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Nathan Family Papers

Identifier: P-54

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, business documents, marriage contracts, and other manuscript materials of the Nathan family.

From Simon Nathan (1746-1822), this collection includes import lists, a bill of exchange signed by Aaron Burr, and a customs declaration for refilllin (frontlets) imported by Nathan; from Grace Seixas Nathan (1752-1831), this collection includes a manuscript notebook of original poems and eight letters to her niece, Mrs. Sarah Kursheedt in Richmond, containing primarily personal and family news; from Seixas Nathan (1785-1852), this collection includes a certificate of appointment as Inspector of the Customs of the Port of New York (1849); and from Frederick Nathan (1844-1918), this collection includes his marriage contract with Maud Nathan.; and Maud Nathan (1862-1946).


  • undated, 1791-1963, 2016


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and Hebrew.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

For reference questions, please email:

Biographical Note

The Nathan family was involved in the American Jewish communities of both in New York and Philadelphia. Simon Nathan (1746-1822) was the first member of the Nathan family to arrive in the colonies in 1773, and supported the American Revolution during the British occupation. He helped ship goods to the colonists from Jamaica, and then moved on to New Orleans, then Virginia and Philadelphia, before finally moving to New York City. From 1786 to 1790 Simon Nathan was a trustee of Shearith Israel congregation. During his time in Philadelphia he married Grace Seixas, the daughter of Isaac Mendes Seixas and Rachel Levy.

Other family members represented in this small collection are Grace Sexias Nathan (1752-1831), Seixas Nathan (1785-1852), Gershom Nathan (1821-1864), Frederick Nathan (1844-1918) and Maud Nathan (1862-1946). For more on the Nathan family refer to the Encyclopaedia Judaica.


  1. Leo Hershkowitz, Nathan, Encyclopaedia Judaica. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, ed. 2nd ed. Vol. 15. (Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007), 7-8. Accessed July 12, 2016.Gale Virtual Reference Library


.25 Linear Feet (1 half manuscript box and 1 oversized folder)


The collection contains correspondence, business documents, marriage contracts, and other manuscript material from members of the Nathan family.


The collection is arranged into a single series.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Other Finding Aid

This collection was digitized in June 2016. Please click on the text View the Item underneath the folder titles to view the digital surrogates.

Acquisition Information

Gift, in part, of David de Sola Pool 1947

Gift, in part, of the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Foundation 1979

Guide to the Papers of the Nathan Family, undated, 1791-1963, 2016   P-54
Processed by Boni Joi Koelliker
© 2016
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Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • April, June 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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