Skip to main content

Myers Papers (II)

Identifier: Mss. 98 M99 Myers II

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Papers of Moses Myers, and his sons Samuel Myers (1790-1829) lawyer in Norfolk, Pensacola, Fla., John Myers (1787-1830) merchant of Norfolk and Myer Myers of Norfolk, Va. and daughter Adeline Myers. Also includes letters of Caroline Marx Barton to Julia Grammer Barton Myers, and of L. H. Wirt to Judith Marx. Includes letters of Joseph Marx Myers. There are letters of the Marx and Gratz families as well as correspondence with Jewish merchants in Richmond, New York, Montreal, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, S. C. Prominent correspondents include Stephen Girard, Abel P. Upshur, William Wirt, James Barron, Littleton Waller Tazewell, and Henry Clay.

Oversize boxes include Box 13; Barton Myers photographs, diplomas and family ledgers; and newspapers and broadsides from Norfolk, Virginia and nearby coastal cities.


  • Creation: circa 1783-1900


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Moses Myers (1752-1835) was born in New York City. He was a prominent Jewish merchant in Norfolk, Va. moving there in 1787. He was consul for the Netherlands, vice-consul for Denmark and served as collector of customs for the district of Norfolk and Portsmouth. He served in the Revolutionary War and later in the Virginia militia. He was President of the Norfolk Common Council. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


11.00 Linear Feet

Custodial History:

Papers were formerly at Old Dominion University and at the Chrysler Museum. Collection known as The Barton Myers III Collection of Myers Family Papers.

Related Materials:

See also; Gustavus A. Myers Papers, 1834-1869, Samuel Myers Papers, 1796-1845, and the Myers-Burrage-Graham Papers (I) Groups A-C, all at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. The Moses Myers House (1791) is owned by the Chrysler Museum and open to the public.

Physical Description

1800 items

Guide to the Myers Papers (II)
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository