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Rich's Department Store new employee training documents

Collection number: ahc.MSS791f

Scope and Content

This collection contains training materials for new female Rich's hires. Specifically, material includes booklets on the chemistry and care of Nylon and other fabrics, as well as tips on how to sell these and other products. The documents include store policy and procedures, and one entry blank for a Deering, Milliken & Co., Inc. retail sales personnel contest. Of special note are three Elizabeth Arden wellness pamphlets that provide tips on diet, skincare, and exercise for women.


  • 1946-1953, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

On May 28, 1867, Morris Rich (1847-1928), a Jewish immigrant born Mauritius Reich in Kaschau, Hungary, started a dry-goods business at 36 Whitehall Street in Atlanta, Georgia, called M. Rich & Co. His brother Emanuel Rich (1849-1897) joined the business in 1877, and the brothers changed the store's name to M. Rich & Bro. Seven years later in 1884, the third brother, Daniel Rich (1844-1920), joined and they changed the name to M. Rich & Bros. In 1901, the business transitioned from a small, dry-goods store into a department store. In 1929, under the presidency of Walter H. Rich (1880-1947), the nephew of Morris Rich, the store was renamed once again to Rich's, Inc. Rich's moved several times on Whitehall Street, and finally ended up at the intersection of Broad and Alabama Streets. As the store grew and prospered during the presidencies of Frank H. Neely (1884-1979) and later, Richard H. Rich (1901-1975), branch stores opened up around the South. In 1954, the business grew once again when it encorporated S. H. George and Sons, Inc., and became George's-Rich's. The Rich's name was retired in 2005 when Macy's bought it out.


2 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2017

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Rich’s Department Store new employee training documents
Meredith Jones
May 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305