Olweiler Store Records, 1893-1934

Call Number:  MG-345

1 box     6 folders     .5  cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 8

Description:  This collection contains records from Jacob N. Olweiler’s clothing store in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. A ledger and two daybooks show the names of customers and their purchases from 1893-1925. Trade cards advertise the businesses of J. N. Olweiler and Doutrich & Olweiler. A ticket to the high school play could have been exchanged at the store. There is also correspondence with Gov. Pinchot and Senator James Davis.

Creators:  Olweiler, Jacob N.; Olweiler, Anna.

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:  Purchased 30 November 1989.

Related Materials:  Photographs of Anna Olweiler and interior images of the store are in the Photograph Collection.


Folder 1  Ephemera

Insert 1  Trade Cards

J. N. Olweiler, dealer in clothing, shoes, hats, men’s furnishings, goods, umbrellas, hand bags and trunks. Elizabethtown, Est. 1893. (2 cards)

Nu-shine advertisement, stamped “J. N. Olweiler, Elizabethtown, PA.” (2 cards)

Price tag “Neckties 15¢” on back of trade card for Doutrich and Olweiler, dealers in shoes, clothing, hats, gents’ furnishing goods, and trunks. Elizabethtown. (1 card)

Price tag “Size 8 ½ for $1.50” on back of business card for J. N. Olweiler, Burgess, Elizabethtown, PA.

Insert 2  Lord’s Prayer and Play Ticket

White bookmark embroidered in blue and gold with the Lord’s Prayer from Miller Funeral Home, [Elizabethtown].

Ticket for 1924 Senior Class Play, Elizabethtown High School, Moose Theatre, April 3-4. Can be exchanged for reserved seat coupon at Olweiler’s Clothing Store.

Insert 3  Postcards

Thanksgiving Greetings postcard of Native American and turkey, from Mildred C. to Miss Anna Olweiler, Elizabethtown, PA. 1912.

Thanksgiving Greetings postcard of girl feeding turkeys, to Miss Anna Olweiler, Elizabethtown, PA. 1912.


Folder 2  Correspondence

Insert 1  Letter to J. N. Olweiler from Governor Gifford Pinchot regarding election. Letterhead: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor’s Office, Harrisburg, 1923.

Insert 2  Letter to J. N. Olweiler, President of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Congress, from James Davis, U.S. Senate, regarding construction of bridge across Susquehanna River at Bainbridge. Letterhead: United States Senate Committee on Naval Affairs, 1934.


Folder 3  Ledger of customer accounts showing name, items purchased and date paid. 1893-1896.

Folder 4  Daybook of day-to-day purchases, methods of purchase and names of customers. 1909-1925.

Book 5  Daybook of day-to-day purchases, methods of purchase and names of customers. 1898-1909.


Folder 6  Articles from Elizabethtown Herald, 1 July 1915

“The Liberty Bell will make a Five-Minute Stop here Monday, July 5.”

Advertisement, “The Liberty Bell will be in Lancaster July 5.”

“What Really Happened on First Independence Day.”