckinghamshire. During his last years he broadcast a number of Sunday evening talks on the BBC German service.

Konrad Braun married Hildburg Weber in 1934; they had two sons, Thomas Braun (1935-2008) and Christopher Braun (born 1943). Konrad had a wide ranging love and knowledge of history and literature, especially of the life and works of Goethe. He was a keen amateur violinist.


A.4.1    Correspondence 1906-1969

Letters received from Hildburg Braun
Date: 1943-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 33
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders, 1 bundle)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Correspondence with family and friends
Date: 1906-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 34
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters received from family and friends:

Correspondence with family and friends
Date: 1914-1953
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 35
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence with family and friends:

Correspondence
Date: c. 1933-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 36
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

A.4.2    Personal documents 1896-1997

Personal documents
Date: 1896-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 37
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Childhood and schooldays, academic, military and professional career
Date: 1903-1937
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 38
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Including:

Death 1969 and centenary 1996
Date: 1969-1997
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 39
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Original folder 'Letters and Printed Papers about Konrad after June 7th 1969', including:

A.4.3    Lectures, talks and articles 1939-1975

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1948-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 40
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1947-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 41
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1953-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1948-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 43
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1960-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 44
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and talks by Konrad Braun
Date: 1944-1967
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 45
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer:

Lectures and seminars given in Germany
Date: 1947-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 46
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and collected material relating to Konrad Braun's activities as a lecturer and his visits to Germany:

Konrad Braun BBC German programme radio talks
Date: 1961-1972
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 47
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Manuscripts, notes and correspondence relating to lectures on BBC German religious programme, including:

Published articles by Konrad Braun
Date: 1939-1975
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 48
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

A.4.4    Miscellaneous writings and verse, diaries, address books and notes 1922-1969

Miscellaneous writings and verse, and diaries, by Konrad Braun
Date: 1940-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 49
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Konrad Braun address books and miscellaneous notes
Date: 1922-1969
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 50
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

A.4.5    Compensation Claims

Scope and Content

Files Konrad Braun kept in connection with his dealings with the Federal German Government and the family's claims against the West Berlin government for losses of the Friedmann-Braun family sustained under National Socialism. The first laws providing for compensation to the victims of Nazism were passed soon after the federal Republic of Germany was established in 1949, and with the aid of a Berlin Lawyer, Dr. Henning, Konrad Braun put in his first claims in 1950. Claims were possible in respect of the deaths of Konrad Braun's mother Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, his sister Hildegard Braun and his brother Johannes Braun; of the loss of their property; of Konrad and Hildburg Braun's own loss of property; of the damage to Konrad Braun's career; of the loss of Gerhard Braun's career; of the damage - eventually fatal - to Gerhard's health caused by his detention in a concentration camp, of the loss of Gerhard' Braun's property; and of the interruption of Thomas Braun's and Ruth Braun's education. Some of these claims were made by Konrad Braun on his own behalf, some were made on behalf of Anneliese Braun, Gerhard Braun's wife and heir, and some were made by Konrad Braun and Anneliese Braun jointly as residual legatees of the Friedmann-Braun family. Konrad Braun's own files are in this series, whilst files relating to claims made by Anneliese Braun and her daughter Ruth Braun were transferred to F. Anneliese and Ruth Braun (to be added to the catalogue).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Braun | Anneliese | 1901-1996 | née Finster
Braun | Gerhard Felix | 1893-1946 | gynaecologist
Braun | Hildegard Marie Therese | 1892-?1944 | singer and music teacher
Braun | Johannes Heinrich Werner | 1900-1942 | actor
Friedmann-Braun | Felix Hugo Bernhard | 1861-1934 | lawyer and judge
Friedmann-Braun | Gertrud Georgiana Hildegard | 1870-1942 | née Lehfeldt

Claims made on behalf of Gertrud Friedmann-Braun, Hildegard Braun and Johannes Braun
Date: 1930-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 51
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Claim forms, supporting documents and correspondence relating to compensation claims made by Konrad Braun and Anneliese Braun on behalf and as legal heirs of Johannes Braun, Hildegard Braun, Gertrud Friedmann-Braun.

Konrad Braun's claims
Date: 1950-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 52
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Claim forms, supporting documents and correspondence relating to compensation claims made by Konrad Braun on his own behalf.

Supporting papers
Date: 1934-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 53
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Supporting documentation, notes, correspondence and background information related to Konrad Braun's compensation claims.

A.5   Papers of, and concerning, Konrad and Hildburg Braun 1921-1999

Scope and Content

Papers relating jointly to Konrad and Hildburg Braun, mainly letters received from their sons, and papers relating to their travels, to employment at Woodbrooke College, and to their household, tax and finance.

Letters received from Thomas Braun
Date: 1947-1954
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 54
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Letters received from Thomas Braun
Date: 1952-1960
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 55
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Letters received from Thomas Braun
Date: 1961-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 56
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Letters received from Thomas Braun
Date: 1958-1996
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 57
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and postcards from Oxford and various travels:

Letters received from Christopher Braun
Date: 1956-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 58
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Includes:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Konrad and Hildburg Braun's travel to USA 1964
Date: 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 59
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries, notes and correspondence relating to Konrad and Hildburg Braun's travel to the USA, 1964, and their stay at Pendle Hill, Pennsylvania, including:

Konrad and Hildburg Braun's travel to USA 1967
Date: 1967
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 60
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries, notes and correspondence relating to Konrad and Hildburg Braun's travel to the USA for the Fourth World Conference of Friends, Greensboro, North Carolina, 24 Jul- 3 Aug 1967, including:

Woodbrooke and Old Jordans
Date: 1938-1976
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 61
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the Braun's involvement with the Quakers, to Woodbrooke College and Jordans, Buckinghamshire, including:

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Jordans Village Ltd., Jordans
Woodbrooke College, Birmingham | Quaker Study Centre

Konrad and Hildburg Braun's tax and finance
Date: 1931-1999
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 62
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and notes relating to tax, finance and bank accounts, including:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Konrad and Hildburg Braun's household
Date: 1934-1968
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 63
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Document relating to the Brauns' household including:

Konrad and Hildburg Braun's university diplomas
Date: 1921, 1933
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 64
Language(s) of Material: Latin
Extent: 1 roll

Scope and Content

Hildburg Braun's PhD diploma from Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Berlin, 1934, and Konrad Braun's PhD diploma from Universität Greifswald, 1921.

