Guide to the Records of Elm Farm Foods, undated, 1894-2011
 
*I-552

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Kora Welsh as MS Word document, April 2014. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on December 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Elm Farm Foods
Title: Elm Farm Foods Records
Dates:undated, 1894-2011
Abstract: Elm Farm Foods was first established as M. Winer Company in 1895 in the North End of Boston. The expansion of this single small store in the next several decades preluded the rise and development of Elm Farm Supermarkets in the region, followed by the company’s shift from retail to wholesale. Winer family holdings have also included various affiliated trusts and corporations managing many aspects of the company’s business and real estate. The bulk of these documents depict the financial activities and accounting procedures of these company affiliates, focusing primarily on funds, investments, and shareholders. The collection also includes administrative documents, such as correspondence and memoranda, concerned with the management of real estate, retail operations, and personnel.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 10 linear feet (8 document boxes, 1OS box, 2 portraits)
Identification: I-552
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Morris Winer and associate outside of Morris Winer's dairy shop on Salem Street in the North End of Boston, early 1900s.

On Salem Street, in Boston’s North End neighborhood, Morris Winer operated a single small store specializing in fresh dairy products. Established initially as M. Winer Company in 1895, business operations expanded to include several self-service stores, though it continued to focus primarily on dairy and delicatessen. The company was incorporated under Commonwealth of Massachusetts laws as Elm Farm Foods Company on March 29, 1928. During the 1940s, the company shifted its operations from small service stores to large supermarkets. These changes prompted the Company’s purchase of United Markets Inc., in 1949, and J.B. Blood Company, in 1954.

In addition to these acquisitions, the company’s development also included a vigorous construction program. The year 1955 saw the introduction of Eastern Massachusetts’ first trading stamp promotional program when Elm Farm Foods Company purchased the eastern New England S&H Green Stamp franchise. In the 1960s, the company was the fifth largest retail food chain in New England. The company’s affiliations with real estate developers also contributed to its steady growth, as prime retail locations supported high sales. The company’s primary focus shifted to wholesale distribution and services in 1963, and as a result, it sold most of its retail locations. Distribution goods included meats, produce, frozen foods, dairy, and nonfoods. The Winer family’s operations continued to expand through the 1970s and 1980s as a number of limited partnerships, trusts, and corporations were formed in affiliation with their wholesale warehouse real estate development. Continued development of the Winer holdings included the reorganization and dissolution of many partnerships and real estate holdings.1

Chronology

1895 Company founded as M. Winer Company in the North End, Boston
March 29, 1928 M. Winer Company incorporated as Elm Farm Foods Company
1941 Elm Farm Foods Company opens its first supermarket
1949 Purchased of United Markets, Inc., including Uphams Corner Market
1954 Land purchased in Brighton, MA, construction of warehouse
1954 Purchase of J.B. Blood Company
1955 Elm Farm Foods Company begins to use trading stamps as promotional devices, acquires S&H Green Stamps franchise
1963 Elm Farm Foods Company begins to sell retail locations in order to primarily operate as a wholesale food distributor
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Scope and Content Note

The records of Elm Farm Foods contain materials describing the major operations of the Elm Farm Supermarkets and affiliated organizations and institutions, which were also comprised of the Winer family financial holdings. The bulk of these documents depict the financial activities and accounting procedures of these various affiliates, focusing primarily on funds, investments, and shareholders. Paid notes and stock certificates are also available for many trusts and corporations. The collection also includes administrative documents, such as correspondence and memoranda, concerned with the management of real estate, retail operations, and personnel. Legal documents describe the formation and dissolution of several organizations. Information about Elm Farm retail operations is specifically described in reports, publications, photographs, and ephemera associated with the supermarkets the company owned.

Some folders contain restricted materials; these records cannot be accessed without permission from the archivist.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 9 series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The majority of 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. Some folders contain restricted materials; these records cannot be accessed without permission from the archivist.

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

P-964—Stanley and Mary Ann Snider Papers; undated, 1902-2013 [bulk 1960-1990]

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Elm Farm Foods Records; I-552; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Joel Kane and David Wanger of Marathon Realty in 2013. Morris Winer Dairy pint sour cream jar purchased by AJHS-NEA in 2014.

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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.

Click the box in the request column to learn more about viewing materials at the New England Archives of AJHS.

