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Accession 2117

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Strawbridge & Clothier records
Dates: 1793-1996
Accession Number: 2117
Creator: Strawbridge & Clothier.
Extent: 47 linear feet
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Strawbridge & Clothier was a major department store chain in the Greater Philadelphia area focused on a middle-class clientele. It was founded as a partnership by Justus C. Strawbridge and Isaac H. Clothier in 1868 and was family-owned until its sale to the May Department Store Company of St. Louis in 1996. The records are a mix of corporate and legal documents and materials that provide a good overall picture of the evolution of retailing in the Philadelphia area, particularly in the 20th century.
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Administrative Information


Processing Notes

Wherever possible, archival copies replaced newspaper articles and advertisements for preservation reasons.

Access Restrictions

Unpublished records subject to 25 year time seal.

Use Restrictions

Literary rights retained by depositor.

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Historical Note

Strawbridge & Clothier was a major department store chain in the Greater Philadelphia area focused on a middle-class clientele. The firm was founded as a partnership by Justus C. Strawbridge and Isaac H. Clothier on July 1, 1868, and incorporated on February 14, 1922. The firm was operated on Quaker principles of simplicity and community service, control remaining with the founding families, especially the Strawbridges, for four generaltions. It was the last locally-​controlled, family-owned department store chain in the Philadelphia area. Despite an early and innovative move into suburban branches beginning in 1930 and the development of the popular Clover line of discount stores and "Clover Day" sales, the firm eventually succumbed to changing patterns in retailing and sold its stores to the May Department Store Company of St. Louis, which had previously bought the Wanamaker chain, on July 15, 1996.

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Scope and Content

The Strawbridge & Clothier records are a mix of corporate and legal documents and materials collected for a two-volume anniversary history. They document the evolution of retailing in the Philadelphia area, particularly in the 20th century.

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Separated Material

Fifteen linear feet of photographs, slides, and video tapes of the Strawbridge & Clothier families, Strawbridge & Clothier executives, store displays, and store exterior and interiors were transferred to the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department.

Complete sets of Strawbridge & Clothier's annual reports and its in-house publication Store Chat were transferred to the Published Collections Department although duplicate copies remain in the collection. Published histories and trade catalogs in good condition were also sent to the Published Collections Department, while some fragile ones, duplicates, and loose pages were kept with the collection. Stray issues of the Strawbridge & Clothier Quarterly were also kept in the collection.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Corporate Records, 1865-1988
9 linear feet
Scope and Content
Includes incorporation papers, board and committee minutes, and annual reports, which give an overall view of the firm's operations.
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1 Letters from Isaac H. Clothier to Justus C. Strawbridge concerning the financial structuring of the business by Strawbridge & Clothier (copies), 1883-1899
1 Articles of Co-Partnership, 1899-1938
1 Registration of Partnership & Partnership Agreements, 1865-1904
1 Partnership Agreement, 1917-1918
1 Papers re closing of partnership, 1922
1 By-Laws and Amendments, 1927-1949
1 By-Laws (copies) & Charter (copies), and Amendments, 1922-1961
1 Incorporation proceedings, 1922
1 Incorporation, miscellaneous, 1922-1934
1 Resolution of Stockholders, 1922
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 26, 1924
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, August 15, 1928
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 27, 1929
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 26, 1930
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 25, 1931
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 24, 1932
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 23, 1933
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 28, 1934
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 25, 1935
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, February 26, 1936
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 24, 1937
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 23, 1938
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 22, 1939
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 27, 1940
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 26, 1941
1 Special Meeting of Stockholders, December 15, 1941
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 25, 1942
1 Adjourned Meeting, April 22, 1945
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, January 26, 1943
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 24, 1943
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, March 22, 1944
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 25, 1945
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 24, 1946
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, December 20, 1946
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 23, 1947
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 28, 1948
1 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 20, 1949
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2 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 19, 1950
2 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 18, 1951
2 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 16, 1952
2 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 15, 1953
2 Annual Stockholders Meeting, April 21, 1954
2 Annual Stockholders Meetings: Forms