A.6   Papers of, and concerning, Christopher Braun

Biographical history:

Christopher Braun was born in 1943 in Birmingham, the younger son of Konrad and Hildburg Braun. After attending Bootham School, York, 1956-1961, he studied Modern History at St. John's College, Cambridge, 1962-1965, and then took up a career in the senior civil service mostly in the Department of the Environment. He retired in 2004. Christopher Braun married Anne-Marie Kelly in 1972.They have a son, Henry (born 1974), and two daughters, Helena (born 1977) and Susan (born 1981).


Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence by, and concerning, Christopher Braun, mostly juvenilia, as kept by his mother Hildburg Braun.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Braun | Christopher Leonard Laurence |1943- | civil servant

Letters received from family and friends
Date: 1962-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 65
Language(s) of Material: English, Some material in German.
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content
Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Christopher Braun's childhood and adolescence
Date: 1943-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 66
Language(s) of Material: English, Some material in German.
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers and memorabilia relating to Christopher Braun's childhood and schooldays, collected by his parents. Including:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.)


B   Family history research and collected material 1685-2006

Scope and Content

Material specifically collected for family history research, mostly by Thomas Braun, but also by his uncle Heinrich Weber, including general literature, biographical information, family trees and research notes, as well as correspondence, personal papers, memorabilia, printed papers, photographs by, or relating to ancestors (beyond Thomas Braun's grandparents' generation) and more distant relatives.

Arrangement

The papers in this series, especially the original documents and correspondence by, or relating to, ancestors, were collected by Thomas Braun from various sources. Whilst most of them were kept together for his family history research, some were dispersed throughout the collection. For context and ease of access, they have now been brought together and arranged, whenever possible, by branch of the family.


B.1   General notes c. 1950-2000

General notes and drafts relating to Thomas Braun's family history research
Date: c. 1950-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 67
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

B.2   Books and other printed material 1811-2005

Scope and Content

Books, journals, offprints and other printed material relating to his family history research, collected by Thomas Braun. Most of the material is annotated by Thomas Braun.

Literature on Jewish history and culture

Shelfmark: MS. Braun 68
Language(s) of Material: German, English; with use of Hebrew and Czech
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Jewish history and culture in Berlin
Date: 1938-1976
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 69
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content

Jewish history and culture in Berlin, Brandenburg, Prussia, Silesia, Hesse
Date: 1913-1991
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 70
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 14 items

Scope and Content

Jewish history and culture in Austria and Czechoslovakia
Date: 1955-1989
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 71
Language(s) of Material: Czech, English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Rahel Varnhagen
Date: 1834-1928
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 72
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Publications by and about Rahel Varnhagen von Ense (1771-1833):

Glückel von Hameln
Date: 1896-1994
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 73
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Publications by and about Glückel von Hameln (1645-1719):

Related Material

Other material relating to Thomas Braun's prosopographic research on Glückel von Hameln's memoirs were given to the Oxford Institute of Hebrew Studies.


Biographies and memoirs
Date: 1858-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 74
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 13 items

Scope and Content

Biographies and memoirs
Date: 1909-1919
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 75
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Biographies and memoirs, family trees and genealogical tables
Date: 1906-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 76
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Fränkel / Fraenkel family history
Date: 1975
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 77
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 books

Scope and Content

Fraenkel family history published by members of the Danish branch of the family:

Gut Lehfelde and Walburg Lehfeldt
Date: 1985-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 78
Language(s) of Material: German, Polish
Extent: 6 books

Scope and Content

Books by, or relating to, Walburg Lehfeldt née von Schönberg, and the Lehfeldt family estate, Gut Lehfelde:

Jewish history and culture; memorabilia of Berlin
Date: 1911-1989
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 79
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 11 items

Scope and Content

Publications relating to Jewish history and culture, anti-Semitism and to Jewish emigration, and brochures and other printed memorabilia of Berlin:

Civil servants in Prussia and Mecklenburg
Date: 1868-1934
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 80
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 4 books

Separated Material

Published lists of civil servants in Mecklenburg, and of judges and juridical officers in Prussia:


Fritz Reuter; genealogy; miscellaneous
Date: 1811-1989
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 81
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 7 books

Scope and Content

Publications relating to Fritz Reuter and Mecklenburg, publications relating to family history research, and miscellaneous books:

B.3   Paternal ancestors: Friedmann-Braun / Lehfeldt-Lehmann family 1764-2006

Biographical history:

Thomas Braun's paternal grandfather Felix Friedmann-Braun (1861-1934) was the son of Samuel Friedmann (1823-1896) and Marie Agnes Friedmann née Braun (1835-1906), with ancestors of the Fränkel family dating back to 16th century Vienna. More recent relatives on this side of the family are Felix Friedmann-Braun's siblings, Hedwig Schneider née Friedmann (1860-1932), Arthur Friedmann (1865-1935), Vally Friedmann (1868-1932), Friedrich Franz Friedmann (1876-1953), and Ilse Rosenthal-Schneider (1891-1900), his niece.

