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Alcoholic beverage industry

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Louis Forman business papers

Accession: 2290

Louis Forman (1908-2002) was a liquor broker who managed the creation and distribution of several different liquor and whiskey brands, including Michter’s. The collection, which focuses on the development and marketing of Michter’s whiskey, with a secondary emphasis on Forman’s liquor brokering business, primarily consists of advertising campaign materials and artwork, business plans and forecasts, deeds, contracts, information on brewing and distilling processes, union contracts, testimonial letters, and other correspondence.

Dates: 1784-1989; Majority of material found within 1940-1970

Louis Forman photographs

Accession: 2007-222

Louis Forman (1908-2002) was a liquor broker who managed the creation and distribution of several different liquor and whiskey brands, including Michter’s. This collection documents the operations of Mitcher's Distillery in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania as well as Forman's efforts to import Kotobukiya Kabushiki Kaisha Japanese whiskies and wines to the United States.

Dates: circa 1930s-circa 1980s

Mohawk Liqueur Corporation album

Accession: 1995-249

The Detroit Mohawk Liqueur Corporation formed in 1933 at the end of Prohibition and operated through 1966. This album consists of three groups of images. The first group of photographs show a working American liquor company in Detroit, Michigan. The second group consists of different Mohawk bottled liquor products. The third part is eighteen pages of original Mohawk Liqueur labels attached to scrapbook pages.

Dates: 1934

Schieffelin & Co. records

Accession: 2055

Scheiffelin & Co. was a leading pharmaceutical and liquor-importing house in New York City. The records consist of a fragmentary series of account books from the firm of H.H. Schieffelin & Co. and its predecessors. Record types include day books, journals, order books, invoice books, and inventories, all documenting the importation and resale of drugs in use in the early nineteenth century.

Dates: 1796-1828; 1947

Seagram Museum collection

Accession: 2173

The Seagram Museum in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada was the city's final operational remnant of the world-renowned distillery founded by Waterloo entrepreneur Joseph E. Seagram in the mid-nineteenth century. The collection consists of the Bronfman family papers, official Seagram Company records, and other materials collected or created to document the history of the Bronfman family, the Seagram Company, Ltd., and its products.

Dates: 1682-1996; Majority of material found within 1930-1990

Seagram Museum collection of photographs and audiovisual material

Accession: 2000-202

The Seagram Museum collected and exhibited materials related to the history of distilling wine and spirits from 1984 to 1997. Seagram Museum collection of graphics and audiovisual material contains images, moving images, and sound recordings of the Bronfman family, company personnel, properties, plants, products, advertisements, special events, annual reports, Distillations magazine, Seagram Collection of Paintings Tour, company profiles, company philanthropy, Bronfman family philanthropy, and personnel profiles.

Dates: 1732-2003; Majority of material found within 1950-1986

The Seagram Company, Ltd. records

Accession: 2126

Commonly referred to as simply "Seagram" or "Seagram's," the Seagram Company, Ltd. was for a time the largest producer and distributor of distilled spirits in the world. The records of Seagram and its subsidiaries trace the company's transformation from a small business run by Samuel Bronfman to a diversified multi-national corporation.

Dates: 1879-2002

"The Seagram Spotlight" photographs

Accession: 1996-310

The Bronfman family of Canada acquired the Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Co. of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1927. By the 1950s, Seagram was one of the world's largest alcoholic beverage firms. This collection is composed of photographs used as illustrations in The Seagram Spotlight, a "monthly house organ published by and for the staff of Seagram Distiller's Corporation," according to the 20th anniversary issue (December 1936).

Dates: 1947-1957

Thomas Morris brewer's log

Accession: 2647

Thomas Morris (1774-1841) was a fifth-generation descendant of Anthony Morris, who established Philadelphia's second brewery in the late seventeenth century. The Thomas Morris & Co. brewery operated from 1812 until 1829. In this volume, Morris records the mix of ingredients and measurements, such as the specific gravity of each brew. Every brewmaster would keep such a log, although surviving examples from the early nineteenth century are very rare.

Dates: 1820-1827