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MSS 210 - Rose Israel Collection: Inventory


(Mss 210)


Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

July 1999





Size:                           5 bound volumes



locations:                 New Orleans, La.


Inclusive dates:      1915-1961


Summary:                 Records of Mrs. Rose Israel, the Estate of Mayer Israel, and Mayer Israel & Co., Inc.


Source:                     Purchase, 1989


Access:                     No restrictions


Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.


Citation:                    Rose Israel Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

Historical/Biographical Note


            Rose Israel (Mrs. Mayer Israel, nee Rose Lazard) was born in New Orleans and was a lifelong resident of the city.  She was the daughter of Calme Lazard, a prominent New Orleans businessman, and Sarah Godchaux.  She died on January 14, 1953, at the age of eighty-seven.


            Mayer Israel & Co., Inc. was a major retail clothier and general department store in New Orleans for almost seventy years.  City directories first list the company in 1892 at 28-30 (now 100 block) St. Charles Street.  Directories for 1902 through 1909 list the company at 705 Canal Street, and therafter, from 1910 until its dissolution in the late 1950s, at 714-716 Canal Street.


            For more information on the origins of Mayer Israel & Company, Inc., see will of Calme Lazard in Orleans Parish Notarial Archives: Abel Dreyfous, April 8, 1887, vol. 39, no. 246.


Container List



210-1              One manuscript volume labeled "Personal Records of Mrs. Rose Israel Journal No. 1" recording assets, dividends, interest, taxes, miscellaneous business and personal debits and credits, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1923 - 1953.


210-2              One manuscript volume labeled "Mrs. Rose Israel Ledger No. 1 March 31, 1915 to" recording stock holdings, rent collections, loans, real estate holding, dividends, taxes, charitable donations, interest, miscellaneous business and personal debits and credits (includes information on Estate of Mayer Israel, Sr.), 1915 - 1953.


210-3              One manuscript volume labeled "Minute Book No. 2 Mayer Israel & Co., Inc." with original typescript minutes of Special Meetings of the Board of Directors of Mayer Israel & Co., Inc. for the period 1946 - 1958; also includes various original legal forms concerned with the dissolution and liquidation of Mayer Israel & Co., Inc., June and July 1958 and January 1961.


210-4              One manuscript volume, labeled "Estate of Mayer Israel Cash Book No. 1," recording cash receipts and disbursements, 1915 - 1934.


210-5              One manuscript volume labeled "Mrs. Rose Israel Cash Receipts No. 1" recording cash receipts, 1915 - 1953.

Index Terms


Department stores—Louisiana—New Orleans

Israel, Meyer

Israel, Rose

Meyer Israel & Co. (Firm)