Thomas Braun's paternal grandmother Gertrud Friedmann-Braun née Lehfeldt (1870-1942) was the daughter of Leonhard Lehfeldt (1834-1876) and Therese Lehfeldt née Lehmann (1835-1925), linking them to the extensive Lehmann-Lehfeldt family of the Berlin and the Lower Silesia Glogau (Głogów) area, with Veit and Jacoby ancestors dating back to 16th century Prague. More recent relatives of this side of the family include Leonhard Lehfeldt's siblings Paul Lehfeldt (1848-1900), and Clara Lehfeldt (1846-1907), who married the painter Paul Meyerheim (1842-1915). Leonhard Lehfeldt's father, Joseph Lehfeldt (1804-1858), was a publisher, and so were Therese Lehfeldt's father Joseph Lehmann (1801-1873), editor of the literary journal 'Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes', and her brother Felix Lehmann (1851-1914), closely linking the family to the publishing and literary scene, and the artists and intellectuals of Berlin.


Scope and Content

Papers relating to family history research on the paternal side of Thomas Braun's family, including correspondence and memorabilia of ancestors.

B.3.1    General paternal family history and material relating to family graves c. 1906-1980; n.d.

General paternal family history
Date: c. 1906-1980
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 82
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and research materials relating to the paternal family history, collected by Thomas Braun, including:

Materials relating to family graves
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 83
Language(s) of Material: German, Hebrew
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence and photographs relating to epitaphs of ancestors in Prague, Vienna and Berlin, including:

B.3.2    Friedmann / Braun 1829-1990

Scope and Content

Papers, including personal documents, correspondence, memorabilia and family trees by, or relating to, Thomas Braun's paternal grandfather Felix Friedmann-Braun's side of the family. This includes papers of, or relating to, the Fränkel family, related via Felix Friedmann-Braun's maternal grandmother Minna Braun née Fränkel (1803-1878), wife of Ignatz Braun (1803-1867).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Braun | Henrich | 1837-1863
Braun | Ignatz | 1803-1867
Friedmann | Arthur | 1866-1935
Friedmann | Marie | 1835-1906 | née Braun
Friedmann | Samuel | 1823-1898
Friedmann | Vally | 1868-1932
Rosenthal-Schneider | Ilse | 1891-1990 | physicist and philosopher

Friedmann-Braun and Fränkel family
Date: c.1960-1990
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 84
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, correspondence, family trees and research materials relating to different branches of the paternal family, including:

Original documents and memorabilia relating to the Friedmann-Braun family
Date: 1829-1990
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 85
Language(s) of Material: German, English; with use of ancient Greek and Latin
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

B.3.3    Lehmann / Lehfeldt 1764-2006

Scope and Content

Papers, including personal documents, correspondence, memorabilia and family trees by, or relating to, Thomas Braun's paternal grandmother Gertrud Friedmann-Braun née Lehfeldt's side of the family. This includes papers of, or relating to, the Veit family, related via Gertrud Friedmann-Braun's great-grandmother, Lea Jacoby née Veit (?1774-1832), mother of Luise Lehfeldt née Jacoby (1810-1888).

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Heermann | Josephine | 1874-1952 | née Lehfeldt
Heermann, Paul | 1868-1945 | professor of chemistry
Lehfeldt | Bertha | 1862-1942 | née Mühl
Lehfeldt | Joseph | 1804-1858 | publisher
Lehfeldt | Leonard Heinrich | 1834-1876 | jurist and judge; Member of the Prussian Parliament; editor
Lehfeldt | Luise | 1810-1888 | née Jacoby
Lehfeldt | Paul | 1948-1900 | art historian
Lehfeldt | Therese Friederike Auguste Emilie | 1837-1925| née Lehmann
Lehfeldt | Wilhelm | 1806-1879 banker and railway company director
Lehmann | Anna | 1864-1942 | née Friedländer | pianist
Lehmann | Felix | 1852-1914 | publisher
Lehmann | Joseph | 1801-1973 | editor
Meyerheim | Clara | 1846-1907 | née Lehfeldt
Meyerheim | Paul | 1842-1915 | painter and professor of art
Veit | David | 1771-1814 | physician
Veit | Moritz | 1808-1864 | publisher, politician and Member of the Prussian Parliament
Veit | Philipp | 1793-1877 | painter
Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Veit & Co., Berlin (publishing company)

B.3.3.a    Family papers, photographs and literature 1764-2000

Veit family
Date: 1764-1998
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 86
Language(s) of Material: German, English; with use of French
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, family trees, research material, correspondence and original documents relating to the Veit family, including:

Literature relating to the Veit family history
Date: 1864-1997
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 87
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 9 items

Scope and Content

Publications by, or about, Veit family members and Veit family history, collected by Thomas Braun:

Lehmann family
Date: 1828-1966
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 88
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Notes, research material, correspondence and original documents relating to the Lehmann family, including:

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Heine | Heinrich | 1797-1856 | German poet, journalist and essayist

Photographs collected by Johanna 'Hanne' Angel née Lehmann
Date: 1893-1983
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 89
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Pages from a photo album compiled by Hanne Angel, containing photos of her family and friends:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes
Date: 1848
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 90
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Bound volume of Magazin für die Literatur des Auslandes, edited by Joseph Lehmann, containing:

Correspondence of the Lehfeldt family
Date: c. 1830-1948
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 91
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, mostly family letters, of the Lehfeldt family, including:

Materials of, and concerning, the Lehfeldt family
Date: c. 1811-1943
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 92
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (7 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal documents, writings and memorabilia relating to the Lehfeldt family, including:

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Zwanglose Gesellschaft, Berlin | literary society

Materials of, and concerning, the Lehfeldt family
Date: 1895-1938
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 93
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal documents, writings and memorabilia relating to the Lehfeldt family, including:

Photographs relating to the Lehmann-Lehfeldt Family
Date: c. 1850-1914
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 94
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Photographs, mostly portraits, of the Lehmann-Lehfeldt family:

Materials of, and concerning, Paul and Clara Meyerheim
Date: 1892-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 95
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Biographical notes, literature and memorabilia relating to the painter Paul Meyerheim and his wife Clara née Lehfeldt:

Photographs relating to the Meyerheims' travels
Date: c.1880-1895
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 96
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photo album 'Reisen von Paul und Clara Meyerheim Italien, Schweiz, Norwegen, England, Deutschland', photographs from the Meyerheims' travels in Italy, Switzerland, Norway, England and Germany, 1880s and 1890s.

