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Gustavus A. Myers Papers, 1834-1869


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Collection Overview

Gustavus A. Myers Papers, 1834-1869
Mss. 39.2 M99
56.0 Items
Primary Creator
Myers, Gustavus Adophus (1801-1869)
Date Acquired
Forms of Material


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Scope and Contents of the Materials

Letters written to Gustavus A. Myers, lawyer in Richmond, Va. Includes letters, 1858-1861, from John Augustine Washington, concerning his sale of "Mount Vernon" to Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; and Washington's Civil War service. The collection includes letters written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Park Benjamin, and Conway Robinson.

Biographical Note

Gustavus Adophus Myers was born 9 August 1801, the son of Samuel Myers and Judith (Hays) Myers. He was a lawyer in Richmond and served as president of Richmond Publishing Co., and director of Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and Mutual Assurance Society. He was member of Richmond City Council. He married Anne Augusta (Giles) Conway and was father of artist, William Barksdale Myers. Myers died 20 August 1869 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery. He was considered Richmond's most prominent Jewish citizen. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gustavus Adophus Myers">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gustavus Adophus Myers</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Mss. 39.2 M99, 1834-1869 and undated],
[Series 2: Mss. 39.2 M99 Additions, 1835-1857 and undated],

Series 2: Mss. 39.2 M99 Additions, 1835-1857 and undated
This series consists of various additions to the Gustavus A. Myers Papers.
Item 47: A. H. Cole, Bollingbrook Hotel, to Dr. Henry Myers, Richmond., November 21 1835
ALS. 1 p.
Item 48: Jo[h]n N. Tazewell, Norfolk, to Gustavus A. Myers, Richmond., April 23 1836
ALS. 1 p.
Item 49: J. G. H. [?], Phila[delphia], to Dr. Henry Myers, Richmond., June 27 1839
ALS. 4 pp.
Item 50: D. Roe, Haddenfield, G[ustavus] A. Myers, Richmond., January 7 1842.
ALS. 1 p.
Item 51: "A friend," Richmond, Edwin Wienecke, New York., August 16 1842
ALS. 2 pp.
Item 52: "A friend," Richmond, to Messers Napier, Fisher, & Co., New York., August 16 1842
ALS. 2 pp.
Item 53: "A friend," Richmond, to Messers Heilbuth & Schultz, New York.
ALS. 1 p.
Item 54: R. S. Massie, Richmond, to Dr. Charles Quarles, Mechanicksville, Louisa., December 10 1847
ALS. 2 pp.
Item 55: John Baylor, Milford Depot, Caroline County, to William P. Ladd, Richmond., January 3 1857
ALS. 1 p.
Item 56: O[liver] W[endell] Holmes, Pittsfield, Mass. to G[ustavus] A. Myers, Richmond., October 18 1853.
ALS. 2 pp.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Mss. 39.2 M99, 1834-1869 and undated],
[Series 2: Mss. 39.2 M99 Additions, 1835-1857 and undated],

Administrative Information

Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Source
John Hart and an anonymous donor
Acquisition Method
Purchase (1935) and gift (1972).
Related Materials
See also; Samuel Myers Papers, 1796-1845, Myers-Burrage-Graham Papers (I) Groups A-C, and Myers Papers II, all at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Preferred Citation
Gustavus A. Myers Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Processing Information
Box and folder list compiled by Meredith Ramey, SCRC staff, in January 2012.