Beck Archives Businesses Collection
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
- University of Denver. Center for Judaic Studies. Ira M. Beck Memorial Collection of Rocky Mountain Jewish History (Organization)
Language of Materials
Materials are primarily in English; materials in Hebrew and Yiddish are indicated at the item level.
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; 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.
- Business enterprises
- Dairy farms
- Food service
- Green's Dry Goods Store (Antonito, Colo.)
- Jewish businesspeople
- Jewish businesspeople -- Colorado
- Jewish businesspeople -- Colorado -- Denver
- Jewish merchants
- May Department Stores Company
- Mines and mineral resources
- Saliman's Bar and Grill
- Schachet Mercantile Company (Denver, Colo.) (1918-1981)
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script