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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.
The collection contains administrative records of the investment banking firm Lehman Brothers and of Kuhn, Loeb & Company, another firm that merged with Lehman in 1977. Also includes the papers of numerous Lehman Brothers and Kuhn, Loeb & Company executives and their families.