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    Jacob Aloysius Dorf Papers, 1909-1972.
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    Dorf, Jacob Aloysius, 1879-1965 (blacksmith, businessman) (author).
    Jacob Aloysius Dorf Papers, 1909-1972.
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    0.15 cubic feet: 1 box.
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    Jacob A. Dorf was born in Cedar Hill, Missouri. His name was originally Blittersdorf. To Anaconda, Missouri in 1901, where he owned and operated a blacksmith shop. In 1911 he purchased a hardware store in Cuba, Missouri, which he operated for more than 49 years. Throughout his long business career he was an innovative advertiser in the local press and elsewhere, sponsoring a radio program in 1924 which stimulated letters from thirty states and Canada. Dorf was active in community affairs, particularly during the depressed 1930s. In 1933 he led an effort which saved the local bank from failing. He branched into other business lines, including real estate, and once financed the purchase of a better breed of cattle for local farmers.
    Scope and Content: 
    Newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to Dorf's activities, particularly in the hardware business. Biographical information and obituaries are included as well as samples of his unusual advertising.
    Donated by Dorf's daughter.
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    Jacob Aloysius Dorf Papers, Archives Center, NMAH. Gift of Opal Dorf Haviland.
    Advertising -- 1890-1900
    Hardware stores -- 1900-1970 -- Missouri
    Depressions -- 1929
    Subject - Geographical: 
    Missouri -- 20th century
    Form / Genre: 
    Correspondence -- 20th century
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Haviland, Opal Dorf (donor).
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0193Add Copy to MyList

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