Blatz Brewing Company Records, 1862-1944

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.