Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs

Abstract

The Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs (dated circa 1890-1905; 0.09 cubic feet; 30 items) consist of 30 black and white silver gelatin prints pertaining to distilleries in Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs
Date
circa 1890-1905 (inclusive)
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Architecture
Distilling industries -- Kentucky -- Anderson County.
Distilleries -- Kentucky -- Fairfield.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Desirae Carron
Preferred Citation
2004av068: [identification of item], Joseph Seagram and Sons photographs, circa 1890-1905, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
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 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) consist 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.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Architecture, circa 1905-1934

Scope and Contents

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

Distillery, undated

  • Box 1, item 1
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Warehouses; covered bridge over creek, undated

  • Box 1, item 2
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Old Prentice Distillery, circa 1905

  • Box 1, item 3
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Bond's Mill, circa 1905

  • Box 1, item 4
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Warehouses, 1934

  • Box 1, item 5
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Distillery Buildings, 1934

  • Box 1, item 6
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Distillery, undated

  • Box 1, item 7
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Mattingly and Moore Distillery, near Bardstown, Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 8
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H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 9
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H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 10
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H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 11
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H. McKenna Distillery - Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 12
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Distillery, undated

  • Box 1, item 13
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Artifact, undated

Scope and Contents

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

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Letterhead of Labrot and Graham Distillers and newspaper clipping about distillery, undated

  • Box 1, item 15
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Bill of sale from Gaines, Berry and Co. Distilleries in Kentucky's 6th district, undated

  • Box 1, item 16
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Map showing locations of distilleries in Ky. 6th district, undated

  • Box 1, item 17
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Map showing locations of warehouses of G. A. Sharpe Co. in Harrison Co., Ky., undated

  • Box 1, item 18
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Written on back of photographs "Old Lewis Hunter, 1894"

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Drawing - Plan of distillery No. 36, 5th district of Kentucky - belonging to John K. Daugherty, undated

  • Box 1, item 19
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Drawing - Plan of distillery No. 111 - Fairfield, Ky. - Owned by H. McKenna's Estate, undated

  • Box 1, item 20
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Drawing - Plan for Distillery No. 111 of McKenna's Estate, undated

  • Box 1, item 21
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Drawing: "Scene at Old Prentice Distillery, McBrayer, Ky. Salt River.", undated

  • Box 1, item 22
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Occupation, circa 1890-1905

Scope and Contents

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, circa 1905

  • Box 1, item 23
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Two workmen standing by two horses hitched to a wagon, circa 1905

  • Box 1, item 24
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Group of men and small boy posing with shovels, undated

  • Box 1, item 25
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Group of men and two boys posing with mule and wagon, undated

  • Box 1, item 26
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Man with mule and wagon backed up to a loading dock, circa 1900

  • Box 1, item 27
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Photograph of John Lain, circa 1890

  • Box 1, item 28
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Man at desk in office, photographic reproduction, undated

  • Box 1, item 29
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Four men mixing mash in barrels, photographic reproduction, undated

  • Box 1, item 30
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