2 Strawbridge & Clothier Stock Certificates, 1923-1926
2 Auditor's Report to Stockholders, January 31, 1950
2 Capital Stock Papers, 1922-1929
2 Plans of Recapitalization & Notices of Stockholders Meetings, 1941-1944
2 Plan of Recapitalization & Notice to Stockholders, 1946
2 Plan of Recapitalization & Notice to Stockholders, 1947-1953
2 Recapitalization, 1946; 2 Folders
2 Recapitalization Papers, 1922-1951
2 Stockholders Ledger, 1922-1926
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3 Annual Reports, 1946, 1949-1950, 1952, 1958-1966, 1972, 1974-1978, 1980-1983
3 Board Minutes, Volume 1-2, 1922-1933
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4 Board Minutes, Volume 3-4, 1933-1946
4 Board Minutes, Volume 5, 3/20/1946-10/19/1949
4 Board Minutes, Volume 6, 11/16/1949-1/21/1953
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5 Board Minutes, Volume 7, 2/18/1953-12/19/1956
5 Board Minutes, Volume 8, 1/16/1957-4/4/1960
5 Board Minutes, Volume 9, 4/20/1960-4/2/1964
5 Board Minutes, Volume 10, 4/22/1964-1/18/1967
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6 Board Minutes, Volume 11, 2/15/1967-8/19/1970
6 Board Minutes, Volume 12, 9/16/1970-3/22/1972
6 Board Minutes, Volume 13, 4/19/1972-11/27/1974
6 Board Minutes, Volume 14, 12/26/1974-1/30/1980
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7 Board Minutes, Volume 15, 2/27/1980-11/24/1982
7 Board Minutes, Volume 16, 12/22/1982-1/29/1986
7 Board Minutes, Volume 17, 2/26/1986-12/21/1988
7 Board of Directors Treasurers Reports, 1926-1928
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8 Executive Committee Minutes, 1954-1969
8 Executive Committee Minutes-Delaware County, 1960-1965
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9 Operating Committee records, 1939-1956
9 Index to Meetings, 1951-1954
9 Minutes of Operating Committee, also titled Operating Advisory Committee and Operating Board, 1939-1956 (files, 4 notebooks)
9 Operating Officers Meetings, September 1958-April 1967
9 Minutes of the Operating Officers
9 Meeting minutes, 1958-1967 (3 notebooks)
II. Management Records, 1928-1968
0.5 linear foot
Scope and Content
This series consists of correspondence between corporate secretaries and president Herbert J. Tily. Much of it concerns bank financing, authorizations, and accounts. There are also executive payrolls (1931-1950), employment contracts for top executives, and notes on executive development programs.
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10 Secretary's correspondence, 1927-1958; 5 Folders
10 Strawbridge & Clothier Directors List, 1968
10 Executives, 20th century--pictures from magazines
10 Resource Relationship Manual, circa 1950
10 Executive Development Programs, 1958-1968
10 Talk by George L. Cullen "The Personnel Division and Leadership through Human Relations", 1967
10 Executives, Payroll, 1931-1950
III. Financial and Accounting Records, 1881-1969
11 linear feet
Scope and Content
This series includes runs of journals and ledgers, including a sales ledger (1881) and a sales & salaries ledger (1903-1906); financial statements for Strawbridge & Clothier and the rival Lit Brothers chain; and tax papers.
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11 Strawbridge & Clothier General Ledger, 1928-1947 [Green Tabs-- Cash, Inventories, Customers' Accounts Received, Other Assets, Sinking Fund, Land, Deferred, Expense Ledger Control; Orange Tabs--Current Liabilities, Accounts Payable, Accrued, Capital Reserves, Mortgage Bonds; Yellow Tabs--Gross Sales, Returns, Cost of Sales, Expense, Other Income, and Other Deductions.]
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12 Sales & Salaries Ledger, 1903-1906
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13 Division of Sales Ledger, 1881
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14 H.J. Tily Ledger, 1911-1923 [Salaries, Insurance, Lost and Damaged Goods, wrapping, etc., advertising, stationary.]
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15 Strawbridge & Clothier Journal, 1922-1928
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16 Strawbridge & Clothier Private Cash Book, 1921-1928
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17 Comparative Operating Statements, May 1944-January 1955
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18 Auditors Reports of Income & Expense, 1923-1925
18 Financial Statements, 1949-1969 [Statements from 1956 to 1978 are audited financial statements prepared by Ernst & Ernst, Philadelphia]
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19 Audited Financial Statements by Ernst & Ernst, 1970-1978
19 Report of Examination & Supplementary Data, 1947, 1951-1955
19 Financial Statements on Aimcee Wholesale Corporation, 1963-1968
19 Associated Merchandising Corporation & Wholly-owned Foreign Subsidiaries, 1964-1968
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20 Securities & Exchange Commission Report, 1934
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21 Securities & Exchange Commission Report, 1934
21 Securities & Exchange Commission Annual Reports, 1967-1968
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22 Financial-Operating Statements, 1953-1967
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23 Financial-Operating Statements, 1968-1972
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24 Financial-Operating Statements, 1973-1978
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25 Financial Papers, George K. Bartle, Strawbridge & Clothier Buyer of Men's Wear, Hosiery and Underwear
25 Financial Papers, 1934
25 Financing for real estate, 1926-1930
25 Financial Miscellany, 1900-1945
25 Indentures, releases, and mortgages, 1893-1958
25 Strawbridge & Clothier Indenture of Mortgage, 1943
25 Mortgages, printed, 1922 1928 1943-1947
25 Mortgages papers with Girard Trust, 1926-1927
25 Mortgage settlement with Equitable Life Assurance Society Papers, 1943
25 Strawbridge & Clothier Loan agreement, 1945-1946
25 Agreement between Strawbridge & Clothier and Hornblower & Weeks for purchase of stocks and bonds, 1928
25 Strawbridge & Clothier Private Ledger--Permanent Asset Accounts, 1929, 1933-1947 [Land; Buildings; Fixtures & Equipment; Pension Fund; Miscellaneous Expenses & Purchases.]
