Blatz Brewing Company Records, 1862-1944


Summary Information
Title: Blatz Brewing Company Records
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1944

Creator:
  • Blatz Brewing Company
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 132

Quantity:
  • 9.6 cubic ft. (12 boxes)
  • 318 volumes

Repository:
Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Abstract:
The majority of the collection consists of over three hundred accounting books that document the financial history of the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company. Most of the records are from the 1880s through the early 1920s, although some date as early as 1862 and as late as 1944. A variety of records are included in the collection, such as general ledgers and journals, cash books, inventory books, and cash customer journals. The records trace the history of the brewery, the bottling plant, various branches, and Valentin Blatz's Estate. The Blatz collection documents the company's rapid growth in the late nineteenth century, the sale of the business in 1890, the disposition of the Valentin Blatz estate, and the impact of the Prohibition movement. There is also extensive information pertaining to the beer bottling industry, including data about finances, vendors, customers, productions, product development, and sales. The records also demonstrate the complicated network of branches and depots that was in place as early as the 1880s.

Language: English

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Biography/History

Valentin Blatz

Valentin Blatz was born on October 1, 1826, in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria. The son of a local brewer, Caspar Blatz and his wife Barbara, he attended school until age fourteen at which time he began an apprenticeship in his father's business. In 1844 Blatz began an extended tour of some of Europe's greatest breweries where he spent his time learning new techniques and the latest in brewing technology until, at age twenty-one, he was forced to return home in order to fulfill his military obligation in the army. However, his father, a prominent community leader, obtained a substitute to serve in his place and shortly thereafter, like thousands of his countrymen, Valentin Blatz left Bavaria for the United States. Landing in New York City in August 1848, Blatz found work almost immediately at the Born Brewery in Buffalo, New York.

Blatz remained in Buffalo for approximately one year after which time he journeyed west to Milwaukee. Arriving in 1849, he found work as the foreman (some sources say brewmaster) at John Braun's Cedar Brewery that had been established in 1846. It was a small operation, employing only a few workmen and capable of producing approximately 150 barrels of beer annually. The brewery's storage capacity was said to be only 80 barrels. Blatz worked for Braun and boarded at his home until 1851, when, after having saved $500, he purchased half of a city lot and began his own brewing business.

Around the time that Blatz was establishing his own brewery, John Braun was killed suddenly after being thrown from his horse-drawn wagon while on a trip selling beer. He left a son, John, and a wife, Louise, who was pregnant with the couple's second child. In December of 1851 Blatz married Braun's widow and adopted her infant child (also named Louise) who was born after Braun's death. Blatz also raised his late employer's son John as his own. Although he was never formally adopted, John Braun became known generally around Milwaukee as "John Blatz." Valentin and Louise (Braun) Blatz also had five children of their own: four sons; Albert, Emil, Valentin Jr., and Louis (who died at a young age); and one daughter, Alma.

The marriage allowed Blatz to acquire Braun's small brewery and combine it with his own operation, which he named City Brewery. This formed the basis of what would eventually become one of the largest and most prominent breweries in Milwaukee. Blatz was widely acknowledged to be the first of the great Milwaukee brewers to establish a reputation outside Wisconsin, the first to begin developing a national distribution network, and the first to establish a bottling plant in connection with his brewery. During its early years of development, the Blatz brewery reportedly out-paced both the Pabst and Schlitz operations.

Blatz operated his business as a single proprietorship until 1889 when it was incorporated as the Val. Blatz Brewing Company with a capital stock of 21 $2,000,000. Officers of the new corporation were Valentin Blatz, president; Albert C. Blatz, vice president; John Kremer (a son-in-law), secretary; and Val. Blatz, Jr., superintendent. The company was quietly sold in 1891 to a group of British and American investors incorporated as the United States Brewing Company and known variously as the "English Syndicate" or the "Chicago Syndicate." The sale reportedly netted Blatz (who was himself a member of the syndicate) and his family $3,000,000 and left them in full control of the local operation.

Three years later, on May 26, 1894, Valentin Blatz died suddenly while staying at the Hotel Ryan in St. Paul, Minnesota, on his return from a trip to California, where he vacationed and attended a midwinter exposition. Ironically, it was a journey that he had reportedly postponed several times because of a premonition that he would not return to Milwaukee alive. A newspaper reported at the time that it was only because of his wife's deteriorating health that he agreed to go to California where they could spend part of the winter in a milder climate. At the time of his death at age sixty-eight, Blatz was regarded as one of Milwaukee's wealthiest men, with an estate estimated at between $6,000,000 and $8,000,000. Throughout his life Blatz was a generous man. In his will he not only left thousands of dollars to more than a dozen local charities, hospitals, orphanages, and homes for the aged, but also provided for the four children (Cora, Selma, Elsie, and John) of his late step-son "John Blatz." He was survived by his wife, Louise, who was with him in St. Paul; three sons, Albert, Emil, and Valentin, Jr.; and two daughters, Louise (Mrs. John) Kremer and Alma (Mrs. Gustav) Kletzsch. He was interred in Milwaukee's Forest Home Cemetery.

Throughout his life, Blatz had been active in community affairs. He was a lifelong member of the Milwaukee Musical Society and belonged to a host of other groups, including the Milwaukee Old Settlers Society, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.), the Aurora Lodge of Freemasons, The Arion Club, the Frei Gemeinde, the Liederkranz Society, the Germania Maennerchor of Chicago, the Eichenkranz Maennerchor of New York, several local Turnverein Societies, and--reportedly one of his favorite haunts--the West Side Old Settlers Bowling Club. In 1866 he became the first president of the Merchants National Bank, and in 1868 he was elected President of the Second Ward Savings Bank, a position he held until his death. Blatz was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers Association and the Chamber of Commerce, and also belonged to an influential committee of local businessmen who organized the Milwaukee Industrial Exposition in 1879. Blatz, who became an American citizen in 1855, was elected for a single term as a Milwaukee city alderman in 1882

After Blatz's death, the brewery was operated by two of his sons, Albert C. and Val. Blatz, Jr., and John Kremer, a son-in-law. The United States Brewing Company, which purchased the brewery in 1891, owned and operated it until the onset of national prohibition in 1920.


