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Guide to the John Charles Meussdorffer Letters, 1862-1895
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: John Charles Meussdorffer Letters,
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1895
    Box Number: 1422
    Creator: Meussdorffer family
    Extent: 1 box
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Please credit California State Library.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Charles Meussdorffer Letters, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Pioneers--California--San Francisco
    J. C. Meussdorffer Hat Manufacturing Company
    Hat trade--California
    Meussdorffer, John Charles, 1823-1894


    Correspondence of the Meussdorffer family and to the J. C. Meussdorffer Hat Manufacturing Company. Most of the correspondence is concerned with the business.


    John Meussdorffer was born in Bavaria on April 9, 1823. He came from a family which had been making hats for several generations. He came to the Unted States in 1847 and California in 1849. He opened a hat business in San Francisco. The J. C. Meussdorffer Hat Manufacturing Company came to have branches in Sacramento, Marysville and Portland. Meussdorffer took his sons into partnership in 1877.
    Mr. Meussdorffer also was an investor in real estate. He was a president of the German Benevolent Society and of the German Hospital. He was a member of the Committee of Vigilance in 1856. He died on December 3, 1894. The business, under the name J. C. Meussdorffer's Sons, last appears in the San Francisco City Directory of 1943.


    • Desmond, D.
    • Espenscheid, N.
    • Espenscheid, N., Jr.
    • Haight, Helsey & Company
    • Henderson, Meeker & Bird
    • Lothrop & Noble
    • Meussdorffer, John
    • Meussdorffer, Ottilie
    • Sealy Brothers

    Related Collections

    Title: Vigilance Committee Records,
    Date: 1856