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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
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Varsity Club Shop, December 1956.Newspaper clippingsA1049
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's college clothes, date unknown.Newspaper clippingsA1050
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's back to school sale, August 1959.Newspaper clippingsA1051
Newspaper advertisement for school clothes at Jerome's, August 1961.Newspaper clippingsA1052
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Christmas sale, December 1959. Newspaper clippingsA1053
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Christmas sale, year unknown.Newspaper clippingsA1054
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Christmas sale, year unknown.Newspaper clippingsA1055
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Christmas sale, December 1960. Newspaper clippingsA1056
Newspaper advertisement for formal wear at Jerome's, November 1958.Newspaper clippingsA1057
Newspaper advertisement for Van Heusen gifts at Jerome's, December 1961.Newspaper clippingsA1058
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Father's Day sale, June 1964.Newspaper clippingsA1059
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's back to school sale, August 1964.Newspaper clippingsA1060
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Christmas sale, December 1964.Newspaper clippingsA1061
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Father's Day sale, June 1965.Newspaper clippingsA1062
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's back to school sale, August 1965.Newspaper clippingsA1063
Newspaper advertisement for the Downtown Elmira shopping center, August 1972.Newspaper clippingsA1064
Newspaper clipping about the downtown clean-up effort, May 7, 1979.Newspaper clippingA1065
Newspaper article "City merchants can't lose on clean sweep award," May 7, 1979.Newspaper clippingA1066
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's men's store, no date.Newspaper clippingA1067
Newspaper advertisement for raincoats at Jerome's, April 1961.Newspaper clippingsA1068
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Father's Day sale, June 1961.Newspaper clippingsA1069
Newspaper advertisement "Hottest sale in town at Jerome's," January 1962.Newspaper clippingsA1070
Newspaper article about the opening of Jerome's new Varsity Shop, October 5, 1956.Newspaper clippingsA1071
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Father's Day sale, June 1960.Newspaper clippingsA1072
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's trade-in sale, date unknown.Newspaper clippingsA1073
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