Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection

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Neisner Brothers Incorporated collection
Creator:
Call Number: D.432
Dates: 1911-1979
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Abstract: The Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection documents the history, growth and eventual financial difficulties of a Rochester, New York, five and dime store that expanded to become a nationally recognized chain.
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Company records and materials
Series II: Printed materials
Collection Overview
Title: Neisner Brothers Incorporated collection
Call Number: D.432
Dates: 1911-1979
Physical Description: 1.25 Linear feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Abstract: The Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection documents the history, growth and eventual financial difficulties of a Rochester, New York, five and dime store that expanded to become a nationally recognized chain.
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Brothers, Joseph and Abraham Neisner began Neisner Brothers, Incorporated in 1911 with a single store in Rochester, New York. The store sold goods commonly found in "five and dime" stores throughout the country. At its peak, there were 175 stores in 21 different states.

The company's management deeply valued their employees and supported numerous company outings, as well as giving service awards to those employees who had worked for Neisner's for at least twenty-five years.

In December 1977, Neisner Brothers, Incorporated filed for bankruptcy and eventually Ames Department Stores, Incorporated bought the company.

Scope and Content
The Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection is divided into two series: Company Records and Materials, and Printed Materials. The first series includes three files that chronicle the development of the company. There are annual financial statements from 1926-1973 that document the company's growth. Also included are newspaper clippings related to the company's 1978 sale to Ames Department Store Incorporated located in Connecticut. The majority of this series is comprised of photographs that capture store openings, Neisner employees, store fronts and inventory. Printed Materials include the company's quarterly publication 'The Neisner Reporter,' as well as two manuals illustrating career and advancement opportunities available at Neisner's.

Arrangement
The Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection is arranged by material type: company paper records, photographs and printed materials.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Stores, Retail
Variety Stores
Correspondence
Neisner, Abraham, 1884-1933
Neisner, Fred, 1909-1992
Neisner, Joseph M., 1881-1942
Neisner, Melvin, 1914-1991
Neisner Brothers, Inc.
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lori Birrell in 2012. Finding aid written by Lori Birrell in 2012.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Neisner Brothers Incorporated Collection was made a gift of Lewis Neisner in December 2011.Access
The Neisner Brothers Incorporated collection 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], Neisner Brothers Incorporated collection, D.432, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
Burton, Belle. A Simple Life. Great Neck, N.Y.: Todd Honeywell, Inc., 1981.

Thomas, Bernice L. American's 5 10 cent stores: the Kress Legacy. New York: John Wiley Sons, 1997.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Lori Birrell
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
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL:

Finding aid publication date: 12/27/2011
Content List
Series I: Company records and materials
Box 1, Folder 1-3Store history
Box 1, Folder 4Annual financial statements, 1926-1936
Box 1, Folder 5Annual financial statements, 1941-1946
Box 1, Folder 6Annual financial statements, 1948-1962
Box 1, Folder 7Annual financial statements, 1963-1966
Box 1, Folder 8Annual financial statements, 1966-1973
Box 1, Folder 9Store manager and telephone lists, 1978
Box 1, Folder 10Personnel: 25 year club
Accompanying this folder is an envelope. Access Restrictions apply.

Box 1, Folder 11Status report on consulting study, 1975
Box 1, Folder 12Sale to Ames Department Store, 1978
Box 1, Folder 13Joseph M. Neisner tribute, 1942
Box 1, Folder 14"History of Neisner Bros. Inc: Neisner's Variety Stores and Big N Discount Stores," presentation by Lewis Neisner, 2017-03-13
DVD is a presentation to Neisner's Osher class and is 90 minutes long: three 30-minute segments followed by a brief final segment. [Copy downloaded from YouTube.]

Box 2, Folder 1Store openings
Box 2, Folder 2Employees
Box 2, Folder 3-7Nation-wide Neisner stores
Box 2, Folder 8Photographs, unknown
Volume 1Accounts, ledgers, 1911
Volume 2Scrapbook, 1940s-1970s
This scrapbook contains photographs and clippings that document staff activities, and the development and expansion of the Neisner Brothers stores.
2015 accrual

Flatfile 1Employee outings
Series II: Printed materials
Box 2, Folder 9Neisner reporter, 1968
Box 2, Folder 10Neisner reporter, 1969
Box 2, Folder 11Neisner reporter, 1970-1971
Box 2, Folder 12Neisner reporter, 1972
Box 2, Folder 13Neisner reporter, 1973
Box 2, Folder 14Neisner reporter, 1974-1975
Box 2, Folder 15Neisner reporter, 1974-1979
Box 2, Folder 16Career opportunities at Neisner's
Box 2, Folder 17Matthews Boucher, Inc. hunting catalog, 1978


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