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Collection TitleCL 137 Iszard’s Store CollectionCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:June 2013
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Robert Iszard Jr. in 2012. 
Terms:Department Stores; Elmira (N.Y.); Ithaca (N.Y.); Parades; Stores, Retail
Historical:S.F. Iszard Company - The S.F. Iszard Company was founded by Samuel French Iszard in 1904.  The original department store was at 301-303 East Water Street in Elmira.  In 1923, Iszard commissioned a new building designed by Pierce & Bickford architects at 150 North Main Street.  During the 1960s, the company expanded with a branch at the Arnot Mall and, in 1984, Iszard's opened a store in Ithaca.  In 1957, the S.F. Iszard Co. began the tradition of hosting an annual Christmas Parade.  In 1989, the company was purchased by McCurdy's of Rochester.  During the nearly 85 years of its existence, Iszard's was a family company.  In addition to founder Samuel Iszard, his sons Harry and Franklin, grandsons Bill and Bob and great-grandson Bobby Jr. were all involved in running the company. 
Scope:The Iszard's Store Collection contains company newsletters, 1963-1977; photographs and newspaper clippings of the Christmas parade, 1958-1989; newspaper clippings; images of the store, events, employees and products; documents related to the construction of the Iszard's building, 1923-4; and personal papers and photographs of the Iszard's family. 
Notes:

Shares a box with CL 138.

Blueprints for the S.F. Iszard Building at 150 North Main are stored in MP 06, D-01. 

Extent1.5 linear feet
Date Span1904-1990
AbstractThis collection contains documents, photographs and newspaper clippings from S.F. Iszard Company's department store as well as personal papers and photographs from members of the Iszard's family. 


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(19) Photographs of members of the Iszard Family including Samuel French Iszard & Della York Iszard; Robert F. Iszard Sr. & Dorothy L. Iszard; Robert Iszard Jr.; Bill Iszard; Harry Y. Iszard; Karen Iszard; Charles F. & Mae B. Lackmann; S.F. Iszard and the Dry Goods Alliance Group, 1928. PhotographsA4401
Newspaper clippings regarding the Iszard family accomplishments, op eds and deaths, 1940s-1990s. Newspaper ClippingsA4501
Vehicle registration for a Ford truck issued to S.F. Iszard, 1919. DocumentA4601
United States Treasury Department Freedom Bond Award for Robert Iszard Sr., October 1962.CertificateA4602
This folder contains documents associated with the Commendation Ribbon awarded to Franklin K. Iszard, 1957 including a photo and the citation. DocumentsA4701
Contract between the S.F. Iszard Co. and F.H. Johnston for the construction of a new store, November 20, 1923. DocumentB0101
Booklet - General Construction Specifications of Department Store Building at Elmira, NY, for S.F. Iszard Company, Pierce & Bickford architects, July 1923. Booklet B0201
Booklet - Plumbing & Gas Piping Specifications of Department Store Building at Elmira, NY, for S.F. Iszard Company, Pierce & Bickford architects, July 1923. BookletB0301
Booklet - Heating & Ventilating Specifications of Department Store Building at Elmira, NY, for S.F. Iszard Company, Pierce & Bickford architects, July 1923. BookletB0401
Booklet - Heating & Ventilating Specifications of Department Store Building at Elmira, NY, for S.F. Iszard Company, Pierce & Bickford architects, July 1923. BookletB0401
Booklet - Sprinkler System Specifications of Department Store Building at Elmira, NY, for S.F. Iszard Company, Pierce & Bickford architects, July 1923. BookletB0501
Booklet - Outline Specifications for New Penthouse Addition for the S.F. Iszard Company Building, Fudge & Underhill architects, August 1949. BookletB0502
Booklet - Shoppers in Elmira: A Group Study made by the Retail Division's Pep Organization of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce and the New York State Department of Commerce, August 1965. BookletB0601
Manuscript - Profit...for Everyone! by Franklin K. Iszard. ManuscriptB0701
Manuscript - An Outline of a Proposed Retail Manual of Operations by Franklin K. Iszard, 1953.ManuscriptB0702
Manuscript - On Shopping Centers by Franklin K. Iszard, 1965. ManuscriptB0703
Manuscript - Sink or Swim: An Essay on Economics by Franklin K. Iszard, 1966. ManuscriptB0801
Manuscript - The Retail Entrepreneur by Franklin K. Iszard, 1966. ManuscriptB0802
Manuscript - Give Us Something to Fight For by Franklin K. Iszard, 1957. ManuscriptB0901
Booklet - Turn-Over: The Many Ways to Improve It by the National Retail Merchants Association, 1965. Staff training manual used at Iszard's.BookletB1001
Book - Personal Efficiency Course Textbook, owned by S.F. Iszard, ca. 1900. BookB1101
Certificate associated with the Commendation Ribbon awarded to Franklin K. Iszard, 1957. CertificateC0101
S.F. Iszard Company scrapbook featuring photographs and newspaper clippings about the company, their employees, their annual parade and the construction of the Arnot Mall, 1965-69. ScrapbookC0201
Audio Tape - Radio advertisement for S.F. Iszard Co. addition opening, August 1960. Audio TapeC0301
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