Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) records, 1868-2000

Overview of the Collection

Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) records
1868-2000 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 0756
The Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) records (1868-2000) contain an outline history of ZCMI as well as other documents.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Fearing the changes that the railroad would soon bring to Utah, Brigham Young sought to organize a business where the Latter-day Saints could trade solely within the Mormon community. The Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) was established to benefit the Mormon community. Never a cooperative in its true sense, ZCMI nonetheless provided a variety of products to Mormons by Mormons. Starting with a scattering of locations through the Mormon-colonized area, many services were centralized under one roof in downtown Salt Lake City in 1870. It is this centralization of services in one building that caused one historian to remark that ZCMI was the oldest department store in America. The store eventually split from its cooperative origins and by the time the company was a century old, it was rapidly expanding across the Intermountain West. However, the chain was not able to sustain itself and in 2000 it was bought by the company, Meier and Frank. In 2006, Meier and Frank was replaced by Macy's.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The ZCMI records (1868-2000) are a collection of records that deal mainly with the history of ZCMI. An outline history covers the period of the store chain from its founding to its demise. Other items like a speech from 1875 and other articles give more historical background.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Luke Kelly in 2000.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 History Outline 1868-2000
1 2 Speech 1875
1 3 America's First Department Store, Celebrating 125 Years 1868-1993
1 4-7 Associate Press Newsletter 1986-1999

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Department stores--Utah--History

Corporate Names

  • Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution

Geographical Names

  • Utah--Economic conditions

Form or Genre Terms

  • Circular letters