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Gustave Elsberg Papers

Identifier: MSS-305-SC

Scope and Content

The Elsberg papers consist of court documents related to Elsberg's complaint against his business partner Jacob Amberg and other New Mexico merchants in 1869. In the collection are transcripts of the original complaint and responses to the complaint by Herman Ilfeld, Samuel B. Wheelock, Adolph Letcher and Charles Ilfeld. In addition to these papers, several documents related to the establishment of a business by Charles Ilfeld in Tecolote, New Mexico, and his hiring of David Winternitz to run the business are included. One copy of a periodical, The Wool Record, is also included. Items are handwritten and typed.


  • 1869-1897

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Gustave Elsberg, merchant, formed a business association with Jacob Amberg in Westport, Kansas, in 1855. The firm was called Elsberg and Amberg and traded in goods throughout the eastern United States and northern Mexico. In 1856 the firm moved its offices to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elsberg spent much of his time in New York operating as a purchasing agent for Elsberg and Amberg, as well as for other New Mexico mercantile firms including those of Adolph Letcher and Charles Ilfeld.

In 1869, Elsberg filed a legal complaint against Amberg for breach of contract and fraud. Other New Mexico merchants including Herman Ilfeld, Samuel B. Wheelock, Stephen B. Elkins, Adolph Letcher and Charles Ilfeld were named in the suit.


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The Gustave Elsberg papers relate to a suit levied by Elsberg against his former business partner Jacob Amberg in 1869.

Related Material

Charles Ilfeld Company Records Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Gustave Elsberg Papers, 1869-1897
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131