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Lazarus Family Collection

Identifier: P-444

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains a letter from Rachel Mordecai Lazarus to a friend in Providence, R.I., on personal and family matters (1832); a bill of sale for two slaves owned by Jacob de la Motta and sold by his executor, Benjamin D. Lazarus (1852); and a bond of the Confederate States of America held by Benjamin D. Lazarus (1864).

Also included are documents relating to the legal affairs of Michael Lazarus, a merchant of Charleston, South Carolina, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These include writs of attachment against Lazarus and his brother-in-law Mordechai Cohen (1816) and documents introduced as evidence in the case of Michael Lazarus v. The Commonwealth Insurance Company (19 Pick. (Mass.) 81, concerning indemnification for the loss of Lazarus' steamboat, the Henry Shultz, after placing his assets in a trust for payment of his creditors. Lazarus' assets are listed and evaluated both in his own documents and in the audits of his trustee's books.


  • Creation: circa 1816-1836, 1852-1864


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

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

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1 Manuscript Boxes

.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection contains personal corresponences and legal documents created by and pertaining to the Lazarus family.

Acquisition Note

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

Gift of the Honorable Elijah Adlow, Chief Justice, Boston Municipal Court 1950


Includes former P-76

Guide to the Lazarus Family Collection, circa 1816-1836, 1852-1864 P-444
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Revision Statements

  • August 2020: RJohnstone: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

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