B.3.3.b    Lehmann-Lehfeldt Familienchronik 1906-2006

Historical background:

The book 'Geschichte der Familien Lehmann-Lehfeldt herausgegeben von ihren Nachkommen' (History of the Lehmann/Lehfeldt Families published by their Descendants) was written and privately printed in 1906. In this family chronicle or Familienchronik, the authors Franziska Lehmann and Agatha Birnbaum née Lehmann described how the Lehmann and Lehfeldt families of Jewish merchants and shopkeepers at the beginning of the 19th century became families of Christian lawyers, doctors, academics and landowners by its end. In the mid-1980s Thomas Braun, being a descendent of the Lehmann-Lehfeldts, produced an illustrated version of the family chronicles, adding a contents list, photographs, family trees and an index of persons to the original printed text. He then photocopied the pages and bound the book with a DIY heated glue system, producing some 12 copies of this version which he gave to family members. At the end of his life he was collecting material for a revised and extended version of the 'Familienchronik'.


Scope and Content

Papers, including raw materials, master copies and many photographs, relating to a new edition of the 1906 Lehmann-Lehfeldt 'Familienchronik' produced by Thomas Braun in 1985. Also includes a copy of the original 'Familienchronik'.

Original book, 1906, and mastercopy of new edition by Thomas Braun, 1985.
Date: 1906-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 97
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

New edition by Thomas Braun
Date: 1985
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 98
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Family trees
Date: c. 1985
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 99
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Family trees compiled by Thomas Braun for his new edition of the Lehmann-Lehfeldt family chronicles:

Photographs and illustrations
Date: c. 1985
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 100
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Photos and illustrations collected by Thomas Braun for use in his new edition of the Lehmann-Lehfeldt family chronicles:

B.3.3.c    The 'English Lehfeldts' 1830-1994

Biographical history:

Francis William Albert Lehfeldt (1820-1876), son of Carl Robert Lehfeldt who was a brother of Betty Bamberg (from whom most Lehfeldts recorded in this archive are descended), emigrated to England in 1853. He had three sons from his first marriage with Johanna Elise Emily Essmann: Martin Alexander Charles Lehfeldt (1854-?), Albert Lehfeldt (1855-1856) and Frederick Charles Emil Lehfeldt (1857-1925, he later changed his name to Leyfield). F.W.A. Lehfeldt's sons from his second marriage with Maria Jane Browne (1821-1897) were Thomas Albert Lehfeldt (1859-1939) and Robert Alfred Lehfeldt (1868-1927). Sylvia Edith Lehfeldt (1896-1984) and Winifred Mary 'Mollie' Lehfeldt (1900-1991) were the daughters of Thomas Albert Lehfeldt and Mary Lehfeldt née Harrison (1862-1949).

Kate Lefeld (née Spanier, 1891-1974) married Moritz Lehfeldt, a descendant from another branch of the Lehfeldt family. They emigrated to London in the early 20th century and later changed their name to Lefeld.


Scope and Content

Papers, including personal documents, correspondence and memorabilia by, or relating to, the English branch of the Lehfeldt family.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Lehfeldt | Francis William Albert | 1820-1876
Lehfeldt | Maria Jane | 1821-1897 | née Browne | pianist and music teacher
Lehfeldt | Robert Alfred | 1868-1927 | professor of physics and economics
Lehfeldt | Thomas Albert | 1859-1939 | museum curator

Materials of, and concerning, the English Lehfeldts
Date: c. 1830-1994
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 101
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, biographical notes, personal documents, memorabilia and publications by, or relating to, the English branch of the Lehfeldt family, collected or inherited by Thomas Braun, including:

Materials of, and concerning, Maria Jane Lehfeldt
Date: 1850-1897
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 102
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and memorabilia by, and relating to, Maria Jane Lehfeldt née Browne, including:

Photographs relating to the English Lehfeldts
Date: c. 1860-1935
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 103
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs relating to the 'English Lehfeldts', mostly portraits 1860s-1920s; reproductions of English Lehfeldt/ Leyfield family photos; negatives for reproductions.

Francis William Albert Lehfeldt; Frederick Lehfeldt later Leyfield, Mary Leyfield née Brown, Albert Martin William Leyfield, Frederick Alfred Leyfield, William Leyfield, Otto Reginald Leyfield; Martin Alexander Charles Lehfeldt, Martha Lehfeldt née Essmann, Walther Lehfeldt, Annie Lehfeldt; Thomas Albert Lehfeldt, Mary Lehfeldt née Harrison, Sylvia Lehfeldt, Thomas Harrison Lehfeldt, Winifred Mary ('Mollie') Lehfeldt, Katherine Isabelle Lehfeldt; Robert Alfred Lehfeldt, Violet Lehfeldt née Renwick, Thomas Browne, Maria Browne née Bidgood, Sarah Elisabeth Browne, Isabella Sophie Browne, Charles Browne; Elizabeth Harrison née Johnson, Hannah Harrison née Davies, Jackie, Stuart and Hilda Harrison.

Also includes an 'English Lehfeldts' family tree.

B.4   Maternal ancestors: Weber-Busse / Fink-Zeller family 1685-2001

Biographical history:

Thomas Braun's maternal grandfather, Rudolf Weber (1867-1925), was the son of Bernhard Weber (1829-1899) and Anna Sophie Weber née Busse (1827-1900), with Weber ancestors dating back to the late 16th century. These Weber ancestors, based in the North-East German region of Mecklenburg, include the 'Amtshauptmann' (head of the district authority) Joachim Heinrich Weber (1757-1826), who became a literary figure in Fritz Reuter's Low-German novel 'Ut de Franzosentid', published in 1859. Other Webers were pastors, lawyers or businessmen. Many of them were involved in local politics and administration in various Mecklenburg towns and districts, prominently Joachim Christoph Bernhard Weber (1786-1859), who was senator in the old Hanseatic city of Rostock and co-owner of the Saniter & Weber company.