Blatz Brewing Company Chronology

The Blatz Chronology that follows traces the development of the brewing company and provides some context for understanding the records that are 22 included in this collection. The information was collected primarily from published secondary sources, newspaper accounts, and summaries of government inspection reports. Some of the figures pertaining to the number of employees is approximate, as are some of the production totals. For example, evidence suggests that much of the work at the brewery was seasonal in nature and it is not clear whether the employee totals represent the peak employment, the average number of employees during a given year, or the number that were employed at the time the information was gathered. Likewise, there is some question whether the production figures represent the total production capacity of the brewery at that time or the number of barrels actually produced during a given year. But even with these limitations, the Chronology gives a good sense of the growth of the Blatz Brewing Company during the period of time encompassed by the records in this collection.

1840 Valentin Blatz begins an apprenticeship in his father's brewery at Miltenberg am Main in Bavaria.
1844 Blatz embarks on a four-year tour of the celebrated breweries of Europe, at which time he learns their methods and procedures.
1846 John Braun opens the Cedar Brewery in Milwaukee. The annual output is 80 barrels.
1848 Blatz immigrates to the United States, settling in Buffalo where he finds work at the Born Brewery.
1849 Blatz moves to Milwaukee and accepts a position as foreman at John Braun's Cedar Brewery.
1851 Valentin Blatz opens a brewery, on half of a city lot, a short distance away from Braun's Cedar Brewery. John Braun is killed in an accident in March. Valentin Blatz takes over Braun's brewery, and merges it with his own. The combined brewery, called City Brewery, and it has an annual output of 350-500 barrels.
1861 Blatz's City Brewery reportedly produced 8,000 bottles of beer.
1868 Expansion of facilities begins at the City Brewery to include a new malt house, malt-kiln building, and ice house. The annual output at this time is reported to be 15,000 barrels.
1871 The Blatz brewery produced approximately 34,000 barrels of beer annually.
1873 American brewers begin to use pasteurization in the production of their beer. This process allows the beer to be preserved for longer periods, adding to the "shelf life" of the beer. Pasteurization also allows for beer to be transported over longer distances.
1873 Valentin Blatz rebuilds. A fire heavily damages part of the brewery. The brewery's annual output increases to 44,689 barrels.
1875 According to some accounts, Blatz's City Brewery opens the first bottling plant in Milwaukee. The brewery's annual output is reported to be 64,000 barrels.
1876 Valentin Blatz's beer is awarded the "highest premium" at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 23 Milwaukee. The brewery's annual output is reported to be 64,000 barrels.
1877 Blatz's City Brewery has a capital of $600,000 and employs 124 people in Milwaukee. The company has established branches and depots in Chicago, IL; Danville, IL; Muskegon, MI; New York City; Racine, WI; and St. Paul, MN.
1878 The management of Valentin Blatz's bottling plant is given over to a Milwaukee company, Torchiani & Kremer, and is located one block away from the Blatz brewery in Milwaukee.
1881 The Blatz City Brewery employs approximately 100 workers and has an annual output of more than 100,000 barrels. The company has established new branches and depots in Boston, MA; Charleston, SC; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; and Savannah, GA.
1885 The Blatz City Brewery employs 300 workers and produced 155,000 barrels of beer annually.
1886 Blatz's City Brewery employs 300 people in Milwaukee and ships products to every state in the union.
1888 The Blatz City Brewery produces 200,000 barrels of beer during the year.
1889 On September 28, the Blatz City Brewery is incorporated as the Val. Blatz Brewing Company. The company produces five types of beer: Tivoli, Imperial, Wiener, Private Stock, and Muenchener.
1890 A new law permits beer to be produced and bottled in the same building. Later that year, the Internal Revenue Act is changed to allow brewers to run pipelines directly from their brewing tanks to a bottling plant. Prior to these new laws, brewers sold their beer in wooden barrels to private bottlers or directly to retail outlets, like taverns, and were taxed on each barrel that they sold.
1891 Val. Blatz Brewing Company is sold for $3 million to a London investment group known as the "English Syndicate", doing business as the United States Brewing Company. Valentin Blatz continues to run the brewery, which has an annual output of between 250,000 and 300,000 barrels of beer.
1892 The crown cap is invented. This allows for a crown shaped metal cap to be locked on top of the bottle to form a gas tight seal. One year after the crown cap was invented, the Crown Cork and Seal Co. began production of an inexpensive and reliable crown cap. Soon, this would become an industry standard.
1892 Val. Blatz Brewing Company employs 500 people in Milwaukee. Its annual production capacity is reported to be 600,000 barrels of beer, although less than that is actually produced.
1893 Blatz is the only beer on tap in the German restaurants at the Chicago World's Fair.
1893 Val. Blatz Brewing Company is run entirely on electricity. The actual annual output of the brewery increases to approximately 365,000 barrels.
1894 On May 26, Valentin Blatz dies at the age of 68 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The estimated value of his estate is $6 million at the time of his death. The new management structure at the Val. Blatz Brewing Company includes Albert Blatz as president, Valentin Blatz Jr. as vice president
1917 Milwaukee brewers begin to develop non-alcoholic beer.
1917 The Val. Blatz Brewing Co. produces a "near beer" called Brewette Temperance Beer.
1920 The Eighteenth Amendment goes into effect, outlawing the manufacturing and sale of any beverage with more than .5% alcohol in it.
1920 The Val. Blatz Brewing Co. starts to rely on their non-alcoholic products for their main source of income. These products include Brewette Temperance Beer, Blatz Root Beer, Blatz Ginger Ale, and For-U Temperance Beer.
1933 Congress repeals the Eighteenth Amendment.
1933 The Val. Blatz Brewing Company is reopened by Edward Landsberg, Frank Gabel, and August L. Klein. Later that year, they change the name to Blatz Brewing Co.
1935 Blatz Brewing Co. begins selling beer in cans.
1958 Pabst purchases Blatz Brewing Co., but a federal court order prevents Pabst from brewing beer at the Milwaukee facility.
1959 G. Heileman buys the Blatz label.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of records of the Blatz Brewing Company dating from 1862-1944. Most are basic accounting records, such as general journals, general ledgers, and cash books, from the Milwaukee brewery and its Milwaukee bottling plant. The number of records increased almost immediately after 1862 as the business grew and government record keeping intensified, though the bulk of the records are from the pre-prohibition era. Most records dating after repeal in 1933 are not included in the collection.

