Guide to the Collection of the Rabb Family and Stop & Shop Companies, 1912-1989
 
*P-679

Processed by Katrin D. Hardikar and Reprocessed by Sara Hawran

American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Sara Hawran as MS Word document, March 2014. The collection was reprocessed at that time. The collection was originally processed by Katrin D. Hardikar in 1997. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on May 30, 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: The Rabb Family; Stop & Shop Companies; Avram Goldberg; and Jane Rabb
Title: The Rabb Family and Stop & Shop Collection
Dates:1912-1989
Abstract: The Rabinovitz/Rabb family arrived in Boston from Russia in the 1890s. Around 1914 they founded Economy Grocery Stores, which became Stop & Shop in 1946. In addition to building their grocery company into a successful business, the family is known for its philanthropy and active involvement in the Jewish community. The collection contains materials relating to the Rabb family and to the business operations of Stop & Shop until 1989. The materials in this collection include historical sketches, newspaper clippings, press releases, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, advertisements, certificates, speeches, interviews, films, and photographs.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 15.5 cubic feet (14 manuscript boxes, 5 OS1 boxes, and 1 banker's box)
Identification: P-679
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note
  Rabb Family Tree

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The Rabb family traces its roots back to Nachman Schleime and Yente Rabinovitz. The couple emigrated from Malestovka, Russia with their children in 1891 so their oldest son would not have to join the army. According to one story, the family changed their last name from Aaron to Rabinovitz as it would be easier to leave Russia. They chose the name “Rabinovitz” to denote descent from a Rabbi. After trying unsuccessfully to enter Palestine, the family travelled to the United States instead. The family arrived in New York, and soon after they were sent to Boston by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Yente quickly set up a small grocery store on Salem Street, while Nachman continued to pursue his dream of entering Palestine. He visited the country for the rest of his life, and eventually died there.

Nachman and Yente’s son Joseph Rabinovitz (JR, 1878-1967) was 13 when his family arrived in Boston. At age 15 JR set out into business for himself, purchasing small lots of dried fruit and selling them wholesale. By 1898 he had enough money to found the Standard Grocery Company with his brother Max and three other men. Several years later, around 1914, his brothers Jacob (1885-1967) and Julius Rabinovitz started the Economy Grocery Stores Company, also known as Ecco or “the Green Front Stores.” Other family members quickly became involved. JR sold his interest in the Standard Grocery Company and invested in Economy. His oldest son Sidney (SRR) joined the company in 1918, and in 1919, JR began actively working with SRR to turn around the now struggling business. JR, SRR, and Jacob were Economy’s sole owners by 1920, and the business became successful.

JR had married Charlotte (Lottie) Fox in 1900. They had four children: Sidney (SRR, 1900-1985), Norman (NSR, 1905-1997), Jeanette Solomon, and Irving (IWR, 1913-2011). The boys (who changed their last name to Rabb in 1946) went to the Boston Latin School and Harvard University. SRR married Esther Rabb (née Cohn), with whom he had two children, Helene and Carol. He joined Economy shortly after being discharged from the Marines, becoming General Manager in 1919, co-owner by 1920, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer by 1930. NSR and IRW joined the company in 1925 and 1935 respectively. NSR married Eleanor Rabb (née Epstein), with whom he had two children, Hope and Jane. Jane Rabb later went to Radcliffe College and Oxford University, and she became a literature teacher. IWR married Charlotte (Dolly) Frank and had two children, Betty and James. Like SRR, both NSR and IWR became prominent players in Stop & Shop over the next few decades.

In 1925, the Economy Grocery Stores incorporated and issued its first shares of stock. The company grew rapidly from the 1920s to the mid-1930s, opening new stores and acquiring existing stores and chains. The acquired stores included the Rose T. Company and the Creamery Stores (renamed Rabinovitz Creameries). Economy opened its first self-service supermarket in 1935 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the name R.H. White Food Mart. Noting the store's success, Economy began opening more supermarkets under the name Stop & Shop. The company gradually closed the Economy stores and in 1946 the company was renamed Stop & Shop, Inc.

