Rothschild's Department Store Records, 1866-1957

Collection Number: 3846

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Rothschild's Department Store Records, 1866-1957
Collection Number:
3846
Creator:
Rothschild's Department Store
Quantity:
3.7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Ledgers, account books, legal documents.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes ledgers and account books (1914-1935) of customer orders and dealer invoices. The volumes dealing with customers frequently record the customers' tableware patterns and prices. Also, deeds and title abstracts and searches (1866-1957) for various properties in the city of Ithaca and two appraisals (1923-1933) of the Rothschild Brothers Building.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Rothschild's Department Store was a family business founded in 1882 as the Boston Variety Store by Jacob Rothschild. His brother Daniel joined him in 1884. Six years later another brother, Isaac, joined the firm, which then became known as Rothschild Brothers. The business was sold in 1980.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes ledgers and account books (1914-1935) of customer orders and dealer invoices for china, glass, silver and other tableware, kitchenware, toys and games. The volumes dealing with customers, including individuals, churches, educational institutions, fraternities, hospitals, restaurants, and hotels in Ithaca, New York and nationwide, frequently record the customers' tableware patterns and prices; one volume pertains to orders for Statler hotels and restaurants. Also, deeds and title abstracts and searches (1866-1957) for various properties in the city of Ithaca, particularly the area which is now the Ithaca Commons, and two appraisals (1923-1933) of the Rothschild Brothers Building.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Rothschild's Department Store (Ithaca, N.Y).
Rothschild, Daniel.
Rothschild, Isaac.
Rothschild, Jacob.

