Jacob Maus Schermerhorn Family Papers

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Jacob Maus Schermerhorn family papers
Creator: Schermerhorn family
Call Number: A.S32
Dates: 1831-1908
Physical Description: 8 Volumes, 0.19 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Household account ledgers
Collection Overview
Title: Jacob Maus Schermerhorn family papers
Creator: Schermerhorn family
Call Number: A.S32
Dates: 1831-1908
Physical Description: 8 Volumes, 0.19 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Jacob Maus Schermerhorn (1804-1890) was born in Schenectady, New York and educated at Union College. In 1826, he moved to Rochester, New York and established himself as a lawyer, practicing until 1837. In that same year, he founded the Bank of Monroe with his brother, Abraham. He was also active in real estate. In 1931, he married Louisa Anna Barber (1810-1899), daughter of Jedidiah and Matilda Barber of Homer, New York. Schermerhorn was known for his philanthropy and work in the abolition movement. He was devoted to his evangelical religion; his personal ledgers reveal he provided financial assistance to many indigent individuals and funded religious organizations such as the Auburn Seminary. Moreover, his progressive thinking led him to donate to charitable organizations such as the Female Benevolent Society and to provide monetary assistance to enslaved individuals escaping to Canada. In 1841, he moved his family to Homer, New York in Cortland County, yet sustained his business ties in Rochester. According to the book Lincoln's Gift from Homer, New York: A Painter, an Editor and a Detective, the Schermerhorn name became prominent not just in Homer, New York, but in the Republican Party as Schermerhorn expanded his interests in railroading and other corporations. By 1865 he had an income in excess of $43,000, the largest income in Cortland County. In 1890, he died and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.

Scope and Content
The Jacob Maus Schermerhorn family papers (1831-1908) consist of correspondence of Schermerhorn and his family, for a total of 1393 letters, which have been mounted in eight folio volumes and eight small, soft leather and paperbound notebooks detailing individual and household expenses from 1831-1840, filling 360 pages.

Schermerhorn's account ledgers detail both his family and individual expenses during the first ten years of his marriage to wife Louisa Anna Barber. The five ledgers titled "Family Expenses" include charity donations, travel expenses, postage, food items such as beef and dried plums, and household items such as shoes and oil. Three additional ledgers pertaining to Schermerhorn's individual expenses include common items like calico, nails, chicken, gloves, and, more uniquely, a $50.00 donation to fund the establishment of three professorships at the Auburn Theological Seminary. The ledgers reveal much about the spending habits and philanthropic capabilities of the Schermerhorn's upper-middle class household situated within the period of the mid-19th century.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Homer (Town)
New York (State)--Rochester
Households
Correspondence
Schermerhorn, Jacob Maus, 1804-1890
Schermerhorn family
Lawyers
Philanthropists
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The correspondence was acquired from Katherine Oliver Stanley-Brown, July 10, 1950. The household account ledgers were acquired in 2018.Access
The Jacob Maus Schermerhorn family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Jacob Maus Schermerhorn family papers, A.S32, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Emilee Brecht
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Revision Information
January 3, 2001: This finding aid has been revised.
October 2018: Add ledgers to the collection

Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Volume 11831-1844
120 letters

Volume 21845-1856
197 letters

Volume 31857-1859
272 letters

Volume 41860-1861
279 letters

Volume 51862-1865
198 letters

Volume 61866-1871
159 letters

Volume 71872-1901
168 letters

Volume 8Papers and letters of John W. Fisher and Anna Schermerhorn Fisher, 1866-1908
144 letters

Series II: Household account ledgers
Box 1, Folder 1Individual expenses, 1831-1832
Box 1, Folder 2Family expenses, 1831-1833
Box 1, Folder 3Family expenses, 1834-1835
Box 1, Folder 4Family expenses, 1836
Box 1, Folder 5Family expenses, 1837-1838
Box 1, Folder 6Family expenses, 1839-1840
Box 1, Folder 7Goods purchased from J. Barber and Sons, 1835-1836
Box 1, Folder 8Expenses and finance accounts, 1836-1837


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