In 1965, Stop & Shop became the first major grocery chain to discontinue trading stamps in all stores. Trading stamps had been awarded with each purchase and could be redeemed from the trading stamp company for merchandise. Stop & Shop made the decision on the assumption that customers would prefer the lower prices that would result from discontinuing the program. Although the company initially saw a loss, the next year their profits jumped, and other grocery stores followed suit. Over the years the company diversified by acquiring Bradlees Junior Department Stores, Medi Mart, and Charles B. Perkins Tobacco. Stop & Shop also expanded to include its own bakery, potato operation, dairy plant, quality control laboratory, perishable distribution center, and meat processing facility. In 1970 the corporate name changed to The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc., reflecting the company's diversified nature.

During this time, a new generation was becoming prominent in Stop & Shop. SRR’s daughter Carol (CRG, 1931- ) had begun working at Stop & Shop in 1958. She went to Tufts University and Harvard Business School, and before starting at Stop & Shop had worked as a model and fashion coordinator. Her husband Avram Goldberg (AVG, 1930- ) had worked at Stop & Shop since age 18, while attending Harvard. The couple rose through the ranks, AVG eventually becoming President of Stop & Shop in 1971. When SRR died in 1985, AVG became Chairman of the Board and CRG took his place as President. Then in 1988, Stop & Shop underwent a leveraged buyout from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR). AVG and CRG resigned in March 1989.

In addition to their work with Stop & Shop, the family also has a long history of involvement in numerous civic and religious activities. Well-known for their philanthropy, the family's contributions have assisted many organizations including Beth Israel Hospital, which dedicated a building in their honor, and Brandeis University, where they were the chief contributors to the Rabb Graduate Center. Various family members have also been active in associations and organizations ranging from the Boston Public Library to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.1

Chronology

1891 The Rabinovitz family immigrates to the United States from Russia.
1898 Joseph Rabinovitz (JR) establishes the Standard Grocery Company with four others.
Circa 1914 Jacob and Julius Rabinovitz start the Economy Grocery Stores Company.
Circa 1914 JR sells his share of Standard Grocery Company and begins investing in Economy.
1918 Sidney Rabinovitz (SRR) joins the company.
1919 SRR becomes Economy’s General Manager.
1919 JR begins working for Economy.
1920 The other investors sell their shares and Jacob, JR, and SRR become the sole owners of Economy.
1925 The company is renamed to Economy Grocery Stores Corporation and issues its first shares of general stock.
1925 Norman S. Rabinovitz (NSR) joins the company.
1930 SRR becomes Economy’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.
1935 Economy opens its first self-service supermarket store, R.H. White, in Cambridge, MA.
1935 Irving W. Rabinovitz (IWR) joins the company.
1937 The first Stop & Shop supermarkets are opened.
1946 The name of the company is changed to Stop & Shop, Inc.
1946 SRR, NSR, and IWR change their last name to Rabb.
1948 Avram J. Goldberg (AVG) joins the company.
1958 Carol R. Goldberg (CRG) joins the company.
1959 The Readville distribution center is opened, a half a million square foot warehouse built to supply canned and dry goods to all Stop & Shop stores.
1961 Stop & Shop acquires its first Bradlees stores.
1964 IWR becomes President of the company.
1965 Donald A. Gannon becomes President of the company.
1965 Stop & Shop institutes minipricing, discontinuing trading stamps in all stores.
1967 Stop & Shop announces plans to open Medi Mart drug stores.
1969 Construction of the Marlborough Meat Processing Facility begins.
1969 Stop & Shop acquires Charles B. Perkins Tobacco.
1969 The Readville facility burns down.
1970 The company changes its name to The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc.
1971 AVG becomes President of Stop & Shop.
1985 SRR dies at 85.
1985 CRG becomes President of Stop & Shop and AVG becomes Chairman of the Board.
1988 Stop & Shop is bought out by KKR.
1989 AVG and CRG resign.
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Scope and Content Note

The Rabb Family and Stop & Shop Collection documents the Rabb family and its involvement in Stop & Shop from 1912 to 1989. The collection contains historical sketches, newspaper clippings, press releases, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, advertisements, certificates, speeches, interviews, films, and photographs, and other miscellaneous materials. The materials in this collection focus partially on the family itself, including their lives, their careers, their participation in the Jewish community, and their philanthropic activities. The collection also contains a substantial amount of material relating to the history and business operations of Stop & Shop and its predecessor, the Economy Grocery Stores Company.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Records of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, I-220

