- Lewis, William David, 1792-1881
- Call number
- MssCol 1747
- Physical description
- 2.3 linear feet (6 boxes)
- Preferred Citation
- William David Lewis papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
William David Lewis (1792-1881) was an American merchant and banker. He worked in Russia for his brother from 1818 to 1824 and then became an importer and commission merchant in Philadelphia. He was cashier of the Girard Bank in Philadelphia from 1832 to 1842 and financed a number of Pennsylvania railroads. Collection consists of Lewis's correspondence, diary, financial and legal papers, maps, and printed matter. Correspondence includes personal correspondence, 1818-1879; and correspondence concerning railroads, 1829-1864. Diary, 1840, is a journal of a trial trip of the boat Eureka. Financial papers, 1831-1862, and legal papers, 1841, also pertain to railroads during the period when Lewis was cashier at the Girard Bank. Other items include railroad charts and schedules, maps, and related printed materials.
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328