Subjects:
Department stores.
Stores, Retail.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Rothschild's Department Store Records, #3846. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
China customer orders
1914-1917
Box 1 Folder 2
Dealer invoices, tableware, cookware, clocks, etc.
1919-1921
Box 1 Folder 3
G-Z; customers, mostly businesses and fraternities; tableware, kitchenware, etc.
1922-1927
Box 1 Folder 4
Le-Pe; customers outside Ithaca: churches, hotels, restaurants, hospitals
1923-1927
Box 2 Folder 5
Pi-S (same as Volume 4)
1923-1927
Box 2 Folder 6
T-Z (same as Volume 4 and 5)
1923-1927
Box 4 Folder 7
Dealer invoices, tableware, misc.
1926, 1927
Box 2 Folder 8
Fine China; customers, patterns and prices
ca. 1926-1928
Box 2 Folder 9
Dealer invoices
1927-1928
Box 2 Folder 10
Outside (not Ithaca) customers; hotels, restaurants, country clubs, colleges, hospitals; tableware, misc.
ca. 1928-1936
Box 3 Folder 11
Local, mostly Cornell University fraternities, dining halls, restaurants, tableware, misc.
Box 3 Folder 12
Dealer invoices, mostly toys and games
1930-1931
Box 3 Folder 13
Statler Hotels and Restaurants; tableware
1930-1935
Box 3 Folder 14
Appraisal for Rothschild Brothers' buildings
1923
Box 3 Folder 15
Appraisal for Leon D. Rothschild: East State Street properties
1933
Box 5 Folder 1
(Loose material from Volume 5: correspondence and price lists)
Box 5 Folder 2
#1 Deeds and Abstracts of Title of Property, 155 E State St. and 110 N Tioga St.
1866-1913
Lots 62 and 63: Miles Finch, Henry L. Wilgus, Helen M. Tolfree, Sarah F. Tolfree, Sarah E. Wilgus, Peter Fish, Horace I. Smith, Jacob, Daniel and Isaac Rothschild
Box 5 Folder 3-4
#2 Journal Block on Tioga St and also residence on Buffalo St. "Deeds and Abstracts of Titles of S Tioga St building":
1886-1913
Lots 62 and 63, 1886-1913: Fenis Finch, Miles Finch, Henry L. Wilgus, Clarissa M. Selkreg, Peter Fish, Douglas Boardman, John H. Selkreg, ADW Bruyn (?), Andrew J. Miller, Helen M. Tolfree [nee Miller], Charles S. Tourlellat, Sarah T. Tourtellat [nee Miller], Horace I. Smith, Sarah Ross, O. B. Curran and wife, Clarence L. Smith, F. C. Cornell, James Ross, Harriet E. Ross, U.S. Express Co., Alethea T. Apgar, Charles S. Miles, Alfred Wells, John Carr, Charles W. Swift, Jacob and Rebecca Rothschild, Isaac and Daniel Rothschild, William Andrus, William A. Church, Fannie S. Rothschild [wife of Isaac], Rothschild Brothers, Inc.
Box 5 Folder 5-6
#4 Weed Property, Deed, Abstract of Title, Discharged Mortgage, Certificate of Discharge, Search of Green St. and Tioga St. Property.
1888-1954
Amy D. Barber, Louise K. Weed, John Gauntlett and wife, William Andrus, George McChain , Frederick Andrus, William A. Church, Marcus C. and Alice V. Niver, Joseph and Amelia La Point, Harriet E. Webster, Benjamin Gould, Lena F. Weed Potter, Charles B. Potter, Hoffman C. Steinberg, Rothschild Brothers, Inc., Jacob Rothschild, Catherine G. Comes, James Macera and wife.
Box 5 Folder 7
#6 Deed and Abstract of Title, Cornell Building, S. Tioga St.
1923, 1924
Eunice Cornell Taylor, Franklin C. Cornell, Cordelia H. and Dorothy Cornell, Carl Schallowitz, Henry L. Wilgus, Rothschild Brothers, Jacob Rothschild
Box 5 Folder 8-9
#7 Papers Pertaining to Henry L. Wilgus, Wilgus Block, lots 62 and 63.
1870-1911
Henry L. Wilgus and wife, Peter Fish, Horace I. Smith, Jacob, Isaac and Daniel H. Rothschild, Rothschild Brothers, Clarissa M. Selkreg, Miles Finch, Louisa J. Sprague, [Dr. William D. E. Marsh, Dr. Tinker, Business men's Association, Conservatory of Music - tenants], Helen M. Tolfree, David Roe, Sarah E. Wilgus, Mynderse Van Cleef.
Box 5 Folder 10
"Deed, Abstract of Title and Papers pertaining to Property, 130-132 E State St and 117 E Seneca St"
1899-1949
Quigg Block, lot 41 1899-1949. James Quigg, Rothschild Brothers, George West, Arthur P. Brooks, Julia A. Quigg, Daniel, Jacob and Isaac Rothschild, Franklin Atwater and wife Harriet O., John W. Quigg, Albert A. Stannard, Mary Hilton, Emeline Quigg, H.J. Bool Co., J. Lakin Baldridge, Jess J. Dall, Jr. and wife Constance G., Fred A. Rogalsky and wife Dorothy C., Leon D. Rothschild, James N. Rothschild, Nancy Rothschild [Deutsch], Francis M. Willis, Hattie L. Hill, Le Roy D. Neish and wife Blanchard L., Harold P. Denniston, Muriel J. Denniston, Rhonda N. Rothschild.
Box 5 Folder 11
Legal document. "121 E Seneca St Corp April 1957" [formerly premises of Oriental Hotel, Tioga Hotel, 130 S. Tioga St.].
1957
Venera Macera, Vincenzo Macera, Fraternal Order of Eagles, James N. Rothschild.
Box 5 Folder 12
Loose papers:
Junior Republic Inn Company shares, Daniel Rothschild; documents related to those in folder 5; meeting notice--directors of Rothschild Brothers; release: Benjamin E. Green, Abbie E. Green, Florence E. Green to Rothschild Brothers.
Box 4
2 photographs of Rothschild's Department Store, ca. 1957
Box 4
1 photograph of James and Leon Rothschild, man, 1951
Box 4
2 sale catalogs, 1905 and ca. 1922
Box 4
1 invitation to opening of new store, 1915
Box 4
1 copy magazine, Sound Selling, 1956