 

Series I: Boston Supermarkets, 1950-1986

English.
Box 1.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series contains records of the business activities of Boston Supermarkets Associates, established in 1984 as a major Limited Partnership responsible for properties in Brighton and South Yarmouth. Materials pertaining to financial operations include share certificates, notes, and memoranda. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Common Shares of Beneficial Interest 1958-1984 request_box
1 2 Demand Notes 1961-1971 request_box
1 3 Demand Notes Payable 1960-1969 request_box
1 4 Financial Activities 1961-1986 request_box
1 5-6 General 1950-1958 request_box
1 7 Note Holding by Families 1970 request_box
1 8 Paid Notes 1955-1957, 1966 request_box
1 9 Preferred Shares of Beneficial Interest 1958-1969 request_box
1 10 Trusts 1958-1983 request_box
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Series II: Commercial Properties, 1953-2012

English.
Boxes 1-3.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material and name of property.

Scope and Content:

This series consists of materials documenting the scope and operation of the real estate holdings administered by Elm Farm Foods and its affiliated Winer family holdings. The records describe the acquisitions, dissolutions, financial standings, construction logistics, and facilities management for several properties, the most prominent of which include the Bayside Shopping Center, Pine Tree Shopping Center, and Treble Cove Plaza. These records include leases, reports, memoranda, stock certificates, bank statements, plans, and photographs. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 11 Acquisition of Parcel 10 1965 request_box
1 12 Bangor Shopping Center 1958-1961 request_box
1 13 Bayside Shopping Center—Easement 1968-1970 request_box
1 14 Bayside Shopping Center—Rear Land Sale 1972-1986 request_box
1 15 Bayside Shopping Center—Sale to First National Bank 1970 request_box
1 16-17 Bayside Shopping Center—Taxes 1963-1971 request_box
1 18 Bayside Shopping Center—Plans and Titles 1966-1984 request_box
1 19 Bayside Shopping Center—Upham Corporation Sale 1984 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 1 Construction Contacts 1953-1959 request_box
2 2 Fire Insurance Inspections 1970 request_box
2 3 General 1954-1960 request_box
2 4 Gas Billing—Common Areas 1989-2012 request_box
2 5 Insurance Inspections 1969-1972 request_box
2 6 Leases 1959-1978 request_box
2 7 Life Street Land Purchase—Brighton, Lot 2 1984-1987 request_box
2 8 Malden Shopping Center 1963-1964 request_box
2 9 Most Improved Business Property Award (Billerica) 1991 request_box
2 10 Pine Tree Shopping Center 1959-1986 request_box
2 11 Pine Tree Shopping Center—Dissolution Agreement 1959-1986 request_box
2 12-13 Pine Tree Shopping Center—Financing 1960-1970 request_box
2 14 Pine Tree Shopping Center—Fidelity Daily Income Trust 1984-1986 request_box
2 15 Pine Tree Shopping Center—Stock Certificates 1956-1959 request_box
2 16 Pine Tree Shopping Center –Title Insurance 1966-1970 request_box
2 17 Pine Tree Shopping Center—Liquidation 1970 request_box
2 18-19 Real Estate Taxes 1953-1977 request_box
2 20 Treble Cove Plaza Advertising 1985-1994 request_box
2 21 Treble Cove Plaza—Billerica Demographics 1985-1991 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 1-2 Treble Cove Plaza—Closing Binder 1992 request_box
3 3 Treble Cove Plaza—Construction Loan 1984-1991 request_box
3 4 Treble Cove Plaza—Construction Loan 1984-1991 request_box
3 5 Treble Cove Plaza—David E. Grossman, Esq. 1986-1992 request_box
3 6 Treble Cove Plaza—Financial Data 1986-1990 request_box
3 7 Treble Cove Plaza—First Washington Realty Trust 1996-1998 request_box
3 8 Treble Cove Plaza—Lease Information 1986-2006 request_box
3 9 Treble Cove Plaza—Maintenance 1986-1995 request_box
3 10 Treble Cove Plaza—Old Offers and Notes 1985 request_box
3 11 Treble Cove Plaza—Photographs 1985, 1990 request_box
3 12 Treble Cove Plaza—Plans and Specifications 1989-1995 request_box
3 13 Shawsheen Plaza—Closing Binder 1980-1981 request_box
3 14 Shawsheen Plaza—Insurance Inspections 1967-1986 request_box
3 15 Weymouth Property 1954-1985 request_box
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Series III: Corporations, undated, 1951-2012

English.
Boxes 3-4.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by corporation title.

