A Guide to the Lucchese Boot Company Records, 1910-1968
Sam Lucchese and his brothers, who emigrated from Sicily to the United States in 1883, founded the Lucchese Boot and Shoe Factory in San Antonio shortly after settling there. After his stroke in 1923, Sam’s son Cosimo took over the business, and in turn Cosimo’s son, Samuel James Lucchese, took over after Cosimo’s death in 1961.
The Lucchese Boot Company was well known for the beauty and quality of its boots, and Samuel James Lucchese designed boots for many famous people, including John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson, and Arkansas governor Winthrop Rockefeller. In 1970, Lucchese sold the Boot Company to Blue Bell, Incorporated, of Greensboro, North Carolina, the parent company of Wrangler, for whom Lucchese had been doing consulting work.
Sources: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Lucchese, Sam," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/fluan.html (accessed June 22, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Lucchese, Samuel James," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/flutp.html (accessed June 22, 2010).
The Lucchese Boot Company Records, 1910-1968, consist of day to day records of the operation of the Company, including correspondence; financial records including employee pay records, tax records, day books, receipts, and bills; journals; and measurement books.
Employee pay records and tax statements are restricted.
These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Lucchese Boot Company Records, 1910-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by W. H. Richter, January 1975.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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