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Samuel Yellin Metalworkers records, 1909-1944

Creator:
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers  Search this
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers  Search this
Subject:
Yellin, Samuel  Search this
Topic:
Art metal-work -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Decorative arts -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Arts and crafts movement  Search this
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related  Search this
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9955
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212507
AAA_collcode_samuyell
Theme:
Ephemera, Miscellany, and General Art Related
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_212507

Samuel Yellin Collection

Creator:
Yellin, Samuel, 1885-1940  Search this
Author:
Davis, Myra Tolmach  Search this
Photographer:
Hofmeister, Richard  Search this
Collector:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Community Life  Search this
Names:
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers  Search this
Ahlborn, Richard E., 1933-2015  Search this
Yellin, Harvey  Search this
Extent:
2 Motion picture films
0.33 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
acetate,,16mm.,,Films:,Silver gelatin on,silent.
Photoprints:,fibre-base paper,,8" x 10".,Silver gelatin on
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Motion picture films
Theses
Photographs
Articles
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
Pennsylvania
Singing Tower (Mountain Lake, Fla.)
Date:
circa 1971-1975
circa 1928 -1930
Summary:
Samuel Yellin was an American master blacksmith. In 1910, he built the Arch Street Metalworker's studio.
Scope and Contents:
The collection is divided into three series: (1) Motion pictures; (2) Documents; and (3) Photographs. There are two 16mm silent black-and-white films, one showing Yellin working; a master's thesis on Yellin and an article about him, both by Myra Tolmach Davis; and 86 photographs of Yellin's studio, factory, and home.

The films are: (1) "The Making of Wrought Iron", produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shows an artist sketching a grille and Yellin shaping a grille for a chair. (2) "The Florida Film" shows examples of Yellin's first work as used in the Singing Tower, Mountain Lake, Florida. Both are distributed by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The documents are two items by Myra Tolmach Davis: "Sketches in Iron: Samuel Yellin," a copy of a typescript addressed to George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), for Master of Museology degree, June 6, 1971. 67 pp. The article, "Samuel Yellin's Sketches in Iron," published in Historic Preservation, vol. 23, no. 4 (Oct. Dec.), 1971, pp. 4 13, is virtually identical to the text of her thesis. The photographs (Series 3) are 86 prints from 35mm negatives by Richard Hofmeister, Office of Printing and Photographic Services, Smithsonian Institution, April 1, 1975, with an itemized checklist, "The Samuel Yellin Metal Working Building & Collection, Philadelphia..." These photographs show Smithsonian curator Richard Ahlborn during his visit to the Yellin shop on April 1, 1975, and the exterior of the building, library, factory, study, and collection rooms. The original 35mm negatives by Richard Hofmeister, who accompanied Ahlborn on this research trip, are in the Office of Imaging, Printing and Photographic Services (OIPP) negative library, nos. 75 4495 to 75 4499.

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.
Arrangement:
Collection divided into three series.

Series 1, Motion Picture Films,

Series 2, Documents,

Series 3, Photoprints
Biographical / Historical:
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.
Provenance:
The collection was donated Harvey Z. Yellin in 1975.
Restrictions:
reference copies do not exist. Special arrangements must be made with the Archives Center to view the motion picture films.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees regarding intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Metal-workers  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Wrought-iron  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Ironwork  Search this
Emigration and immigration  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Theses
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000
Articles -- 20th century
Motion pictures (visual works)
Citation:
Samuel Yellin Collection,1928-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0254
See more items in:
Samuel Yellin Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0254

