The Lehman Brothers Collection is an important resource for the study
of modern business history and provides scholars with a rare
opportunity to access twentieth-century corporate records. The
collection consists of two components: company deal book and business
records. The deal books document many of Lehman Brothers' notable investment
projects from the 1920s to the 1980s. The Lehman Brothers business
records cover the administrative operations of the firm from the late
19th century to the 2000s.
The Special Correspondence Files of the Herbert Lehman Papers contain
correspondence with nearly 1,000 individuals from 1864 through 1982.
Beginning with letters from Lehman's family in the late nineteenth
century, the series documents the range and scope of Lehman's long
career in public service. In addition to family letters, the Special
Correspondence Files contain letters from every President of the U. S.
from Franklin Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson, as well as from notables such
as Dean Acheson, Benjamin Cardozo, Paul Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, W.
Averill Harriman, Harold Ickes, Robert F. Kennedy, Fiorello LaGuardia,
Henry Morgenthau, Alfred E. Smith, Adlai Stevenson, and Robert Wagner,
among many others.
This project is sponsored by the Transatlantic Program of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through funds of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.