The accounting books give a detailed picture of the revenues, expenses, and brewery operations over a long period of time, providing an excellent look at the Blatz Brewing Company's emergence as one of Milwaukee's four national breweries. The variety of records offers a more complete and accurate picture reflecting the complex environment and accounting practices in a large business organization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Scope and content notes of each series are included in the contents list.

Arrangement of the Materials

The records are arranged into the following series:

  1. Brewery Records (Milwaukee, Wis.): Arranged alphabetically by type of record, then chronologically.
  2. Bottling Plant: Arranged alphabetically by type of record, then chronologically. Two volumes from unknown cities are filed in this series using the term "Unknown Location" following the type of record. The receipts and invoices section is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
  3. Branch Operations: Arranged alphabetically by location of the branch or depot, then alphabetically by the type of record, and then chronologically. Within these records, there are unbound files containing branch information. These unbound files were apparently taken apart by the Blatz Brewing Company and were placed in large ledgers in an inconsistent manner. During processing, these files were removed and reorganized into their original order. The second accession, donated by John Steiner in 1998, was added to this series.
  4. Miscellaneous Records (Milwaukee, Wis.): Arranged alphabetically by the creator of the record, then alphabetically by the type of record, and then chronologically.

Notes indicate whether or not individual volumes have an index. Only ledgers have indexes. The term indexed refers an index that is located within the volume. If the index has the letter A after it, it is a separate index volume that is located with the ledger.

Preferred Citation

Citation Guide for Primary Sources

Related Material in the UWM Libraries
Separated Material in the UWM Libraries

The original collection included related records from the Milwaukee Brewers' Association. These records were removed and processed as a separate collection (UWM Manuscript Collection 142).

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).


Custodial History

The New York corporation that owned the brewery in the late 1960s had deposited the records at the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center.


Acquisition Information

In 1997, the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center donated this collection to the UWM Archives Department (accession 1997-060). John Steiner donated another set of records to the Archives in 1998. Additional materials were donated by the University of Wyoming's American Heritage Center in October 2018 (accession 2018-014).


Processing Information

Leslie Heinrichs, John Moes, Steve Eichstadt and Eric Volmar processed the collection at the UWM Archives Department from November 1997 to May 1999. Clare Ruedinger (supervised by Christel Maass) processed accession 2018-014 in October 2018.


