Name Loeb Family Papers
Dates 1892-1982
Extent 5.5 cubic feet
Historical Note The Loeb Family Papers provide an insight into a Birmingham family involved in the local arts, business, and Jewish communities.  While the collection contains material by several of the nine Loeb siblings, it is chiefly the papers of three sisters:  Josephine (1886-1982), Stella (1889-1980), and Frances (1895-1981), all of whom were early supporters of UAB.  The nine Loeb siblings were born in Mississippi and were raised in Jackson.  Soon after the death of their mother in 1919, the Loeb siblings relocated from Jackson, Miss., to the growing industrial city of Birmingham, Alabama.  At times over the next few decades, members of the Loeb family lived in Birmingham, in Atlanta, Georgia, and in New York City.  Eight of the siblings lived in Birmingham at some point in time and several retired to Birmingham following careers conducted elsewhere.  The six youngest of the Loeb siblings are buried in Birmingham's Elmwood Cemetery and the three eldest are buried with their mother in Jackson, Miss.  Stella Loeb worked in the insurance industry and died in Birmingham in 1980.  Frances Loeb taught in the public schools in Birmingham, worked in the office of the Georgia Agricultural and Industrial Development Board in Atlanta, and operated two art galleries in Birmingham's Five Points neighborhood, the Cobb Lane Gallery and Gallery 31.  She died in Birmingham in 1981.  Josephine Loeb worked in the insurance industry her entire career and was the last survivor of the nine Loeb siblings.  Upon Josephine's death in Birmingham in April 1982, the Loeb estate, including financial interests and the home the three sisters had shared in Mountain Brook -- including all of its contents -- were bequeathed to UAB.  Household furnishings, works of art, decorative items, books, clothing and personal items, etc., were disbursed to various UAB entities, including the Woodward House, the Smolian International House, the Visual Arts Gallery, the theatre and dance department, Town and Gown Theatre, and the Mervyn H. Sterne Library.  A bronze plaque honoring Josephine, Stella, and Frances and their support of UAB was placed in the Hill University Center in August 1988. The Loeb Memorial Fund was established for the continued development of the UAB medical center from the proceeds of the Loeb estate.  In 1992 UAB established the Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics.
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence, real estate records, last wills and testaments, financial records, photographs, and scrapbooks.
Arrangement See finding aid.
Accession Number M2014-19
Provenance Acquired by UAB in 1982 as part of the bequest of Josephine Loeb (1886-1982) and originally housed in the Mervyn H. Sterne Library.  Upon the administrative merger of Sterne and Lister Hill libraries in 2014, the collection was transferred to the UAB Archives where it was processed for the first time.
Copyright The UAB Archives owns the copyright to some of the material and maintains its proprietary rights to all material in this collection.
Fnding Aid Printed descriptive guide by Jennifer L. Beck and Tim L. Pennycuff available in repository.
Access Points Art galleries  z  Alabama  z  Birmingham.
Engel, Lehman,  d  1910-1982.
Loeb family.
Loeb, Frances,  q  Frances Lucille,  d  1895-1981.
Loeb, Josephine D.,  d  1886-1982.
Loeb, Stella,  q  Stella Mabel,  d  1889-1980.
University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Document Types Correspondence, Real Estate Records, Scrapbooks
Location Manuscript Stacks
Related Series PMC125, Loeb Family Photographs
Physical Condition Materials have been placed in acid free folders and acid free boxes.

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