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Lewis K. Land

"Lewis K. Land (19041987) was a remarkable collector and businessman. From his early career in India and throughout a lifetime of wide-ranging interests, collecting became, for Land, a means of solidifying his varied intellectual pursuits. Geology and mineralogy were his first collecting passions, but as years went by he became ever more fascinated with the objects and cultural histories of the ancient Americas."

So wrote the de Young Museum in commemmorating an exhibit of art objects he had donated. Lewis Kurt Land (originally Kurt Ludwig Landauer) was born in Stuttgart, Germany on June 4, 1904, the son of Lina Brodmann Einstein (1882-1965) and Siegfried Landauer (1870-1945), a well-educated Jewish physician who could speak German, English, French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.

Land lived in London and listed himself as a "match manufacturer" when he and his wife Elizabeth (Meyer) took a trip to America in 1937 (his American distributor was the Continental Match Company in Chicago). His permanent residence remained in London until September 1941, when at the age of 37 he emigrated permanently to America, listing himself as a "general merchant" on the passenger manifest. His brother, Walter Landauer (1906-1965), settled in Toronto. Kurt Ludwig Landauer changed his name to Lewis Kurt Land and had settled in San Francisco by 1944, where he ran a successful import business.

Lewis and Elizabeth had three daughters: Frances Anne (1938), Barbara and Helen. Lewis died in San Francisco on September 7, 1987; he and his wife willed their mineral collection and their collection of Mesoamerican art to the California Academy of Science, and some art objects also went to the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992.
Social Security Death Index.
California Death Index.
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
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