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May, David

 Person

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Blazing the Trail: An Early History of Denver’s Jewish Community, 2009

 Item
Identifier: B230.03.0023.00007
Overview Brief description of several early Jewish leaders of commerce, philanthropy, religion, and community as well as several Jewish lawyers, doctors, merchants, and politicians in Colorado.

Box 1, 1884-1887

 File — Box: B135.01.0001
Identifier: B135.01.0001
Overview On July 13, 1884, Horrace Tabor conveyed property, as a gift, to "David May for the Benefit of the Congregation Israel." The congregation was organized primarily by Germanic Jews under the practice of Reform Judaism. The temple cost $4,000 to erect and was dedicated on September 19, 1884. A separate Jewish cemetery was also created. Of Leadville's population of 30,000 in the early 1800s, there were around around 300 Jewish residents. Many Jewish families in Leadville left after the silver panic...

Box 220 (Historical Information), 1899-2009

 File — Box: B005.06.0220
Identifier: B005.06.0220
Overview Historical Information, Correspondence, David May background, Stationary from S. Pisko, Interviews.

Congregation Israel (Leadville, Colo.) Records

 Collection
Identifier: B135
Overview On July 13, 1884, Horrace Tabor conveyed property, as a gift, to "David May for the Benefit of the Congregation Israel." The congregation was organized primarily by Germanic Jews under the practice of Reform Judaism. The temple cost $4,000 to erect and was dedicated on September 19, 1884. A separate Jewish cemetery was also created. Of Leadville's population of 30,000 in the early 1800s, there were around around 300 Jewish residents. Many Jewish families in Leadville left after the silver panic...

David May

 File
Identifier: B111.07.0007.0026
Overview Born in 1848 in Bavaria, David May lived in New York and Cincinnati before travelling for health reasons to Colorado, where he opened a dry goods store in Leadville. This store became the foundation of one of America's biggest and best-known department store chains, the May Department Stores Company. May was a leader in the Leadville Jewish community and also had close ties to the Denver Jewish community, especially with Temple Emanuel and National Jewish Hosspital.

Exterior of the May Company in Irwin, Colorado, between 1881-1882

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Identifier: B063.01.0001.00009
Overview View down main street of Irwin, Colorado. Exterior of an early May Company wood building can be seen in the left of the photograph with a sign that reads: ''D. May & Co. Square Dealing Clothing Room.'' David May immigrated to Colorado from Bavaria and started his first clothing store in Leadville in 1877. After 1877 David May opened branches of his store in Irwin (1881), Gunnison (1881), Aspen (Johnston & Co. 1886), Glenwood Springs (Manhattan Store, 1887), and Denver (April 12, 1889)....

From Peddlers to Merchant Princes: Early Colorado Jewish Entrepreneurs, 2006

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Identifier: B230.03.0023.00005
Overview Jews played a central role in the development of Colorado through their contributions to economic life and development. Denver's first mercantile store was opened by Jewish citizen Fred Salomon in 1859. Before long, stores run by Jewish merchants and their family members in search of work and wealth flourished on the main streets of most Colorado towns including, Denver, Central City, Leadville, Trinidad, and Fairplay. This film focuses on the lives of a number of early merchants, including...

May Company Advertisement, circa 1920

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Identifier: B091.01.0001.0002.00003
Overview May Company advertisement for a sale on hats. The advertisement has drawings of two men with hats and is advertising the sale of the hats for $3.85. There is ink on the reverse of the card because this is an example of an ''advertising blotter.'' David May immigrated to Colorado from Bavaria and started his first clothing store in Leadville in 1887. Later David May opened branches of his store in Irwin, Central City and Denver, Colorado. David May was an active supporter of National Jewish...

Photograph of David May Portrait, between 1900-1950

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Identifier: B063.01.0001.00007
Overview Portrait painting of David May. Born in Bavaria, May opened his first clothing store in Leadville in 1887 where he and his partners sold Levis and long, red, woolen underwear.

Small Town Jews: Creating Colorado Communities, 2014

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Identifier: B230.03.0023.00013
Overview Brief biographies of Jewish men and women who grew up in small communities in Colorado. Contains historical photographs and interviews with people describing their childhoods.