Collection ID: MG 82

Collection context


Ehrmann, Emma Boyd
James Boyd (1742-1832) and Jane MacMaster Boyd (1751-1831) arrived in Albany, New York, from Scotland in 1774. In 1796, James founded the Arch Street Brewery, which would later become the Albany Brewing Company. This collection contains correspondence, personal papers, and photographs.
6 boxes


Scope and Content:

The Boyd Family papers span the period from 1835 to 1978, and contain personal papers, correspondence, and photographs of the Boyd and March families. The collection is divided into two series: Correspondence and Personal Papers and Photographs.

Correspondence and Personal Papers is arranged in two subseries: Correspondence and Personal Papers. The series contains a variety of records and documents belonging to the Boyd and March families. Included are correspondence of Alden Boyd, Joanna March Boyd and others, family birth records and obituaries, an example of Joanna March Boyd's writing, genealogical records, and miscellaneous papers including David I. Boyd's calling card, Alden March's passports, and a listing of the attendants at the wedding of Margaret Boyd Bush.

Photographs is arranged in three subseries: People, Places, and Miscellaneous Images. The series primarily contains portraits of Boyd family members, although others are included as well. Particularly well represented in the collection are Josephine March Boyd (1860-1897), wife of Allan Stuart Boyd (1860-1920), and her children, Stuart, Janet, Olive, and Scott. The subseries of Places holds photographs of the Boyd homes in California and Switzerland. From 1882 to 1884, J.M. Boyd (Joanna March or Josephine March?) traveled to Europe. J.M.'s photograph album, picturing scenes in France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany, is in the collection. Although most of the photographs in the collection are identified, many are undated.

Biographical / Historical:

Members of the Boyd family have lived in Albany, New York since 1774, when James Boyd (1742-1832) and Jane MacMaster Boyd (1751-1831) arrived from Scotland. In 1796, James founded the Arch Street Brewery, which would ultimately become the Albany Brewing Company. The brewing business was passed down through generations of Boyds. In 1850, two of James Boyd's grandsons, John Scott (1820-1900) and David I. (1828-1891), renamed the growing company Boyd & Brother. In 1852, David I. Boyd married Joanna March (1829-1887), the daughter of Alden March (1795-1869), a prominent Albany doctor and founder of Albany Medical College.

David and Joanna Boyd had six children, although only Elizabeth (1855-1916), Margaret Wood (1856-1921), Josephine March (1860-1897), and Alden March (1863-1945) survived past childhood. Both Josephine and Alden eventually moved out to California, where a large branch of the Boyd family remains today.

The donor of the collection, Emma Boyd Ehrmann, known as "Charlie," was the great-granddaughter of David I. Boyd.

Acquisition information:
Gift of the Estate of Emma Boyd Ehrmann, 1997.
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Albany Institute of History & Art without any additional restrictions.


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