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Collection Number: P0029

Collection Title: Manfred and Ann Loeb Collection, 1939-1996(bulk 1939-1940)

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Size 0.33 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 70 items)
Abstract The Loeb family immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1930s after the Nazi rise to power. Together with other families of European Jews, the Loeb family moved to the Van Eeden settlement in Pender County, N.C., in 1939. The Van Eeden settlement was founded by Alvin Johnson of New York City, N.Y., and Hugh MacRae of Wilmington, N.C., to provide farmland for European Jewish refugees. Manfred Loeb was one of two sons. He worked on the farm and attended school in Penderlea, N.C. In the 1940s, the Loeb family moved to Bridgeport, Conn., where Manfred Loeb apprenticed as a baker. In 1948, he married Ann Wolf, whose family had also lived in the Van Eeden settlement. The Loebs eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where they operated a successful bakery for many years. The materials in this collection relate to life in the Van Eeden settlement for the Loeb and other families. Most of the photographs were taken shortly after the families moved to Van Eeden and include images of members of the Loeb, Heimann, and Wolf families in their homes and working in the fields, and of the children of these families attending school. Also included are letters collected by researcher Susan Block that relate memories of life and events at Van Eeden. There are also some newspaper clippings about Manfred and Ann Loeb.
Creator Loeb, Ann.



Loeb, Manfred.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Manfred and Ann Loeb Collection #P0029, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Given on 12 June 1996 by Manfred and Ann Loeb, Silver Spring, Md. Accession no. 30601. Susan Block of Wilmington, N.C., helped arrange the donation of the collection and later donated manuscript portion of collection.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Loeb family immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1930s after the Nazi rise to power. Together with other families of European Jews, the Loeb family moved to the Van Eeden settlement in Pender County, N.C., in 1939. Manfred Loeb was one of two sons. He worked on the farm and attended school in Penderlea, N.C. In the 1940s, the family moved to Bridgeport, Conn., where Manfred Loeb apprenticed as a baker. In 1948, he married Ann Wolf, whose family had also lived in the Van Eeden settlement. The Loebs eventually moved to Washington, D.C., where they operated a successful bakery for many years.

The Van Eeden settlement was coordinated by Alvin Johnson of New York City, N.Y., and Hugh MacRae of Wilmington, N.C., and was named after Dutch author and social reformer Frederik Wilhelm van Eeden. Johnson and MacRae founded the settlement in 1939 to provide farmland for European Jewish refugees. It was located in Pender County, N.C., at the site of a former settlement founded by van Eeden. Four families, including the Loebs, moved into Van Eeden in 1939, followed by other families in the early 1940s. The settlement was exceptionally difficult to farm and no longer exists.

(Source: Block, Susan T. "Susan747's Blog." http://susan747.wordpress.com/ (accessed July 19, 2010).)

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The materials in this collection relate to life in the Van Eeden settlement for the Loeb and other families. Most of the photographs were taken shortly after the families moved to Van Eeden and include images of the Loeb, Heimann, and Wolf families in their homes, working in the fields, and the children attending school. The collection includes images taken by a visiting photographer and family photographs taken while living in Van Eeden. Most of the photographs have photocopies that include handwritten labels describing the subjects of the images. Also included is a folder of correspondence to Susan Block, an historian researching the Van Eeden settlement, from various former residents relating memories of life and events there. There are also newspaper clippings about Manfred and Ann Loeb, their lives, and their bakery business.

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Contents list

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Approximately 70 items.
Flat Box 01

Black and White Photographic Print P0029/0001

Photographic Prints from Loeb Album #P0029, Series: "Manfred and Ann Loeb Collection, 1939-1996 (bulk 1939-1940)." Flatbox 01, Bwpprint P0029/0001

33 images.

Photographic prints removed from Loeb family album with handwritten captions and photocopies of most images with additional handwritten labels. Images are from Van Eeden settlement, primarily Loeb and Heimann families as well as children in school, farming activities, and outdoor scenes, circa 1939-1940.

Flat Box 01

Black and White Photographic Print P0029/0002

Copy Prints of Various Family Photographs #P0029, Series: "Manfred and Ann Loeb Collection, 1939-1996 (bulk 1939-1940)." Flatbox 01, Bwpprint P0029/0002

51 images.

17 copy prints of Van Eeden settlement families as well as photocopies of these images with additional handwritten labels. Images, circa 1940s, are primarily of the Loeb, Heimann, and Wolf families; outdoor scenes; and individuals.

Flat Box 01

Folder P0029/0003

Other Materials #P0029, Series: "Manfred and Ann Loeb Collection, 1939-1996 (bulk 1939-1940)." Flatbox 01, Folder P0029/0003

21 items.

Letters, 1990s, to historian Susan Block regarding the Van Eeden settlement; photocopied newspaper articles regarding Manfred and Ann Loeb; and one typewritten memoir by Paula William, a former resident of Van Eeden.

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, 1998 and Tracy M. Jackson, 2010

Encoded by: Tracy M. Jackson, November 2010

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