Records of Kehillath Israel Synagogue, I-488

Wyner Family Papers, P-803

Eliot Snider Papers, P-977

Records of Beth Israel Hospital, I-455

Beth Israel Hospital Archives, http://lib.harvard.edu/archives/0012.html

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); The Rabb Family and Stop & Shop Collection; P-679; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Avram J. Goldberg in 1990, 1993, 1994, and 1995, and by Stop & Shop in 1993. The Rabb Family Interviews and Rabb family films were donated by Jane M. Rabb in 2012.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Family, undated, 1912-1988

English
Boxes 1-3, 13, 17(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged into five sub-series by family member.

Scope and Content:

This series contains textual materials relating to the lives, careers, and community involvement of the Rabb/Rabinovitz/Goldberg family. The series includes biographical information, newspaper clippings, press releases, speeches, certificates, and correspondence highlighting the activities and achievements of the individual family members. Useful family history information can be found in Family – Rabb, Sidney R. – Biographical Information – Oral History, 1938-1982 (Box 2, Folder 2); Family – Goldberg, Carol R. – Speeches, 1973, 1988 (Box 1, Folder 15); and Family – Rabinovitz, Jacob and Ada; Joseph and Lottie – Joseph and Lottie, undated, 1946-1968 (Box 3, Folder 6).

Subseries A: Rabb Family, 1951-1978

English
Box 1, Folders 1-5 and Box 17(OS), Folder 2
Arrangement:

Arranged Alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains materials about the Rabb/Rabinovitz/Goldberg family in general (for information on specific family members, see the sub-series listed below). This series primarily contains newspaper clippings about the Rabbs, including clippings about their philanthropy towards Beth Israel Hospital and the Weizmann Institute. The sub-series also contains notes and correspondence regarding the Rabbs’ involvement in the Jewish community. Of note is a report summarizing a 1951 meeting between Sidney and Irving Rabb and Prime Minister Ben-Gurion. Also of note is a series of correspondence regarding a controversial Boston Globe article by Edmund Hanauer in 1975 (for related materials on Stop & Shop and the Boston Globe see Stop & Shop – Press – Newspaper Clippings – Boston Globe, Star and Stop & Shop [Box 8, Folder 3]).

BoxFolderTitleDate
17 OS 2 Associated Synagogues 25th Founders Day 1966
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Beth Israel Hospital 1961-1966
1 2 Bonds for Israel 1951
1 3 Boston Globe, Hanaur Article 1975
1 4 Newspaper Clippings 1957-1961
1 5 Weizmann Institute 1976-1978

Subseries B: Goldberg, Avram J. and Carol R., 1959-1989

English.
Box 1, Folders 7-18 and Box 17(OS), Folder 1
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject family member.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains materials relating to the lives and careers of Avram J. Goldberg and Carol R. Goldberg, including general biographical information, correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases about awards or promotions, and speeches given at special events or to Stop & Shop employees. Also included is a certificate given to Avram Goldberg for being named as one of Business Week’s Corporate Elite. Of note is a memo from Avram Goldberg (located in Correspondence) in which he attempts to give extra information about several historic Stop & Shop photographs, many of which can be located in the Photographs series of this collection.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 6 Goldberg, Avram J. – Biographical Information 1965-1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 OS 1 Goldberg, Avram J. – Awards and Honors – Business Week’s Corporate Elite 1988
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 7 Goldberg, Avram J. – Correspondence 1974, 1989
1 8-9 Goldberg, Avram J. – Newspaper Clippings undated, 1968-1986
1 10 Goldberg, Avram J. – Press Releases 1959-1985
1 11 Goldberg, Avram J. – Speeches 1973-1979
1 12 Goldberg, Carol R. – Biographical Information undated, 1967-1986
1 13 Goldberg, Carol R. – Newspaper Clippings 1967-1985
1 14 Goldberg, Carol R. – Press Releases undated, 1963-1986
1 15 Goldberg, Carol R. – Speeches 1973, 1988
1 16-17 Goldberg, Carol R. – Speeches – Harvard Business School Association – Background Material undated, 1982-1986
1 18 Goldberg, Carol R. – Speeches Harvard Business School Association – Speech Notes and Memos 1976-86

