Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs 1930-1941

Creator
Sweetbaum, Harry
Size
0.25 linear feet
Location
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Call number
MC 00105

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.

Harry Sweetbaum, born in Odessa, Russia, 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.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/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.

Physical description

1 archival box

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs, MC 00105, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

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

Photographs of Huchow #1 silk plant in China
Half box 1, Folder 1
Photographs of Huchow #1 silk plant in China
Half box 1, Folder 2
Photographs of the silk making process in China
Half box 1, Folder 3
Japanese postcards of Nichimura Filature
Half box 1, Folder 4
Photographs of AAA Silk Laboratory
Half box 1, Folder 5
Booklet for the AAA Silk Laboratory
Half box 1, Folder 6

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Harry Sweetbaum Silk Industry Photographs, MC 00105, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.