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Guide to the
Hendricks Family Papers, 1713-1976
(bulk 1755-1959)
 MS 295

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Meaghan Dwyer, 2000; EAD finding aid prepared by Celia Hartmann, 2010; revisions and additions by Joseph Ditta, June-July 2017

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 21, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The Hendricks Family Papers consist of material relating to the Hendricks family, pioneers in the American copper industry and prominent members of the Sephardic Jewish community in New York. The material spans over 250 years, beginning with the import trade of Uriah Hendricks (1737-1798) and his son Harmon (1771-1838), continuing with the manufacture of copper at the mill begun by Harmon at Belleville, New Jersey, and carried on by their descendants under the name Hendricks Brothers. It contains both business and family papers, including loose correspondence and business records, ledgers and account books, letterbooks, indentures, mortgages, deeds, maps, blueprints, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, and ephemera. Among later additions to the collection is the correspondence of Henry Solomon Hendricks (1892-1959), president (parnas) of Congregation Shearith Israel, which highlights the day-to-day operations of the oldest synagogue in the United States for the period 1927-1951. Henry Solomon Hendricks married a cousin, Rosalie Gomez Nathan (1894-1986), and through her the collection extends to papers of various interrelations, among them the Gomez, Hays, Levy, Seixas, Solis, and Nathan families.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged chronologically unless otherwise noted in the individual series' notes. Oversized materials have been removed to two oversize (OS) boxes noted in the container lists below.

The Collection is arranged in nine series:

  1. Series I. Uriah Hendricks Papers (1758-1828)
  2. Series II. Harmon Hendricks Papers (1794-1863)
  3. Series III. Hendricks Family and Partnership Businesses (1794-1928)
  4. Series IV. Hendricks Property Records (1794-1911)
  5. Series V. Hendricks and Related Families' Papers (1713-1966)
  6. Series VI. Related Families' Business Records (1821-1869)
  7. Series VII. Printed Material (1796-1875)
  8. Series VIII. Manuscript  Copper for America, by Maxwell Whiteman (1971)
  9. Series IX. Hendricks and Related Families Supplement (1790-1976)