25 Lit Brothers: Consolidated Financial Statements
25 Mercantile Tax Bills, 1905-1943
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26 Federal Tax Papers, 1920-1950
26 Philadelphia Income Tax Bureau Papers, 1942-1948
26 Tax Receipts, 1934-1952
26 Federal Income Tax Report of Adjustment, 1939-1943
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27 Pennsylvania (State) Income Tax Papers, 1939-1959
27 Pennsylvania Capital Stock & Loan Papers, 1927-1950
IV. Legal Records, 1896-1986
4 linear feet
Scope and Content
Includes trial records relative to the failed hostile takeover attempt made by Ronald Baron in 1985-1986. There are transcripts of testimony from the major parties on both sides. This subgroup also contains a variety of miscellaneous legal papers, including settlements with Strawbridge & Clothier's foreign offices and various suppliers in London, Paris, and Berlin (1921-1926); merchandising agreements with domestic and foreign manufacturers (1896-1907); and claims case files (1906 and 1911).
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28 Legal Papers. Foreign Offices & Enterprises: London, Paris, Berlin, 1921-1926 [Mostly concerns the settlement between Samuel Buckley & Co. of London (agent, James B. Ferguson) and Strawbridge & Clothier.]
28 Legal Papers: Morris L. Clothier, et. al. vs. The Hoffman Company, 1916-1917; 2 Folders
28 Legal Patents, 1943-1956
28 Legal Patents & Trademarks, 1924-1957
28 Merchandise Agreements, 1896-1907 [Companies include: L. Gruner & Co.; G.W. Slater (Keystone Vulcanizer); The Lamson Consolidated Store Service Co.; James Allison's Son (clothing); Richard Hudnut, NYC (perfumes & toiletries); L(azarus) Straus & Sons.]
28 Settlement of claims by individuals, 1906, 1911
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29 Files on Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier, et al., 1985-1986
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., papers, 1985
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., papers, May-July 1986
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., papers, August-December 1986
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., important documents for review by deponents
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., verified complaint and amendments
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., defendants' pretrial memorandum
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, preliminary statement
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., brief for appellees
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., SEC Amendment No. 1 to Form S-3: Registration Statement, Strawbridge & Clothier
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction: Preliminary Statement
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction: Oral Argument re Motion to Dismiss
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction: Opening Speeches (2 copies)
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction: Oral arguments
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Day 2, Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction (2 copies)
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Day 2, afternoon, Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction (2 copies)
29 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Day 3, Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction (2 copies)
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30 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., 1986
30 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Hearing, Day 4, Morning Session ( 2 copies)
30 Ronald Baron et al. v. Strawbridge & Clothier et al., Hearing, Day 4, Afternoon Session (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Ronald Baron, July 1 (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Ronald Baron, July 10
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Margaret S. Clews (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Isaac H. Clothier IV (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: James M. Gassaway (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Roger S. Hillas (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Anne C. Longstreth (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: James S. McClure (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Joan Harvey Curtis Reese (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Richard M. Reilly (2 copies)
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Donald A. Scott
30 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Paul Shipley (2 copies)
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31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Peter Stockton Strawbridge, June 11 (3 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Peter Stockton Strawbridge, June 12 (2 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Robert Early Strawbridge (3 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: William P. Wood (2 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Francis R. Strawbridge III (2 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: George Stockton Strawbridge, June 26 (2 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: George Stockton Strawbridge, June 30 (2 copies)
31 Transcripts of Testimony for Deposition of Ronald Baron: Martin Siegel (2 copies)
V. Real Estate Records, 1793-1975
9 linear feet
Scope and Content
Includes title papers for the company's flagship store at 8th & Market Streets (1793-1922); contracts for store construction; and some plans for 20th century construction. Four linear feet of store appraisals for the flagship store are detailed lists for insurance purposes of the store, its fixtures, and contents (1948-1970).
