MG 706 - Sachs, Mary Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the business and personal papers of Mary Sachs, business woman, philanthropist, and owner of clothing stores in Harrisburg and Lancaster which became known as leading specialty stores. They include biographical materials of Mary Sachs, tributes to her including a Resolution in her honor in the Congressional Record of the United States in 1958; a profile by the editors of Commonwealth, Mary Sachs Merchant Princess; advertising broadsides; newspaper clippings; inter-office memos and other items concerning the business; a booklet, "Hi-Notes, A Century of Music with the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg"; a booklet, Sam Feinbery looks at Mary Sachs, 1954; and miscellaneous papers concerning an exhibit of Mary Sachs materials.


Mary Sachs was born in Lithuania in 1888. She grew up in Baltimore and came to Harrisburg at the age of 19. She worked in a candy store in Steelton and later was a stock girl in a ladies' shop. She was promoted to salesgirl, but was fired by a new proprietor. She opened her own store and it became a symbol of retail sophistication and glamor. She began many innovations such as employee pension fund, shopper parking and gift wrapping. The shop continued in business for 50 years. Mary Sachs died in 1960, but her estate provides a source of financial support to a long line of organizations.

Date(s): 1928-1988

Extent: 2 boxes