The Saniter family is related via Rudolf Weber's paternal grandmother, Catherine Sophie Weber née Saniter (1795-1872), wife of Joachim Christoph Bernhard Weber. The Lobeck family is related via Rudolf Weber's maternal grandmother Johanna Henriette Charlotte Busse née Lobeck (1790-1866), wife of Christian David Busse (1785-1843).

Thomas Braun's maternal grandmother, Hedwig Weber née Fink (1867-1951), was the daughter of Hermann Fink (1833-1885) and Gustava Fink née Zeller (1833-1906), with roots mainly in Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania.


Scope and Content

Papers relating to family history research on the maternal side of Thomas Braun's family, including correspondence and memorabilia of ancestors.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Reuter | Fritz | 1810-1874 | novelist
Weber | Anna Sophie | 1827-1900 | née Busse
Weber | Heinrich | 1859-1932
Weber | Joachim Bernhard | 1829-1899
Weber | Joachim Christoph Bernhard | 1786-1859 | merchant and senator in Rostock
Weber | Joachim Heinrich | 1757-1826 | 'Amtshauptmann'
Weber | Joachim | 1654-1711| pastor
Weber | Sophie | 1795-1872 | née Saniter
Busse | Christian David | 1785-1843

B.4.1    Heinrich Weber's 'Familienforschung' 1685-1965

Scope and Content

Notes and correspondence by Heinrich Weber, Thomas Braun's uncle, who took a great interest in researching the Weber family history and in collecting documents relating to his ancestors. In 1963-1965, he compiled his research results into a series of family history newsletters named 'Das Weberschiffchen' and distributed it to family and friends. After Heinrich Weber's death in 1965, Thomas Braun inherited the 'Familienforschung' material, and later used it as the basis for his own genealogical research.

Family history research correspondence, A-P
Date: 1940-1964
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 104
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Heinrich Weber's correspondence with archives, genealogists, family members relating to family history research, including:

Family history research correspondence, R-W and miscellaneous
Date: 1940-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 105
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Heinrich Weber's correspondence with archives, genealogists, family members relating to family history research, including:

Family trees and genealogical tables
Date: 1880-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 106
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

'Stammtafeln', family trees and genealogical tables compiled or collected by Heinrich Weber including:

Biographical notes and documents
Date: n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 107
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 4 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Biographical information on family members and ancestors, including:

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Busse | Helene | 1834-1892 | née von Messerschmidt
Klockow | Charlotte
Weber | Adolf Dietrich | 1753-1817 | jurist
Weber | Johann Adolph | 1686-1759 | pastor
Weber | Leonhard | 1848-1919 | physicist
Weber | Ulrich | 1898-1954 | botanist

Correspondence and memorabilia of ancestors
Date: 1685-1899
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 108
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, personal documents and other memorabilia of Weber ancestors collected by Heinrich Weber, including:

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Lobeck | Heinrich Ludwig
Nizze | Auguste | nee Weber
Nizze | Reinhold
Sohst | Christoph Nicholas
Weber | Jeanette | 1773-1824 | née von Krug

Family history research notes
Date: 1940-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 109
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (6 folders)

Scope and Content

Family history research notes and material, folders as compiled by Heinrich Weber:

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Busse | Johanna Henriette Charlotte | 1790-1866 | née Lobeck

Family history research notes
Date: 1940-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 110
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous Weber family history research notes and collected material including:

'Das Weberschiffchen'
Date: 1963-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 111
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Family history newsletter 'Das Weberschiffchen' compiled by Heinrich Weber:

B.4.2    Thomas Braun's family history research 1796-2001

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's correspondence and collected material relating to family history research on the maternal side of the family.

Research materials and notes relating to the Weber family
Date: 1929-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 112
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Research materials relating to 'Amtshauptmann Weber' and Fritz Reuter
Date: 1867-1988
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 113
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Collected material relating to 'Amtshauptmann Weber', a Weber ancestor, and his appearance as a literary figure in works of Fritz Reuter, including:

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Fritz-Reuter-Literaturmuseum, Stavenhagen

Research materials and correspondence relating to 'Amtshauptmann Weber' and Fritz Reuter
Date: 1983-1993
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 114
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Related Material

Correspondence and materials relating to Fritz-Reuter-Gesellschaft and Privates Fritz Reuter Literaturarchiv:


Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Fritz-Reuter-Gesellschaft e.V., Lübeck
Fritz-Reuter-Literaturmuseum, Stavenhagen
Privates Fritz Reuter Literaturarchiv, Bonn

Research materials and correspondence relating to the Busse, Fink and Zeller families
Date: 1820-1995
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 115
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content
Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Busse | Christian David | 1785-1843
Busse | Otto Rudolf | 1824-1887

Original documents by, and relating to, the Busse and Lobeck families
Date: 1796-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 116
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Original documents by, or relating to, members of the Busse family:

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Busse | Helene | 1834-1892 | née von Messerschmidt
Busse | Johanna Maria
Busse | Otto Rudolf | 1824-1887
Busse | Wilhelmine
Lobeck | Heinrich Ludwig
Weber | Anna Sophie | 1827-1900 | née Busse
Busse | Christian David | 1785-1843

Research materials and notes relating to the Saniter family
Date: c. 1935-1978
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 117
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Saniter family tree
Date: c. 1870s
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 118
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 roll

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a large Saniter Family tree 'Stamm-Tafel der Nachkommenschaft des Bürgermeisters Leonhard Ludwig Sanniter (auch Saniter) in Barth', c. 1870s, with later additions by Thomas Braun and others.

