A Guide to the Charles Spitzer Letters Collection, 1833-1886

Collection Number SC 3065


Compiled November 1994

Edited by Kayla Payne, July 2012


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: SpitzerCharles. Letters, 1833-1886

Collection No.:  SC 3065

Creator:  Spitzer family

Extent: one folder

Language:  English

Abstract: This collection contains 35 letters written among members of Charles Spitzer’s family.


Administrative Information


Access RestrictionsCollection is open for research

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation:   [identification of item], Charles Spitzer Letters Collection, 1833-1886, SC 3065, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Purchased by Friends of Carrier Library at Green Valley Auctions, Inc., July 23, 1994.

Other Formats Available: none

Accruals: none

Bio/Historical Note:  Selected letters are detailed below:

May 19-Oct. 14, 1833 Eight letters between Charles and fiancée Elizabeth Amiss discuss preparations for marriage.

Dec. 2, 1838 Thomas Amiss to sister Elizabeth; expresses his preference for life in St. Louis; his business is good and life is cheaper than in New Market; mentions Moses Spitzer, who in A History of Shenandoah County by John Wayland (Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Pub. House, 1927) is said to have died with the infamous Donner party in the California Sierras in 1846.

July 25, 1849 Another letter from Thomas describes massive fire and cholera in St. Louis.

April 18, 1861 R.E. McCann from Richmond asks Charles for a rifle.

March 20, 186_   B.G. Patterson asks Charles about a Minnie rifle.

Scope and Content:  This collection consists of one folder containing 35 items, dating from 1833-1886 (and one undated), primarily letters among members of the Charles Spitzer family of New Market, VA.

Also included are two Sunday school certificates (1850, 51) and two tax receipts (1849, 52). Most letters deal with day to day matters including illness and birth and death of family members. Two letters (1861, 1886) concern Charles Spitzer's services as a gunsmith.

Arrangement: The letters are arranged in one folder, in no apparent order.




Spitzer, Charles Letters                                             Box: Folder

              Letters                                                            1:1