40 linear ft. (58 boxes, 63 volumes).
The papers are organized into the following series: I. Correspondence, II. Business/Financial Papers; III. Legal, Taxes, Insurance; and IV. Family Memorabilia Arrangement is either alphabetical or chronological.
Collection consists of business and personal papers of the Leverich family (1817-1937, bulk 1830s-1850s and 1865-1880s). Included are letters, telegrams, letterpress books, memorandum books, bills, receipts, invoices, accounts, statements, transfers, payrolls, bills of lading, freight receipts, account books, ledgers, record books, checks, notes, exchanges, bank books, check books, wills, deeds, depositions, transcripts, tax and insurance documents, clippings, catalogs, invitations, calling cards, writings, notes, and a few maps and photographs. Predominant are Henry and Charles Leverich and their firm Leverich & Co. as it acted as a merchant and cotton factor business. Large amounts of material also pertain to Edward and Annie Leverich and the Oak Lawn and Dogberry plantations. The strengths of the collection include documentation of the cotton, sugar, and rice trades; commerce, particularly of New York and New Orleans; and post-bellum plantation life -- Leverich & Co. did business with firms both within the United States and abroad, dealing in cotton, rice, sugar, and other commodities such as wine. Frequent correspondents include: W.C. Kennett & Co.; Price, Hine & Tupper; Fraser & Tylee; Pike, Lapeyre & Brother; James Aiken; H.L. Elliott; James Chapman; J.T. Doswell; R.M. Doswell; Lesesne & Wells; J.H. Leverich & Co.; Abe Leverich; members of the Minor family; and members of the Porter family, original owners of Oak Lawn and Dogberry plantations in Bayou Teche, Louisiana. Some correspondents write also of political events such as Reconstruction and the racial disturbances in Louisiana in 1874. Correspondents of Charles P. Leverich include A. McWilliams, C.A.F. Rondeau, Stephen Duncan, and William J. Minor. Almost all correspondents of Charles commented on the secession crisis of 1860-1861. Henry S. Leverich frequently corresponded with J. Olivera & Co. and Tallant & Co. Principal correspondents of Edward Leverich include Foster & Levy, Calder & Creevy, and Murphy J. Foster. Annie Leverich's frequent correspondents include Foster & Mentz, Rouse & Grant, Sweezy & Glover, Seton & Wissman, and Frank deR. Wissman. Much of her later correspondence concerns her legal dispute with the Burdon Central Sugar Refining Co. Also in the collection is the correspondence of George Payne, a long-time associate of the Leverich family, a letter book of Frederick Schuchardt, Annie's father, and documents relating to the Newtown & Bushwick Turnpike.
The business and financial papers chronicle the financial aspects of Leverich & Co., the Oak Lawn and Dogberry plantations, and household expenses of the Leverich and allied families. Most of the business material from before 1835 pertains to Peter Remsen & Co. of which Henry S. Leverich was an associate. Other materials relate to the Bank of New York, Joseph Lallande & Co., Marshall Pepoon, Cammann & Co., Francis Skiddy & Co., Walter T. Miller & Co., and Brodie & Dubrow. The insurance, tax, and legal material include wills, deeds, files related to the Burdon Sugar case, property and utility tax documents, and record books for several insurance firms. The family memorabilia includes children's writings, an engagement book, clippings, and recipes.
Henry S., Charles P., William E., and James H. Leverich, originally from Newtown, New York, founded the successful merchant house Leverich & Co. in the 1820s and 1830s. Active in both New Orleans and New York, the firm dealt extensively in Southern agricultural products, especially cotton, as well as commodities, household items, and providing financial services to its clients. Henry and Charles married Margaret and Matilda Gustine of Natchez, Mississippi. Henry and Margaret had two children, Edward and Mary. Charles and Matilda had four children, Charles D., Stephen D., James H., and Matilda R. In 1872 Edward, son of Henry S. Leverich, married Annie Schuchardt. In the 1870s Leverich & Co. had dealings with Oak Lawn and Dogberry plantations; in the 1880s Edward and Annie took posession of these properties.
Access: open to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
This collection is owned by The New-York Historical Society. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Library Director of The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024.
Other Leverich material may be found at the Mississippi State Archives, the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana State University, Rice University, and Columbia University.
Finding aid available in repository and through the Internet.