Subseries C: Rabb, Irving W. and Norman S., 1950-1988

English.
Box 1, Folders 19-27 and Box 17(OS), Folder 1
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject family member and alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains materials relating to the lives and careers of Irving W. Rabb and Norman S. Rabb, including general biographical information, miscellaneous correspondence, and newspaper clippings and press releases about their achievements and community involvement. Most of the sub-series contains information relating to Irving Rabb’s board and trustee positions, including his work for Bonds for Israel, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Supermarket Institute.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 19 Rabb, Irving W. undated, 1951-1964
1 20 Rabb, Irving W. – Awards and Honors 1977-1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 OS 1 Rabb, Irving W. – Birthday Program 1953
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 21 Rabb, Irving W. – Board and Trustee Positions 1971-1977
1 22 Rabb, Irving W. – Board and Trustee Positions – Bonds for Israel 1977
1 23 Rabb, Irving W. – Board and Trustee Positions – Combined Jewish Philanthropies 1977-1988
1 24 Rabb, Irving W. – Board and Trustee Positions – Supermarket Institute 1963-1977
1 25 Rabb, Irving W. – Newspaper Clippings 1964
1 26 Rabb, Irving W. – Press Releases 1957-1983
1 27 Rabb, Norman S. – Biographical Information 1950-1983

Subseries D: Rabb, Sidney R. and Esther, 1912-1986

English.
Box 1, Folder 28; Box 2, Folders 1-33; Box 3, Folders 1-4; Box 13; Box 17(OS), Folder 1; and Box 19(OS), Folder 1
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject family member and alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series primarily contains materials relating to the life and career of Sidney R. Rabb and includes biographical information, newspaper clippings, speeches, and certificates. Most of the materials focus on Sidney Rabb’s community involvement and achievements, including his numerous awards, board and trustee positions, philanthropy, and speeches. SRR’s speeches cover Stop & Shop events well as community and food industry events, including a 1965 Supermarket Institute speech called “Management and Civil Rights.” The series also includes a small amount of material about Sidney’s wife Esther.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 28 Rabb, Esther 1945, 1972-1979
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 Rabb, Sidney R. – Biographical Information undated, 1912-1982
2 2 Rabb, Sidney R. – Biographical Information – Oral History 1938-1982
2 3 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors 1938, 1956-1986
2 4 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Academy of Distinguished Bostonians 1985
2 5 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Babson College Distinguished Entrepreneur 1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 OS 1 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Certificates 1954-1975
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 6 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Grand Bostonian Award 1977
2 7 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Hebrew University Scopus Award 1984
2 8 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Honorary Degrees 1961-1976
2 9 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – Supermarket Institute Sidney R. Rabb Award 1976-1982
BoxFolderTitleDate
13 Rabb, Sidney R. – Awards and Honors – U.S. Marine Corps Medal 1927
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 10 Rabb, Sidney R. – Board and Trustee Positions 1945-1984
2 11 Rabb, Sidney R. – Board and Trustee Positions – Combined Jewish Appeal 1950-1954
2 12 Rabb, Sidney R. – Board and Trustee Positions – Combined Jewish Philanthropies 1982
2 13 Rabb, Sidney R. – Board and Trustee Positions – Edison Company 1974
2 14 Rabb, Sidney R. – Board and Trustee Positions – Supermarket Institute 1947-1977
2 15 Rabb, Sidney R. – Newspaper Clippings undated, 1959-1985
2 16 Rabb, Sidney R. – Newspaper Clippings – Boston Globe, “Jews in a New World” 1985
2 17-18 Rabb, Sidney R. – Obituaries and Memorial Tributes 1985
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 OS 1 Rabb, Sidney R. – Obituaries and Memorial Tributes 1985
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 19 Rabb, Sidney R. – Philanthropy 1975-1983
2 20 Rabb, Sidney R. – Philanthropy – Ben-Gurion University 1983-1984
2 21 Rabb, Sidney R. – Philanthropy – Einstein Archives, Hebrew University undated
2 22 Rabb, Sidney R. – Philanthropy – Harvard University Endowment 1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1-3 Rabb, Sidney R. – Speeches undated, 1940-1984
3 4 Rabb, Sidney R. – Speeches – Arid Lands Symposium 1975

