Guide to the Christian Heurich Brewing Company Records
NMAH.AC.1104

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 2012

P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note

Originally collected for the Division of Agriculture and Extractive Industries' reference collections. Transferred to the Archives Center from the Division of Work and Industry in 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Exact source and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information note

Processed by Alison Oswald, archivist, 2012.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator
Christian Heurich Brewing Company (Washington, D.C.)
Title
Christian Heurich Brewing Company Records
ID
NMAH.AC.1104
Date [inclusive]
1883-1913
Extent
2 Cubic feet, 7 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Some materials in German.
Abstract
The collection consists of three unbound volumes of invoices, orders, and receipts from manufacturers and importers of beer-related supplies purchased by Christian Heurich Brewing Company of Washington, D.C., 1883-1913.

Preferred Citation note

Christian Heurich Brewing Company Records, 1883-1913, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.

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Biographical/Historical note

During the first half of the twentieth century, Christian Heurich, Sr. was the most prominent brewer in Washington, DC. He was also regarded as an elder statesman of the American brewing industry as a whole. Born in 1842 in the Duchy of Saxe-Meiningen, Heurich immigrated to the U.S. in 1866 to start his own brewery. He ultimately succeeded on a scale that only a few of his fellow brewers were able to match. In the early 1940s, at the peak of his success, he was second only to the U.S. federal government in the amount of land he owned in Washington, D.C., and the number of people he employed. He died, in 1945 at the age of 102.

For more information about Christian Heurich in Washington, D.C. see: Benbow, Mark. "Christian Heurich." Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 3, edited by Giles R. Hoyt. German Historical Institute. (http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=38)

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of three unbound volumes of invoices, orders, and receipts from manufacturers and importers of beer-related supplies purchased by Christian Heurich Brewing Company of Washington, D.C., 1883-1913. There are some correspondence, credit memoranda, and price lists (Vixen Milling Tools found in Volume 3) as well as an official certificate from the City Weighmaster of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The certificate provides the exact condition and weight of the materials shipped by railroad car.

The collection consists of three volumes: Volume 1, 1883-1903; Volume 2, 1883-1905; and Volume 3, 1909-1913, and is arranged by volume number. Materials within each volume are arranged chronologically. The volume pages are paginated and there is some water and smoke damage.

Some of the manufacturers, importers and other suppliers include but are not limited to D.D. Williamson and Company (chemists); William Zinsser and Company; Charles Zoeller and Company; Eureka Machine Company; American Tap Bush Company; Toledo Busing Company; Genesee Dairy Salt; Sherwin Williams Company; Detroit White Lead Works (paint and varnish); William T. Wood and Company (ice tools); Johns Hopkins Oil Company; Rainier Company (vehicle equipment); The Garlock Packing Company; W.M. Schwenker; National Foundry and Machine Company; Babcock and Wilcox Company (water tube steam boilers); De La Vergne Refrigerating Machine Company; Foster Pump Works; Michigan Lubricator Company; S.B. Bing Sons (hop merchants of Nuremberg, Germany); American Malting Company; Borchert Malting Company; Elsas & Pritz (grain); North Star Malting Company; Link Belt Company; Harrisburg Foundry and Machine Works; Smith & Armstrong (iron, nails, steel); B.P. Clapp Ammonia Company; and O.F. Day, Son & Company.

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Arrangement note

The collection is divided into one series.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Business records--1880-1910
  • Order books

Subject(s)

  • Beer
  • Breweries

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Bibliography

Benbow, Mark. "Christian Heurich." Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 3, edited by Giles R. Hoyt. German Historical Institute. Last modified June 19, 2012. http://www.immigrantentrepreneurship.org/entry.php?rec=38 (last accessed on July 6, 2012)

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1, Company Volumes, 1883-1913

 Subseries 1, Volume 1, 1883-1903

Volume 1, loose pages, 1883-1903


  Box Folder
Text   1 1

Volume 1, pages 1-40, 1883-1885


  Box Folder
Text   1 2

Volume 1, pages 41-70, 1885-1886


  Box Folder
Text   1 3

Volume 1, pages 71-240, 1883-1889


  Box Folder
Text   1 4

Volume 1, pages 241-260, 1887-1888


  Box Folder
Text   1 5

Volume 1, pages 261-280, 1888-1889


  Box Folder
Text   1 5A

Volume 1, pages 281-300, 1887-1889


  Box Folder
Text   1 6

Volume 1, pages 301-320, 1887-1888


  Box Folder
Text   1 7

Volume 1, pages 321-340, 1888-1889


  Box Folder
Text   2 1

Volume 1, pages 341-360, 1889-1890


  Box Folder
Text   2 2

Volume 1, pages 361-380, 1888-1890


  Box Folder
Text   2 3

Volume 1, pages 381-400, 1888-1890


  Box Folder
Text   2 4

Volume 1, pages 401-408; 496-500, 1882-1889


  Box Folder
Text   2 5

 Subseries 2, Volume 2, 1883-1905

Volume 2, pages 27-46, 1903-1904


  Box Folder
Text   3 1

Volume 2, pages 47-66, 1904-1905


  Box Folder
Text   3 2

Volume 2, pages 67-86, 1905


  Box Folder
Text   3 3

Volume 2, pages 87-106, 1905


  Box Folder
Text   3 4

Volume 2, pages 107-126, 1901-1905


  Box Folder
Text   3 5

Volume 2, pages 127-146, 1902-1903


  Box Folder
Text   3 6

Volume 2, pages 147-166, 1903-1904


  Box Folder
Text   3 7

Volume 2, pages 167-186, 1904-1905


  Box Folder
Text   3 8

Volume 2, pages 187-206, 1904-1905


  Box Folder
Text   4 1

Volume 2, pages 207-226, 1904


  Box Folder
Text   4 2

Volume 2, pages 227-246, 1904


  Box Folder
Text   4 3

Volume 2, pages 247-266, 1903-1904


  Box Folder
Text   4 4

Volume 2, pages 267-286, 1903-1905


  Box Folder
Text   4 5

Volume 2, pages 287-306, 1903


  Box Folder
Text   4 6

Volume 2, pages 307-326, 1903


  Box Folder
Text   4 7

Volume 2, pages 327-346, 1902-1903


  Box Folder
Text   4 8

Volume 2, pages 347-366, 1902


  Box Folder
Text   5 1

Volume 2, pages 367-386, 1902


  Box Folder
Text   5 2

Volume 2, pages 387-406, 1902


  Box Folder
Text   5 3

Volume 2, pages 409-426, 1901


  Box Folder
Text   5 4

Volume 2, [pages 43x-454], 1901


  Box Folder
Text   5 5

Volume 2, pages 461-492, 1883-1886


  Box Folder
Text   5 6

Volume 2, [pages 409-460] belong to this volume?, 1883-1889


  Box Folder
Text   5 7

 Subseries 3, Volume 3, 1909-1913

Volume 3, pages 1-12, 1909


  Box Folder
Text   6 1

Volume 3, pages 13-34, 1909-1911


  Box Folder
Text   6 2

Volume 3, pages 35-60, 1911-1913


  Box Folder
Text   6 3

Volume 3, pages 61-84, 1909-1912


  Box Folder
Text   6 4

Volume 3, pages 85-120, 1909-1911


  Box Folder
Text   6 5

Volume 3, pages 121-160, 1910-1911


  Box Folder
Text   7 1

Volume 3, pages 161-190, 1910-1912


  Box Folder
Text   7 2

Volume 3, pages 191-220, 1910


  Box Folder
Text   7 3

Volume 3, pages 221-252, 1909-1910


  Box Folder
Text   7 4