Bernie Marcus papers
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Bernie Marcus papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Marcus, Bernie, 1929-
Title: Bernie Marcus papers
Dates: 1970-2009
Extent: 0.4 cubic feet (1 oversize box)
Identification: MS 2456

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernie Marcus was born in 1929 to Jewish immigrants from Russia and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers and briefly practiced as a pharmacist. Instead, he entered retail sales and advanced steadily. It was during his time during the 1970s as an executive at Handy Dan's, a home improvement store, that he met his future business partner, Arthur Blank. After both were fired from Handy Dan's, Marcus and Blank opened the first Home Depot in Atlanta in 1979. He served as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2002. He remains director emeritus, and is Chairman of The Marcus Foundation.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Bernie Marcus, Home Depot founder, including DVDs of interviews and events, clippings, his 2003 book, Built From Scratch, photographs (including images prior to Home Depot's founding, as well as childhood photos of Marcus), and transcripts of two speeches.

Index Terms

Artifacts (object genre)
Building materials industry--United States.
Businessmen--United States--Georgia.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Entrepreneurship--United States.
Home Depot (Firm)
Marcus, Bernie, 1929-
Speeches (documents)

Administrative Information

Processing Information

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.