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Albert R. Vogeler Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Nwk Vogeler-(Fileroom)

Scope and Contents

Contents of the collection are as follows:

Folder 1: "Memoir" of Albert R. Vogeler (printed 2017, 33 pp., with an epilogue by his wife, Martha Vogeler).

Folder 2: photograph of the interior of the Vogeler store, "O. T. Vogeler and Son, Leather and Shoe Findings," 253 Market St., showing owners, staff, and well-stocked shelves.

Folder 3: photographs (1917-1952), including the store's delivery van and employees, the store front, the house at 155 Goldsmith Ave. (several views), and Heller and Vogeler family portraits

Folder 4: trade card for the Vogeler store

Folder 5: book, "All Actual Business: Course of Accounts," by Martin Mulvey (1898, textbook used at Newark Business College)

Folder 6: book, "The New Business Arithmetic," O. M. Powers (1900, textbook used at Newark Business College, 785 Broad St., W. W. Winner, principal), inscribed Albert Vogeler [Sr.]

Folder 7: Catalog "O. T. Vogeler Leather and Findings" (c. 1910)

Folder 8: Findings Dealer magazine/catalog with article on O.T. Vogelor (pg. 7), 1932

Folder 9: Photo of Vogeler house on 35 Renner Ave (home to Otto and children from at least 1910-1920, now seems to be an empty lot)


  • 1893 - 2017


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

The Vogeler family arrived in Newark from Germany in 1869. The family consisted of Christian Daniel Vogeler, a veterinarian, his wife, Emily, and three children. Christian's son Otto began in business at age 21, ca. 1883, selling leather goods from a wagon. He eventually moved to a store front and by 1910 occupied a four-story building at 253 Market St. Otto's family lived in several homes in Newark, and finally built a large house on Renner Ave., near Weequahic Park. In 1919 the Vogelers moved to an even larger house at 27 Weequahic Ave. Otto's elder son, Albert O. Vogeler, became a partner in the business. He married Dorothy Flora Heller, the daughter of neighbors Henry W. Heller and Flora van Riper and a graduate of Barringer High School. Otto Vogeler and Henry Heller knew each other well; they were Freemasons and were active in a number of German fraternal and civic societies. Albert and Dorothy settled close by their parents in a spacious house at 155 Goldsmith Ave.

Albert R. Vogeler's memoir (in Folder 1) describes his childhood in the Goldsmith Ave. house, his family's German-immigrant servants, Sunday school at Elizabeth Avenue Presbyterian Church and his teenaged questioning of formal religion, the leather goods store on Market St. and its customers and staff, vacations at the Jersey Shore, and his education at Maple Avenue School and Weequahic HS (where he graduated in 1948). He provides comments on and sketches of his favorite teachers at both schools, among them Miss Cantrill, Grace Nolan, Frieda Abelson, Ernest Ranucci, Charles Brodsky, and Leola Rummer, and also writes of Weequahic HS principal Max Herzberg. The memoir concludes with sections on his studies at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and his long career as a professor of history at California State University-Fullerton.


.21 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This small collection consists of items related to a family that operated a leather goods and shoe fittings store in Newark from the 1890s through the first half of the 20th century. Albert R. Vogeler, Jr. (1930-2016), the grandson of the founder, was the collector of the materials.

No finding aid, text from catalog and (Newark Archives Project).
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Repository Details

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

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Newark Public Library
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Newark NJ 07102 United States