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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 Van Heusen shirts at Jerome's, April 1962.Newspaper clippingsA1074
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's Varsity Club Shop, August 1960.Newspaper clippingsA1075
Newspaper advertisement for lightweight clothing at Jerome's, May 1961.Newspaper clippingsA1076
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's back to school sale, August 1964.Newspaper clippingsA1077
Newspaper advertisement for Seamprufe Lingerie at Jerome's, December 1957.Newspaper clippingsA1078
Newspaper advertisement for Jerome's back to school sale, July 1960.Newspaper clippingsA1079
Clinching Retail Sales by Robert Jerome, 1959.BookletA1101
Newspaper article from the Daily New Record, October 5, 1956 entitled "Sounding Opinion First, Aids Jerome's New Varsity Shop".ArticleA1102
Postcard flyer for Jerome's at 310 E. Water Street.AdvertisementA1103
Christmas Catalog for Jerome's, no year.CatalogA1104
Postcard/flyer for Jerome's announcing Early Shopper Christmas Bonus.AdvertisementA1105
From Harriet Mackintosh to James E. Waters dated October 8, 1956 regarding story on Jerome's Varisty Club Shop.LetterA1106
Advertisement regarding Jerome's Varsity Club Shop.AdvertismentA1107
Flyer survey mailed out to Jerome's mailing list.SurveyA1108
Article from The Jarman Journal, June 1956 entitled "Jerome's Holds Another Successful Factory Showing of New Jarman Styles.ArticleA1109
Article from the Daily News Record dated March 6, 1958 entitled "Store Keeps Students Informed of Needs".ArticleA1110
Article from the Daily News Record dated December 28, 1954 entitled "Wardrobe-Minded Resources Can Give Store Selling Edge".ArticleA1111
Retail Promotion News, April 29, 1957 with an article on Jerome's.NewsletterA1112
WELM 1400 on your dial, for December 1954, Vol. 2, No. 6 with an article entitled "Jerome's Styles and Smiles Proves To Be Top Sponsor Participation Program".MagazineA1113
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