Contents List
Series: 1. Brewery Records (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Scope and Content Note: The Brewery Records constitute the largest portion of the collection. These records are from the Milwaukee Brewery office, where central business operations were headquartered. This part of the collection consists of day to day bookkeeping records that document many individual transactions involved in running the business, and are useful for understanding the complicated nature of the brewing industry, as well as nineteenth century accounting practices. Of particular interest are the brewer's stamp registers and the denatured alcohol report which show how restrictions on the manufacturing of alcohol gradually grew more strict until National Prohibition became law on January 16, 1920. City customer shipped inventory ledgers give the names of many Milwaukee citizens and businesses that were dealt with Blatz during this period. Finally, the inventory ledgers provide incredibly detailed information about property owned by the brewery, including advertising materials used by branches and customers.
Volume   92
Accounts Receivable Collections Journal, 1916-1918
Volume   174
Accounts Receivable Ledger for City Customers, 1879-1887
Note: Indexed
Box   3
Folder   2
Advertisements, 1896-1899
Box   11
Folder   13
Balance Sheet, 1915-1919
Bills Receivable Ledger
Note: Indexed
Volume   126
1888-1898
Volume   171
1898-1920
Volume   97
Board of Directors Minute Book, 1889-1925
Brewer's Stamp Register
Volume   87
1907-1909
Volume   14
1910-1915
Volume   88
1915-1920
Cash Book
Volume   47
1862-1864
Volume   10
1864-1865
Volume   11
1867-1870
Volume   318
1868
Volume   325
1886-1887
Volume   323
1887-1888
Volume   19
1888-1889
Volume   18
1889-1890
Volume   28
1889-1890
Volume   93
1890-1891
Volume   71
1891-1892
Volume   72
1892-1894
Volume   94
1894-1895
Volume   53
1895-1897
Volume   52
1897-1899
Volume   23
1899-1901
Volume   24
1901-1903
Volume   81
1903-1905
Volume   59
1905-1906
Volume   60
1906-1908
Volume   82
1908-1910
Volume   84
1910-1912
Volume   85
1912-1914
Volume   29
1914-1915
Volume   30
1915-1917
Volume   27
1917-1919
Volume   70
1919
Volume   69
1919-1920
Volume   68
1920-1922
Volume   91
1924-1925
Volume   90
1925-1927
Volume   89
1927-1929
City Customer Shipped Inventory Ledger
Volume   121
1868-1869
Note: No Index
Volume   102
1869
Note: No Index
Volume   75-76
1870-1872
Note: No Index
Volume   122
1872-1873
Note: No Index
Volume   266-266A
1873-1876
Note: Index to Volume 266
Volume   104-104A
1876-1877
Note: Index to Volume 104
Volume   251
1877-1878
Note: No Index
Volume   74-74A
1878-1880
Note: Index to Volume 74
Volume   249-249A
1880-1882
Note: Index to Volume 249
Volume   265-265A
1882-1883
Note: Index to Volume 265
Volume   235-235A
1883-1886
Note: Index to Volume 235
Volume   245-245A
1886-1888
Note: Index to Volume 245
Volume   244
1888-1889
Note: No Index
City Customer Weekly Sales Journal
Volume   235
1883-1886
Volume   245
1886-1888
Volume   244
1888-1891
Volume   246
1891-1893
Volume   243
1893-1896
Volume   247
1896-1898
Volume   248
1909-1913
Box   12
Folder   19
Correspondence, 1909-1920, undated
Customer and Calculations on Sales Ledger
Volume   267
1896-1909
Note: Indexed
Volume   99
1909-1916
Note: Indexed
Volume   320
Box   2
Denatured Alcohol Report, 1912-1915
Volume   64
Empty Barrel Ledger, 1865-1869
Note: Indexed
Volume   58
Equity Journal, 1887-1895
General Journal
Volume   48
1862-1865
Volume   51
1873
Volume   35
1873-1874
Volume   78
1874
Volume   79
1874-1875
Volume   214
1875
Note: Also contains annual summary data from 1876-1910.
Volume   80
1884-1885
Volume   106
1885-1886
Volume   107-108
1886-1887
Volume   119
1887-1888
Volume   136
1888-1889
Volume   112
1889
Volume   138
1889-1890
Volume   137
1890-1891
Volume   139
1892-1893
Volume   168-169
1893-1895
Volume   109-111
1895-1898
Volume   170
1898-1899
Volume   115
1899-1900
Volume   118
1900-1901
Volume   135
1901-1902
Volume   114
1902-1904
Volume   113
1904-1907
Volume   134
1907-1909
Volume   116-117
1909-1917
Volume   120
1917-1919
Volume   208
1919
Volume   205-207
1920-1923
Volume   209
1925-1927
General Ledger
Volume   286
1860-1862
Note: Indexed
Volume   287
1862-1864
Note: No Index
Volume   271-272
1864-1873
Note: Indexed
Volume   83
1873-1874
Note: No Index
Volume   288-288A
1874-1876
Note: Index to Volume 288
Volume   288-288A
1874-1876
Note: Index to Volume 288
Volume   276-276A
1876-1878
Note: Index to Volume 276
Volume   277-277A
1879-1881
Note: Index to Volume 277
Volume   294-294A
1881-1883
Note: Index to Volume 294
Volume   260
1883-1885
Note: No Index
Volume   289-289A
1885-1887
Note: Index to Volume 289
Volume   258, 305
1887-1889
Note: Index to Volume 258
Volume   292, 305
1889
Note: Index to Volume 292
Volume   257
1893-1896
Note: No Index
Volume   299, 314
Box   2
1895-1897
Note: Index to Volume 299
Volume   291-291A
1897-1902
Note: Index to Volume 291
Volume   295-295A
1902-1904
Note: Index to Volume 295
Volume   264-264A
1904-1908
Note: Index to Volume 264
Volume   305
Index to Volume 258 and 292, 1887-1889
Volume   314
Index to Volume 299, 1895-1897
Volume   313
Box   1
Grains Book, 1898-1900
Note: No Index
Volume   86
Insurance Register, 1890-1894
Inventory Ledger
Volume   54
1874-1886
Note: Indexed
Volume   55
1887-1889
Note: No Index
Volume   309
Inventory Register of Blatz Advertising Materials to Branches and Customers, 1916-1918
Volume   307
Payroll Ledger, 1868-1873
Note: Indexed
Petty Cash Journal
Volume   8
1902-1907
Volume   7
1916-1917
Private Cash Book
Volume   62
1867-1868
Volume   77
1877-1878
Volume   44-46
1878-1881
Volume   131-133
1881-1884
Volume   252-253
1884-1886
Volume   262
1886-1887
Volume   261
1887-1888
Volume   15-16
1907-1911
Volume   67
1914-1916
Volume   320
1917-1918
Volume   20
Private Federal and State Tax Journal, 1925-1944
Volume   1
Private General Journal, 1889-1890
Private General Ledger
Volume   319
1862-1865
Note: No Index
Volume   83
1873-1880
Note: No Index
Volume   228
1880-1884
Note: No Index
Volume   268
1884-1888
Note: Indexed
Volume   275
1888-1889
Note: Indexed
Volume   105
1898-1911
Note: Indexed
Volume   57
Profit and Loss/Balance Sheet, 1890-1894
Volume   17
Purchase Journal, 1917-1919
Box   12
Folder   20
R. W. Jackman Collection Account, 1927-1928
Volume   270
Sales Journal, 1899-1900
Volume   25
Sales Ledger for Country Customers, 1918-1919
Note: No Index
Volume   26
Sales Record Ledger, 1920-1924
Note: No Index
Volume   312
Box   1
Shipping Register, 1916-1917
Volume   40
Shop Supply Utilization Book, 1912-1913
Volume   229
Total Sales Journal, 1903-1910
Trial Balance Ledger
Volume   234
1874-1883
Volume   233
1915-1925
Volume   143
Unidentified Index, undated
Volume   153
Unidentified Index for Customer and Branch Ledger "M-2", undated
Volume   125
Unidentified Index for General Ledger "M-1", undated
Volume   154
Unidentified Index for General Ledger "O-1", undated
Volume   146
Unidentified Index for Keg Account, undated
Volume   147
Unidentified Index for Keg Account "5", undated
Volume   144
Unidentified Index for Keg Account "7", undated
Volume   152
Unidentified Index for Ledger "1898"
Volume   101
Unidentified Index for Ledger " Jun. 1901-30 Sept. 1903"
Volume   155
Unidentified Index for Ledger " A", undated
Volume   100
Unidentified Index for Ledger " B", undated
Volume   145
Unidentified Index for Ledger " C", undated
Series: 2. Bottling Plant
Scope and Content Note: The Bottling Plant records are a large part of the collection. Most of these records are from the Milwaukee bottling plant, which was managed by Torchiani & Kremer on a contractual basis. Eventually the bottling plant emerged as a separate corporate entity owned and controlled by the Blatz Bottling Company, but managed by John Kremer, who had married Louise Blatz, the adopted daughter of Valentin Blatz. This series documents the change over time in the items produced, including non-alcoholic beverages that became more prominent as the temperance movement grew in popularity. The records document many transactions that were unique to a bottling plant for this period. For example, empty bottle journals track the empties that customers brought back to the plant. The Bottling Plant general journals, general ledgers and cash books are useful for more details about bottling plant transactions. Order journals contain detailed labeling and bottling information.

Most of the Bottling Plant records date from 1895 to 1900, and include in-depth information about materials such as bottle washing devices or cork barrels that were used in the bottling plant. Of particular interest are the receipts for the bottling plant, which have diagrams of the latest machines, bottle wrappers, and different types of bottles used in the plant. Also included are advertisements and the costs associated with publishing Blatz ads in several national newspapers. The records also include engraved letterhead and receipts with detailed drawings and pictures from companies throughout the United States. The receipt and invoice records clearly illustrate the nature and extent of Blatz's business relationship with other companies in Milwaukee and elsewhere, albeit for only a short period of time.

