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John Jacob Astor Collection, 1810-1933

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Identifier: A0062

Title: John Jacob Astor Collection, 1810-1933


John Jacob Astor was born in Waldorf, Germany, in 1763. He came to the United States in 1784 and opened a musical instrument shop in New York City in 1786. He became involved in the fur trade, including the American Fur Company, and also the mercantile trade with China. He earned most of his fortune from real estate dealings in Manhattan. He died in 1848.

The letters are mostly photostats and typed transcripts from originals at the Harvard Business School. There are only two original documents in the collection. A large percentage of the letters are addressed to Charles Gratiot and deal with the fur trade. Also includes clippings regarding the Astor Collection and information concerning John Day, companion of Ramsey Crooks, Astorian.

4 folders

Cite as: John Jacob Astor Collection, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1810-1933

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Astor, John Jacob, 1763-1848

Subjects: Business
Fur trade
West (U.S.)
Discovery and exploration


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