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Manuscript Group 297
MARY SACHS COLLECTION
1929-1970
2 linear feet


Collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and philanthropic memorabililia of Mary Sachs, 1928-1960. Harrisburg philanthropist, owner of successful retail stores in Harrisburg and Lancaster, and founder of Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Mary Sachs (1888-1960) was active in such Jewish organizations as the United Jewish Appeal and Israel Bond Campaign. The collection includes, in addition to personal papers and photographs, business records covering the years 1932-1960 that contain correspondence from Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as a 1933 letter from President Franklin Roosevelt. Also present are minutes, reports, advertisements, and pension data for Mary Sachs Inc., 1960-1970. The photographs include both exterior and interior views of the Lancaster store taken in 1938, 1954, and 1956. The unpublished autobiographical articles, newsclippings and a paper by Milton Bernstein entitled, "Study of a Creative Woman," (undated), provide background on Ms. Sach's rise from humble beginnings as a nineteen year old Jewish immigrant factory worker to the status of a "Merchant Princess," as she was referred to in the Congressional Record (1958). Also found scattered through the file are photographs of African-American and Hispanic clerks and staff employed in the Lancaster and Harrisburg stores.



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