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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. 

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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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - May, September & December 1963; April 1964; February & December 1966. NewsletterA0101
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - April-December 1969. NewsletterA0201
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - January-December 1970; January-December 1971. NewsletterA0301
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - January-June, September-December 1972; January-December 1973.NewsletterA0401
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - January, April-June, October-December 1974; February-April, June-December 1975. NewsletterA0501
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - January-October 1976; January-June, August-December 1977.NewsletterA0601
Chatter & Changes - Iszard's Department Store Newsletter - January-February 1978. NewsletterA0701
Booklet - S.F. Iszard Co. By-Laws, ca. 1910s. BookletA0801
Policies of the S.F. Iszard Company by Frank K. Iszard, May 20, 1950. DocumentA0802
Iszard's Department Store employeed pension plan, January 1, 1955. DocumentA0803
S.F. Iszard Co. personnel policies and procedures, July 17, 1961. DocumentA0804
S.F. Iszard policy memorandum regarding vacations, February 6, 1978. DocumentA0805
S.F. Iszard Co. employee telephone directory, ca. 1970s. DocumentA0901
Seal of the S.F. Iszard Co., 1910. SealA1001
S.F. Iszard Co. advertising postcards, 1910s-30s. (3 versions)PostcardA1002
S.F. Iszard Co. stationery envelopes. (2 versions)EnvelopesA1003
S.F. Iszard Co. receipt pad, ca. 1960s. ReceiptA1004
S.F. Iszard Co. letterhead, ca. 1970s. LetterheadA1005
Award certificates presented to the S.F. Iszard Company from the following: Elmira-Corning Advertising Club (1974); National Retail Dry Goods Association (1946); National Retail Merchants Association Research Institute (1960); Audit Beureau of Circulations (1977). CertificatesA1101
Letters sent to S.F. Iszard Co. by satisfied customers, 1970-1973. LettersA1201
Correspondence between S.F. Iszard Co. and Streeter Associates Architects regarding the expansion of the downtown store, March 1987-January 1989. CorrespondenceA1301
Assorted papers associated with S.F. Iszard Co.'s expansion of their downtown store, ca. 1988. DocumentsA1302
Booklet - After 25 Years: A Quarter Century Roll Call of the Canadian and American delages who made that notable visit to the British Isles at the invitation of the Drapers' Chamber of Trade of the United Kingdom, 1946. Features S.F. Iszard & wife. BookletA1401
Booklet - Greetings from Santa Claus by the S.F. Iszard Co. of Elmira, ca. 1950s. BookletA1402
Jane Bond history, 1948-1958. DocumentA1403
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