Subseries E: Rabinovitz, Jacob and Ada; Joseph and Lottie, 1918-1968

English.
Box 3, Folders 5-7 and Box 17(OS), Folder 2
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject family member and alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains materials relating to Joseph Rabinovitz and his wife Lottie. It also contains materials relating to Jacob Rabinovitz and his wife Ada. The sub-series includes newspaper clippings, birthday and anniversary programs, and speeches and correspondence containing biographical information. Also included is a certificate given to Lottie Rabinovitz as a member of the Hebrew Free Loan Society in 1918.

BoxFolderTitleDate
3 5 Rabinovitz, Jacob and Ada undated, 1963
3 6 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie undated, 1946-1968
3 7 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie – Hebrew Free Loan Society 1918
BoxFolderTitleDate
17 OS 2 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie – Rabb Graduate Center Plaque 1967
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Series II: Economy Grocery Stores, undated, 1923-1947

English
Boxes 3-4, 16(OS) and 19(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series contains textual materials related to the Economy Grocery Company (also known as Ecco) from the time of the company’s founding until the name was officially changed to Stop & Shop, Inc. in 1947. Included in this series are advertisements for Ecco products and sales, clippings about the annual outing, a 1941 policy manual, and copies of the Economy newsletter "Ecco Folks."

BoxFolderTitleDate
16 OS Advertising and Marketing undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 OS 2 Advertising and Marketing undated
19 OS 2 Annual Outings undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 8 Annual Outings undated, 1923
3 9 Employee Training and Information undated, 1940
3 10-11 Employee Training and Information - Policy Manual 1941
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 1-2 Newsletters - Ecco Folks 1926, 1938-1947
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Series III: Stop & Shop, undated, 1946-1989

English
Boxes 4-8, 12, and 19(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject and type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series includes textual materials relating to the operations of Stop & Shop, Inc., starting from the official company name change in1947 and ending before the 1988 buyout of the company. The series contains advertisements, employee training and policy information, minutes, newsletters, shareholder reports, reports on minipricing, and memos regarding consumer affairs, public relations, and real estate. The series also contains a great deal of information about the Marlborough Meat Processing Facility, including newspaper clippings, public relations, and a case study examining the successes and failures of the operation. Also included are materials relating to the Readville distribution center, including a time capsule that was buried with the building’s cornerstone in 1959. Among other things, the time capsule includes a sealed can of Stop & Shop coffee.

Also included in this series is information about the history of Stop & Shop, including two compilations of miscellaneous background materials. These materials include historical sketches, anecdotes, store listings, memos, correspondence, and news clippings. Box 5 contains a photocopy of an album documenting Stop & Shop history; the original was dismantled and can be found in the photograph series. For more Stop & Shop history see Family/ Rabb, Sidney R./ Biographical Information/ Oral History, 1938-1982 (Box 2, Folder 2) and a February 1960 issue of "Yankee Grocer" in Stop & Shop/ Press/ Newspaper Clippings, undated, 1937-1984 (Box 8, Folder 2).

