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R. H. Macy and Company Collection
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Mss 776 1858-1919 M177
Box 1

This collection includes notes and transcripts from interviews conducted with early Macy's employees, including many women. The information gathered in these interviews includes the names and job descriptions of many women employees, as well as details about the working conditions: benefits, perquisites, punishments, pay, hours, and advancement opportunities. Most of the interviewees worked in the store between 1870 and 1900.

As early as the 1860s, women held very high positions in the store's management. Macy's first three superintendents were women. R. H. Macy's niece, Margaret (Getchell) La Forge, was his first store manager. She remained in the position until the birth of her first child in 1870. Miss Browyer, who died in 1886, replaced her. Browyer's successor was Miss Martha Toye, who was eventually replaced by her assistant, Mr. Pitt.

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