Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Other Finding Aids

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Nathan Eckstein Papers
1857-1943



Manuscript Collection No.: 0109
Accession No.: 0109-001
Creator: Eckstein, Nathan, 1873-1945 , creator
Title: Nathan Eckstein papers
Date Span: 1857-1943
Quantity: .42 cubic feet (1 box)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Schwabacher Bros. & Co. President Nathan Eckstein's long list of service to the civic, social, and cultural life of Seattle earned him the title "Seattle's most useful citizen" in 1926.

Nathan Eckstein was born on January 10, 1873 in Bavaria Germany. In 1888, he came to New York and worked in the wholesale grocery business. He married Mina Schwabacher in 1902 and the two moved to Seattle, where Eckstein entered into business with his Schwabacher in-laws and eventually succeeded Bailey Gatzert as head of the business.

Eckstein was a member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the School Board (twice serving as president), and many other civic and cultural organizations. Also active in Seattle's Jewish Community, Eckstein served on the board of congregation Temple De Hirsch and was its second president.

Arrangement

Arranged into two series:

  • Personal Papers
  • Schwabacher Bros. & Co. Records

Scope and Content

The collection contains Eckstein's personal correspondence, memorabilia, clippings and other materials documenting his activities and interests. It also includes Schwabacher Bros. & Co. financial and other documents.

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Some restrictions exist on duplication, quotation, or publication. Contact the repository for details.

Acquisition Info

Gift of Joanna Eckstein.

Processing Info

The collection is a merger of two accessions: 0109-001 and 0109-002. Accession 0109-002 contained photocopies of newpaper clippings and has been interfiled with accession 0109-001.

11 Photographs were relocated to PH Coll 749 in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, in 1982.

Other Finding Aids

The visual materials that form part of this collection are described and indexed in the guide to the Nathan Eckstein Photograph Collection, VM Coll 749.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers
Correspondence
Arrangement: Letters are arranged chronologically.
1/1Correspondence 1910-19261910-1926
Scope and Content: Correspondents include the Seattle Carnival Association, Henry Suzzallo, Washington State Governor Louis F. Hart, and Quartermaster General W. H. Hart.
1/2Correspondence 1927-19291927-1929
Scope and Content: Correspondents include Washington State Governor Roland H. Hartley, Seattle Mayor Bertha K. Landes, and the Bibliophile Society.
1/3Correspondence 1932-19431932-1943
Scope and Content: Correspondents include E.O. Holland, Washington State Governors Clarence D. Martin and Arthur B. Langlie, and Seattle Mayor Earl Millikan. The file also includes the first ticket issued by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, with accompanying letter.
1/4Letters to Bailey Gatzert1880-1889
Scope and Content: Includes letter regarding dispute between Northern Pacific Railway and the Seattle community.
1/5Annual new year greeting card from Henty Yesler, Bailey Gatzert, and M.R. Maddocks.1882-1890
1/6Collected correspondence 1862-1870
Scope and Content: Includes letters to Lieutenant John Hayes of the Iowa infantry, apparently collected by Eckstein.
Stock certificates
Scope and Content: Contains stock certificates for many regional companies, including certificate for Seattle and Walla Walla Railroad and Transportation Co. signed by president A.A. Denny.
1/7Stock certificates issued to Bailey Gatzert1870-1889
1/8Stock certificates1898-1920
1/9Stock certificates1922-1942
Other papers and memorabilia
1/10Notes and writings
Scope and Content: Includes handwritten music and lyrics for "Happy Are We Tonight Boys"
1/11Memorabilia
Scope and Content: Includes invitation cards, an unused Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition ticket, a labor relations brochure, and a Department of State issued certificate for free passage.
1/12Ticket to impeachment of Andrew Johnson1868
General Notes: Ticket is framed.
1/13Banquet menus1879, 1905
1/14William Seward speech (reprint) on freedom in Kansas1858
1/15Ephemera
Scope and Content: Includes German propaganda leaflet from WWI and a Seattle Art Museum membership solicitation.
1/16Newspaper clippings (accession 109-002)1921-1933
1/17Miscellaneous publications
Scope and Content: Includes a history of the Bank of Manhatten Company and a play script for "The Colonel and his Friends."
1/18Abstract of Title for lots on Capitol Hill
Scope and Content: Contains records of real estate transactions for lots on Capitol Hill, Seattle

  
Box/FolderDate
Schwabacher Bros. & Co. records
Financial documents
1/19Invoices and promissory notes1857-1874
1/20Invoices and promissory notes1876-1880
1/21Invoices and promissory notes1881-1884
1/22Invoices and promissory notes1886-1915
Other records
1/23Price list catalogApril 15, 1894
1/24Federal license to import and distribute green coffee1918

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Eckstein, Nathan --Archives.
Gatzert, Bailey.
Organizations:
Schwabacher Bros. & Co.
Subjects:
Jews.
Last modified: August 10, 2013
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