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Schenley Distillery architectural plans

 Collection
Identifier: SPEC-092

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 219 architectural plans for alcoholic beverage distillation and fermentation facilities operated by Schenley Distillers Corporation and its various subsidiaries in Lawrenceburg and Greendale, Indiana between 1934 and 1951. All of the plans were drawn by draftsman Frank C. Hall and include original drawings and printed reproductions. Some of the plans have been annotated in pencil to identify office copies and versions that were considered void.

Dates

  • 1934-1951

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

The Schenley Products Company was organized in New Jersey in 1920. During the 1920s, the owner of Schenley, Lewis Rosenstiel, acquired approximately thirty distillers of whiskey and other spirits. Until the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, liquor manufacturing was subject to strict government regulation and limited to products consumed for medicinal purposes.

In 1933, Schenley Distillers Corporation was created in Delaware. Later that same year, Schenley purchased the Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. In July 1933, Schenley Distillers acquired, in an exchange for 820,000 of its capital stock, the entire capital stock of Schenley Products. At this time, Schenley was the second-largest whiskey distiller in the United States, second only to Joseph E. Seagrams, and was composed of the following companies: Schenley Products Company, Schenley Wine & Spirit Import Corporation, Joseph S. Finch Company, George T. Stagg Company, James E Pepper & Company, John T Barbee Company, A. B. Blanton Small Tub Distilling Company, Cove Spring Distilling Company, Greenbrier Distilling Company, Melvale Distilling Company, Sam Thompson Gibson Distilleries Company, Old Quaker Company, Napa Valley Wine and Brandy Company, Eastern Distillers Syndicate, and Monticello Distillery Company.

During World War II, the Schenley plant in Lawrenceburg (operating as Schenley Laboratories, Inc.) was used to produce penicillin for the war effort. In 1945, Schenley acquired Many, Blanc & Co. and its DuBouchett brands. In 1949, Schenley Industries, Inc. was formed from the old Schenley Distillers Corporation. Schenley Industries was purchased by Guinness P.L.C. (United Distillers) in 1987. The beverage manufacturer Pri-Pak, Inc. has been operating near the former location of Schenley Distillery in Greendale, Indiana since 1993.

Extent

0.6 Cubic Feet (1 box (219 drawings))

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Clifton Springs Distilling Company architectural plans, 1941

Series 2: Distilling Company of America architectural plans, 1948

Series 3: Gibson Distilling/Distillery Company architectural plans, 1949

Series 4: Joseph S. Finch & Company architectural plans, 1947-1949

Series 5: Many, Blanc & Company, Inc. architectural plans, 1948-1949

Series 6: The Old Quaker Company architectural plans, 1934-1948

Series 7: Schenley Distilleries, Inc. architectural plans, 1944-1951

Series 8: Three Feathers Distilling Company architectural plans, 1948

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Milton A. Masing on 2014/01/22.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the items in this collection are available online in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository:

http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/SchnlyDstAr

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/07/09 by Brandon Pieczko. EAD finding aid created 2014/07/11 by Brandon Pieczko.
Title
Schenley Distillery architectural plans
Status
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA
765-285-5078