C   Papers of Thomas Braun

Biographical history:

Thomas Felix Rudolf Gerhard Braun was born August 30, 1935, in Berlin, the elder son of Konrad and Hildburg Braun. In 1938, the family emigrated from Nazi Germany to England. After attending Lickey Hills School near Birmingham 1943-1947, Thomas Braun went to Bootham School, the Quaker boarding school in York, 1947-1952. Before going to university, Thomas Braun did his National Service. As a conscientious objector, he spent two years with the Friends' Ambulance Unit FAU working for the Oxfam Committee for Famine Relief (later Oxfam), in Cephalonia, Greece, and at a hospital in Woolwich. With a Noble scholarship to Balliol College, he started studying classics in Oxford 1955, and after taking a double first in 1959, moved on to Merton College for three years of postgraduate study, 1959-1962. After a year as an assistant lecturer at Leicester University, he was appointed Fellow and tutor in ancient history at Merton College in 1963 and returned to Oxford, his spiritual home. Thomas Braun also served as a Dean of Merton College from 1974 to 2002. He was appointed to a senior research fellowship in 1999 and retired in 2002, being elected an emeritus fellow. After being involved in a major road accident on August 22, 2008, Thomas Braun died from his injuries in hospital on September 24, 2008, aged 73. In his academic work as a classicist, he was particularly interested in the history of classical Greece, the historian Herodotus, ancient geography and ancient food. But his interests were universal, he travelled widely and his knowledge of world history and culture was profound. He was a gifted linguist and fascinated by the history of his on family. Other concerns included the preservation of cultural heritage in Oxford and beyond, and the encouragement of learning in Eastern Europe before and after the collapse of communism. He was known for his wit, sparkling in his humorous poems and other 'occasional' writings.


Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's private correspondence, personal papers, and papers relating to his academic career, complemented with a collection of his academic and 'occasional' writings.

Comprises of material Christopher Braun selected of his brother's papers, with the purpose of illustrating aspects Thomas Braun's biography, personality and academic career, whilst reducing the vast amount of papers - private and academic - present at Thomas Braun's house in Oxford at the time of his death in 2008 to a manageable amount and eventually donating them to the Bodleian Library as part of the Braun Family Archive.

Related Material

In the course of clearing Thomas Braun's house, his family sold most of his extensive library, donated academic journals and offprints to academic institutions, including Nottingham University and the British School in Athens, and gave reference material and research papers to scholars, to the Ashmolean Museum and to the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.


C.1   Correspondence 1936-2008

Letters from parents
Date: 1936-1959 (predominantly 1947-1959)
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 119
Language(s) of Material: German, with use of English, Latin, ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Parental postcards and letters sent to Thomas Braun:

Letters from parents
Date: 1960-2000 (predominantly 1960-1969)
Shelfmark: Ms. Braun 120
Language(s) of Material: German, with use of English, Italian
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

'Briefe von den Eltern', parental letters to Thomas Braun (from July 1969 letters by Hildburg Braun):

Correspondence with, or relating to, family, and (auto-)biographical letters
Date: 1948-2005
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 121
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content
Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Correspondence with relatives, and relating to family history, A-K
Date: 1940-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 122
Language(s) of Material: German, English; with use of French
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's correspondence with relatives and friends of the Braun family, often regarding family history. Also includes related material like press cuttings, photographs, biographical notes, and personal announcements.

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Friedmann | Friedrich Franz | 1876-1953 | physician and tuberculosis researcher

Correspondence with relatives, and relating to family history, L
Date: 1954-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 123
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's correspondence with relatives and friends of the Braun family, often regarding family history. Also includes related material like press cuttings, photographs, biographical notes, and personal announcements.

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Correspondence with relatives, and relating to family history, M-R
Date: 1938-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 124
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's correspondence with relatives and friends of the Braun family, often regarding family history. Also includes related material like press cuttings, photographs, biographical notes, and personal announcements.

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Rose | Gerhard | 1896-1992 | physician, tropical disease specialist
Rosenthal-Schneider | Ilse | 1891-1990 | physicist and philosopher

Correspondence with relatives, and relating to family history, R-Z and research institutions
Date: 1947-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 125
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's correspondence with relatives and friends of the Braun family, often regarding family history. Includes related material like press cuttings, photographs, biographical notes, and personal announcements. Also includes correspondence with research institutions, archives and genealogists.

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.)


Personal correspondence
Date: 1965-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 126
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal or predominantly personal correspondence with friends and colleagues:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Correspondence
Date: 1964-2001
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 127
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and related papers:

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Jordans Village Ltd., Jordans
Oxford Civic Society, Oxford
Oxford University | Merton College
Woodbrooke College, Birmingham | Quaker Study Centre

Correspondence
Date: 1952-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 128
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Personal or predominantly personal correspondence with friends and colleagues:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Medcalf | Stephen Ellis | 1936-2007 | classicist and literary scholar

C.2   Personal Papers 1935-2008

Personal documents and biography
Date: 1935-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 129
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Juvenilia
Date: 1935-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 130
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (5 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's early letters, drawings, writings and other childhood memorabilia, collected by his mother Hildburg Braun:

Papers relating to schooldays and National Service
Date: 1940-1961
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 131
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence, school reports, certificates and other papers relating to Thomas Braun's school career and National Service:

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)
Bootham School, York | Quaker boarding school

Papers relating to travels
Date: 1939-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 132
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Modern Greek
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries, correspondence, memorabilia and other papers relating to Thomas Braun's travels:

Papers relating to travels
Date: 1981-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 133
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Diaries, correspondence, memorabilia and other papers relating to Thomas Braun's travels:

Papers relating to health and finance
Date: 1958-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 134
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Correspondence and other papers relating to Thomas Braun's medical conditions and treatment, and to finance and insurance:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked (=Res.).


Lists and notes
Date: 1945-1978
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 135
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of multiple languages
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lists and notes by Thomas Braun, including:

Book accessions
Date: 1967-1995
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 136
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Lists of book accessions, typically listing date and source of acquisition, author, short title, price:

Diaries
Date: 1943-1965
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 137
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's diaries and calendars, some with notes on travels, including:

Diaries
Date: 1965-1980
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 138
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

University of Oxford academic pocket diaries, 1965/1966-1979/1980 (1970-1971 missing).

