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Collection TitleCL 31 Robert & Helen Jerome CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByKim Richards; Rachel Dworkin
Date Completed:March 3, 2008
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Michael Jerome in 2007.
Terms:Advertising--Clothing and dress; Business; Clothing trade; College yearbooks; Elmira (N.Y.); High schools--Alumni; Marketing; Photographs--Albums; School yearbooks; Small business 

Jerome's-In 1910, Max and Ella Jerome founded the Empire Credit Clothing Co. at 314 East Water Street in Elmira, NY.  There they sold men's, women's and children's apparel, hats and rugs.  They changed the name of the store to Jerome and Fichler in 1925, but reverted back to their original name in 1929.  In 1944, they changed the name once again, this time to Jeromes Empire Clothing Co.  In 1945, Max Jerome retired from the business leaving his sons Arnold and Robert as president and secretary-treasurer of the store respectively.  In 1946, the brothers moved the store to 308-310 East Water Street and changed the name to Jerome's.  In 1950, the brothers opened a second location specializing in women's and children's clothing at 201 Hoffman Street.  They expanded again in 1952 when they opened a branch store in Elmira Heights at 211 East 14th Street.   Sometime in 1966, they closed the Hoffman Street and Elmira Heights branches, but expanded from just 308-310 East Water Street into 306 as well.  In 1967, Jerome's moved from their Water Street location to 350-352 North Main Street.  Jerome's went out of business in 1979. 

Robert Jerome- Robert Jerome was born in 1920 to Max and Ella Jerome of Elmira, NY.  He graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1937 and from Cornell University in 1941.  He served as an American liaison with the French Amy during WWII.  In 1945, he became the secretary-treasurer of Jerome's, the family business.  He retired in 1979 and died in 2000.

Helen Horwitz Jerome-In 1937, Helen Horwitz graduated from Southside High in Elmira, NY and in 1941, she graduated from Mary Washington College. She married Robert Jerome in 1942.  They had two sons, Edward and Michael, and one daughter, Elaine.   

Scope:The Robert and Helen Jerome Collection contains yearbooks, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, brochures and manuscripts pertaining to the Jerome family and the Jerome family store.  The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and brochures concerning Jerome's clothing store, dating primarily from the 1950's and 1960's.  Other highlights in the collection include photograph albums with images of Elmira landmarks and items relating to Robert and Helen's high school graduating classes.     
Extent1 linear foot
Date Span1937-1987

The Robert & Helen Jerome Collection contains newspaper clippings, yearbooks, photo albums and assorted documents relating to the Jerome family and Jerome's clothing store.    

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Notes regarding Robert Jerome's Class Reunion.DocumentsA0918
Flyer announcing EFA, Class of 1937's 60th Reunion.FlyerA0919
Alumnae News, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, Vol. XII, Number 2, Winter 1956.NewsletterA0920
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's saying "Give your wardrobe a shot in the arm!" from April 12, 1962.Newspaper clippingsA1001
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's featuring the Jerome brothers, no date. Newspaper clippingA1002
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's from April 13, 1961. Newspaper clippingA1003
Newspaper advertisement for Hydrozone raincoats at Jerome's, March 29, 1962. Newspaper clippingsA 1004
Newspaper advertisement from December 1962. "Better Gifts for Better Giving from Jerome's." Newspaper clippingsA1005
Christmas advertisement for Jerome's, year unknown. Newspaper clippingsA1006
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's, December 1963. Newspaper clippingsA1007
Newspaper advertisement for the back to school sale at Jerome's, August 1962.Newspaper clippingsA1008
Newspaper advertisement for the Father's Day at Jeromes, June 1962. Newspaper clippingsA1009
Newspaper advertisement for the Father's Day sale at Jerome's, June 1963.Newspaper clippingsA1010
Newspaper advertisement for the Easter sale at Jerome's, April 1963.Newspaper clippingsA1011
Newspaper advertisement from November 1952. "Get double pleasure, get double value, get double wear."Newspaper clippingsA1012
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's wurthmore trousers, November 1962. Newspaper clippingsA1013
Newspaper advertisement for Hanes Underwear at Jerome's, May 1959. Newspaper clippingsA1014
Newspaper advertisement for the Jerome's trade-in sale, September 1960. Newspaper clippingsA1015
Newspaper advertisement for the Jerome's trade-in sale, October 1961. Newspaper clippingsA1016
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's 105th semi-annual sale, July 1963.Newspaper clippingsA1017
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's, no date. Newspaper clippingsA1018
Newspaper advertisement for the hottest sale in town at Jerome's, January 1962.Newspaper clippingsA1020
Newspaper advertisement for a sale at Jerome's, January 1964.Newspaper clippingsA1021
Newspaper advertisement for the reorganization sale at Jerome's, January 1958. Newspaper clippingsA1022
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's 96th semi-annual men's wear clearance sale, January 1959. Newspaper clippingsA1023
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