Guide to the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation Collection 1899-2002 MG 1643


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List

Schiffenhaus Collection

Guide to the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation Collection
MG 1643

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Processed by Evan Panayi, May 2006.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. May 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation (Newark, N.J.)
Title: Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation Collection
Dates: 1899-2002
Abstract: Records, mainly photographs, brochures and handbooks, of a Newark based box making company, the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation.
Quantity: .66 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 1643

Biographical Note

William and Max Shiffenhaus founded the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation in 1895. The corporation was originally established to manufacture set-up and wooden boxes. In 1915, the two brothers parted, and William sought to take the corporation in a new direction while Max left to start his own company. In 1923, William’s son, Joseph joined the company and in 1928, the business was incorporated under the name Schiffenhaus Brothers. In 1946, William died and his son took over control of the corporation. Under Joseph’s control the company took on several new directions, including preprint packaging and display work. Under the tutelage of Joseph, his two sons Anton and Larry learned the ropes of the company for several decades until 1981 when they purchased the company’s stock from the family trust. During their time as leaders of the company, Anton and Larry Schiffenhaus expanded the company once more, by entering the storage box business. During their time as leaders of the company, both Anton and Larry made several goals promising to commit to environmentally friendly packaging, focusing on printing capabilities and begin preparing Chip and Jody Schiffenhaus as the fourth generation of the Corporation. Currently, both Chip and Jody run the day-to-day operations and they are beginning to train the fifth generation of the Schiffenhaus family.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes numerous types of materials from the century of the Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation’s operations. There are black and white photographs from 1899 that show the workers, their material and their working conditions. There are also both large and small back and white photographs from 1999 that show similar images. These images from 1999 also showcase some of technology that is used within the Schiffenhaus Corporation. There are various pamphlets and handbooks containing information about the Schiffenhaus Corporation. There is a series of Schiffenhaus Corporation Living Company Treasure sheets, which document workers who have shown loyalty to the company. There are also a series of the Schiffenhaus Company newsletter, the Flute, ranging from Winter 1984 to Winter 1991. There is also a group of miscellaneous material, including a work order and sticker.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which
governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Velez, Tony.
Schiffenhaus,William, 1872- 1946.
Subject Organizations:
Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation (Newark, N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Boxes–New Jersey–Newark.
Containers–New Jersey–Newark.
Employee loyalty–New Jersey–Newark.
Factories–Employees–New Jersey–Newark.
Packaging–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Essex County (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1643, Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation, 2000.

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Container List

Schiffenhaus Collection

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Photographs of Schiffenhaus employees and factory by William Cone 1899
1 2 Photographs (small) of Schiffenhaus employees and factory by Tony Velez 1999
1 3 Photographs (large) of Schiffenhaus employees and factory by Tony Velez 1999
1 4 Schifenhaus publications and boxboard containers catalog: “Schiffenhaus: The First 100 Years”, “Let There Be Color…”, Boxboard
1 5 Schiffenhaus Fibre Box Handbook 1999
1 6 Living Company Treasures: 1st, 2nd, 5th-13th, 15th in Series (spotlight on specific long-term Schiffenhaus employees) ca. 1980s-1990s
1 7 Flute Newsletter Winter 1984- Fall 1986
1 8 Flute Newsletter Spring 1987-Winter 1991
1 9 Miscellaneous materials, copy of magazine article, work order, copy of 1915 legal document, sticker ca. 1999-2002

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