Buzza Company Collection M/A 2000.152.01
|Creator:||Buzza Company. (Minneapolis, Minn.)|
|Title:||Buzza Company Collection|
|Repository:||James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library|
George Buzza founded the Buzza Company in 1907. The company started out by selling college advertising posters and posters for retail clothing stores. When the market for these disappeared, he decided to manufacture greeting cards. After a slow start the company turned a corner in 1917 when sales hit $75,000. By 1927 sales reached $2.5 million. In 1928 it merged with the Charles S. Clark Company of New York City. In 1929 Buzza sold his interest in the company and retired to California. The Buzza Company continued in business until 1942 when its stockholders decided to liquidate it because of large business losses.
Description of Collection
Collection includes seven gift books, booklets (Greetings--Easter 1924; February 1928; February 1931), Christmas greeting brochures to dealers (1924 and 1941), office correspondence (January 1932-September 1942), financial statements for 1925, 1932, 1935, 1939, 1941, and 1943 to October 18, seven Christmas cards (1925-1930), biographical clippings on George Buzza, clippings on the company from 1921-1942, and a history of the company circa 1927.
Included in separate areas are photos, both catalogued and uncatalogued; nine blueprints in Map Case 2, Drawer 4; the house organ Bee-Hive in SCMC periodicals; a clipping file on the Buzza building filed in VF and catalogued books First 100 Years (a book about Craftacres) (338.8 S11) and the 1927 book Art of Entertaining, (793.0 W16.)There is also a work of fiction, Fox Patrol in the Open by C.L. Gilman and published by Buzza Company in the Minneapolis Collection.
Table of Contents
|Gift books 1926 --|
|Scope and Contents note|
|Allah's Prayer 1926 2 copies|
|Because of You by Lawrence Hawthorne 1926|
|Dear Little You by J. P. McEvoy 1926|
|The House by the Side of the Road by Sam Walter Foss 2 copies|
|"If" for Girls by J.P. McEvoy 1926 2 copies|
|Out Where the West Begins by Arthur Chapman 1926|
|The Rose Still Grows Beyond the Wall by A. L. Frink 1926|
|Contents of collection -- Box 1, Folder 1|
|Baby Shower Gift card -- Box 1, Folder 2|
|Clippings 1921-1942 -- Box 1, Folder 3|
|George E. Buzza, biographical clippings 1924-1983 -- Box 1, Folder 4|
|Correspondence 1932-1943 -- Box 1, Folder 5|
|Financial Reports -- Box 1, Folder 6|
|Booklets Greetings -- Box 1, Folder 7|
|History of the Company 1927 -- Box 1, Folder 8|
|Buzza Company Stationary -- Box 1, Folder 9|
|Christmas cards 1925-1930 -- Box 1, Folder 10|
|Christmas Greeting brochures to dealers 1924, 1941 -- Box 1, Folder 11|
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