This collection consists of the personal papers (1686/1-2) of Austrian Jewish refugees Josef and Mary Rath (née Futterweit) who emigrated to England in 1939. It includes family correspondence (1686/4) and official documents collated in preparation for emigration such as work references, birth and school certificates, Josef Rath's medical certificate and confirmation of adoption, Mary Futterweit's Heimatschein and passport and a Kitchener Camp transit pass.
It also includes papers and publications relating to Josef Rath's military service such as Pioneer Corps training notes (1686/5/1), British Army release book and certificate (1686/5/3), bank notes ('Quittungen') issued at Theresienstadt concentration camp, photographs (see photo archive),
In addition there are post-war papers such as declaration forms of acquisition of British nationality, Joseph's ID card, marriage certificate (1686/1), correspondence and notes of Association of British Legion meetings (1686/5/4), and papers and correspondence regarding Mary's restitution claims and inheritance (1686/7).
The collection also includes a photo album and loose photographs of family and friends, Mary's friendship album ('Poesiealbum') (1686/2/14), books, cuttings and notes on English and Viennese cooking