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Audio Recording History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc.

[History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc.]

About this Item


  • History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc.


  • Mangrum, Charles (Narrator)
  • Taylor, David Alan, 1951- (Interviewer)

Created / Published

  • 1994-09-10


  • -  African Americans
  • -  Interviews
  • -  Oral history
  • -  Sound recordings
  • -  Textile industry
  • -  Silk industry
  • -  Family-run businesses
  • -  Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc. (Paterson, N.J.)
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Interview with Charles Mangrum, Director of Personnel at Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc., 75 Wood Street, Paterson, N.J. The interview is being conducted at a lunch room at Kalkstein Silk Mills, on a Saturday.
  • -  Summary of audio segment: History of Kalkstein's. Bernard Kalkstein cames to the United states from Poland in the late 1930s; he started as a gift wrapper at Gimbel's in New York City; he decided he wanted to have his own business. Charles thinks Kalkstein cames from a textile family in the old country. The Kalkstein company was established in the 1940s; the firm has been in business for over fifty years; it got started by producing material for silk neckwear; later, they firm made fabric for apparel, including material for wedding gowns; also, the firm manufactures upholstery and drapery; the firm has two divisions--silk and polyester neckwear, and upholstery.


  • Analog Audio Cassette

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1995/028: WIP-DT-A024

Source Collection

  • Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Mangrum, Charles, and David Alan Taylor. History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc. -09-10, 1994. Audio.

APA citation style:

Mangrum, C. & Taylor, D. A. (1994) History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc. -09-10. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Mangrum, Charles, and David Alan Taylor. History of Kalkstein Silk Mills, Inc. -09-10, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.