All are from Milwaukee, Wisconsin unless otherwise noted.
Box   11
Folder   12
Balance Sheet, 1919
Box   12
Folder   1
Beverages Drank on Premises, 1925-1926
Volume   22
Bottling Plant Production Summary Report, 1920-1926
Cash Book
Volume   128-129
1889-1891
Volume   127
1891-1893
Volume   156-161
1893-1918
Cash Sales
Volume   150
1899-1901
Volume   149
1901-1902
Volume   42
1902-1903
Volume   172
1903
Volume   173
1903-1904
Volume   148
1907
Volume   41
1910-1911
City Customer Journal
Volume   190-192
1881-1894
Volume   211
1894-1896
Volume   231
1896-1897
Volume   230
1897-1898
Volume   193-195
1898-1901
Volume   218
1901-1903
Volume   215
1903-1905
Volume   242
1905-1906
Volume   197-198
1906-1909
Volume   200-201
1909-1911
City Customer Ledger
Volume   285-285A
1888-1891
Note: Index to Volume 285
Volume   256-256A
1891-1893
Note: Index to Volume 256
Volume   196-196A
1893-1895
Note: Index to Volume 196
Volume   199-199A
1895-1897
Note: Index to Volume 199
Volume   255
1897-1898
Note: No Index
Volume   281
1898-1901
Note: No Index
Volume   223
1901-1903
Note: No Index
Volume   280
1903-1907
Note: No Index
Volume   224
1907-1912
Note: No Index
Volume   278-278A
1912
Note: Index to Volume 278
Volume   210
1912-1916
Note: Indexed
Volume   306
Day Book of Inventory Transactions, 1907-1908
Note: Unknown Location
Volume   96
Empty Bottle Daily Register, 1916-1917
Note: Unknown Location
Empty Bottle Journal
Volume   130
1903-1904
Volume   184-186
1904-1908
Volume   204
1908-1909
Volume   203
1909-1910
Volume   202
1910-1911
Volume   283
1911-1913
Volume   282
1913-1914
Volume   284
1914-1915
Volume   187
1915-1917
Volume   188
1917-1918
Volume   199
1923-1926
General Journal
Volume   12
1887-1889
Volume   213
1889-1890
Volume   212
1891-1892
Volume   216-217
1902-1919
General Ledger
Volume   73
1887-1889
Note: No Index
Volume   219-219A
1894-1898
Note: Index to Volume 219
Volume   221-221A
1894-1898
Note: Index to Volume 221
Volume   222
1904-1913
Note: No Index
Volume   123
Government Tax Revenue Book for Exports, 1891-1917
Volume   56
Inventory Ledger, 1888-1901
Note: No Index
Volume   56
Inventory Ledger, 1888-1901
Note: No Index
Volume   319
Box   2
Keg Ledger of Barrels Shipped and Returned for Branches and Customers, 1887-1890
Note: No Index
Order Book
Volume   182
1908-1909
Volume   183
1917-1919
Order Journal
Volume   167
1896-1897
Volume   165-166
1897-1899
Volume   162-164
1899-1902
Volume   142
1902-1903
Volume   178
1904-1905
Volume   181
1905-1906
Volume   175-177
1906-1908
Volume   140
1908-1910
Volume   179-180
1910-1915
Volume   141
1915-1919
Receipts and Invoicesl
Box   3
Folder   1
A. Daussa & Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1894-1912
Box   4
Folder   1
A. F. Hinners Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1902
Box   3
Folder   3
Advertising Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   3
Folder   4-5
American Fine Art Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Invoices, 1895-1900
Box   4
Folder   2
American Fine Art Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1896, undated
Box   3
Folder   6
American Fine Art Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   3
Folder   8
American Sal Soda Works, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   3
Folder   9
American Steel & Wire Co., (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   3
Folder   10
Arcade Manufacturing Co., (Freeport, IL), Receipts, 1895
Box   5
Folder   1
Hayman, (Los Angeles, CA), Receipts,1895
Box   5
Folder   2
B. A. Jacob & Sons, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   5
Folder   3
Baumbach, Reichel & Co, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896-1900
Box   4
Folder   3
Baumbach, Reichel & Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   4
Binney & Smith, (New York, NY), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   5
Bottler's Specialty, (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   5
Folder   6
C. A. Beck & Son, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   4
Folder   4
C. A. Beck & Son, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1900, undated
Box   5
Folder   7
Charles L. Kiewert & Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   8-10
Chas. Baumbach Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1894-1898
Box   5
Folder   11
Chicago & North Western Railway Co., (Milwaukee, WI), 1917-1918
Box   5
Folder   12
Chicago Car Seal & Mfg. Company, (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   5
Folder   13
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co., Receipts, 1894-1900, 1912, 1918
Box   5
Folder   14
Cincinnati Bung-Bush, (Cincinnati, OH), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   15
Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway Co., Receipts, 1895-1897
Box   5
Folder   16
Cook's Advertising Agency, (San Francisco, CA ), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   17-19
Crown Cork and Seal Company, (Baltimore, MD), Receipts, 1894-1900
Box   5
Folder   20
Cumberland Glass Co., (Cumberland, MD), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   21
Cunningham Manufacturing Co., (Philadelphia, PA), 1900
Box   5
Folder   22
Cy Retallack, (Walkerville, MT), Receipts, 1899
Box   5
Folder   23
Davis Bros. Mfg. Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   5
Folder   24
Dever Bros. Paper Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1899
Box   5
Folder   25
Drake Brothers Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   26
Dreyfuss Bottle & Stopper Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   27
Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway Co., Receipts, 1900
Box   5
Folder   28
Eagle Sign Co., (San Francisco, CA), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   29
Edward H. Everett Co., (Newark, OH), Receipts, 1899
Box   5
Folder   30
Eick Bottle Cleansing Machine Co., (Philadelphia, PA), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   5
Folder   31
Enterprise Box and Lumber Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896-1899
Box   5
Folder   32
Erie and Western Transportation Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1899
Box   5
Folder   33
Evening Express Co., (Los Angeles, CA ), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   34
Ferdinand Gutmann Corks Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1900
Box   5
Folder   35
Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896-1900
Box   12
Folder   4
Forest Products Mfg. Co., Receipts, 1911
Box   5
Folder   36
Garriga Llado & Son Co., (New York, NY ), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   37
Goldberg, Bowen & Lebenbaum, (San Francisco, CA), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   38
Goodrich Transportation Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   39
Great Northern Railway Co., Receipts, 1917
Box   5
Folder   40
Gudewill & Bucknall, (New York, NY), Receipts, 1895-1896
Box   5
Folder   41
H. J. Woolacott Co., (Los Angeles, CA), Receipts, 1895-1898
Box   5
Folder   42
H. Niedecken Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   5
Folder   43
Henry Gugler Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1897
Box   5
Folder   44
Isaacs, Vought & Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1895-1898
Box   5
Folder   45
J. M. Burks, (Lincoln, NE), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   46
J. T. Cowles Co., (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   47
Johnston Tin Foil & Metal Co., (St. Louis, MO), Receipts, 1895
Box   5
Folder   48
