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Charles Moses Strauss papers, approximately 1823-1900 (bulk 1875-1895).
BANC MSS 2010/797 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/797
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Charles Moses Strauss papers, approximately 1823-1900 (bulk 1875-1895)


Strauss, Charles Moses, 1840-1892, creator, creator.


Western Jewish History Center, 271.


Judah L. Magnes Museum, WJHC 1976.005.


Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life


The collection contains newspaper clippings and materials regarding politics and railroads in nineteenth century Delaware and Massachusetts, as well as political, business, and cultural issues in Arizona. The collection also contains a copy of the "Lincoln Catechism" - a pro-slavery critique of Abraham Lincoln's administration (1864); a copy of "Bradstreet's Commercial Reports for the Eastern United States and Canada" (1874), pasted over with Massachusetts political cards and ballots; as well as clippings and a copy of a photograph from an 1886 meeting between General George Crook and Geronimo. In addition, the collection contains membership certificates to Freemason lodges and the United Ancient Order of Druids.


1875 (issued)


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Strauss, Charles Moses -- 1840-1892 -- Archives
Strauss, Julia Kauffman
Crook, George -- 1829-1890
Geronimo -- 1829-1909
Lincoln, Abraham -- 1809-1865
United Ancient Order of Druids.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.
Antisemitism -- Arizona
Cities and towns -- Arizona
Freemasonry -- Arizona
Political campaigns -- Arizona
Railroads -- Delaware
Railroads -- Massachusetts
Slavery -- United States
Arizona -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Delaware -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Massachusetts -- Politics and government -- 19th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865


Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 271.
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number WJHC 1976.005.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Charles Moses Strauss papers, BANC MSS 2010/797, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Born in New York in 1840, Charles Moses Strauss was a public servant and merchant. In time, he became a successful businessman in both Boston, MA and Memphis, TN; and, as a member of the Democratic Party, he held various offices. He married Julia Kauffman, a pianist, in 1868. In 1880, he moved to Tucson, AZ and entered the mercantile firm of Louis Zeckendorf and Company. He quickly gained a reputation for his action and his ethical values. In 1883, he was elected mayor of Tucson; but, in 1884, he resigned. In addition to serving as the territorial superintendent of public instruction (1887-1890) and as the chief clerk of the sixteenth Arizona legislative council (1890-1892), he was also credited with establishing Tucson's first public library and insuring the sale of the bonds that provided the money to build the University of Arizona, where he became a regent. He died in 1892.
Materials in English.



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BANC MSS 2010/797 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/797



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COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.