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Hahne and Company Records (1897 - 1936)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection IDMG Hahne
Size22 volumes
Collection Description
Julius Hahne and Adam Block founded Hahne and Company in Newark, in 1858. Beginning as a "specialty store," it grew into a full-service department store and eventually opened a number of branches. By 1897, Hahne was quoted as saying his Newark store wasbigger by six times than the next biggest store in New Jersey �. [W]e cover seven acres, with 300,000 feet of shopping space, have 100 departments, employ 1,200 people and 75 delivery wagons.� Hahnes store at Broad and New Street, built in 1901, was the first commercial building in Newark to be built as a department store.

In 1911an even larger Hahne's building, designed by architect Goldwin Starrett, opened at 609 Broad Street and was publicized as New Jersey's finest department store. Within a few years ownership of the store passed from the Hahne family to R. H. Macy. In 1933, Hahne's was sold again, to the New York-based Associated Dry Goods Corporation.

The Hahnes store in Newark was closed in 1987. Although the palatial building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, it remained vacant for 30 years. Eventually it was renovated through a public-private partnership, and now (2019) houses apartments, retail businesses, and space used by Rutgers University.
Collection Contents
The collection consists of 20 account books and 2 payroll books recording the general expenses of Hahne and Co.
FormatTextual materials
SubjectsBusiness / Commerce; Finance / Taxation
Time Periods19th Century; 20th Century
Access policyOpen for research
Finding AidYes
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