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32 Contracts [Construction Contracts for 8th & Market Street Store, and 8th & Filbert Street Warehouse, 1896-1904. These contracts are with: Standard Elevator Interlock Co., Philadelphia; Harrison Safety Boiler Works, Philadelphia; William Grevemeyer & Co., Philadelphia; Stacy Reeves & Sons, Philadelphia; B & W B Smith, New York City; Bureau of Highways, Dept. of Public Works, Philadelphia; P. J. & C. G. Steinmetz, Philadelphia.]
32 Leases, 1898-1907
32 Strawbridge & Clothier Old Leases, 1884-1921
32 Insurance Policies, 1898
32 Leon Siebner Insurance policy, 1920s
32 Layout and listing of Market Street Properties, 1880s 1906
32 Joseph G. Darlington & Co., Inc. (a dry goods store) -- Agreement with Strawbridge & Clothier, 1918
32 Associated Merchandizing Corporation, Papers, 1952
32 Leon Siebner -- Indenture, Insurance Policy and Deed, 1922-1929
32 Simpson/Frazier Land Papers, 1920-1921
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Thomas Leiper to Joseph Sellers, 1793
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Benjamin Severn & wife to Joseph Bamford, 1816
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Joseph Bamford & wife to Joseph Gillingham, 1816
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Elizabeth C. Leiper et al to Owen Sheridan, 1826
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Joseph Gillingham & wife to Owen Sheridan, 1827
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Owen Sheridan & wife to Patrick Kelly, 1854
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: John Thompson Esq. (estate late of Patrick Kelly) to James B. Ferree, 1864
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: James B. Ferree & wife to James L. McCartney, 1866
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: James L. McCartney & wife to George W. Fitzwater, 1866
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Mary Jane Harbach to Frederic H. Strawbridge, 1916
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Frederic H. Strawbridge & wife to T. Walter Gilkyson, 1922
32 Deeds for Land on Filbert Street: Walter Gilkyson, Trustee to Strawbridge & Clothier, 1922; copy
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33 Merchandise Stock Books, 1888 1892
33 Budget Store, Philadelphia, 1950
33 Philadelphia Store: plans for new building, 1928-1930
33 Papers re construction of overhead bridge across Filbert St., Philadelphia, 1924
33 948-958 No. 9th Street (9th & Poplar, Philadelphia--Strawbridge & Clothier Warehouse, 1928-1948
33 Real Estate Valuation, Center City Philadelphia, 1930s [Includes photographs.]
33 Agreements and papers for alterations and construction at Market St. Store, 1924
33 Notebook--small-scale block plans of Philadelphia store and warehouse, 1955
33 Philadelphia Store floor plan, undated
33 Service Building resolution, 1958
33 Market Street East, 1974
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34 Appraisal of Main Store, Philadelphia, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, 1948
34 Appraisal of Service Buildings, and Poplar and Race Street warehouses, Philadelphia, Volume 4, 1948
34 Appraisal of Main Store, Service Buildings and Warehouses, Philadelphia, 1949-1952
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35 Appraisal of Main Store, Philadelphia; Service Buildings, and Poplar and Race Streets warehouses, Philadelphia, 1953-1957 1961-1962
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36 Appraisal of Main Store, Philadelphia; Service Buildings and Poplar and Race Streets warehouses, Philadelphia., 1964-1965
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37 Appraisal of Main Store, Philadelphia, Upkeep Report, 1966
37 Appraisal of 32 & 34 No. 8th Street (NW corner 8th & Filbert Streets), Philadelphia, 1955
37 Appraisal of 827-829 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, 1970
37 Appraisal of 814 Arch Street, Philadelphia, 1970
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39 Parking Garage, Strawbridge & Clothier and Lit Bros., 1959
39 Curb Elevations blueprint, 8th-9th, Arch & Filbert Streets, 1959
39 Parking Deck for Philadelphia Parking Authority, blueprint, 1960
39 Filbert Street Properties, Philadelphia, blueprint, 1946
39 Philadelphia Store, 10th floor plan, 1975
VI. Branch Stores Records
Scope and Content
Includes plans, publicity articles, brochures, and scrapbooks, plus leases, mortgages, contracts, and insurance appraisals of store and contents for the following branch stores beginning in 1930: Ardmore, Jenkintown, Springfield, Neshaminy, Plymouth Meeting, and Exton, Pa.; Cherry Hill and Echelon, N.J.; and Wilmington and Christiana, Del. This subgroup documents the growth of suburban shopping strips and shopping malls during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, including malls designed by Victor Gruen, an internationally-known designer of shopping centers, and Ewing Cole Erdman & Eubank of Philadelphia.
