Title: Zellerbach family papers
Collection number: BANC MSS 2010/690
5 cartons and 2 oversize boxes (6.4 linear feet)
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Bancroft Library
Abstract: The collection consists of Zellerbach family papers, photographs, and home movies. Included are materials from Isidore and
Jennie (Baruh) Zellerbach, Harold and Doris (Joseph) Zellerbach, J.D. and Hannah (Fuld) Zellerbach, Claire Zellerbach Saroni,
and Stephen A. and Merla (Burstein) Zellerbach. Family papers relating to Isidore Zellerbach include files on his estate and
five bound volumes: three "In Memoriam" volumes of condolence letters sent in the wake of Isidore's death in 1941; one volume
of materials relating to the 1938 celebration of Isidore's 50th anniversary with Crown Zellerbach; and one volume of Christmas
holiday greetings received by Isidore. Stephen A. Zellerbach's files in the collection consist of materials from his childhood,
his college years, his time in the U.S. Navy, his marriage, and his tenure at the Zellerbach Paper Company. Photographs and
pictorial items in the collection include images of Anthony Zellerbach, Isidore and Jennie, Harold and Doris, J.D. Zellerbach
(especially in his role as Ambassador to Italy in the late 1950s), Stephen A. and Merla, and other members of the Zellerbach,
Saroni, and Baruh families. In addition, the collection includes documents, blueprints, a scrapbook, photographs and a photo
album relating to Isidore Zellerbach's yacht, Janidore (and other Zellerbach family vessels), as well as Zellerbach family
home movies (16mm and 8mm), dating back to the late 1920s.
Languages represented in the collection:
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of Collections, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, using the Online Research Request form.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Zellerbach family papers. BANC MSS 2010/690. Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, Berkeley, CA
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010. 8mm and 16mm films (home movies), dvds, slides, and objects transferred to the museum
holdings of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life for separate handling and cataloging. Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum
Collection Number WJHC 1990.005.
Anthony Zellerbach (1832-1911) was born in Bavaria and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1840s. He initially lived
in Philadelphia but came to San Francisco via the isthmus of Panama in 1856. He settled in Moores Flat, California (a Gold
Rush town). In March of 1863, he married Theresa Mohr (b. 1840). The couple would have nine children (Jacob, Isadore, Henry,
Edward, Eugene, Bella, Lillian, Hazel, and Arthur). Isidore Zellerbach was born in Moores Flat in 1866. In 1868, Anthony,
faced with decreasing opportunities in gold mining, moved his family to San Francisco, where he began dealing in paper. Anthony
founded his own paper business, A. Zellerbach & Sons, in 1876. The company changed its name to the Zellerbach Paper Company
in 1907. Isadore joined his father's company in 1888 and would be the major force behind the company until his death in 1941.
Isadore married Jennie Baruh in 1891 and they had two sons, James David (J.D.) and Harold Lionel (H.L.), and one daughter,
Claire (later Mrs. A.B. Saroni). After Isidore's death, sons J.D. and Harold assumed prominent positions in the Zellerbach
company. J.D. married Hannah Fuld in 1916 and Harold married Doris Joseph in 1917. Harold and Doris had three children, Rolinda
(b. 1918), William J. (b. 1920), and Stephen A. (b.1927). Both William and Stephen played prominent roles in the Zellerbach
Paper Company (and the Crown Zellerbach Corporation). Stephen A. Zellerbach married Merla Burstein, daughter of Rabbi Burstein
of San Francisco's Congregation Beth Israel, in 1950.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.
Names and Places
Zellerbach, Anthony, 1832-1911--Family
Zellerbach, Isidore. 1866-1941
Zellerbach, Jennie (Baruh). 1940-1965
Saroni, Claire (Zellerbach)
Zellerbach, James David, 1892-1963
Zellerbach, Doris (Joseph)
Zellerbach, Stephen A. 1927-
Zellerbach, Merla (Burstein)
Zellerbach Paper Company
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Jews, German--California--San Francisco
Jewish businesspeople--California--San Francisco
Jewish families--California--San Francisco
Paper industry--California--San Francisco
As we were, 1923 to 1963, Richard and Jim Zellerbach and family
Genres and Forms of Materials
Business records--California--San Francisco
Family papers--California--San Francisco