Richard E Lang oral history interview, 1981

Overview of the Collection

Lang, Richard E., 1906-1982
Richard E Lang oral history interview
1981 (inclusive)
4 sound cassettes (ca. 3.5 hours); transcript: 70 pages
Collection Number
3214 (Accession No. 3214-001)
Tape-recorded interviews from 1981 with Richard E. Lang, a Jewish community member in Seattle.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
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Tape-recorded interview conducted on 10/1/1981, 10/5/1981, and 11/20/1891 and covering the period 1852-1981.

Mr. Lang tells of the beginnings of the family business in Weaverville, CA, in 1852 by his grandfather Max Lang, an immigrant from southwestern Germany. His father, Julius, came to Seattle during the Alaska-Yukon gold rush years and settled permanently in 1902 as president of the National Grocery Company, a wholesale distribution firm serving Alaska and Washington states.

Mr. Lang talks about the social life of the German-Jewish families of Seattle. He discusses his own Jewish education at Temple De Hirsch, his friendship and differences with Rabbi Samuel Koch, and his friendship with Rabbi Jonah Wise. Mr. Lang goes into little detail on his decision to resign from Temple De Hirsch in 1944 and his break with the Jewish community, only hinting at his reasons.

Finally, Mr. Lang briefly outlines his business career and his activities in art collecting.

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Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use

Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Richard E. Lang, 11/20/1981.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Art--Collectors and collecting--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Businessmen--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews
  • German American families--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Immigrants--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish families--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jews--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews

Personal Names

  • Eckstein, Nathan, 1873-1945
  • Koch, Samuel, 1874-1944
  • Lang, Grace Elsinger
  • Lang, Julius C., b. 1872
  • Lang, Max
  • Lang, Richard, 1906-1982--Archives
  • Shemanski, Alfred, 1874 or 5-1966
  • Wise, Jonah Bondi, 1881-1959

Corporate Names

  • National Grocery Company (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Schwabacher Bros. & Company (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle Fur Exchange
  • Temple de Hirsch (Seattle, Wash.)

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Droker, Howard (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)

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Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)