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Document Details


Title: Reminiscences of Benjamin J. Buttenwieser
RLIN number: NXCP87-A12
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Columbia University. Oral History Research Office
Collection: Individual Interview List Oral History Project
Description: Family background, childhood in New York; Columbia University 1916-18; career with Kuhn, Loeb and Company; investment banking practices, steel and railroad securities; Pecora investigation of 1933; merger with Lehman Brothers; marriage to Helen Lehman; United States Navy, 1942-45; assistant to United States High Commissioner, Occupied Germany, 1949-51: political and economic reconstruction; Board of Trustees, Columbia University, 1959--: University endowments, differences between private and state universities, future of higher education; charitable work: Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society, Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, Lenox Hill Hospital; reminiscences and impressions of Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb associates and partners, former Columbia University trustees and others including Herbert and Edith Lehman, Arthur and Adele Lehman, John McCloy, Konrad Adenauer, Nicholas Murray Butler and William McGill.
Extent: Transcript: 791 leaves, Tape: 18 cassettes
Restrictions: Access: Open. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce. Contact repository for information.
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1979 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Buttenwieser, Benjamin J., 1900-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1900
Speaker occupation: Banker
Age at speaking: 79
Document date: 1979
Interviewer: Liebmann, William B.
Organizations discussed: Columbia University, New York, NY; U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Europe; Germany; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Bankers; Columbia University, New York, NY; Education; Endowments; Europe; Germany; Government executives--United States; Governmental investigations--United States; Investment banking; North America; Oral history; Philanthropinism; U.S. Navy; United States; United States--Foreign relations--1945-; World War II, 1939-1945
Topics discussed - Other terms: Buttenwieser, Benjamin J., 1900-; Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York; Germany (West)--Economic conditions; Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb; Lenox Hill Hospital; United States--Office of the US High Commissioner for Germany
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0017057-12500