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Pizer and Grimes Family Papers

Identifier: B219


The Grimes family came to the United States from Russia Poland in the 1880s and settled in Denver and in Salt Lake City. The Pizer family were early settlers in Nebraska, where Jacob Pizer was a successful merchant. Annette Frances Pizer was born in Hastings, Nebraska. After she married Julian Lewis, she kept a scrapbook with wedding and anniversary cards. Sam Grimes worked in both Utah and Colorado before starting a junkyard in Denver. His son Max Grimes joined him in the junkyard business, but also founded the Denver Metal Co. (which became Grimes Pipe and Supply Co.). Both Sam and Max Grimes were trustees of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society. Benjamin Grimes also came to Colorado from Russia Poland. The collection contains family histories, mining documents, scrapbooks and memorabilia from the Pizer and Grimes families.


  • 1892-2000



2 Linear Feet (flat box (21 x 17 x 3 inches) and letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains family trees, family histories, genealogy records for the Pizer and Grimes families and a Golden Wedding Anniversary invitation for Fannie and Max Grimes held on June 14, 1966. There are also a mining patent, photos and map of the Smuggler mine in the Upper San Miguel Mining District near Ouray and Telluride, Colorado.


The papers are arranged in three series: 1. Family Tree and Related Papers, 1892-2000. 2. Mining Documents and Photographs, 1951. 3. Scrapbook and Memorabilia, 1916-1960.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jonnie Pizer donated the materials by Deed of Gift on August 24, 2010.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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