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Beck Archives Businesses Collection

Identifier: B112


The Businesses Collection reflects the diverse role Jews played in the economic growth of the American West, particularly within Colorado. It includes a paper on Jewish businesses and articles and documents from and about a variety of businesses, dating from 1890 to 2007.


  • Coverage: 1861-2015
  • Majority of material found in 1920-1985


Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English; materials in Hebrew and Yiddish are indicated at the item level.

Conditions Governing Use

Use Note: This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Biographical / Historical

The businesses represented in the Collection include the J.L. Brown Hide Company owned by Benjamin Sosny in the 1920s; Dave Cook's Sporting Goods Store; Dewey Liquor Co.; Feld Hardware and Sforim; The Queen City Scrap Iron Company established by A. Goodstein in Denver in the 1890s; The May Company founded by David May in 1877; Miller and Melnick Ranch; Rockmount Ranch Wear founded by Jack Weil in the 1940s; Robinson Dairy established by Louis Robinson in 1885; the Sartoga Mines Company founded by Phillip J. Ragooland; Schachet Mercantile founded in 1918 by Eli Schachet and his sons; Star West Productions established by the Pettit brothers in the 1970s; the Union State Bank; Ben Frumess Pioneer Gift Shop; and Weisbart Ranch which was turned from a cattle ranch into a fish farm


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box and one document in map case) : Full Legal Document Box

Scope and Contents

The collection includes copies of articles, letters advertisements, and financial material relating to businesses, which range from mining to dry goods, livestock and ranching, and clothing enterprises, dating from 1890 to 2007.


The collection is arranged into 6 series. Series 1: Breweries, 1895-1897; Series 2: General History, 1861-1979; Series 3: Mercantile, 1890-2007; Series 4: Mining and Metallurgy, 1895-1976; Series 5: Ranch and Dairy Farms, 1925-1952; Series 6: Service, 1918-1982.

The box contains multiple series. New folders are placed at the end of their respective series, no matter the folder identifier.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428