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40-43 Cherry Hill Store Opening Scrapbooks, October 1961
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44-46 Springfield, PA Store Opening Scrapbooks, February 1964
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47 Wilmington, DE Store Opening Scrapbook, 1951
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48 Springfield Store, Schedule for Fixtures & Furnishings, 1963
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49 Plymouth Meeting Store, Schedule for F&F, 1965
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50 Cherry Hill Store, Schedule for F&F, 1967
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51 Neshaminy Store, Schedule for F&F, 1967
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52 Echelon Store, Schedule for F&F, 1969; 2 copies
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53 Exton Store, Schedule for F&F, 1972
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87 Visitors' Register at Strawbridge & Clothier Main Line Store, Ardmore during Reception Days, June 1950
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33 Ardmore, 1954
33 Cherry Hill: Store opening booklet; news article; press release; dinner program., 1960-1964
33 Cherry Hill resolutions, 1960
33 Cherry Hill Shopping Center: agreement between Strawbridge & Clothier and Community Research & Development, 1960
33 Christiana Mall Store, Newark, DE: magazine pictures, 1978
33 Echelon Mall Store: PR booklet and artwork; store opening booklet., 1970
33 Exton Square: store opening booklet; articles., 1971-1973
33 Jenkintown Store: agreements, leases, title, 1930-1935
33 Papers re Jenkintown, Wilmington and Philadelphia stores, 1945-1954
33 Jenkintown Store, scrapbook, 1931-1932
33 Neshaminy Mall store: booklet for reception and dinner, 1968
33 Plymouth Meeting Mall store: invitation to and booklet for store opening; news article, 1966
33 Suburban Square store: Shopping Center anniversary booklet, 1953
33 Wilmington, DE store: plans & miscellany, 1950-1954
33 Budget Store, Philadelphia, 1950
33 Mortgages, 1943-1946
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34 Appraisal of Ardmore & Jenkintown Stores, Volume 5, 1948
34 Appraisal of Ardmore & Jenkintown Stores, 1949-1952
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35 Appraisal of Wilmington, DE Store, 1952
35 Appraisal of Ardmore, Jenkintown, and Wilmington Stores, 1953-1957 1961; 3 copies
35 Appraisal of Ardmore, Jenkintown, and Wilmington Stores, 1962; 3 copies
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36 Appraisal of Cherry Hill, NJ store, 1963; 2 volumes
36 Appraisal of Ardmore, Jenkintown, Wilmington, Cherry Hill and Springfield Stores, 1964 1965; 3 copies each
36 Appraisal of Springfield, Delaware County, PA store, 1964
36 Appraisal of Plymouth Meeting Store, 1966
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37 Appraisal of Plymouth Meeting, PA store, 1966; 3 copies
37 Appraisal of Ardmore, Jenkintown, Wilmington, Cherry Hill, Springfield, and Plymouth Meeting Stores, 1969; 3 copies
37 Appraisal of Budget Store, Wilmington, DE, 1969; 3 copies
37 Appraisal of Neshaminy Mall Store, Cornwall Heights, PA, 1969; 3 copies
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38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Echelon Mall, Voorhees Twp, Camden County, NJ, by Gruen Associates, 1969
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Clover Store, Whitpain Twp, Montgomery County, PA, by Evantash-Friedman Associates, 1972
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Clover Store, Morton borough, Delaware County, PA, by Evantash-Friedman Associates, 1973; 2 copies
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Springfield Store, Springfield Twp, PA, by Victor Gruen, Architect, 1963
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Exton Square Mall, West Whiteland Twp, Chester County, PA, by Ewing Cole Erdman & Eubank, 1971
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Cherry Hill Store, Delaware Twp, NJ, by George M. Ewing Co., 1960
38 Architects Specs for Strawbridge & Clothier Stores: Neshaminy Mall, Bensalem Twp, Bucks County, PA, by Victor Gruen, Architect in association with Alexander Ewing, 1967
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39 U.S. Dept. of Interior maps -- geological surveys of Wilmington, DE and Delaware County, PA, 1960
39 Cherry Hill Store drawings, 1955
39 Blueprints of Jenkintown, PA Store, 1930-1940
39 Drawings and Blueprints: Ardmore, PA store, 1928, 1930-1932, 1947
39 Drawings and Blueprints: Wilmington, DE Store, 1950-1955
VII. Personnel Records, 1876-1993
7.5 linear feet
Scope and Content
Includes payroll records showing salaries of individual workers, and registers of employees, from executives to sales girls and "cash boys" who ran merchandise and money between the wrapping desks and the cashiers. There are also records of the Strawbridge & Clothier Athletic Association, the Strawbridge & Clothier Pension Fund Association, the Strawbridge & Clothier Relief Association, the Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, the Christmas & Vacation Fund Association, the Noon Day Club (for women workers), and the Quarter Century Club, which document the Quaker-inspired welfare work programs aimed at all members of the "Store Family." There is a set of the employee magazine STORE CHAT (1906-1993), files and scrapbooks of biographical information on both executives and representative regular employees (1902-1952), employee rules and service codes, and clippings on a 1938 warehouse strike.