BoxFolderTitleDate
4 3 Advertising and Marketing 1976-1990
4 4 Consumer Affairs undated, 1970-1977
4 5 Employee Training and Information - Employee Notices 1946-1986
4 6 Employee Training and Information - Handbook Drafts undated, 1963-1966
4 7 Employee Training and Information - Orientation Cards undated
4 8-9 Employee Training and Information - Pamphlets undated, 195?, 1963, 1980
4 10 Events undated, 1960-1962, 1987
4 11 Events -50th Anniversary 1965
4 12 Events -75th Anniversary undated, 1989
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 OS 2 Events -New York Stock Exchange Poster undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
4 13 History -Background Material undated, 1925-1989
4 14 History -Corporate History Brochure undated,1960-1987
4 15 History - Grocery Manufacturer Representatives Booklet 1974
BoxFolderTitleDate
5 1 History - Photo Album 197?
5 2 Market Research undated, 1947-1948
5 3 Marlborough Meat Processing Facility - Case Study 1980-1981
5 4 Marlborough Meat Processing Facility - Newspaper Clippings undated, 1968-1980
5 5-6 Marlborough Meat Processing Facility - Sales Promotion and Public Relations undated,1968-1979
5 7-8 Minipricing undated, 1962-1971, 1983
BoxFolderTitleDate
6 v1 Minutes - Executive Council 1946-1949
6 v2 Minutes - Coordinating Committee 1954-1955
6 v3 Minutes - Staff Meetings 1956-1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
7 1-3 Newsletters - Stopics 1947-1956
7 4-9 Newsletters - Scoopics 1956-1960
7 10 Newsletters - Contact 1963-1968
7 11 Newsletters - Express Line December 1980
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 1 Personnel undated, 1940, 1961-1988
8 2 Press - Newspaper Clippings undated, 1937-1984
8 3 Press - Newspaper Clippings - Boston Globe, Star and Stop & Shop 1973-1976
8 4 Press - Press Releases 1953-1967
8 5 Press - Public Relations undated, 1959-1988
8 6 Readville - Opening 1959
8 7 Readville - Fire 1969
8 8 Readville - Fire - Business Interruption Claim 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
12 Readville - Time Capsule 1959
BoxFolderTitleDate
8 9 Real Estate Memoranda undated, 1939-1940, 1976
8 10-12 Shareholders’ Reports 1953-1973, 1978-1982
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Series IV: Photographs, undated, 1922-1986

English
Boxes 9-11, 18(OS), and 19(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged into three subseries by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series contains photographs of Stop & Shop, Economy, and the Rabb/Rabinovitz/Goldberg family. The bulk of these photographs are business related, although there is a small amount of family photographs. Supplementary identification information for some of the Economy/Stop & Shop photographs can be found in a memo written by Avram Goldberg, located in Family/ Goldberg, Avram J./ Correspondence (Box 1, Folder 7).

Subseries A: Family, undated, 1946-1986

English
Boxes 9-10 and 19(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged by family member and subject.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains materials about the Rabb/Rabinovitz/Goldberg family in general (for information on specific family members, see the sub-series listed below). This series primarily contains newspaper clippings about the Rabbs, including clippings about their philanthropy towards Beth Israel Hospital and the Weizmann Institute. The sub-series also contains notes and correspondence regarding the Rabbs’ involvement in the Jewish community. Of note is a report summarizing a 1951 meeting between Sidney and Irving Rabb and Prime Minister Ben-Gurion. Also of note is a series of correspondence regarding a controversial Boston Globe article by Edmund Hanauer in 1975 (for related materials on Stop & Shop and the Boston Globe see Stop & Shop – Press – Newspaper Clippings – Boston Globe, Star and Stop & Shop [Box 8, Folder 3]).

BoxFolderTitleDate
19 OS 3 Rabb Family undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 1-2 Rabb Family undated, 1951, 1958-1960, 1973
9 3 Rabb Family - Supermarket Institute 1957-1973
9 4 Goldberg, Avram J. undated, 1986
BoxFolderTitleDate
19 OS 3 Goldberg, Avram J. undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
9 5 Goldberg, Avram J. and Carol R. undated, 1973
9 6 Goldberg, Carol R. undated, 1978
9 7 Rabb, Irving W. undated
9 8 Rabb, Norman S. (including photograph with Albert Einstein) undated, 1947
9 9 Rabb, Sidney R. undated, 1958, 1967
9 10 Rabb, Sidney R. - Awards - Babson College Distinguished Entrepreneur 1983
9 11 Rabb, Sidney R. - Awards - Hebrew University, Scopus Award 1984
9 12 Rabb, Sidney R. - Awards - Honorary Degrees 1961-1976
9 13 Rabb, Sidney R. - Awards - Massachusetts Committee of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews 1964
9 14 Rabb, Sidney R. - Awards - Supermarket Institute Sidney R. Rabb Award 1976-1977
9 15 Rabinovitz, Jacob undated
9 16 Rabinovitz, Jacob and Ada - Golden Anniversary 1957
9 17 Rabinovitz, Joseph undated, 1954
9 18 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie undated, 1946, 1959
9 19 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie - Brandeis University Groundbreaking 1956
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 1 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie - Golden Anniversary 1949
10 2 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie - Joseph Rabinovitz’s Birthday undated
10 3 Rabinovitz, Joseph and Lottie - Temple Kehillath Israel, Joseph and Lottie Rabinovitz Building 1946, 1959

Subseries B: Goldberg, Avram J. and Carol R., undated, 1922-1941

English.
Box 10, Folders 3-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains photographs of Economy buildings, employees, and the third annual banquet. The series also contains pictures of Economy delivery trucks, including a horse and carriage delivery truck.

