Robert M. Adler Papers

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Robert M. Adler papers
Creator: Adler, Robert M.
Call Number: D.260
Dates: 1865-1987
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Robert M. Adler papers
Creator: Adler, Robert M.
Call Number: D.260
Dates: 1865-1987
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The manufacture of men's clothing in Rochester, NY began in the mid-1800s, and within a few short decades the clothing industry had become one of the major economic forces in the city. In the second half of the 20th Century, however, the industry began a decline, and by 1980 only one manufacturer remained.

Robert M. Adler (d. Jan. 10, 1997) was the son of Mortimer Adler and grandson of Levi Adler, one of Rochester's pioneer clothiers and founder of L. Adler Bros. & Co. (1883-1922). Robert Adler joined the firm of Levy Bros. & Adler-Rochester, Inc. in 1933, and was active in sales and finance. He became treasurer of the firm upon the death of his father in 1950. He joined Michaels Stern & Co. when it bought out Levy Bros. & Adler-Rochester in 1951, staying with Michaels Stern & Co. until his retirement in the late 1960s.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Adler began collecting materials on the history of the men's clothing industry of Rochester, NY for the purpose of writing a comprehensive book on the topic. He completed "The Rise and Decline of the Men's Clothing Industry of Rochester, New York", in 1987.

Scope and Content
This small collection consists of materials related to the research, publication, and distribution of Robert M. Adler's book. It includes historical materials such as newspaper clippings and photographs pertaining to the history of the clothing industry in Rochester, NY, as well as Adler's correspondence, research notes and original manuscripts for the book.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Men's clothing industry
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Photographs
Adler, Robert M.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Robert M. Adler.Access
The Robert M. Adler papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Robert M. Adler papers, D.260, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
The Rise and Decline of the Men's Clothing Industry of Rochester, New York can be found in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Rochester Library under the call number HD 9940 .U63 R6 1987.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Newspaper clippings: historical articles on City of Rochester and clothing industry, 1865-1987 and undated
Box 1, Folder 2Printed material: journal articles, 1884, 1920, 1938
Box 1, Folder 3Photographs, 1888-1970
Stein-Bloch style model suits, 1888; Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) Rochester headquarters, c.1920-1967; Fashion Park, Inc.building (photocopy), c.1913-1970.

Box 1, Folder 4Outline-talk given for Rochester Textile Group by Adler, October 11, 1982
Includes group's program for 1982-1983

Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence: Smithsonian Institution to Robert M. Adler, 1973
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence: research, publication, and distribution of Adler's book, 1984-1987 and undated
Box 1, Folder 7Research notes for book: genealogies, chronologies, outline, and handwritten draft, undated.
Box 1, Folder 8Manuscript: typed draft, undated
Box 1, Folder 9Manuscript: completed original typescript, 1985


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