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61 Employee [Payroll] ledger, A-Z, 1877-1890
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62 Employee [Payroll] ledger, A-Z, 1879-1904
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63 Employee ledger: Department, employee name, number, address, beginning and ending dates, remarks, 1882-1899
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64 Employee payroll ledger: #1 Boys records, 1887-1905
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65 Employee payroll ledger, #3 Boys ledger, 1899-1905
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66 Timekeeper's Address Ledger (time book), 1881-1905
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67 Employees, A-K, circa 1880-1905 [Name, salary, beginning and ending dates, remarks.]
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68 Employees, L-Z, circa 1876-1905 [Name, salary, beginning and ending dates, remarks.]
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69 Employee ledger, 1880-1916 [Lists department worked in address, beginning and ending dates, employee number, and remarks. The first 645 employees are in alphabetical order. The employees listed from #646 on are listed in consecutive number order.]
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70 Employee ledger, late 19th century to early 20th century [Alphabetical listing of employees with page references to other ledgers.]
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71 Strawbridge & Clothier Pension Fund Association Minute Book, 1907-May 1923
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72 Strawbridge & Clothier Pension Fund Association Minute Book, May 1923-October 1945
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73 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus Scrapbook, 1905-1952
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74 Oversize scrapbook of Strawbridge & Clothier news clippings, advertisements, memorials, pension plan documents, 1886-1943
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54 Merchandizing Major Executives--Earnings and appraisal records, showing retirement or resignation dates, 1922-1978
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55 Non-Merchandizing Major Executives--Compensation Statement and Earnings records, Volume 55, 1939-1965
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56 Non-Merchandizing Major Executives: retired/resigned records, 1939-1979
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57 Notice to Salespeople, undated
57 Christmas and Vacation Fund Association, undated
57 Furniture Fellowship Dinner, 1928
57 By-Laws of the Noon Day Club, undated
57 General Salescheck Information, 1939
57 Announcements, 1925
57 "For the Betterment of the Service," December 1905; code of service, undated; photographic reproduction of original
57 Telephone Instruction booklet, 1910
57 Store Telephone Directories, 1930-1945
57 Budget Book with instructions, 1932
57 Careers in retailing brochures, circa 1950s
57 "Sentiments of the Founders," Strawbridge & Clothier column in the Philadelphia Bulletin, scrapbook, 1922-1925 [Includes biographical information about Strawbridge & Clothier employees, codes of service at Strawbridge & Clothier stores, historical notes and ads.]
57 Information for Employees, 1931, 1938
57 Rules, 1904
57 Herbert J. Tily, Gen. Supt.--salary agreements, 1905, 1909, 1914
57 Employees in Military Service, 1932 1943
57 Employees, Biographical information
57 Employees, Obituaries
57 Employees, letters about: Memorials, pensions, deaths, retirements, new hires, 1945-1952
57 Employees, Letters of Resignation
57 Employee Pay Ledger, 1952-1960
57 Personnel, notes about, by Carolyn Yaeger for Store Chat
57 Strawbridge & Clothier Relief Association, 1914-1925
57 Strawbridge & Clothier Athletic Association, 1910-1917
57 Warehouse Strike, Philadelphia Stores: news clippings, 1938
57 Minutes of Administrative Committee of Strawbridge & Clothier Retirement Benefit Plan, 1945-1948 (small volume)
57 Minutes of Strawbridge & Clothier Relief Association, 1948-1953 (small volume)
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58 Quarter Century Club: Minute book for founding, March 1908
58 Quarter Century Club, 1908-1927 (4 scrapbooks)
58 1912 resolution of Quartery Century Club to Strawbridge & Clothier
58 Quarter Century Club: Correspondence and programs, 1912-1915, 1922-1964
58 Quarter Century Club miscellany, list of members, deaths, etc., 1913-1929, 1968
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59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Christmas Pageants: correspondence, 1938-1957
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Christmas Pageant, 1941
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Christmas Programs, 1909-1929, 1930-1955
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Easter Programs, 1907-1951
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Academy of Music Concerts, 1906-1928
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Metropolitan Opera House concerts, 1915-1925
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Willow Grove Park (PA) concerts, 1905-1925
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Concerts--general, 1911-1937 undated
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, song sheets, pictures, news items, 1916-1940s
59 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, pamphlets and booklets, 1906-1933
Box
60 Strawbridge & Clothier Chorus, Store Chat monthly in-house employee publication, loose copies [Bound volumes in Published Collections Dept. for 1906-1918, 1928, 1930-1932, 1935, and 1943-1996. Issues in this box: 1909 Apr-Dec; 1910 Jan-Dec; 1911 Jan-Dec; 1912 Jan-July; 1913 Dec; 1944 March; 1946 Aug & Dec; 1949 Jan, Apr-May; 1950 May; 1951 March, April, Oct & Nov; 1952 Feb; 1953 Oct; 1955 May; 1961 Sept-Nov; 1962 Feb; 1964 Jan-Sept; 1965 Oct-Nov; 1966 Jan/Feb; 1967 Jan/Feb; 1968 Jan-Apr; 1976 March-Dec; 1977 Jan-Nov; 1978 Jan-Sept; 1979 June-July; 1980 Mar-June; 1981 Jan/Feb; 1983 Jan-Oct; 1984 Jan/Feb & July-Oct; 1985 Mar/Apr & Jul/Aug; 1988 Nov/Dec; 1989 July-Oct; 1993 Fall.]
