Finished hatboxes are piled high in the Schiffenhaus plant, 1899. Photo courtesy Schiffenhaus Packaging Corp.
A New Jersey Snapshot:
The Schiffenhaus Packaging Corp.
The Schiffenhaus Packaging Corporation is a
Newark box manufacturing firm that was founded in 1895 by two
Russian immigrant brothers. Still owned and operated by the
Schiffenhaus family, it remains in Newark long after much of
the city's former industrial base has disappeared. It is a
rare surviving example of the continuity of family business
tradition, and for that reason was chosen as a focal point by
the New Jersey Historical Society to document changes in New
Jersey industry between 1899 and 1999. The Society's goal was
twofold: to expose contemporary audiences to an important
facet of life in New Jersey today, and to assemble archival
and collections material that could be utilized by future
researchers. Because Schiffenhaus has kept a strong sense of
its own history, the project utilizes many of the company's
own records. These include a videotape and ten photographs,
accompanied by the Society's narrative text.
Originally submitted by: Frank Lautenberg, Senator.
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