University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lucchese Boot Company Records, 1910-1968

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lucchese Boot Company
Title: Lucchese Boot Company Records
Dates: 1910-1968
Abstract: Day to day records of the operation of the Lucchese Boot Company, opened in San Antonio around 1883 by Sam Lucchese and his brothers, include correspondence, day books, journals, measurement books, tax records, receipts, and bills.
Accession No.: 72-022
Extent: 29 ft., 1 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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," (accessed June 22, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Lucchese, Samuel James," (accessed June 22, 2010).

Scope and Contents

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.


Access Restrictions

Employee pay records and tax statements are restricted.

Use Restrictions

These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lucchese, Sam, 1868–1929
Lucchese, Samuel James, 1923–1980
Autry, Gene, 1907-1998
Belli, Melvin M., 1907-1996
Briscoe, Dolph
Bryant, Anita
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993
Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977
Daniel, Price
De Carlo, Yvonne
Dee, Vincent
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Peck, Gregory, 1916-2003
Schramm, Texas E., 1920-
Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985
Robertson, Dale, 1923-
Subjects (Organizations)
Lucchese Boot Company--Archives.
Variety. New York, 1905-
Family-owned business enterprises
Business records
San Antonio (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lucchese Boot Company Records, 1910-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

Detailed Description of the Papers



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