MC 00105 Guide to the Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs, 1930-1941

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Sweetbaum, Harry


0.25 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

1 archival box



Acquisitions Information

The Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs were a gift of Ms. Evelyn Osborne on February 10, 1986.


Processed by: Caroline Weaver; machine-readable finding aid created by: Katherine M. Wisser

Scope and Content

The Harry Sweetbaum silk industry photographs, circa 1930-1941, consist of photographs of a silk plant in China, pictures of the silk making process, Japanese postcards of the Nishimura Filature, and photographs and a booklet from the AAA Silk Laboratory in New York City. Images are of workers, machinery, and some photographs of silkworms.

Biographical Note

Harry Sweetbaum was born in Odessa, Russia, and emigrated to the United States in 1904. He grew up in New York City and received a degree in accounting from the City College of New York. He began his career as an accountant but while employed at a silk firm changed vocations and became an importer of raw silk from the 1920s to 1941. He worked for the Han Kow Silk Company which had facilities in Patterson, New Jersey, where the silk was thrown. His company used the AAA Laboratory in New York City to test silk. Sweetbaum strongly advocated the use of silk as opposed to synthetic fibers but went out of business in 1941 due to the increase of silk imported from Japan.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs, MC 105, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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