Title:David Shirpser papers, 1957-1961
Creator/Contributor:Shirpser, David, creator, creator.
Creator/Contributor:Western Jewish History Center, 257.
Creator/Contributor:Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1973.010.
Creator/Contributor:Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The collections consists primarily of a photocopy of a handwritten manuscript, titled Oakland Dec. 5th, 1931, written by Solomon
Shirpser, which recounts memories and experiences of his step-father, David Shirpser; David's decision to go to Alaska and
his adventures there; and the effect of his voyage on the family (page 9 is missing from the manuscript). The collection also
contains five letters written by researchers to members of the Shirpser family seeking additional inforamtion about their
family history. It also has a reprint of Harold F. Taggart's article, "Sealing on St. George Island, 1868," which appeared
in the November 1959 issue of the Pacific Historical Review, and an autographed copy of Golda S. Kaugman's article, "Alaska:
The Jewish Communities," which appeared in the September 1961 issue of Jewish Frontier. Both provide information about the
history of members of the Jewish community who worked in the Alaskan fur trade.
Subject:Shirpser, David -- Archives
Jews -- Alaska -- Sitka
Fur traders -- Alaska
Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 257
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number 1973.010
David Shirpser, BANC MSS 2010/806, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Born in Prussia, David Shirpser was an early Alaskan fur trader. After opening a clothing store in Placerville, California,
he became involved in the fur trade in Victoria, British Columbia. he left Victoria for Sitka, Alaska, in 1867, the year the
United States purchased the Alaskan territory from Russia.
BANC MSS 2010/806 folder 1
BANC MSS 2010/806