Guide to the Strassburger Family Oversize Photographic Collection c. 1865-1970

Rauh Jewish Archives

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Strassburger Family Oversize Photographic Collection
Creator
Strassburger Family
Collection Number
MSR#548
Date [inclusive]
c. 1865-1970
Extent
2.0 linear feet linear feet (9 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 Strassburger Family oversize photographic collection consists of family portraits and group events from reunions, gatherings, and dinners.

Preferred Citation

Strassburger Family Oversize Photographic Collection, c. 1865-1970, MSR#548, Rauh Jewish Archives, Library and Archives Division, 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 PFR#2, the Strassburger Family oversize photographic collection consists of nine folders that include family portraits and group events from reunions, gatherings, and dinners. Portraits of Eugene B. Strassburger, Sr., Julia Strassburger, and the family are in the collection. Also included are events and organizations that Eugene B. Strassburger, Sr., was involved with or in which he participated. These photographs consist of a banquet portrait from a dinner for Edward Meyer at the Concordia Club in 1925 and the initial Board of Directors for the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. Other photographs in the oversize collection include group photographs from Eugene B. Strassburger’s graduation from Pittsburgh Central High School and Harvard. A class reunion group photograph containing Eugene B. Strassburger, Jr.’s Harvard Law School class is also in the collection.

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Arrangement

  • The collection consists of nine 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 documents entitled theStrassburger Family Oversize Materials, previously designated as PFO#2, has been separated, arranged, and described with the catalog designation of MSO#548.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Concordia Club
  • Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation
  • Harvard University
  • Pittsburgh Central High School

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

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

Subject(s)

  • Jews -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Jews, Social Life and Customs -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Lawyers--Pennsylvania--Pittsburg
  • Lawyers, Jewish -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Family Portrait 1965 11

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  Folder
Strassburger, Eugene B. Jr.-Harvard Law School Class of 1941-25th Reunion 1966 2

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Section: Strassburger, Eugene B., Sr 

Section: Education 

  Folder
Harvard Graduating Class 1908 3
  Folder
Pittsburgh Central high School Graduating Class 1904 4

Section: Events 

  Folder
Dinner for Edward Meyer at the Concordia Club 1925 5
  Folder
Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation-Initial Board of Directors c. 1930 6
  Folder
Portraits c. 1926-1970 7

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  Folder
Strassburger, Julia-Portrait c. 1865 8

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  Folder
William Penn Hotel 1953 9

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