Diaries
Date: 1980-2007 (predominantly 1980-1994)
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 139
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's diaries and calendars:

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked (=Res.).


Address books
Date: c. 1950-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 140
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's private address books and address lists:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Concert and theatre programmes
Date: c. 1951-1976
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 141
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Theatre programmes, concert programmes, exhibition guides, event tickets and brochures collected by Thomas Braun:

Photographs
Date: 1980-1986
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 142
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content

Photographs, mostly of Thomas Braun's residences: 86 Lonsdale Road, Oxford, house and garden 1980, 1981 and 1983; Merton College accommodation Fellows III 4 and Grove House, Oxford, 1985-1986. Also includes some photos of a family gathering and of the Time Ceremony at Merton College, c. 1985.

C.3   Academic matters 1955-2002

Undergraduate studies and early career
Date: 1955-1970
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 143
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Thomas Braun's undergraduate studies and early academic career:

Tutor and Fellow of Merton College
Date: 1962-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 144

Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Thomas Braun's career as Tutor and Fellow, from 1974 also Dean, of Merton College, Oxford:

Restrictions on Access

Closed.


Retirement
Date: 2002
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 145

Extent: 1 box (1 folder)

Scope and Content

Materials relating to Thomas Braun's retirement dinner and luncheon at Merton College, 28-29 Jun 2002, including: invitation; letters of acceptance and apologies; lists of guests; seating plan; menu; speeches by Paul Woodruff, M.A. Polley, Toby Thurston, Claire Webster and Thomas Braun; letters and cards of acceptance of invitation and apologies; greeting cards.

C.4   Writings 1946-2010

Scope and Content

A collection of Thomas Braun's academic and 'occasional', published and unpublished writings, as compiled from his papers by his brother Christopher Braun in 2008-2010.

Papers relating to the Thomas Braun anthology 'Tomfoolery: Occasional writings by Thomas Braun (1935-2008)', ed. Christopher Braun and Tim Heald, Anthony Rowe Publishing, 2010, and papers relating to published and projected books Thomas Braun was involved in as an editor, were added to this series.

Academic and other 'serious' publications
Date: 1954-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 146
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

A complete set of Thomas Braun's published articles, reviews, and other academic ('serious') writings in chronological order, 1954-2008. Also includes newspaper articles, talks, contributions to college and university publications, translations, obituaries, sermons and other published pieces concerning Thomas Braun's contributions to the public life of the university and city of Oxford.

A detailed list of the writings, compiled by Christopher Braun, is included in Folder 1.

Unpublished academic writings
Date: 1987-2007 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 147
Language(s) of Material: English, French
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Academic and other 'serious' writings which were unpublished at the time of Thomas's death in September 2008:

Related Material

Papers, correspondence and silk samples relating to 'The Earliest Silk in Europe' have been deposited at the Ashmolean Museum.


Letters to the press, contributions to newspapers and magazines
Date: 1964-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 148
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's letters to the press and contributions to newspapers and magazines, including press cuttings and related correspondence:

'Occasional writings'
Date: 1946-1955 and n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 149
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Latin and Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's verses for family and friends, characteristic letters and postcards, pen and paper games, rhymes, notes and drawings, drafts for informal speeches, spoofs and other informal writings in chronological order.

Detailed lists of the writings, compiled by Christopher Braun, are included in Folder 2 ('Index of undated writings') and Folder 4 ('Thomas Braun - Index of writings I (to 1995)').

'Occasional writings'
Date: 1956-1983
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 150
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Latin and Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's verses for family and friends, characteristic letters and postcards, pen and paper games, rhymes, notes and drawings, drafts for informal speeches, spoofs and other informal writings in chronological order.

A detailed list of the writings, compiled by Christopher Braun, is included in Folder 1 ('Thomas Braun - Index of writings I (to 1995)').

'Occasional writings'
Date: 1984-1995
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 151
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Latin and Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's verses for family and friends, characteristic letters and postcards, pen and paper games, rhymes, notes and drawings, drafts for informal speeches, spoofs and other informal writings in chronological order.

A detailed list of the writings, compiled by Christopher Braun, is included in Folder 1 ('Thomas Braun - Index of writings I (to 1995)').

'Occasional writings'
Date: 1996-2008
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 152
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Latin and Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Thomas Braun's verses for family and friends, characteristic letters and postcards, pen and paper games, rhymes, notes and drawings, drafts for informal speeches, spoofs and other informal writings in chronological order. Includes many contributions to the Oxford Magazine, such as translations of German poetry and entries in the annual Christmas Competitions.

A detailed list of the writings, compiled by Christopher Braun, are included in Folder 1 (Thomas Braun - Index of writings II (from 1996)'.

Miscellaneous notes and illustrated pieces
Date: c. 1955-2000
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 153
Language(s) of Material: English, German; with use of Latin and Ancient Greek
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

A collection of notes, pen and paper games, drawings, doodles and other illustrated items compiled from Thomas Braun's papers by Christopher Braun for possible use in 'Tomfoolery':

Restrictions on Access

Some folders are closed. These are marked as (=Res.).


Material relating to the Thomas Braun anthology 'Tomfoolery'
Date: 1964-2010
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 154
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Materials and correspondence relating to the anthology 'Tomfoolery: Occasional writings by Thomas Braun (1935-2008)', ed. Christopher Braun and Tim Heald, Anthony Rowe Publishing, 2010:

Material relating to Rosenthal-Schneider, 'Reality and Scientific Truth'
Date: 1972-1986
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 155
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Materials, mostly correspondence, relating to Ilse Rosenthal-Schneider, 'Reality and Scientific Truth', 1981, which Thomas Braun helped to edit.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Rosenthal-Schneider | Ilse | 1891-1990 | physicist and philosopher

Material relating to Bernstorff, 'Des Teutschen Scholaren Glossarium in Oxford'
Date: 1994-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 156
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Materials relating to the translation and (re-)publication of Albrecht von Bernstorff, 'Des Teutschen Scholaren Glossarium in Oxford', a description of English university life and practical guide to studying in Oxford from the perspective of a German Rhodes Scholar, 1912.

