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Guide to the Wellmade Glove records ARC.224

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Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Lebman, Louis, 1880-1969
Title: Wellmade Glove records
Dates [inclusive]: 1941-1964
Quantity: 2.09 Linear feet in one manuscript box and one oversize box.
Text [Box]: ARC.224 1 of 2
Text [Oversize]: ARC.224 2 of 2
Call Phrase: ARC.224
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Historical Note

Wellmade Glove (later Wellmade Gloves) was a glove shop and manufacturer specializing in fine gloves produced from fabric and goat skin. The company was located at 480 Seventh Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, and was owned and operated by Louis Lebman (1880-1969), a Polish immigrant who served his glovemaking apprenticeship in Gloversville, N.Y. Lebman lived with his wife, Rose, and their daughter, Maria, in the same building that housed Wellmade Glove.

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Scope and Contents

The Wellmade Glove records are comprised of business and financial records kept by Louis Lebman, the owner and operator of Wellmade Glove, throughout the period 1941 to 1964. Items include account books, receipt books, checkbooks, and ledgers in which Lebman recorded expenses and transactions with leather manufacturers, accessory and clothing vendors, and various other businesses and individuals. Two large receipt books are housed separately from the rest of the collection in an oversize box. Additional items include invoices from several leather manufacturers, including the Gloversville Leather Manufacturing Corporation and the United States Raw Skins Tanners, among others; business cards; a business telephone directory; insurance policy documents and maintenance contracts; tax returns; photographs of Louis Lebman and his wife, Rose, and daughter, Maria; and several issues of the monthly periodical Handbags and Fashion Accessories.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Lebman, Louis, 1880-1969

Document Type

  • Account books
  • Business cards
  • Business records
  • Checkbooks
  • Contracts
  • Financial records
  • Insurance policies
  • Invoices
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Tax records
  • Telephone directories

Subject Organizations

  • Wellmade Glove (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Businessmen -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Glove industry -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Leather garments industry -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Commerce
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Handbags and fashion accessories (Magazine)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Wellmade Glove records, ARC.224, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Other Finding Aids note

Item-level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Julius Castigliola, 1986.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

The collection combines the accessions 1986.006 and V1986.002.

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