Hager Store Collection

Call number:  MG-104

1 box     10 folders, 1 framed document     .5 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 3

Description:  Collection consists of anniversary booklets, invoice, and newsletter of the Hager Department Store founded in Lancaster. There is also a children’s book that was distributed by the store.

Creator:  Hager & Brother (Lancaster, Pa.)

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Unknown, unless specified at the item level.


Folder 1  Anniversary Booklets

“Hager & Bro., Lancaster, PA: 80th Anniversary, 1827-1907.” Gift of S. M. Sener.

“Ninety Links in the Chain of Years.” No date.

“Then and Now at Hager’s,” by M. Jane Dowd. No date. (2 copies)


Folder 2  “Biography of William H. Hager,” (1867-1947). No date. Gift of Rev. Robert C. Batchelder.


Folder 3

Insert 1 Reprint of advertisement, Lancaster Free Press Weekly. 29 September 1823. Gift of Rev. Robert C. Batchelder.

Insert 2  Invoice to Jacob Landis from Hager & Brothers for clothing and fabric. 17 May 1860.


Folder 4  Newsletter, “Store Chat.” 1926-1942. Gift of Rev. Robert C. Batchelder.


Folder 5  “Store Chat.” 1943-1951. Gift of Rev. Robert C. Batchelder.


Folder 6  “Store Chat.” 1952-1960. Gift of Rev. Robert C. Batchelder.


Folder 7  Jane’s Christmas Tree. Published in Kansas City, Missouri by Frank T. Riley Publishing Co., 1912. The last page is an advertisement for “Wondertown,” the toy store in the basement of Hager & Bro.


Folder 8  146th Anniversary

Program and menu for 146th anniversary dinner. Lists officers and directors and members of the Quarter Century Club. 19 April 1967. (2 copies)

Flier for the Sports Car Rally sales contest listing team members with corresponding store department. [1967].

Lyrics to “In My Merry Oldsmobile.” [1967].

“Hager & Bro. Song Sheet.” No date. (2 copies)


Folder 9   “Christmas Carols.” Printed by Hager and Bro., Inc., Lancaster’s Centennial Christmas Store. No date. Gift of Goyenelle R. Duschl, January 2008.


Folder 10  Invoices and Receipts

Insert 1  C. Hager received payment from William Hull for hosiery. 3 January 1823. (glued to cardboard)

Insert 2  Invoice to Jacob Demuth for fabric and notions. 5 July 1827.

Invoice to Henry Slaymaker for [fabric]. Billhead of Hager and Bros. 27 August 1858. (both invoices glued to cardboard)

Insert 3  Photostatic copy of an invoice to N. [Trotter] & Co. 9 December 1829.

Insert 4  Receipt to C. S. Herr for payment in full. 30 April 1881.

Receipt to Alice Herr for payment in full. 2 April 1883.

Payment received from Mrs. Lefevre for blinds, fixtures, and wall paper. Billhead of Hager & Bros. 1 March 1870.

Payment received from Miss Alice Herr for fabric and notions. Billhead of Hager & Bro. 22 April 1880.

Insert 5  Invoice to Miss Sue Roy for corset, fabric, and household goods. Billhead of Hager & Bro. 19 May 1915. (glued to cardboard)


Framed Document

Location: Archives North, Side 5, Section 4, top shelf

“Sincere greetings to Hager and Brother in honor of their Ninetieth Anniversary” from the employees of Hager Store, Lancaster. Signed by all employees. [1917] Gift of Dr. Margaret Hager and the Frances H. Hager Revocable Trust, August 2009.