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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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Red photograph album containing a combination of 75 postcards and photographs of Mark Twain, family and related sites, including Woodlawn Cemetery, The Study at Elmira College, Katy Leary, The House in Hartford, his apartment in New York City, and Quarry Farm.ScrapbookA01
Green photograph album containing 32 postcards of Elmiran Landmarks including: Willys-Morrow Co., Steele Memorial Library, Elmira College, Central Fire Station, Maple Ave, City Hall, Lackawanna Station, Arnot Art Gallery, Water Street, Empire Bridge Co., Main Street, Union Railroad Station, U. S. Post Office, NYS Reformatory, Beecher Monument and Park Church, The Armory, Philo National Poultry Institute, Lake Street, Arnot Mill Dam, EFA, Parley Coburn School, Brand Park and St. Joseph's Hospital.ScrapbookA02
The 1941 Cornellian from Cornell University belonging to Robert Jerome.YearbookA03
The 1941 Battlefield from Mary Washington College belonging to Helen Jerome.YearbookA04
The Torch, 1937 from the Senior Class of EFA, belonging to Robert Jerome.YearbookA05
The Edisonian, 1937 from the Senior Class of Southside High School, belonging to Helen Jerome.YearbookA06
Framed advertisement from Friday, January 11, 1918 regarding an Inventory Cleanup Sale at the Empire Credit Clo. Co, 314 East Water Street.AdvertisementA07
Framed advertisement from Friday, December 14, 1917 regarding Holiday Specials at the Empire Credit Clo. Co, 314 East Water Street.AdvertisementA08
Name tag belonging to Helen Horwitz Jerome with purple and gold yarn attached to the safety pin.DocumentA0901
Name tag belonging to Helen Horwitz Jerome with purple and gold yarn attached to the safety pin.DocumentA0901
Napkin from EFA's class of 1937 25th Reunion.NapkinA0902
Napkin from Southside High School's Class of 1937 25th Reunion.NapkinA0903
Dark Blue napkin from EFA's Class of 1937 50th Class Reunion.NapkinA0904
Napkin from EFA's Class of 1937 40th Class Reunion.NapkinA0905
Annual Reception and Banquet of the Class of Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Seven (1937) Elmira Free Academy, Mark Twain Hotel, Friday, June 4, 1937.ProgramA0906
Twenty-Fifth (25) Banquet of the Elmira Free Academy Class of Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Seven (1937), Myhalyk's Starlight Room, Saturday, July 21, 1962.ProgramA0907
50th Reunion Banquet of the Elmira Free Academy, Class of Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Seven (1937), Pierce's 1894 Restaurant, June 13-14, 1987.ProgramA0908
Southside High School, Class of 1937 25th Reunion, April 28, 1962, Myhalyk's Restaurant.ProgramA0909
Commencement, May Washington College, May 24-June 7, 1941 for Helen Jerome.ProgramA0911
Vindex for the Class of 1937 25th Reunion. 2 copies.NewsletterA0912
Mary Washington College, Diploma of Graduation for Helen Horwitz (Jerome) Bachelor of Science, June 7, 1941.DiplomaA0913
The EL-So-Hi, from Southside High School, April 20, 1937.NewspaperA0914
Elmira Star-Gazette for June 22, 1937 listing the Members of '37 Senior Class of Southside High School.NewspaperA0915
Letter to the Class of '41 from Class President Jo Ewing Balzer in Istanbul, Turkey dated July 17, 1981 with updates of the graduating class of Mary Washington CollegeLetterA0916
Class list and songs from Southside High School's Class of 1937 Reunion held at the Mark Twain Hotel.DocumentsA0917
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