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Item ID   156958    
Open more fields Accession Number   BANC MSS 2010.718 similar items
Open more fields Other Number   WJHC 2000.015 AR1 (legacy) similar items
·  Number   WJHC 2000.015 AR1 similar items
·  Type   legacy similar items
Level of description   Collection similar items
Open more fields Author/Creator Johanna Mayer Hirschfelder similar items
Title   Johanna Mayer Hirschfelder letter similar items
Filing Title   Hirschfelder (Johanna Mayer) letter similar items
Open more fields Date Created   1856 similar items
Extent and Quantity   1 folder similar items
Open more fields Creation Place   USA, Downieville, California similar items
Biographical History   Johanna Mayer was born circa 1831 in Karlsruhe, Baden, Germany to Edward Mayer and Amalie Ettinger. She had five brothers: Bernhard (b. 1835), Henry (b. 1836), Maximilien Edward (b. 1840), Leopold Nathan (b. 1841), and Fritz (b. 1842). In the mid-1850s, Johanna married Emanuel Hirshfelder (b. 1824 in Stuttgart) and moved to Downieville, California. Emanuel Hirshfelder operated a dry goods and fancy goods store serving the miners of the California Gold Rush. The couple had three children, Fannie, Emma, and Edward. Johanna died in 1869 at the age of 32. She is buried at the Jewish Cemetery in Marysville, California. similar items
Scope and Content   Collection consists of an 1856 letter written by Johanna Mayer Hirschfelder from her Downieville home to her family in Europe describing in detail her journey by ship and train to California via the Isthmus of Panama. In the letter, Johanna comments on everything from the steamer's passengers and "Negro" staff to the weather and passing islands. She discusses her stop in Kingston, Jamaica (commenting on the large number of local "Israelites" and pointing out that she was shown a local synagogue). She also describes her journey across the Isthmus of Panama; her impressions of Mexico; and her initial impressions of entering through the Golden Gate (through a thick fog) and seeing San Francisco. She stayed in San Francisco for ten days before heading to Downieville. The folder also contains a transcription of the German letter, a translation of the letter into English and a Mayer family tree compiled by an unknown individual. similar items
Link to this Item   http://magnesalm.org/notebook_fext.asp?site=magnes&book=156958 similar items
Link to OCLC WorldCat   http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/230357684    
Link to UC Berkeley OskiCat   http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b18406354~S1    
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