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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:776 1909-1942

Louis E. Kirstein business records

Scope and Contents

These are the office files of Louis E. Kirstein. Although there are some papers relating to Filene's store, the focus is on business interests of Kirstein, his philanthropic and community activities, the Associated Merchandising Corporation, the Federated Department Stores, and the Associated Retail Federation.


  • 1909-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information regarding access procedures.

Conditions Governing Use

Box 45 of the Louis E. Kirstein business records is available on microfilm (2 reels, 35mm.) for use in the Historical Collections Reading Room, Baker Library. Order no. 03-435, reel 1 & 2.


50 linear feet (103 boxes, 11 volumes, 2 microfilm reels)

Biographical / Historical

Merchant and civic leader. Born in Rochester, N.Y. Vice-president, William Filene's Sons Company, Boston, Mass. (1911-1942). Kirstein played an important role in the Associated Merchandising Corporation and in the American Retail Federation. He was a trustee of the Boston Public Library and served on the boards of hospitals and welfare organizations.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George and Lincoln Kirstein and Mrs. Mina Curtiss, 1952.
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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