Samuel Yellin Collection, ca. 1928-1930; 1971-1975
Davis, Myra Tolmach
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Ahlborn, Richard E
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers
Films: Silver gelatin on acetate, 16mm., silent
Photoprints: Silver gelatin on fibre-base paper, 8" x 10"
0.33 cu. ft.: 2 boxes
Motion pictures (visual works)
Singing Tower (Mountain Lake, Fla.)
ca 1928-1930 1971-1975
Yellin, born in Poland, began learning ironwork at seven. He migrated to America in 1906 and taught at the Pennsylvania Museum and the school of Industrial Art. In 1910, he built the Arch Street Metalworker's studio, which eventually employed more than 200 craftsmen. Yellin was also an avid collector of fine examples of ironwork.
The photographs were made by Richard Hofmeister on a visit with curator Richard Ahlborn to the Samuel Yellin Metalworkers factory, Philadelphia, 1 April 1975. The master's thesis and article by Davis relate to an exhibition of Yellin's work at the Dimock Gallery, George Washington University.
Two films, one showing Yellin working; a master's thesis on Yellin and an article about him by Myra Tolmach Davis; and 86 photographs of Yellin's studio, factory, and home.
Films: (1) "The Making of Wrought Iron" produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (250 ft.), shows an artist sketching a grille and Yellin shaping a grille for a chair. (2) "The Florida Film" (175 ft., ca. 1928), shows examples of Yellin's first work as used in the Singing Tower, Mountain Lake, Florida. Both distributed by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Thesis: Myra Tolmach Davis, "Sketches in Iron: Samuel Yellin," to George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), for Master of Museology degree, June 6, 1971. 67 pp.
Article: Myra Tolmach Davis, "Samuel Yellin's Sketches in Iron," Historic Preservation, vol. 23, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec.), 1971, pp. 4-13.
Photoprints: 86 prints from 35mm negatives by Richard Hofmeister, Office of Printing and Photographic Services, SI, April 1, 1975, with checklist, "The Samuel Yellin Metal Working Building & Collection, Philadelphia..."The photographs show SI curator Richard Ahlborn during his visit to the Yellin shop, along with Samuel Yellin's son Harvey, and the exterior of the building, library, factory, study, and collection rooms.
Samuel Yellin Collection,1971-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History