Joseph Fixter Cooperage and Cooper Stock, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   49
Kapp & Street, (San Francisco, CA ), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   50
Karl Hutter, (New York, NY), Receipts, 1897-1900
Box   4
Folder   7
Kenneth W. Jacobs, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1900
Box   5
Folder   51
L. Mundet & Son, (New York, NY), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   52
Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Co., Receipts, 1895-1897
Box   4
Folder   8
Lightning Bottle Wirer Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1895-1897
Box   5
Folder   53
Lightning Bottle Wirer Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   54
Louis Cahen & Son, (San Francisco, CA ), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   5
Folder   55
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Co., Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   56
M. Stein, The Painter, (San Francisco, CA ), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   57
MacFarlane & Co., Ltd., (Honolulu, HI), Receipts, 1899
Box   5
Folder   58
Manhattan Sign Co., (New York, NY), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   59
Marx & Rawolle, (New York, NY ), Receipts, 1894
Box   4
Folder   10
Massillon Glass Works, (Massillon, OH), Receipts, 1889
Box   5
Folder   60
Massillon Glass Works, (Massillon, OH), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   61
Milwaukee Lithographic & Engraving Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1893-1895
Box   5
Folder   62
Mm. Steinmeyer Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1897-1899
Box   4
Folder   12
Mueller & Son, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1899, undated
Box   5
Folder   63
Mueller & Son, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   64
National Distilling Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1897-1900
Box   5
Folder   65
National Glass Co., (Rochester, PA), Receipts, 1899-1900
Box   5
Folder   66
New York, Chicago & St. Paul Railroad Co., (Cleveland, OH), Receipts, 1895-1897
Box   5
Folder   67
Nixon & Costello Co., (Dayton, OH), Receipts, 1896
Box   5
Folder   68
Northern Glass Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1896
Box   5
Folder   69-71
Northern Glass Works, (Milwaukee, WI), Credit Bills, 1897-1900
Box   5
Folder   72-74
Northern Glass Works, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1897-1900
Box   5
Folder   75
Northern Glass Works, (Milwaukee, WI), Statements, 1897-1900
Box   5
Folder   76
Northwestern Collection Agency, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   77
Northwestern Lithography Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1891-1900
Box   5
Folder   78
Oregon Short Line Railroad, Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   79
Otto Zwietusch, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1899
Box   5
Folder   80
R. B. Dumont & Co., (Mobile, AL), Receipts, 1899
Box   4
Folder   13
S. S. Wenzell, Dr., Receipts, 1898
Box   12
Folder   10
Second National Bank of St. Paul, (St. Paul, MN), Receipts, 1883
Box   5
Folder   82
Siebe & Green General Advertisers, (San Francisco, CA), Receipts, 1897-1898
Box   4
Folder   14
Solomon Neumann, (Los Angeles, CA), Receipts, 1897
Box   5
Folder   83-84
Streator Bottle & Glass Co., (Streator, IL), Receipts, 1894-1900
Box   5
Folder   81
The Rochester Tumbler Co., (Pittsburgh, PA), Receipts, 1897-1899
Box   5
Folder   85
Times Mirror Co., (Los Angeles, CA), Receipts, 1897-1899
Box   5
Folder   86
Torchiani & Kremer (Bottler), (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1884, undated
Box   5
Folder   87
United States Brewing Co., (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1897
Box   12
Folder   13
Val. Blatz Brewing Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Barma Receipts, 1919
Box   12
Folder   14
Val. Blatz Brewing Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Checks, 1909
Box   5
Folder   89
Val. Blatz Brewing Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1896-1900, 1915-1916
Box   12
Folder   15
Val. Blatz Brewing Co., (Other Branches), Credit Memorandum, 1916-1917
Box   5
Folder   88
Val. Blatz Brewing Co., (Other Branches), Receipts, 1884, 1917, undated
Box   5
Folder   90
Vera Chemical Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1900
Box   5
Folder   91
Vilter Manufacturing Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1900
Box   5
Folder   92
W. M. Frankfurth Hardware Co., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1896
Box   12
Folder   16
Wells Fargo & Company Express, (Lanark, IL), Receipts, 1916
Box   5
Folder   93
Weiserhorn Carriage Manufacturing, Co., (Helena, MT), Receipts, 1898
Box   5
Folder   94
Willam J. Farrell, Corks and Corkwood, (New York, NY), Receipts, 1896-1899
Box   5
Folder   95-96
William Franzen, Paper Stock & Bottles, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   97
Wittemann Brothers Co., (Chicago, IL), Receipts, 1896-1900
Box   5
Folder   98
Yocum & Kacer Management Co., (St. Louis, MO), Receipts, 1895-1900
Box   5
Folder   99
Zehrung Bill Posting & Distribution Co., (Lincoln, NE), Receipts, 1900
Volume   273-274
Sales Journal, 1900-1902
Series: 3. Branch Operations
Scope and Content Note: The Branch Operations records contain different types of information from the nationwide network of Blatz branches and depots. Branches and depots were storefronts found throughout the country, which sold only Blatz beer to individual customers as well as to local businesses. Branches were bigger than the depots, and consisted of offices, warehouses, and a manager and staff paid by the home office. (For a more description of branches and depots, see Appendix A.) The extent and nature of the information concerning specific branches and depots is inconsistent; but together the records show the intricate branch network that the Blatz Brewing Company had in place by the 1890s and the relative autonomy of each of the branches in the way they did their recordkeeping. Some of the records in this series were kept at the Blatz headquarters while others were apparently maintained by branch or depot managers and shipped back to Milwaukee along with other property when the branch or depot closed. The records also document the national expansion of the company. Finally, the records are of particular interest because they show the steady decline of the Blatz operation as the temperance movement gained momentum and branches began to close.
Benton Harbor, MI
Volume   3
General Ledger, 1909-1910
Note: Indexed
Volume   50
General Ledger, 1909-1913
Note: Indexed
Berlin, WI
Volume   61
General Ledger, 1891-1892
Note: Indexed
Cedar Rapids, IA
Volume   259
General Journal, 1880-1882
Volume   98
General Ledger for Bottling Plant, 1907-1908
Note: No Index
Cleveland, OHI
Volume   43
General Ledger, 1914-1915
Note: Indexed
Volume   124
General Ledger, 1916
Note: Indexed
Decatur, IL
Volume   63
Cash Book, 1905-1906
East Dubuque, IL
Volume   6
General Ledger, 1916
Note: Indexed
Emmetsburg, IA
Volume   226
Cash Expense and Receipt Journal, 1909-1911
Volume   13
General Ledger, 1909-1911
Note: Indexed
Florence, WI
Volume   32
General Ledger, 1881-1882
Note: Indexed
Volume   33
Sales Journal, 1893-1895
Hancock, MI
Volume   324
General Ledger, 1907-1908
Note: Internal Index
Volume   321
Sales Ledger, 1901-1906
Kankakee, ILI
Volume   250
Cash Book, 1894-1902
Volume   316
Box   2
Unidentified Index to "General Ledger 1909", undated
Kansas City, MO
Volume   302
Customer Beer Sales and Expense Recapitulation Ledger, 1913-1918
