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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Salet's Department Store. Records and Photographs, 1930s-1962.
MSU Archives Collection 226



Salet's Department Store. Records and Photographs, 1930s - 1962. SMHC Manuscript Collection 226. 1 Hollinger box, .43 cubic feet, 17 folders.

Abstract:

The Salet collection is primarily composed of the financial records of Salet's Department Store in Winona, Minnesota. This particular branch included three separate stores that collectively specialized in clothing, furnishings, dry goods, and floor coverings. Besides financial records, the collection contains inventories and merchandise purchasing plans for Salet's in Winona, and photographs from Salet's Department Store in Mankato. Though the collection spans from the 1930s to the 1960s, the records from Winona span a period of less than five years, from 1958-1962.

Historical Note:

Leon Salet, the founder of Salet's Department Store, first engaged in selling goods in Mankato with a mobile shop marketing soft goods in 1896. He opened his first fixed-site department store in the 100 block of North Front Street. In 1914, Salet formed a partnership with his son Louis. By 1917, the Salet's purchased a larger store on the corner of Main and Front streets. Thereafter, the family opened department stores in New Ulm, South St. Paul, Winona, Owatonna, and Rochester. Salet's operated at 59-61-63 Third Street in Winona and was under the management of Bernard R. Shumski in 1957. There is no inclusion of Salet's in the Winona City Directory of 1963, therefore indicating closure of this particular branch before that year.

Scope and Content:

The Salet collection is primarily composed of the financial records of Salet's Department Store in Winona, Minnesota. This particular branch included three separate stores - Salet Winona Company, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, and Salet Winona Mode - each specializing in different areas. All records for these three stores fall within a five year period from 1958-1962. Each store has monthly sales and expense records that summarize gross sales, but give detailed direct and indirect expense information. Thorough sales records can be found within the monthly merchandise statements, and are broken down to the department level for each store. Merchandise plans for future purchases of stock have also been included in this collection. The reports are arranged primarily in chronological order by branch

Other records related to budgets, inventories, and purchases can be found in this collection, but are not comprehensive and largely incomplete. A number of photographs are present, but pertain to Salet's in Mankato only. These photographs include storefront views, manager meetings, and large Christmas and costume parties thrown for Salet's employees.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Salet's Department Store. Records and Photographs, 1930s-1962. SMHC Manuscript Collection 226, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Dave Latterell donated this collection in March, 2004. Mr. Latterell is the nephew of Ross Shelley who managed Salet's Department Store in Mankato in the late 1930s and later managed the regional Salet's branches. Ross Shelley was born December 25, 1891 and passed August 26, 1991.

Processed By:

Michael J. Gieseke processed this collection and developed the finding aid in September 2004.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Salet's Department Store available elsewhere.

Related Collections at MSUM:

Salet's Department Store, Mankato, Minnesota. Collection, 1896-1973. SMHC Manuscript Collection 118, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Stores, Retail -- Minnesota -- Mankato.
Franchises (Retail trade)
Department stores -- Minnesota.
Central business districts -- Minnesota -- Mankato.
General stores.
Fashion merchandising.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 226

Box

Folder

Budget, Salet Winona Company, Aug 1957 – Oct 1958

1

2

Budget, Salet Winona Mode, Dec 1957 – Mar 1958

1

11

Inventory and Accounts Receivable, Salet Winona Company, 1959-1960

1

1

Merchandise Plans, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, Fall 1961 – Spring 1962

1

7

Merchandise Plans, Salet Winona Company, Fall 1961 – Spring 1962

1

5

Merchandise Plans, Salet Winona Mode, Fall 1961 – Spring 1962

1

10

Monthly Merchandise Statements, Salet Winona Company, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, Salet Winona Mode, Dec 1959 – Nov 1960

1

13

Monthly Merchandise Statements, Salet Winona Company, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, Salet Winona Mode, Dec 1960 – Nov 1961

1

14

Monthly Merchandise Statements, Salet Winona Company, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, Salet Winona Mode, Dec 1961 – Mar 1962

1

15

Photographs, Salet’s Christmas and Costume Parties, 1930s – 1950s

1

16

Photographs, Salet’s Storefront and Managers Meeting, 1930s - 1955

1

17

Purchases and Sales, Coats and Dresses, Salet Winona Mode, Fall 1956 – Aug 1957

1

12

Sales and Expense Reports, Salet Small Store and Warehouse, Mar 1962 – Feb 1960

1

6

Sales and Expense Reports, Salet Winona Company, Oct 1959 – Jan 1958

1

4

Sales and Expense Reports, Salet Winona Company, Mar 1962 – Nov 1959

1

3

Sales and Expense Reports, Salet Winona Mode, Oct 1959 – Jan 1958

1

9

Sales and Expense Reports, Salet Winona Mode, Mar 1962 – Nov 1959

1

8