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Breweries in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

Company Records

Yoerg Brewing Company Records, 1858-1953
​Accounting records (1858-1953), sales records (1886-1913, 1949-1952), federal liquor tax records (1879-1953), annual financial statements (1934-1953), and sample forms and miscellaneous correspondence (1890-1901).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Grain Belt Brewing Company Records, 1890-1976.
Includes records (correspondence, minutes, financial records, trademark information, annual reports, scrapbooks, in-house publications, and miscellaneous papers) of Grain Belt Breweries, predecessor Minneapolis Brewing Company, and Golden Grain Juice Company. Also some material relating to corporate parent G. Heileman Brewing Company, and correspondence with government agencies.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Theodore Hamm Brewing Company General Ledger1900-1902.
The volume is labeled number 5 and was apparently part of a larger set
MNHS call number:  See the finding aid in the library (Theodore Hamm Brewing Company).

Union Records & Agreements

German Brewery Workers Union, Local Number 97, Minutes, 1892.
The minutes contain information on the union’s organization, resolutions, salaries of officials, fines and penalties to members, disbarrment of members, and union-made goods (in German).
MNHS call number: 142.H.12.5B-1 

St. Paul Breweries and International Union of United Brewery Workmen of America, Local No. 97 Contract, 1912.
Printed contract in English and German between the St. Paul breweries (Yeorg, Hamm, and Schmidt) and Local Union 97 of the International Union of United Brewery Workmen of America defining wages, work hours, overtime, sick time, and free beer policies.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Agreement between Theo. Hamm Brewing Co., Pfeiffer Brewing Co., doing business as Jacob Schmidt Brewing Company, all of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and brewery workers local unions Nos. 343 and 97, and the International Union of United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink, and Distillery Workers of America, June 16, 1955-July 1, 1957.
MNHS call number:  HD8039.B77 A475 1955

Agreements between Jacob Schmidt Brewing Co., division of G. Heileman Brewing Company, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, and brewery workers local unions Nos. 343 and 97, D.A.L.U., AFL-CIO.
July 1, 1976 to June 30, 1979, MHS call number:  HD8039.B77 A465 1976
July 1, 1979 to June 30, 1982, MHS call number:  HD8039.B77 A465 1979
July 1, 1982, to June 30, 1985, MHS call number: HD8039.B77 A465 1982

Government Records

Malt Beverage Tax Stamps, 1930.
Unused samples of tax stamps of various types and in various amounts for barrels, cases, and bottles of fermented malt beverages (i.e., beer).
MNHS call number:  See the finding aid in the library (State Archives-Treasurer).

Records of the Minnesota Office of the Liquor Control Commissioner, 1919-1991 (bulk 1945-1959).
The records consist largely of incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning licenses and permits, laws and regulations, complaints, repeal of prohibition, sale of liquor on Indian reservations, and other matters related to liquor control, photographs of the commissioners, lists of licenses to sell liquor, the attorney general’s opinions on liquor regulations, information on liquor labels, and some reports and publications, reports, procedures, background information which describes the commission’s duties, and financial, revenue, and taxation documents.  The records contain files on the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the Sister Kenny Institute, the Joint Committee of the States to Study Alcoholic Beverage Laws, and the War Savings Council of the Liquor and Wine Industries. 
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Books & Other Publications

Minnesota On Tap: The State’s Fine Beer and Brewing Magazine.
Minneapolis, MN : SJMC Publication, 1995.
MNHS call number: HD9397.U53 M65 1995

The Friendly Faucet: Facts and Foam About Grain Belt Beer.
April 1937 - May 1939.
MNHS call number: FOLIO HD9397.U5 F74

Brew: The Hamm’s Magazine for Tavern Owners.
June-July 1958, Vol. 1, No. 2.
MNHS call number: HD9397.T54 B74

Hamm’s Beer Today, 1967-1970.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 1999, v.1-4

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