Note: Indexed
Kenosha, WI
Volume   4
General Journal, 1897-1902
Louisville, KY
Volume   31
Sales Journal, 1876-1877
Medford, WI
Volume   232
Sales Ledger, 1921-1923
Note: No Index
Memphis, TN
Volume   225
General Journal, 1882
Volume   269
General Ledger, 1879-1880
Note: No Index
Volume   103
General Ledger, 1880-1882
Note: No Index
Milwaukee, WI
Volume   21
Allowance for Spoilage and Breakage Journal, 1920-1925
Box   4
Folder   15-16
Bills Receivable Account, 1915-1919
Box   12
Folder   18
Branch Closings,1914-1917, undated
Box   6
Folder   2
Building Accounts, 1904-1919
Volume   317
Box   2
Check Register for Various Branches, 1921
Volume   304
Comparative Branch Statements Ledger, 1913-1916
Note: No Index
Volume   296
Comparative Branch Statements Ledger, 1916-1921
Note: No Index
Volume   240
Cost of Sales by Branch Register, 1901-1904
Note: Indexed
Volume   241
Cost of Sales by Branch Register, 1904-1907
Note: Indexed
Volume   239
Cost of Sales by Branch Register, 1906-1922
Note: Indexed
Volume   238
Cost of Sales by Branch Register, 1907-1922
Note: Indexed
Volume   303
Cost of Sales by Branch Register, 1911-1915
Note: No Index
Volume   293, 305
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1887-1889
Note: Index to Volume 293
Volume   254-254A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1889-1890
Note: Index to Volume 254
Volume   301-301A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1892-1893
Note: Index to Volume 301
Volume   300-300A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1893-1895
Note: Index to Volume 300
Volume   298, 314
Box   2
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1895-1896
Note: Index to Volume 298
Volume   279-279A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1896-1898
Note: Index to Volume 279
Volume   263-263A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1898-1900
Note: Index to Volume 263
Volume   290-290A
Customer and Branch Ledger, 1900-1902
Note: Index to Volume 290
Volume   314
Box   2
Customer and Branch Ledger 298 Index, 1895-1896
Box   8
Folder   1
Details of Branch Depots, 1915-1919
Box   8
Folder   2
Details of Branch Floating Assets, 1915-1919
Box   8
Folder   7
Export Beer Sales, 1915-1919
Box   10
Folder   4-5
Miscellaneous Accounts, 1909-1919
Box   4
Folder   18-19
Mortgage Receivables, 1915-1919
Volume   297
Net Proceeds of Branches Ledger for Fiscal Year 1912, 1911-1912
Box   10
Folder   6
Non Alcohol Product Sales, 1919-1920
Box   11
Folder   3
Property Accounts, 1917
Volume   328
Box   2
Record of Bank Deposits and Withdrawals for Various Branches, 1926
Box   11
Folder   6
Rent, 1904-1918
Box   11
Folder   9
Sales, 1915-1919
Volume   315
Box   2
Sales Person Commission Record of Country Customers, 1927-1928
Transfer Ledger
Box   6
Folder   1
Berlin, WI, 1902-1920
Box   6
Folder   3
Cedar Rapids, IA, 1902-1907
Box   6
Folder   4
Champaign, IL, 1902-1908
Box   6
Folder   5
Cheyenne, WY, 1917-1919
Box   6
Folder   6
Chicago, IL, 1914-1920
Box   6
Folder   7
Cleveland, OH, 1914-1916
Box   6
Folder   8
Customer and Depot Account "A", 1902-1920
Box   6
Folder   9
Customer and Depot Account "B", 1902-1920
Box   6
Folder   10
Customer and Depot Account "C", 1902-1920
Box   6
Folder   11
Customer and Depot Account "D", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   1
Customer and Depot Account "E", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   2
Customer and Depot Account "F", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   3
Customer and Depot Account "G", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   4
Customer and Depot Account "H", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   5
Customer and Depot Account "I", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   6
Customer and Depot Account "J", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   7
Customer and Depot Account "K", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   8
Customer and Depot Account "L", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   9
Customer and Depot Account "M", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   10
Customer and Depot Account "O", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   11
Customer and Depot Account "P", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   12
Customer and Depot Account "R", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   13
Customer and Depot Account "S", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   14
Customer and Depot Account "T"-"W", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   15
Customer and Depot Account "Z", 1902-1920
Box   7
Folder   16
Denver, CO, 1902-1920
Box   8
Folder   3
Detroit, MI, 1909-1918
Box   8
Folder   4
Duluth, MN, 1915-1918
Box   8
Folder   5
East Dubuque, IL, 1916-1918
Box   8
Folder   6
El Paso, TX, 1917-1918
Box   8
Folder   8
Glidden, WI, 1918-1920
Box   8
Folder   10
Hancock, MI, 1914-1919
Box   8
Folder   9
Hurley, WI, 1918-1920
Box   8
Folder   11
Janesville, WI, 1914-1919
Box   8
Folder   12
Kankakee, IL, 1902-1919
Box   9
Folder   1-4
Kansas City, KS, 1902-1920
Box   9
Folder   5
Kenosha, WI, 1902-1919
Box   9
Folder   6
Marshfield, WI, 1903-1918
Box   9
Folder   7
Medford, WI, 1918-1919
Box   9
Folder   8
Minneapolis, MN, 1902-1905
Box   10
Folder   1-2
Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1920
Box   10
Folder   3
Miscellaneous Accounts, 1918
Box   10
Folder   7
Omaha, NE, 1902-1920
Box   10
Folder   8
Peoria, IL, 1902-1920
Box   11
Folder   1
Phillips, WI, 1918-1919
Box   11
Folder   2
Pittsburgh, PA, 1902-1918
Box   11
Folder   4
Racine, WI, 1920
Box   11
Folder   5
Range, OH, 1902-1920
Box   11
Folder   7
Rock Island, WI, 1915-1918
Box   11
Folder   8
Rockford, IL, 1902-1913
Box   11
Folder   10
South Bend, IN, 1914-1919
Box   11
Folder   11
Streator, IL, 1902-1920
Box   4
Folder   17
Yield Analysis, 1916-1919
Minneapolis, MN
Volume   310
General Ledger, 1896-1899
Note: No Index
Volume   151
General Ledger, 1912-1921
Note: No Index
Norway, MI
Volume   37
General Ledger, 1881-1882
Note: Indexed
Rockford, ILI
Volume   66
Accounts Receivable Ledger for Bottled Beer, 1905-1908
Note: Indexed
Volume   65
Unit Sales Register for Bottling Plant, 1907-1908
St. Paul, MN
Volume   311
Box   1
Accounts Receivable Ledger, 1883-1884
Note: Indexed
Volume   36
General Ledger, 1882-1883
Note: Indexed
Volume   220
Sales/Accounts Receivable Ledger, 1916-1922
Note: No Index
Sioux Falls, SD
Volume   236
Sales Journal, 1917-1918l
Streator, ILI
Volume   237
Accounts Receivable Transfer Ledger, 1916-1918
Note: No Index
Volume   95
Accounts Receivable Transfer Ledger, 1918-1919
Note: No Index
Terre Haute, INI
Volume   34
Cash Book, 1892-1893
Unknown
Volume   322
General Ledger, 1907
Note: No Index
Volume   308
Purchases and Sales Record, 1908-1914
Note: No Index
Volume   227
Sales Ledger for Country Customers, 1883-1884
Note: Internal Index
Series: 4. Miscellaneous Records (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Scope and Content Note: Miscellaneous Records include a partial probate record from the Val Blatz estate. Also included are records from J. Peterson, a district manager for Blatz in the 1890s. Several volumes of company records used as exhibits in a court case, probably involving the sale of the company and the disposition of the Blatz estate are also found in this series. Unfortunately, the only information about this case is that Arthur Andersen & Company were involved as lawyers for the Blatz Brewing Company. The present Arthur Andersen Milwaukee office has no additional records relating to this case.

