Photographs, videos, printed materials, papers, and a small amount of audio and film documenting the San Francisco-based department
store, from its early days as a local shop through its expansion into a regional and then a national chain via mergers with
Bullock's, Federated Department Stores, and Macy's. Includes extensive files on individual I. Magnin stores, designers, advertising
and publicity, and events, as well as a small amount of Magnin family papers.
The story of I. Magnin department store, with its ascension from a simple notion store of modest investment to a multi-million
dollar Pacific coast store chain, as well as its financial decline in its last decades, signifies one of the great romances
of the retail trade world.
46 boxes, 14 unboxed portfolios
(75.83 cubic feet)
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