Guide to the Strassburger Family Oversize Materials 1891-1968

Rauh Jewish Archives

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Strassburger Family Oversize Materials
Creator
Strassburger Family
Collection Number
MSO#548
Date [inclusive]
1891-1968
Extent
2.0 linear feet linear feet (13 Oversize Folders)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
Originally from Germany, the Strassburger family lived in Allegheny City and then in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The family was one of the earliest Jewish families to settle in the Pittsburgh area. The family papers include articles, publications, awards presented to both Eugene B. Strassburger and Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr., and incomplete genealogical material regarding the Morganstern family.

Preferred Citation

Strassburger Family Oversize Materials, 1891-1968, MSO#548, Library and Archives Division, Rauh Jewish Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Originally from Germany, the Strassburger family lived in Allegheny City and then in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The family was one of the earliest Jewish families to settle in the Pittsburgh area. In 1867, Samuel Strassburger (1842-1922) came to the United States from Baden, Germany. After immigrating to the United States, he settled in Allegheny City, now Pittsburgh's North Side. He went into business with Charles Falk, operating a store on Federal Street.

In 1876, Samuel Strassburger married Julia Morganstern (1854-1929) and they had four children: William, Edwin, Eugene B., and Harvey. William J. Strassburger attended the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University in New York. He became president of the Grant Building Incorporated in Pittsburgh. He was also a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and maintained an interest in art and oil painting throughout his life.

Eugene B. Strassburger (1886-1978) graduated from Pittsburgh Central High School and then attended Harvard for both his undergraduate and law school degrees. After graduating from law school, he returned to Pittsburgh and joined the firm of William H. Lemon. In 1915, Strassburger married Constance Block and they had three children: Eugene Jr., Joan, and Martha. Strassburger also served in the armed services during World War I. After the death of Lemon in 1919, Strassburger and another associate of the firm, J. Frank McKenna, reorganized the firm as Strassburger and McKenna. In addition to his law practice, Strassburger was also a professor at the Duquesne University Law School from 1920 until 1940.

Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr., (1917-1984) also attended Harvard Law School and, after his graduation in 1941, joined his father's firm. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. About 1940, he married Jane Schanfarber and they had three children: Elaine, Eugene B. III, and Edwin. Eugene B. Strassburger III (1943- ) was the third member of his family to graduate from Harvard Law School and joined the firm started by his grandfather in 1967. He left the firm for a seat as judge of the Allegheny County Common Pleas Court.

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Scope and Content Notes

With a previous catalog designation of PFO#2, the Strassburger Family oversize materials include degrees, diplomas, and other certificates awarded to various members of the Strassburger family. Most of the collection consists of certificates for practicing law from Eugene B. Strassburger and Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr. The collection includes diplomas awarded to Eugene B. Strassburger from the Allegheny School District, a diploma awarded to Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr., from Harvard Law School, and a diploma awarded to Constance Block from Wellesley College. Also included in the oversize materials is Harvey Strassburger’s certificate of confirmation from Rodef Shalom Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dated 1891. The collection also contains a printed Yiddish document that requests that prayer books not be removed from the building.

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Arrangement

  • The collection consists of thirteen folders arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Rauh Jewish Archives Senator John Heinz History Center, January 2010

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Restrictions on Access

No Restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane Strassburger, wife of Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr., on October 19, 1989.

Processing Information

This collection was originally processed by Rachel Balliet on July 18, 1994. Further processing and rearrangement of the collection provided by  Theresa E. Rea on January 13, 2010.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

One archival box consisting of the Strassburger Family Papers, previously cited as PFT#2, has been separated, arranged, and described with the catalog designation of MSS#548.

One archival box consisting of the Strassburger Family Photographs, previously cited as PFF#2, has been separated, arranged, and described with the catalog designation of MSP#548.

One oversize folder of photographs entitled the Strassburger Family Oversize Photographic Collection, previously designated as PFR#2, has been separated, arranged, and described with the catalog designation of MSR#548.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Harvard University
  • Wellesley College
  • Rodef Shalom Congregation

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh,(Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Strassburger Family
  • Strassburger, Eugene B., 1886-1978
  • Strassburger, Eugene B., Jr., 1917-1984
  • Block, Constance
  • Strassburger, Harvey

Subject(s)

  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Jews, Social Life and Customs -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Jews, German -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Law schools -- Massachusetts
  • Lawyers, Jewish -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Block, Constance  1913 11

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Section: Strassburger, Eugene B., Jr. 

Section: Certificates-Law Practice 

  Folder
Attorney of the District Court of PA 1942 2
  Folder
Attorney of the Superior Court of PA 1946 3
  Folder
Attorney of the Supreme Court of PA 1942 4
  Folder
Attorney of the Supreme Court of the United States 1968 5
  Folder
Diploma-Harvard Law School 1941 6

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Section: Strassburger, Eugene B. Sr. 

Section: Certificates-Law Practice 

  Folder
Attorney of the Supreme Court of PA 1910 7
  Folder
Attorney of the Supreme Court of the United States 1913 8
  Folder
Diploma-Allegheny School District 1900 9
  Folder
Honorary Degree of Doctors of Laws Duquesne University 1930 10

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  Folder
Strassburger, Harvey-Certificate of Confirmation-Rodef Shalom Congregation 1891 11

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  Folder
Strassburger, William-Advertisement n.d. 12

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  Folder
Yiddish Sign n.d. 13

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