Also included in the Miscellaneous Records is a listing of receipts and invoices that pre-date the bottling plant records. These early receipts and invoices demonstrate the strong relationship Blatz had with various companies from its earliest days.
Exhibit Books
Volume   57
III - Milwaukee Brewery Profit and Loss/Balance Sheet, 1890-1894
Volume   254
IV - Branch Operations: Milwaukee Customer and Branch Ledger, 1889-1890
Volume   39
XI - Val Blatz Estate Probate Record, 1892-1896
Volume   97
XII - Milwaukee Brewery Board of Director's Minute Book, 1889-1925
Volume   20
XIV - Milwaukee Brewery Private Federal and State Tax Journal, 1925-1944
Volume   9
General Journal, J. Peterson, 1892-1898
General Ledger
Volume   2
J. Peterson, 1889-1898
Volume   49
J. Peterson, 1891-1898
Volume   5
Private General Journal, J. Peterson, 1893-1898
Volume   39
Probate Record, Val Blatz Estate, 1892-1896
Receipts and Invoices
Box   5
Folder   11
Chicago & North Western Railway Co., (Milwaukee, WI), 1869
Box   12
Folder   2
Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   3
Engelmann Transportation Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   4
Folder   5
Holzapfel & Eskughe, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1873
Box   12
Folder   5
Jacob A. Williams Dealer in Stoves, Tin & Hardware, Manufacturer of House Furnishing Goods of All Descriptions, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1871
Box   4
Folder   6
Julius Kaster, Dr., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1873
Box   12
Folder   6
L. A. Schmidtner Architect Office, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1871
Box   4
Folder   9
M. J. Zander, Dr., (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1873
Box   4
Folder   11
Mathias Peiffer, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1873
Box   12
Folder   7
Merchants Union Express Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   8
Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway, (Waupan, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   9
Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway, (South Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   11
The Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad Company, (Milwaukee, WI) Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   12
United States Express Company, (Milwaukee, WI), Receipts, 1869
Box   12
Folder   17
Western Union Railroad Company, Receipts, 1869
Using the Accounting Records

This section provides information on Using the Accounting Records

Appendices

Not all of the items mentioned or reproduced in these appendices are part of the collection. They are included in this finding aid to add to the understanding of the Blatz Brewing Company and its records.

  1. Branch and Depot Listings
  2. When States Came Under Statewide Prohibition
  3. Blatz Brewing Company Labels
  4. Receipts in the Collection
  5. Transcript of Valentin Blatz's Will
  6. Valentin Blatz's Obituaries
  7. Miscellanous Photographs
  8. Selected Images from Commemorative Book
  9. Advertisements of the Period