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The Medal Maker [motion picture]

Collector:
Information, Technology and Society, Div. of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Archives Center, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (film)
Type:
Archival materials
Motion pictures (visual works)
Date:
circa 1930
Scope and Contents:
One reel of black-and-white, silent film, approximately 600 feet, 16mm, entitled THE MEDAL MAKER. With videotape user copy.
Local Numbers:
1997.3079 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access to videotape copy only, on site by appointment.
Collection Rights:
Reproduction may be restricted due to copyright or trademark. Contact Archives Center staff for more information.
Topic:
Numismatics  Search this
Medals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Collection Citation:
Archives Center Miscellaneous Film and Videotape Collection, 1930-1978, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection

Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Names:
International Monetary Fund  Search this
Former owner:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Extent:
20 Cubic feet (60 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Bulletins
Place:
China
Date:
1890s-1975
Summary:
The papers document the working files and home movies of Herbert M. Bratter, a financial specialist, and his professional career. The materials consist of biographical materials (academic and military records), press releases, newspaper clippings; daily, weekly and monthly releases from government agencies; clippings from the Congressional Record on monetary matters such as silver and gold; topical files covering a range of monetary subjects; publications, including writings about the Bretton Woods Conference, scrapbooks, and moving image including home movies.
Scope and Contents:
These papers are the working files of a financial specialist from his professional life. They consist of some biographical materials (school and military service records) topical files, press releases, newspaper clippings, daily, weekly and monthly releases from government agencies such as the press summaries of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce of the Department of Commerce and that agency's Far Eastern Financial Notes, Federal Reserve Board Notes, and periodic releases of the Bank for International Settlements. There are extensive clippings from the Congressional Record on monetary matters and particularly on silver and gold when these were subjects of legislative interest, a number of congressional committee reports and congressional hearings.

Also included are many clippings from The Economist and a number from Business Week. Newspaper clippings are most frequently from the New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Washington Star, and Wall Street Journal. During several periods of intense activity relating to silver, Bratter also used a clipping service. There are some clippings from English language papers in other countries and a few in the language of the country.

Regular bulletins of major banks in this and other countries are included among the papers. There are copies of articles by Mr. Bratter, occasional correspondence, and several reports from commercial attaches at U.S. embassies in the Far East. Correspondence is filed in the relevant subject matter folder. The papers include a number of handwritten notes, most of them memoranda to himself on phone calls or face to face conversations with governmental or congressional staff and members of Congress.

While not complete, the material spans a period when the monetary and fiscal policies of the United States were of major economic and political importance, an era of worldwide depression, a period when a number of countries including the United States abandoned the gold standard, the years of the Second World War and the establishment of agencies such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. It is complete enough to be useful for doctoral dissertations on several subjects.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into eight series.

The series are organized in the manner in which they were received by the Archives Center: by subject matter and geographically by country. The topical files, political files, and geographical files are arranged alphabetically.

Some folders were incorrectly labeled and some material was not turned over to the Archives Center. For example, the folders relating to world currency omit World Currency I and III. The Guide to Manuscript Collections, 1978, in describing the Bratter collection states, "They also concern the Committee for the Nation to Rebuild Prices and Purchasing Power, a 1930's monetary propaganda group." No such material has been located among the papers. Two brief references to such a group were noted. It is mentioned in the folder on Walter Lippmann in Series 2 and in a Saturday Evening Post article by Raymond Moley in Series 2.

Series 1A, Biographical Materials, 1914-1975

Series 1, Topical Files, 1930-1974

Series 2, Political Files, 1930-1967

Series 3, Laws, Orders and Releases, 1933-1939

Series 4, Economists' National Committee on Monetary Policy, 1933-1970

Series 5, Geographical (by country), 1919-1968

Series 6, Publications, 1933-1962

Series 7, Scrapbooks, 1922-1969

Series 7A, Postcards, 1918-1972

Series 8, Moving Image, 1936-1961
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert Max Bratter, an economic and financial specialist, was born in New York City, January 22, 1900 and died in San Antonio, Texas, February 19, 1976. Fluent in six languages, Mr. Bratter became an internationally known expert on gold and silver.

Mr. Bratter was educated at City College, New York (1917 1919) and Columbia University (1919 1921). After several positions with private firms, and a period in the early twenties as a statistician in the Chinese Government Bureau of Economic Information, he became an economic analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce and later for the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1929 1935) and was a member of the American Economic Mission to the Far East (1935). At both Commerce and Treasury "following" silver was one of his official responsibilities. He returned to the private sector and an economics research post with Loomis Sayles & Company, a Massachusetts investment company (1935 1937) and later was in private practice as an economic consultant in Washington, D.C.

The author of more than 125 magazine and newspaper articles and pamphlets, Bratter was also the Washington correspondent and a regular contributor to Banking from 1939 to 1974. Bratter was firmly opposed to any government or monetary action to support the silver industry and in complete disagreement with the Silver Purchase Act. Several members of the Senate consulted him as an expert on silver during periods of legislative debates on pending silver legislation. His publications include The Price of Silver (1930), Japanese Banking (1931), and Silver Market Dictionary (1933).
Provenance:
Donated to the National Numismatics Collection, National Museum of the History of Technology by Herbert M. Bratter in the 1960s. Additional materials donated by Julia Rapoza, granddaughter of Herbert M. Bratter, in August 2004 and April 2011.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Banking  Search this
Economics  Search this
Gold standard  Search this
Money  Search this
Gold  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Silver  Search this
World Bank  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Bulletins
Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0137
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Biographical Files

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890s-1975
Scope and Contents note:
Consists of materials about Herbert Max Bratter. Included in this series are correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, employment documents, photographs, biographical sketches, payroll accounts, employment records, identification cards, school report cards, and certificates.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0137, Series 1A
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Biographical sketches

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1935-1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Employment record

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1920-1969
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Military service materials

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1918-1967
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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School materials

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1914-1921
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Correspondence

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Julia Rapoza objects (comb and knife)

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Hebrew Sabbath School Union of America leaflets (Midrashic and biblical history)

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 60, Folder 1-2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref159

Scrapbook

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 60, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1912-1919
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref160

Envelope made from World War II map

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 60, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref161

Miscellaneous ephemera (menu, leaflet, Shanghai Commercial 7 Savings Bank receipt)

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 60, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Photographs

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 51, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1920s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref163

Photographs, San Francisco, California, and other California scenes

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 58, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890s
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Photographs, Nikko, Japan

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1934
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Photographs, unidentified

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref166

Photographs, Warrensburg, New York

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 59, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1890s?
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref167

Topical Files

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1974
Scope and Contents note:
Consists of materials relating to finances, particularly gold, silver, and domestic and international currency. Materials in this series include congressional reports, pamphlets, correspondence, market reports, member directories, charts, newspaper clippings, and notes.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0137, Series 1
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref168

Articles by Herbert M. Bratter

Collection Source:
Numismatics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Collection Creator:
Bratter, Herbert Max, (economist), 1900-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1930-1960
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Herbert M. Bratter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.
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The Herbert M. Bratter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0137-ref170

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