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)
Bernstorff | Albrecht Theodor Andreas | Graf von | 1890-1945 | diplomat and member of German resistance to the Nazi Regime

D   Autograph Collection 1812-2007

Scope and Content

This collection of autographs consists of mainly letters and other documents from artists, musicians, writers and other 'celebrities' of their times addressed to members of the Braun family, mostly on Thomas Braun's father's side, over a period of about 180 years. Through the 19th century and during the first third of the 20th most of the family lived in Berlin, though a more distantly related branch migrated to London in the mid-19th century. In the late 1930s Konrad and Hildburg Braun with their son Thomas, and also Konrad Braun's brother Gerhard and his family, came to England as refugees from National Socialism, living first in Birmingham and then in the London area. Although it is clear that many of the letters were kept by their recipients because they were from well-known people, they were not all treated with care. Only in the 2000s have they been assembled into one collection by Christopher Braun, Thomas Braun's brother, as part of a wider sorting out and examination of family papers after Thomas Braun's death in 2008.

Arrangement

The arrangement by Christopher Braun was kept.


Part 1: German language letters I
Date: 1850-1991
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 157
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in German, mainly addressed to Paul Meyerheim or Felix Friedmann-Braun, or to Gerhard and Anneliese Braun (from folder originally labelled 'Autographs 1 German'):

Part 2: English language letters I
Date: 1889-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 158
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (3 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in English, mainly addressed to Konrad Braun, Anneliese and Ruth Braun, Christopher Braun (from folder originally labelled 'Braun Autographs Part (2)':

Part 3: German language letters II
Date: 1812-1951
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 159
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in German, mainly addressed to Joseph Lehmann and Felix Lehmann, which were inherited by Thomas Braun from Joan Jarosy, the wife of Felix Lehmann' grandson Ivo Jarosy (from folder labelled 'Autograph letters from Thomas' collection mainly deriving from Felix Lehmann (3)'):

Part 4: English language letters II
Date: 1944-2003
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 160
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in English, mostly addressed to Thomas Braun (from folder originally labelled 'Braun Autographs Part 4'):

Part 4: English language letters II (continued)
Date: 1958-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 161
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in English, mostly to addressed to Thomas Braun (from folder originally labelled 'Braun Autographs Part 4'):

Part 5: English language letters III
Date: 1866-2004
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 162
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Letters and other autographed material in English, mostly addressed to Thomas Braun and to Thomas Albert Lehfeldt (from folder originally labelled 'Braun Autographs Part 5'):

Part 6: 'Special collections', Parts B-E
Date: 1891-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 163
Language(s) of Material: German
Extent: 1 box (4 folders)

Scope and Content

Collections of correspondence, autographed material and memorabilia relating to 'showbiz' celebrities and writers, compiled by Christopher Braun, mostly from the papers of Anneliese and Ruth Braun. Part A - Beach Boys, Beatles retained by Christopher Braun; Parts F - Monika Mann, G - Veronika Erdmann, and H - Ruth Tenney are extensive collections of correspondence and literary manuscripts and translations, and have been re-integrated with papers of Anneliese and Ruth Braun.

Part 6: 'Special collections', Parts J-M
Date: 1857-1915
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 164
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box (2 folders)

Scope and Content

'Special collections' continued:

E   Audio-visual material 1934-2007

Scope and Content

Audio and video recordings found in the Braun Family Archive, mainly cassette tapes collected by Thomas Braun. These include audio recordings of Konrad Braun reading poems and his own texts; audio and video recordings of family events; Thomas Braun's conversations with relatives, friends and colleagues, many with references to family history, university life, and the Quakers; recordings of Thomas Braun's appearances on radio and TV programmes.

Audio cassettes
Date: 1960-2006
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 165
Language(s) of Material: German, English
Extent: 1 box (44 audio cassette tapes)

Scope and Content

A collection of cassette tapes from Thomas Braun's house, as compiled and numbered by Christopher Braun. Includes recordings of Konrad Braun; conversations of Thomas Braun with family members, colleagues and friends about their life and family history; radio programmes featuring Thomas Braun; and other recordings of, or related to, family and friends:

Restrictions on Access

Some items are restricted. These are marked as (=Res.).


Alternative Form Available:

The cassette tapes have been digitised. Mp3 versions should be used for access.

For transcripts of Konrad Braun's 'Weihnachten zu Hause', c. 1966 (see AV 3, AV 4, AV 5, AV 6, AV 7, AV 9); Konrad Braun in conversation with Ken Segar, 15 Dec 1968, and with Jim Cavett, Sept 1968 (see AV 1, AV 2, AV 3, AV 4, AV 5); 'Unterhaltung mit Liebi', Thomas Braun in conversation with Gisela Weber, 14 May 1990 (see AV 18, AV 19) see Ms. Braun 166.


Audio cassette transcripts; audio tapes
Date: c. 1950, 1960s, 1990, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 166
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (1 folder, 3 items)

Scope and Content

Transcripts of selected audio recordings; open-reel magnetic tapes:

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

1/4" audio tapes, currently no playback device available in the Bodleian Special Collection reading rooms.

Film
Date: 1930-2007
Shelfmark: MS. Braun 167
Language(s) of Material: English, German
Extent: 1 box (8 items)

Scope and Content

Video material relating to family history and to Thomas Braun:

Restrictions on Access

Some items are closed. These are marked as (=Res).


Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

16mm films, Umatic video cassette, VHS video cassette - currently no playback devices available in the Bodleian Special Collection reading rooms.


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29 January 2015