Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)HS
TitleThe Simon Papers
Extent2 boxes
DescriptionLetters and documents connected with Heinrich Simon of Breslau and members of his family.

Envelope A: 65 letters, 1844-1860 written principally by August Heinrich Simon in Zurich to his nephew Heinrich (or Heinz), and a few other letters and some newspaper cuttings. The cuttings are mostly obituary notices of August Heinrich Simon, but one refers to the retirement of Gustav Simon from the Oberschlesische Eisenbahn. Also contains one photograph.

Envelope B: 355 letters, 1848-1860 written principally by Gustav Simon to Heinrich Simon, but some are from Gustav's wife. Also some letters to a Heinrich Gaertner from both Gustav and Heinrich Simon. Many of the letters concern financial matters.

Envelope C: 112 letters, 1807-1848 from Herman Simon in Breslau to his brother August Heinrich Simon in Berlin (except for a short period at Pölln-am-Rhein). Also various notes from Herman's children and from his wife.

Envelope D: Entitled 'Nachlass' containing 138 papers, 1860-1866 relating to the death of Dr Heinrich Simon and some earlier papers. There are various bills of Heinrich Simon, officially stamped documents recording certain facts and conversations, an inventory of the slate and copper mines and a list of their liabilities and assets. There is also a handwritten and typescript copy of Heinrich Simon's will.
ArrangementThe collection retains its original deposit arrangement in files
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA very brief paper handlist consisting of notes about the collection made by the depositor is available in the Special Collections Department
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryAugust Heinrich Simon (1805-1860) was a Prussian radical. He was born in the Prussian town of Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland). He trained as a lawyer and was a prominent advocate of constitutional and educational reform. He was a leading member of the revolutionary Frankfurt Parliament of 1848-49 but in 1849 he was charged with high treason and fled to Switzerland, taking with him the Parliament's seal.

Heinrich (or Heinz, later anglicized as Henry) Simon (1835-1899); nephew of August Heinrich Simon, emigrated to Manchester from Germany in 1860 and founded the engineering companies Henry Simon Ltd and Simon-Carves Ltd, still in existence as the Simon Engineering Group.

Herman Simon (fl. 1807-1848) of Breslau, brother of August Heinrich Simon.

Reference: The John Rylands University Library Special Collection Guide to the Simon Papers ( ). Accessed July 2002.
AcquisitionThis collection was deposited in 1956.
CopiesA microfiche copy of section A, C and D are also available in the reading room.
Associated MaterialsThe bulk of the Heinrich Simon papers are in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester