Patel Brothers Family Photographs

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Language(s): Uncategorized (60)
Number of Items: 60
Item Types: Photograph (60)
Donor(s): Susan Patel

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Collection Description
Sixty digitized photographs of the Patel family, owners of the Patel Brothers chain of Indian grocery stores. Donated by Susan Patel, daughter of co-founder Tulasi Patel, the images primarily document the domestic aspects of Patel family life, but also include some photographs set in Patel Brothers grocery stores. Most of the images are based in the United States, with a small minority also set in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, the Patels' ancestral region in India.

Biographical History
Begun in Chicago in 1974 by brothers Mufat and Tulasi Patel and Tulasi's wife, Aruna, Patel Brothers is among the oldest and largest Indian grocery stores in the United States. Mufat, Tulasi, and Aruna Patel were born and raised in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, India. In the 1960s, Mufat came to the United States for advanced education in engineering, eventually settling in Chicago to work as an engineer. His brother Tulasi and Tulasi's wife Aruna came over in 1971 from their village of Bhandu. Three years later, Mufat, Tulasi, and Aruna Patel opened their first shop on Devon Avenue in Chicago, Illinois and gradually expanded to other city centers with sizable Indian populations, including Detroit, New York, Houston, and Atlanta. Collection donor Susan Patel is the daughter of Tulasi Patel and the owner of Chicago business Patel Bros. Handicrafts & Utensils.

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Collection Themes: Business (60)

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