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10 Clothier, Isaac H., Jr. (1875-1961), biographical data
10 Clothier, Morris L. (1868-1947), biographical data
10 Morris L. Clothier (1868-1947), business and personal correspondence, 1907-1929
10 Copeland, Randall E. (b. 1909), biographical data
10 Jackson, John (1868-1946), biographical data
10 Johnson, Howard Cooper (1876-1952), biographical data
10 Perkins, Dwight G., biographical data
10 Schwab, Winthrop deV, biographical data
10 Slade, Mary Clothier, biographical data
10 Strawbridge, Anna Estes (Mrs. Francis R.), biographical data, 1880-1981
10 Edward R. Strawbridge (d. Jan. 1903): Estate, 1904
10 Strawbridge, Francis R. (1876-1965), biographical data
10 Strawbridge, Francis R., Jr. (1911-1966), biographical data
10 Strawbridge, Francis R. 3rd, biographical data
10 Strawbridge, Frederic H. (1866-1958), biographical data
10 Strawbridge, George Stockton (1913-1997), biographical data
10 Justus C. Strawbridge (1838-1911): Estate & Will, 1910-1912
10 Justus C. Strawbridge (1838-1911): Personal, 1902-1919
10 Strawbridge, Robert E. (1871-1963), biographical data
10 Strawbridge, Steven R. (b. 1944), biographical data
10 Tily, Herbert J. (1866-1948), biographical data
10 Veale, Frank R., biographical data
VIII. Advertising and Public Relations Records, 1860-1971
4 linear feet
Scope and Content
Includes scrapbooks and cuttings of newspaper ads relating to both sales of merchandise, employee activities and entertainments, and the history of "Clover Days." Another scrapbook contains issues of the special edition of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin sent to residents serving overseas in the armed forces (1944-1946). There are also pamphlets, flyers, and catalogs (1865-1964) and a scapbook covering the construction of the Philadelphia flagship store. Public relations materials include company histories, articles on anniversaries and store openings, promotional literature, samples of shopping bags, calendars, blotters, and playing cards, and materials on Chairman G. Stockton Strawbridge's charitable and civic activities.