Scope and Content:

This series describes the activities of corporations formed to administer aspects of various business operations associated with Elm Farm Foods and Winer family holdings. The primary entities documented in this series are Marathon Realty Corporation and Metropolitan Markets. There are also individuals, David Wanger and Gordon Bloom, whose substantial contributions are also noted. The materials in this series include stock certificates, reports, memoranda, and correspondence. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
3 16 ABC Stores, INC.—Sale of Stock June 1967 request_box
3 17-18 Dudley Trading Corporation 1951-1959 request_box
3 19 Dudley Trading Corporation—Dissolution 1952-1959 request_box
3 20-21 Marathon Realty Corporation 1983-2010 request_box
3 22 Marathon Realty Corporation—Fidelity Daily Income Statement 1974-1985 request_box
3 23 Marathon Realty Corporation—David Wanger Correspondence 2001 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 1-2 Marathon Realty Corporation—David Wanger Correspondence 2002-2012 request_box
4 3 Marathon Realty Corporation—Gordon Bloom Biographies undated request_box
4 4 Marathon Realty Corporation—Gordon Bloom, Pension Plan 1995 request_box
4 5 Marathon Realty Corporation—Gordon Bloom Voting Trust 1967, 1974 request_box
4 6-7 Metropolitan Markets 1966-1980 request_box
4 8 Metropolitan Markets—Dissolution and Liquidation 1984-1997 request_box
4 9 Metropolitan Markets—Fidelity Daily Income Trust 1980-1986 request_box
4 10 Metropolitan Markets—Listing of Shares 1967 request_box
4 11 Metropolitan Markets—Stocks 1967-1978 request_box
4 12 Metropolitan Markets—Stock Certificates 1967-1980 request_box
4 13 Metropolitan Markets—Waltham Agreement 1954-1992 request_box
4 14 Midway Development Corporation 1962-1984 request_box
4 15-16 Oakfield Corporation 1954-1984 request_box
4 17 Upham’s Corporation 1972-1984 request_box
4 18 Upham’s Corporation—Dissolution 1984 request_box
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Series IV: Elm Farm Supermarkets, undated, 1894-1996

English.
Boxes 4-6.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material and subject.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the records pertaining to Elm Farm Foods’ organization and operations. Financial activities are described in reports, forms, and stock certificates, while material on retail and sales activities includes publications, the Elm Farm Supermarket employee handbook, and various ephemera. Accounting procedures are also represented by ledger books and unique United Creditors Alliance Corporation (UCA) ledger systems. This series also includes notable photographs of the original M. Winer store front and a Bachrach portrait of an unidentified man. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
4 19 Annual Banquet (13th) 1940 request_box
4 20 Appellate Tax Board—Formal Procedures 1966-1967 request_box
4 21 Buy-out Procedures undated request_box
4 22 Company Summary 1955-1956 request_box
4 23 Corporate Data 1949-1960 request_box
4 24 Corporate Data (sample; empty binder with David Kane’s initials embossed) undated request_box
4 25 Correspondence RE 1973 Tax Abatement 1973-1974 request_box
4 26 Dissolutions 1984 request_box
4 27 Elmanac 1955-1960 request_box
4 28-29 Elm Farm Foundation 1967-1969 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
5 1-2 Elm Farm Foundation—Liquidation 1969 request_box
5 3 Employee Handbook undated request_box
5 4-5 Financial Ledger 1994-1995 request_box
5 6 Food Market Institute Plaque undated request_box
5 7 Liquidations 1984-1985 request_box
5 8 History and Memoranda undated, 1964, 1985-1987, 1995-1996 request_box
5 9 Lynn Redevelopment Authority—Disposition Contract 1963-1965 request_box
5 10 National Association of Food Chains—Press Releases 1964-1965 request_box
5 11 Manchester Housing Authority—Disposition Contract 1961 request_box
5 12 Miscellaneous Publications 1952-1967 request_box
5 13 Payroll (Restricted) 1969-1994 request_box
5 14 Paid and Cancelled Notes 1953-1967 request_box
5 15 Photos and Certificates undated, 1894, 1919, 1968, 1971, 1988 request_box
5 16 Quarterly Reports 1980-1981 request_box
5 17 Store Ephemera undated request_box
5 18-19 Sale to Springfield Sugar & Products Company October 1967 request_box
5 20 Sample Stock and Lease Forms undated request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 1-2 Stock Holders Ledger 1952-1967 request_box
6 3 Trustee Agreements request_box
6 4-7 UCA Ledger Systems 1990-1992 request_box
6 8 Voting Trust 1953-1967 request_box
6 9 Voting Trust Certificates Ledger 1953-1962 request_box
6 10-13 Voting Trust Certificates 1953-1967 request_box
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Series V: Family City Corporation, 1961-1970

English.
Boxes 6-7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series contains records of the business activities of Family City Corporation, a major Winer family holding associated with Bayside Shopping Center. Materials pertaining to financial operations include share certificates, notes, and memoranda. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
6 14 Bayside Shopping Center 1964-1970 request_box
6 15 Common Stock 1962-1971 request_box
6 16 Chronology 1965, 1968 request_box
6 17-18 General 1961-1987 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 1 General 1962-1986 request_box
7 2 Preferred Stock 1962-1964 request_box
7 3 Purchases 1962-1965 request_box
7 4 Taxes 1963-1970 request_box
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Series VI: Limited Partnerships, 1976-2011

English.
Box 7.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title of partnership.

