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Mayer family papers and photographs, 1885-1933.
BANC MSS 2010/757 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/757
Collection Overview

Title:

Mayer family papers and photographs, 1885-1933

Creator/Contributor:

Mayer family., creator

Creator/Contributor:

Judah L. Magnes Museum, LIB 73.6 AR1.

Creator/Contributor:

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Abstract:

Collection includes diaries (10 volumes in German) from 1885 through 1933, one letter from Max Mayer in Butte, Montana, and family portraits and photographs (inlcuding early California cabinet cards).

Date:

1885 (issued)

Subject:

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Myers family -- Archives
Jews, German -- California
Jews, German -- Montana
Jews, German -- Nevada
California -- Genealogy
Montana -- Genealogy
Nevada -- Genealogy

Note:

Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number LIB 73.6 AR1.
UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Mayer family papers and photographs, BANC MSS 2010/757, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
The Mayer family has links to the San Francisco Bay Area, Downieville, California, Virginia City, Nevada and Butte, Montana. Edward Mayer and Amalie Ettinger gave birth to six children in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany. These children were Johanna (1831), Bernhard (1835), Henry (1836), Maximilien Edward (1840), Leopold Nathan (1841), and Fritz (1842). Johanna married Emanuel Hirshfelder and moved to Downieville, California in the the 1850s. Emmanuel Hirshfelder operated a dry goods and fancy goods store serving the miners of the California Gold Rush. The couple had three children, Fannie, Emma, and Edward. Johanna died in 1869. The Magnes has a letter she wrote her family in Europe describing in detail her journey by ship and train to California. Johanna's brother, Henry Mayer, was an assayer in San Francisco in 1870. He married Henrietta Kramer, had four children in San Francisco (Eugenia, Johanna, Alice, and Edward) and then, in 1878, relocated to Virginia City, Nevada, where he and his wife had one other child (Joseph). By 1880, Henry had relocated with his family to Butte, Montana, where he had a pawnbroker business. Henry died in 1885 in Montana. Upon Henry's death, Henrietta relocated to San Francisco and married Aron Meyer in 1887. Henrietta died in San Francisco in 1924. Many of Henry's and Henrietta's children, including Johanna (who married Jacob Jacobson of San Francisco in 1889), Edward, and Joseph (who became a Bay Area attorney) returned to live in the Bay Area. Henry's brother Max, already a resident of Butte, Montana (with his wife Dora Engel), worked as one of the first assayers in Butte. He died in Montana in 1920. Leopold Nathan Mayer married Johanna Lurch in 1871 and lived for at least a decade in Virginia City, Nevada before relocating to Butte, Montana. Leopold is buried in the B'nai Israel Cemetery in Butte.
Materials in English and German.

Physical Description:

print
1 box (.4 linear feet)

Language:

English
German

Identifier:

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/unprocessed-collections-form
BANC MSS 2010/757 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/757

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

UNARRANGED COLLECTION. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Inquiries regarding these materials should be submitted to The Bancroft Library via the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.