Box
76 News clippings about Strawbridge & Clothier store promotions, entertainments, and employee activities, Volume A, February 1894-April 1897
76 News clippings about Strawbridge & Clothier store promotions, entertainments, and employee activities, Volume B, May 1897-1903
76 News clippings about Strawbridge & Clothier store promotions, entertainments, and employee activities, Volume C, 1903-1907
76 News clippings about Strawbridge & Clothier store promotions, entertainments, and employee activities, Volume D, 1907-1912
Volume
77 Strawbridge & Clothier Market Street Store, oversize scrapbook of news clippings, 1928-1930
Volume
78 Strawbridge & Clothier Market Street Store scrapbook of news clippings, 1918-1931
Volume
79 Oversize scrapbook of Strawbridge & Clothier newspaper advertisements, October 22, 1934-December 18, 1934
Volume
80 Oversize scrapbook of Strawbridge & Clothier newspaper advertisements, December 1943-February 1944
Volume
81 Oversize scrapbook of Strawbridge & Clothier newspaper advertisements, April 9, 1945-July 8, 1945
Volume
82 Oversize Portfolio of Strawbridge & Clothier advertisements
Volume
83 Strawbridge & Clothier Anniversary Sales Rallies scrapbooks, 1983-89
Volume
84 Strawbridge & Clothier Anniversary Sales Rallies scrapbooks, 1990-98
Volume
85 G. Stockton Strawbridge: United Fund Torch Drive, 1969
Volume
86 Scrapbook of The Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia: Special Overseas Edition from first issue, May 22, 1944-1946
Box
75 Pamphlets, flyers, loose pages from trade catalogs, 1884-1964
75 Nine advertisements on stiff backing from an exhibit, 1860-1874
75 Clover Day, history, advertisements, 1906-1967
75 Advertisements, 1867-1966
75 Photo reproductions of newspaper ads for Strawbridge & Clothier exhibit, 1874, 1899
75 Philadelphia Inquirer Strawbridge & Clothier ads, 1948-1949
75 Two small scrapbooks of news clippings, February 1882-September 1884, January 1887-January 1894 [Store ads; articles re Strawbridge & Clothier, entertainments, employees, savings fund]
75 Radio advertising, 1926
75 Television: Strawbridge & Clothier TV program titled, "Meet the MacMullens", 1950
75 Wartime promotions, 1943-1945
75 Strawbridge & Clothier Ink Blotter, undated
Oversize
82 Great, Great Britain--artwork & ad
82 Italia Bellisima--artwork & ad
82 Samples of six Strawbridge & Clothier shopping bags
82 Strawbridge & Clothier Board of Directors resolution honoring Anna Estes Strawbridge
82 Council of the City of Philadelphia resolution honoring G. Stockton Strawbridge
82 "This is Your Life" for G. Stockton Strawbridge from the Strawbridge & Clothier Quarter Century Club
82 Philadelphia Merchants' Association resolution for G. Stockton Strawbridge on his resignation from the Association, 1967
82 The Delineator, Butterick Publishing Company, December 1913
82 The Crystal Ball Centennial Cotillion, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 1971
82 The Ambler Gazette, "New Clover Store Sets Opening", September 6, 1973
82 Bucks County Intelligencer, PA, November 16, 1875
82 The Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, June 17, 1930; June 15, 1942
82 Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, September 21, 1928
82 Public Ledger, Philadelphia, May 31, 1922
82 The Sunday Bulletin, September 9, 1973
82 German newspaper in Philadelphia (header missing), Strawbridge & Clothier ad, undated
82 History of Strawbridge & Clothier: Army Times, September 23, 1961
82 Philadelphia Inquirer, Rotogravure Section re Strawbridge & Clothier, November 29, 1931
82 Historical, scrapbook pages (3) [2 pages of the Cornerstone laying ceremony for new Philadelphia store, 1939; l page of addresses at the ceremony by I.H. Clothier, Jr., Herbert J. Tily and M. L. Clothier in 1928 and 1930.]
Box
88 Artwork in the stores, 1978
88 Copies of 19th century letters and agreements, 1861-1895
88 Herbert J. Tily celebrating the completion of Fifty Years association with Strawbridge & Clothier, Philadelphia, December 18, 1929
88 The New Store, an institution dedicated to the service of the people by Strawbridge & Clothier, 1932
88 Three-Quarters of a Century, Strawbridge & Clothier, 1943
88 A Store Grows in Philadelphia, Strawbridge & Clothier, circa 1970
88 "A Brief Outline of the Store's History," from Store Chat, 1941
88 "Three Decades from 1876 to 1906, a Historical Sketch of Strawbridge & Clothier," by George W. Stevens, 1937
88 "Strawbridge & Clothier," (Undisguised Draft), Harvard Business School, 1990
88 Articles, papers and pamphlets about Strawbridge & Clothier
88 40th Anniversary Exposition 'Historic Dolls', 1908
88 News articles, correspondence, programs and trademark of Strawbridge & Clothier, 1897-1975
88 Cornerstone-laying Ceremony, Philadelphia store, 1928-1931 [News clippings and related materials.]
88 Dedication ceremonies of new Philadelphia store, 1932
88 Dedication of Jefferson Memorial Tablet, 1949
88 Dedication ceremonies in memory of the Founders of Strawbridge & Clothier, 1944
88 The Evening Bulletin, loose copies
88 The Strawbridge & Clothier Quarterly, loose copies
88 History File and notes by Carol Yeager, editor of the Store Chat, 1917-1983
88 Stationary, samples
88 Strawbridge & Clothier stock certificates, samples
88 Small bound calendar; Strawbridge & Clothier playing cards, 1880
88 Strawbridge & Clothier Diary, 1923 [(not a diary about Strawbridge & Clothier).]
88 Miscellaneous, 1908-1949