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Kuhn, Loeb & Company collection

 Collection — Folder: S1487
Identifier: S1487

Scope and Contents

This collection contains six letters sent between February 16, 1931 and August 4, 1931 regarding the question of whether the founders of Kuhn, Loeb and Co., Abraham Kuhn and Solomon Loeb, had lived in Indiana before establishing their company in New York. The correspondence includes letters from the Kuhn, Loeb and Co.; Ethel Cleland of the Business Branch of the Public Library (Indianapolis, IN); Cyril E. Kissane of the Wall Street Journal; James A. Stuart of the Indianapolis Star; and Herbert Heimlich of the Lafayette Journal and Courier (IN).


  • 1931


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative Note

Kuhn, Loeb and Co. was a New York investment banking firm founded in 1867 by German immigrants Abraham Kuhn (1819-1892) and Solomon Loeb (1829-1903). Before venturing into finance, the two men had been partners in a clothing firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1873, another German immigrant, Jacob Schiff (1847-1920), joined the small firm and married Solomon Loeb's daughter, Therese, in 1875. The company stayed a small banking firm until Schiff took charge of the company in 1885. Schiff soon became one of the leading railroad bankers in the United States, rivaled only by J.P. Morgan. After the death of Schiff in 1920, the firm continued much the same, with mergers and acquisitions being its specialty. Following World War II, the company struggled to keep up with the large investment banks and in 1977, Kuhn, Loeb and Co. was bought by Lehman Brothers.

Sources: "Solomon Loeb." New York, New York Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948. Accessed March 21, 2018.

Geisst, Charles R. Encyclopedia of American Business History. New York: Infobase Publishing, 2014. Accessed March 16, 2018. Google Books.

Goldberg, Idana. "Therese Loeb Schiff, 1854-1933." Jewish Women's Archive: Encyclopedia. Accessed March 16, 2018.

"Obituary: Abraham Kuhn." The Sun (New York, NY), June 1, 1892. Accessed March 21, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana Division.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/03/21 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/03/21 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.