Scope and Content:

This series describes the activities of Limited Partnership formed to administer property and business operations associated with Elm Farm Foods and Winer family holdings. The bulk of the material in this series documents Dudley Trading Associates, formed in 1984, and Guest Street Associates, formed in 1976. The materials in this series include reports, memoranda, and correspondence. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 5 Andover Shawsheen Associates 1980-2010 request_box
7 6 Dudley Trading Associates—Fidelity Daily Income Trust 1982-1986 request_box
7 7 Dudley Trading Associates—Nominee Trust 1986 request_box
7 8 General 1989-2011 request_box
7 9-10 Guest Street Associates—Dissolution 1976-1987, 1990-2002 request_box
7 11 Guest Street Associates— Fidelity Daily Income Trust 1979-1986 request_box
7 12 Guest Street Associates—Partnership Agreements 1980-1986 request_box
7 13 Life Street Associates—Fidelity Daily Income Trust 1976-1987 request_box
7 14 Ramsdell Associates 1981 request_box
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Series VII: Trusts, 1952-1986

English.
Boxes 7-8.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by title of trust.

Scope and Content:

This series contains records describing the formation and dissolution of trusts associated with various members of the Winer family and properties in their holdings, notably the Dudley Trading Trust and the Hy Winer Trust. The majority of the materials documenting the activities of these trusts include notes, certificates, reports, and bank statements. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
7 15 Andover Trust 1958-1965 request_box
7 16 Andover Trust—Liquidation 1958-1961 request_box
7 17 Arlington Trust—Andover Shawsheen Associates 1981-1986 request_box
7 18-19 Dudley Trading Trust 1959-1984 request_box
7 20 Dudley Trading Trust—Bay Bank Loan 1982-1985 request_box
7 21 Dudley Trading Trust—Liquidation 1981-1984 request_box
7 22 Dudley Trading Trust—Paid Notes 1957-1967 request_box
7 23 Dudley Trading Trust—Share of Beneficial Interest 1959-1984 request_box
7 24 Hy Winer Trust 1961-1971, 1985 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 1 Hy Winer Trust—Yankee Bank 1984-1986 request_box
8 2 Oakfield Trust 1959-1985 request_box
8 3 Paul P. and Sara W. Ross Charitable Trust 1983 request_box
8 4 Richwood Trust 1952-1984 request_box
8 5 Webster Square Trust 1955-1985 request_box
8 6 Webster Square Trust—Liquidation 1984-1985 request_box
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Series VIII: Winer Family, 1928-1984

English.
Box 8.
Arrangement:

Arranged by type of material.

Scope and Content:

This series contains the records specifically documenting the reorganization of Winer family holdings and reports on the operations of M. Winer Company stockholders. Also in this series are artifacts associated with the Winer family and Elm Farm Foods, including a decorative Elm Farms Food plate and a sour cream pint jar from Morris Winer’s Salem Street store. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
8 7-8 M. Winer & Company—Stockholder Meetings 1928-1942 request_box
8 9-11 Reorganization of Winer Family Trusts and Corporations 1984 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
Morris Winer Sour Cream Pint Jar (on-site) undated request_box
Elm Farm Foods plate (on-site) undated request_box
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Series IX: Oversized, undated, 1961, 1986-1990

English.
Box 9.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

The materials contained in this series are the oversized ledgers and artifacts pertaining to the financial and administrative activities of Elm Farm Foods and its affiliates conducted. Also in this series are oversized, framed portraits of Morris and Mary Hootstein Winer, as well as a framed advertisement from McCall’s magazine, featuring the Winer family, and a collage of photographs from the Boson Food Brokers salute to Hy Winer in 1961. This series is arranged alphabetically.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
9 1 Dudley Trading Associates 1989-1992 request_box
9 2 Hy Winer Charitable Trust 1986-1988 request_box
9 3 Metropolitan Markets 1990-1992 request_box
9 Hy Winer office plaque undated request_box
9 Advertisement, “The Winers of Boston,” McCalls Magazine undated request_box
9 Photograph Collage, Boston Food Broker’s Salute to Hy Winer 1961 request_box
9 Portrait, Morris Winer undated request_box
9 Portrait, Mary Hootstein Winer undated request_box
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