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Guide to the Leverich Family Papers
1817-1937 (Bulk 1820-1890)
  MS 381

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 01, 2022
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Leverich Papers consist of personal and business papers of the Leverich family. The material dates from 1817 to 1937, with the bulk covering ca.1820-1890. The 1830's to 1850's and 1870's to 1880's have the greatest representation in this collection, while the Civil War period is under represented. Included are letters, telegrams, letterpress books, memorandum books; financial material including bills, receipts, invoices, accounts, statements, transfers, payrolls, bills of lading, freight receipts, account books, ledgers, memorandum books, record books, checks, notes, exchanges, bank books, and check books; legal papers including wills, deeds, depositions, transcripts; tax and insurance documents; and clippings, catalogues, invitations, calling cards, writings, notes, and a few maps and photographs. The material predominantly concerns brothers Henry S. Leverich and Charles P. Leverich and the activities of their company Leverich & Co. as it acted as a merchant and cotton factor business. The material also largely concerns Henry's son Edward Leverich and Edward's wife Annie F. Leverich and the Oak Lawn and Dogberry plantations in Louisiana. The strengths of the collection include documentation regarding the cotton, sugar and rice trades and merchant business, particularly of New York and New Orleans, along with Post-bellum plantation life.


Material is arranged either alphabetically or chronologically. The researcher should consult series descriptions for individual series arrangement details.

The papers are organized into the following series: I. Correspondence, 1825-1890, 1937; II. Business/Financial Papers, 1818, 1825-1890; III. Legal, Taxes, Insurance, 1817, 1824-1889; IV. Family Memorabilia,1850s-1903, undated .

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  1. Series I. Correspondence, 1825-1890, 1937
  2. Series II. Business/Financial Papers, 1818, 1825-1890
  3. Series III. Legal, Taxes, Insurance, 1817, 1824-1889
  4. Series IV. Family Memorabilia, 1850s-1903, undated

Series I and II are further organized into subseries. Correspondence subseries are organized by creator. Business/Financial Papers subseries are organized by form/genre.

Loose stamps from financial documents and a small vial of rice, possibly but not necessarily from the time period, are housed at the end of the collection. Also at the end of the collection are placards and labels from the original filing of material, along with string, ribbon and binding/wrapping material.

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