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Mss:773 1903-1932

AI. A. Rosenbush Company. AI. A. Rosenbush Company Records, 1903-1932: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:773 1903-1932
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: AI. A. Rosenbush Company records
Date(s): 1903-1932
Quantity: 14.5 linear feet (56 volumes, 3 cartons, 1 box)
Language of materials: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift Danforth W. Comins, January 28, March 15, 1933.

Processing Information:

Processed: January 2018 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite/onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

AI. A. Rosenbush Company Records. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

AI. A. Rosenbush Company were originators of the chain store plan for merchandising women's shoes and was one of the first companies to lease concessions for the sale of low price shoes in stores scattered across the country. The company took over Boston Sample Shoe Shop Inc. (Philadelphia and Seattle) in 1923. AI. A. Rosenbush & Co. changed its name to AI. A. Rosenbush Company on June 30, 1923. The firm went into bankruptcy in 1932.

Scope and Contents

Minutes, account books and unbound materials of a firm which was one of the first to distribute low cost shoes by means of concessions leased in stores across the country. There are records for predecessor firms, including Boston Sample Shoe Shop, Inc. (of Philadelphia and Seattle), Boston Shoe Shop, Inc. (Portland, Me.), Sample Shoe Shop, and Berland Sample Shoe Shop. Records of the concessions in some sixty-nine stores include copies of leases, tax papers, and correspondence; bound accounts are especially complete from 1928 to 1932. .

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