Milwaukee Brewers' Association Records, 1883-1894

Summary Information
Title: Milwaukee Brewers' Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1883-1894

  • Milwaukee Brewers' Association
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 142

Quantity: .4 cubic ft. (1 box)
Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

This collection contains a general journal (1883-1894) and a general ledger (1883-1894) from the Milwaukee Brewers' Association. These volumes document the close relationship between several Milwaukee brewery owners, who committed to their community through philanthropic donations to local charities benefiting the poor or ill. They also gave money to religious, political, cultural, and educational organizations. Some of the more popular recipients included Turnverein Vorwaerts, Liegel, Milwaukee Infants House, St. Rosa's Orphanage, the Thirteenth Ward Catholic Church, and the Working People's Reading Club.

Language: English

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Scope and Content Note

The Milwaukee Brewers' Association, originally called the Milwaukee Brewers Benevolent Association, was organized in 1869. It was comprised of local brewers, including Valentin Blatz, Frederick Miller, Adam Gettelman, Joseph Schlitz and several others, whose concerns for the community and their industry bound them together. Albert C. Blatz, Valentin's son, was secretary of the organization for many years.

In its early years, the association contributed money to many local charities reflecting a wide range of interests. Most of the contributions were made to relief societies or groups that helped the less fortunate including the Mission Kindergarten, Robert Chivas Relief Corps Fair, the Ladies Relief Sewing Society and the Jewish Widows and Orphan Asylum. Other recipients included art and musical organizations, such as the Allomania Singing Society; schools including the Training School for Nurses; churches such as the First German Reformation Church; popular community events like the Polish Celebration or State Fair; and political campaigns or causes including the Iowa campaign of Charles Schmidt and a group simply called Anti-Prohibition.

After the 1890s, the association changed its focus to promote mutual interests in the industry and worked to eliminate abuses by adopting rules and regulations.

Arrangement of the Materials

The general journal is arranged chronologically and provides a complete record of the association's transactions in order of occurrence. The general ledger provides cross references with the general journal and is arranged in a roughly alphabetical order by the name of account and then chronologically within each account.

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Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

The volumes were separated from the rest of the Blatz Brewing Company collection donated to UWM by the American Heritage Center in 1997. The two volumes were apparently in possession of the Blatz Brewing Company because Albert Blatz had served as secretary of the Milwaukee Brewers' Association during this period.

Processing Information

Leslie Heinrichs processed the collection at the Archives in 1999.

Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
General Journal, 1883 -1894
Box   1
Folder   2
General Ledger, 1883 -1894