BoxFolderTitleDate
10 4 Building Exteriors undated, 1922, 1932
10 5 Building Interiors undated, 1930
10 6 Third Annual Banquet 1923
10 7 Transportation - Delivery Trucks c. 1940, 1941

Subseries C: Stop & Shop, undated, 1930-1983

English.
Boxes 10-11 and 18(OS)
Arrangement:

Arranged by alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content:

This sub-series contains photographs of Stop & Shop buildings, employees, and events. This series also contains photographs of other Stop & Shop-owned companies such as Charles B. Perkins Tobacco, Medi Mart, Bradlees, and Brockleman’s, as well as photographs of the company’s first supermarket, R.H. White.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11 8-14 Building Exteriors undated, 1930-1967
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 OS 1 Building Exteriors undated
18 OS 1 Building Exteriors - R.H. White undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
10 15-18 Building Interiors undated, 1935-1974
10 19 Charles B. Perkins Tobacco undated
10 20 Employees undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 1-4 Events undated, 1945-1972, 1983
11 5 Events - Block Party undated, 1958
11 6 Events - Polio Clinic 1960-1962
11 7 Events - Quarter Century Club 1955, 1964-1974
11 8 Events - Ribbon Cutting undated, 1958
11 9 General Office undated
11 10 History - Slides undated
11 11 History - Photo Album 197?
11 12 Manufacturing undated, 1962
11 13 Marlborough Meat Processing Facility undated
11 14 Medi Mart 1978
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 OS 2 Medi Mart undated
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 15 Meetings undated, 1953-1977
11 16 Meetings - Executive Committee Slide 1966
11 17 Readville undated, 1959-1962
11 18 Readville - Fire 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
18 OS 2 Readville - Fire 1969
BoxFolderTitleDate
11 19 Showroom, Tokyo 1978
11 20 Store Guest Book undated, 1950-1957
11 21 Transportation - Delivery Trucks 1946
11 22 Unidentified Groups undated
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Series V: Audio and Video, undated, 1938-1981

English
Boxes 14, 15(OS), and 20(OS).
Arrangement:

Arranged by subject.

Scope and Content:

This series includes audio and video materials about the Rabb family. The bulk of this series consists of oral history interviews conducted by Jane M. Rabb and several members of the Rabb family. Also included are seven reels of family films, a reel of Sidney R. Rabb personal films, interviews with Irving W. Rabb on cassette tape, and recordings of a Combined Jewish Philanthropies testimonial dinner on phonograph records. The seven family film reels donated by Jane Rabb have also been migrated to CDs and to an external hard drive.

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20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Goldberg, Carol and Avram (3 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Dolly (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Eleanor (4 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Esther (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Helene (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Irving W. (2 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Norman S. (5 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Sidney R. (5 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabb, Sidney R. (4 audio cassettes) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Rabinovitz, Janice (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Robbins, Sam (3 CDs) 1981
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Solomon, Jeannette Rabinovitz (2 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Solomon, Richard and Ann (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Solomon, Richard (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Tarlin, Lloyd (1 CD) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Thomas, Clarence (2 CDs) 1976
20 OS Rabb Family Interviews - Usen, Irving and Rabinovitz, Janice (1 CD) 1976
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14 Rabb Family - Family films (7 film reels; CD versions in box 14, external hard drive in box 20) 1968-1980
14 Rabb, Irving W. - Interview by Mimi Stein (2 audio cassettes) 1982-1983
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? Rabb, Irving W. - 70th Birthday (2 video tapes) 1983
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14 Rabb, Sidney R. - “SR Personal Films, 1938-1940” (1 16mm film reel) 1938-1940
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15 OS Rabb, Sidney R - Testimonial Dinner for SRR, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (14 phonograph records) 1954
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