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A Guide to the Moses Myers Papers

Finding aid created by Matt Kruse

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

March 2017



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Myers, Moses
Title: Moses Myers Papers
Dates: 1796-1820
Abstract: The Moses Myers Papers consist of a handful of letters, shipping inventories, and a printed broadside relating to the early Jewish American merchant Moses Myers (1735-1835). Myers lived in Norfolk, VA, and his merchant business was involved in the Caribbean. His ships were instrumental during the War of 1812.
Extent: .21 Linear feet. 1 box and 1 flat folder.
Identification: MSS 0385
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

Early American Jewish merchant Moses Myers (1753-1835) was born in New York City to Dutch merchant Hyam Myers and Rachel Louzada. After serving briefly in the New York Second Battalion during the American Revolution, he went into business with his cousin Samuel Myers. Shortly after marrying Eliza Judah in 1787, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia and established an import/export business there. Myers and his family were the first permanent Jewish-American residents in the Norfolk area, and would compose the regions entire Jewish population for over a decade. His house constructed in 1795 and occupied by the Myers family until 1935, still stands in downtown Norfolk and is the oldest Jewish home in America operated as a museum.


Scope and Content

The Moses Myers Papers consist of a handful of letters, shipping inventories, and a printed broadside relating to the early Jewish American merchant Moses Myers (1735-1835). Myers lived in Norfolk, VA, and his merchant business was involved in the Caribbean. His ships were instrumental during the War of 1812.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of the items in the Moses Myers Papers are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Moses Myers Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 2017.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Jewish merchants
Jews
Merchant ships
Merchants
Myers, Moses
Sailing ships
Shipping
Virginia--Norfolk
War of 1812




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