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Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs, circa 1890-1905

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Finding aid prepared by Desirae Carron


Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs


circa 1890-1905


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by subject.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

2004av068: [identification of item], Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs collection, circa 1890-1905, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.09 Cubic feet

1 box, 30 items


The Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs collection (undated; .09 cubic feet, 30 items) consists of photographs of distilleries, the distilling process, workers and documentation pertaining to distilleries.


Joseph Emm Seagram was born April 15, 1841 near New Hope in Canada. His parents died while he was young, and he was placed under the care of a local clergyman. Seagram continued his education through a year at Bryant and Stratton Business College in Buffalo, N.Y. After working as a bookkeeper, he was hired on as a manager to help a man named Hespeler run a mill. He was successful, saw the potential for a distillery, and decided to buy out the other partners' shares. Eventually, Joseph Seagram would become a partner at a distillery in Waterloo, Canada in 1869, and he would become the sole owner of the distillery in 1883, calling it Seagram and Sons. Later on, the Bronfmans of Montreal, founders of Distillers Corporation Limited, would absorb Seagrams, and take over the Seagram name.

Scope and Content

The Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs (dated circa 1890-1905; 0.09 cubic feet; 30 items) consists of 30 black and white silver gelatin prints pertaining to distilleries in Kentucky. Items range from architectural photos of various distilleries to prints of a license for distilling and bills of sale, photos of distillery workers and visitors, and maps of the locations of distilleries. This collection was borrowed and copied in house.


  • Fairfield (Ky.)--History.
  • Nelson County (Ky.)
  • Salt River (Ky.)--History.
  • Architecture
  • Distilleries--Kentucky--Fairfield.
  • Distilling industries--Kentucky--Anderson County.

User Restrictions

Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Series I. Architecture, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The Architecture series contains 13 items that relate to the architecture of Seagram distilleries and warehouses.

Distillery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 1]
Warehouses; covered bridge over creek, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 2]
Old Prentice Distillery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 3]
Distillery next to river, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 4]
Warehouses, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 5]
Distillery Buildings, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 6]
Distillery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 7]
Mattingly and Moore Distillery, near Bardstown, Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 8]
H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 9]
H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 10]
H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 11]
H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 12]
Distillery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 13]
Series II. Artifact, undated
Scope and Content Note:

The Artifact series contains 9 items including maps (items 17-18), license for distilling (item 14), a bill of sale (item 16), and blueprints for distilleries (items 19-21).

License for distilling from District of Kentucky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 14]
Letterhead of Labrot and Graham Distillers and newspaper clipping about distillery, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 15]
Bill of sale from Gaines, Berry and Co. Distilleries in Kentucky's 6th district, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 16]
Map showing locations of distilleries in Ky. 6th district, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 17]
Map showing locations of warehouses of G. A. Sharpe Co. in Harrison Co., Ky, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 18]
Drawing - Plan of distillery No. 36, 5th district of Kentucky - belonging to John K. Daugherty, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 19]
Drawing - Plan of distillery No. 111 - Fairfield, Ky. - Owned by H. McKenna's Estate, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 20]
Drawing - Plan for Distillery No. 111 of McKenna's Estate, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 21]
Drawing: Scene at Old Prentice Distillery, McBrayer, Ky. Salt River., undated
[Box: 1, Item: 22]
Series III. Occupation, circa 1890-1905
Scope and Content Note:

The Occupation series contains 8 items and includes items showing the people who worked in or near the distilleries.

Five children under bell near warehouses, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 23]
Two workmen standing by two horses hitched to a wagon, circa 1905
[Box: 1, Item: 24]
Group of men and small boy posing with shovels, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 25]
Group of men and two boys posing with mule and wagon, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 26]
Man with mule and wagon backed up to a loading dock, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 27]
Photograph of John Lain, circa 1890
[Box: 1, Item: 28]
Accountant at desk in office, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 29]
Four men mixing mash in barrels, undated
[Box: 1, Item: 30]