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Kurt Landsberger Collection

Identifier: MG Landsberger-(Main)

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection relates to the Save the Mountain organization which Landsberger founded in 1981. Save the Mountain was established by local citizens to fight to save Kips Castle on First Mountain in Verona and Montclair, NJ. Initially, they were unsuccessful in convincing county or municipality to obtain the property for public use. As Essex County moved to sell its former institutions (Overbrook Hospital, Essex Mountain Sanatorium, and the Jail Annex) in Cedar Grove, Verona, and North Caldwell, the group’s focus turned to the Hilltop property on Second Mountain. Included in the collection are minutes, correspondence, notes, membership lists, clippings and press releases, flyers, and reports. In support of the efforts to preserve some of the last open space in Essex County, as well as touching on some of his other eclectic interests, Landsberger wrote a column published in several local newspapers called “Hilltop Views”. And once a portion of the Hilltop was saved as parkland, he and others created the Hilltop Conservancy. Some related materials are included in the collection.

Born in Prague in 1920, Landsberger immigrated to the United States in 1939. In 1946, he and his wife Anny founded Bel-Art Products a global manufacturer of laboratory equipment. The collection includes one box of materials unrelated to Save the Mountain.


  • 1977 - 2010


Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.


1.7 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Newark Public Library in 2013 by Kurt Landsberger

Related Materials

The New Jersey Postcard Albums Collection, ca. 1900 – ca. 1990 contains 19 3-ring binders of New Jersey postcards collected and donated by Kurt Landsberger. Also held by the Library are six books that he wrote or compiled, on topics as diverse as school busing from Newark to Verona, chess player William Steinitz, and prisoner of war Camp Trinidad in Colorado.

The Save the Mountain organization worked with varied success to preserve Kips Castle and a portion of the Hilltop land, both of which are now part of the Essex County Park System. The Library has materials on the Essex County Park Commission and individual county parks.

Processing Information

The collection is arranged broadly by subject with the bulk related to Save the Mountain organization. The Save the Mountain materials are in folders by year.

Kathy Kauhl
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States