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Books and ephemera

Series
IdentifierRA007-04
Title NoteTitle based on contents of the series.
Extent & Medium0.5 cm of textual records
2 death books : 25 x 17 cm
1 family chronicle : 32 x 20.5 cm
1 autograph book : 14 x 21.5 cm
2 ledgers : 30.5 x 23 cm; 21 x 14.5 cm
6 published books
1 chocolate box : 21 x 21 cm
Date[189-]–[194-]
Administrative/Biographical HistoryThe von Baiersdorf, Reif family were a noble family in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, primarily based in Vienna. Members of the family include Adolf von Baiersdorf von Erdos (1822–1890), a wood industrialist; his son Carl Adolf von Baiersdorf von Erdos (1857–1915), a wood industrialist; and his wife Clara (née Redlich) (1868–1927); their daughter Erna von Engel Baiersdorf (1889–1970), a noted anthropologist and sculptor; their daughter Margit Reif (1894–1965) and her husband Otto Reif ([188-?]–1955), as well as Otto Reif’s mother Elise Reif (1845–1926).

Adolf von Baiersdorf von Erdos was born on May 1, 1826, in Nové Mesto nad Váhom in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and died in Vienna on February 24, 1890. He was ennobled by Emperor Franz Joseph in 1885. His wife Helene Baiersdorf von Erdos (née Biach) was born on November 1, 1832 in Pressburg and died June 15, 1892, in Vienna.

Carl Adolf von Baiersdorf von Erdos was born on July 10, 1857, in Pressburg and died September 15, 1938, in Vienna. He was an official in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His wife Clara von Baiersdorf (née Redlich) was born in Goding on August 15, 1868, and died on February 16, 1927, in Vienna.

Erna Clara von Engel-Baiersdorf (née Baiersdorf von Erdos) was born on September 24, 1889, in Vienna and died July 30, 1970, in Vancouver. She worked as an anthropologist at the National History Museum of Budapest and Vienna and was curator at the National History Museum in Pecs, Hungary. In 1944, she was interned in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, then later in the Buchenwald concentration camp. After the Second World War, she immigrated to Canada, where she was Director of Anthropology and Palaeontology at the Museum of Vancouver. She was particularly noted for her work reconstructing a Neanderthal skeleton.

Margit Reif (née von Baiersdorf von Erdos) was born on June 3, 1894, in Vienna and died in 1965 in Vancouver.

Otto Reif was born approximately 1894 and died around 1955. Margit and Otto Reif left Austria for England after the Nazi invasion of Austria and immigrated to Canada in 1939.
Scope & ContentSeries consists of newspaper clippings; two black death books; one burgundy velvet bound autograph book; one black ledger embossed with the name Margit on the cover; one small green ledger; one black ledger; six published books—including one nineteenth-century Bible illustrated by Gustav Doré and one chocolate box used to house photos and a pressed flower. Series is divided into the following files: File One: Newspaper clippings (1906–1945); File Two: Ephemera ([188-?]–[196-?]); File Three: Personal books ([18-?]-[194-?]); File Four: Published books ([18-?]-[194-?]).
Archival HistoryAccessions 2014.009; 2014.010
LanguageGerman, Hungarian, English, Hebrew
RightsMaterials available for research and education purposes only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these materials must be obtained from the VHEC.

Collection Contents

Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial record keeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a museum curator and artist, the deaths of Clara Baiersdorf Erdos and Elise Reif and the family’s religious and liturgical life.

Records include correspondence; an illuminated document conferring a noble title on the von Baiersdorf family from the nineteenth century; personal photographs; two death books; an autograph book; two ledgers; a small collection of rare published books—including a nineteenth-century German-language Bible illustrated by Gustav Doré—and several ephemeral items including post cards and newspaper clippings.

Fonds is arranged into the following series: 1884 title (1884); Correspondence (1884–[196-?]); Photographs (1884–[196-?]) and Publications and Ephemera ([189-]–[194-]).