Suzanne Mayer Stein – Havemeyer Collection


CREATOR: Various

EXTENT:    Linear Feet: 1.5 linear feet, number of containers:  2 boxes

COLLECTION SUMMARY:   Photographs of people, animals, buildings and land of Mountainside Farm.  Some newspaper articles and correspondence.  Shotgun.

 RECEIVED FROM:  Suzanne Mayer Stein, 2008 – 2010


 PROCESSING ARCHIVIST:  Debra Utko and Cathy Moran Hajo, November 2019.


Collection Details

Biographical / Historical Note:  Suzanne Mayer Stein (May 9, 1994 –    ), Santa Barbara, CA, is the great granddaughter of Nathalie (ne’  Havemeyer) and John Mayer,  and the daughter of Roland Mintern Mayer, Jr., and Charlotte Williams Mayer.  Nathalie was one of nine children of Theodore A. (1834 or 9 – April 27, 1897) and Emilie (ne’ DeLoosey, 1840 – 1914) Havemeyer.  Theodore A. Havemeyer, a partner in the Havemeyer & Elder Sugar Refining Company, then the largest such company in the world, came to the Ramapo Valley in 1878 and began to build Mountain Side Farm.

Havemeyer, like Darling and Miller, two others who established farms during this era, had other income to develop and support their farms, sometimes called farm-estates.  Here, as everywhere in those times, there was competition to breed the best cows to produce the most butter, to breed and race the finest horses and to build the best barns and have the cleanest dairies.  Havemeyer’s herd of Jersey cows, worth $150,000 in 1933, yielded 6,450 pounds of milk per cow per year – twice the national average.

Theodore Havemeyer’s daughter Nathalie and her husband John Mayer, the Manager of Mountain Side Farm, married and had four children.  In 1900, Nathalie died tragically at only 36 years of age.

The Mayers lived in a beautiful mansion at Mountain Side Farm, given to them as a wedding gift by Nathalie’s parents.  The mansion, built between 1887 and 1890, later became the home of Stephen Birch, Sr., his wife, son and daughter.  Birch eventually added a wing, which includes the York room.  The mansion is now the administration building at Ramapo College.

Collection Description:   The collection includes primarily photographs of several aspects Mountainside Farm during the Havemeyer, Mayer and Birch eras, including people, buildings, animals and landscapes.  The undated letter from Suzanne M. Stein (presumed 2008) in the correspondence folder lists descriptions of several photographs.  Architectural drawings, a Havemeyer genealogical chart, newspaper clippings about family events and a shotgun complete the collection.

Arrangement Description:  Alphabetical by folder.

Separated Materials:  

  • Book: Butter Tests of Registered Jersey Cows, 1894.  Separated to Mountainside Farms Collection.
  • Book: Milk Register.  Separated to Mountainside Farms Collection
  • Shotgun: Separate box in the Suzanne Mayer Stein –Havemeyer Collection – 2008.12.001


Subject Headings:   Photographs of family, Havemeyer House, Mayer/ Birch Mansion, Mountainside / Mahrapo  Farm.  Genealogical chart.  Newspaper article about various relatives.  Shotgun in separate box.

Using the Collection

ACCESS STATEMENT:  Collection is open and available for use.  If used in a publication, the Museum expects to be credited.

RIGHTS STATEMENT: The Mahwah Museum owns the materials, but researchers wishing to publish or reprint materials need to secure permission from the copyright holder.

PREFERRED CITATION:  [ITEM DESCRIPTION], Suzanne Mayer Stein – Havemeyer Collection , Mahwah Museum, Mahwah, NJ.


Collection Inventory

Box 1:  List of Folders: 

  1. Architectural Plans, House of Mrs. John Mayer/ Birch Mansion
  2. Correspondence, 1885-2002.  Includes some photograph descriptions.
  3. Genealogical Chart
  4. Key,  Havemeyer House
  5. Newspaper clippings, family events, 1902 – 1984
  6. Photographs, Award from Bay State Agricultural Society, 1886
  7. Photographs, farm animals
  8. Photographs, Havemeyer Album, Mountainside Farm, ca. 1900 -1910
  9. Photographs, Havemeyer Family
  10. Photographs, Havemeyer House,  ____ – 1996
  11. Photographs, Havemeyer road art, farm map, farm sketches
  12. Photographs, Hopper House
  13. Photographs, houses (other than Havemeyer, Birch) and gardens
  14. Photographs, house (unidentified) interior
  15. Photographs, lakes and rivers on or near Mountainside Farm
  16. Photographs, Mayer / Birch Mansion
  17. Photographs, Mountainside / Mahrapo Farm
  18. Photographs, people
  19. Photographs, shotgun – Suzanne Mayer Stein collection, 2008.12.001

Box 2: 

  • Shotgun, two major pieces, Suzanne Mayer Stein collection, 2008.12.001