Samuel Yellin Metalworkers records

Creator:
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers  Search this
Names:
Yellin, Samuel  Search this
Extent:
13 Linear feet ((on 12 microfilm reels))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1909-1944
Scope and Contents:
Alphabetical and location indexes of commissions; photographs of commissions, Samuel Yellin and the shop; correspondence and commendations from architects, 1909-1923; photograph albums; and ca. 4,000 drawings and sketches of designs.
Reels 3595-3601: indexes of commissions which are filed both alphabetically and by location; photographs of commissions filed alphabetically by subject including gates, grilles, lighting fixtures, and commisisions for banks such as the Central Savings Bank, New York City; photographs of Yellin and the shop; a small amount of correspondence; 9 photograph albums; and writings by and about Yellin.
Reels 3913-3917: 4,121 drawings and sketches of bank screens, fireplace equipment, doors, hinges, light fixtures, railngs, grilles, and presentation boards (oversized drawings were not filmed). Preliminary sketches received an "x" number. When the commission was won, the "x" was crossed out and the drawing was given a "j" (job) number. This number appears in the cros reference index on reels 3595-3601.
Provenance:
Lent for microfilming by Samuel Yellin Metalworkers through Harvey Z. Yellin, son of Samuel.
Restrictions:
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Occupation:
Metal-workers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Art metal-work -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Decorative arts -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Arts and crafts movement  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.samuyell
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-samuyell

Prints and Drawings, 1840-

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Subject:
Bacon, Henry 1839-1912  Search this
Goodwin, Philip Lippincott 1885-1958  Search this
Manning, Harry F  Search this
Mitchell, James A  Search this
Perkins, G. Holmes (George Holmes)  Search this
Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams) 1861-1933  Search this
Rogers, Isaiah 1800-1869  Search this
Smithmeyer, John L. -1908  Search this
Warren, Owen G  Search this
Bredlow, Thomas G  Search this
Cronin, J. Richard  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent) 1934-2013  Search this
Turley, Frank  Search this
Paley, Albert  Search this
Goodman, Percival  Search this
Notman, John 1810-1865  Search this
Mills, Robert 1781-1855  Search this
Renwick, James 1818-1895  Search this
Cluss, Adolph 1825-1905  Search this
Saarinen, Eero 1910-1961  Search this
Arts and Industries Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Cluss & Schulze  Search this
George Washington Memorial  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
History and Technology Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Hornblower & Marshall  Search this
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)  Search this
National Collection of Fine Arts (U.S.)  Search this
National Institute  Search this
Natural History Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Patent Office Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Peter and Stubbins  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Freer Gallery of Art  Search this
Tracy and Swartwout  Search this
Smithson Memorial  Search this
Totten and Rogers  Search this
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers  Search this
Smithsonian Gallery of Art  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Barney Studio House (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
National Zoological Park (U.S.)  Search this
National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)  Search this
Smithsonian American Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
81.56 cu. ft. (65 map case drawers) (6.10 non-standard size boxes)
Culture:
Portraits  Search this
Type:
Architectural drawings
Collection descriptions
Maps
Photographs
Place:
Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
Date:
1840
1840-
Topic:
Prints--Lithography  Search this
Smithsonian buildings  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000092
See more items in:
Prints and Drawings 1840- [Smithsonian Institution]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_216699

Samuel Yellin metalworkers : three generations

Author:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Southern Highland Handicraft Guild Folk Art Center  Search this
Subject:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
23 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
C1998
20th century
Topic:
Ironwork--Exhibitions  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NK8298.Y43 S68 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_559105

Samuel Yellin in context / Richard J. Wattenmaker

Author:
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Subject:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
[43] p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
Topic:
Ironwork--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--History  Search this
Call number:
NK8298.Y43 W34 1985b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414371

Samuel Yellin, metalworker / Jack Andrews

Author:
Andrews, Jack  Search this
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Subject:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
116, [11] p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Ironwork  Search this
Art metal-work  Search this
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--History  Search this
Call number:
NK8298.Y43 A56 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_452443

Samuel Yellin in context / Richard J. Wattenmaker

Author:
Wattenmaker, Richard J  Search this
Flint Institute of Arts  Search this
Subject:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1985
Topic:
Ironwork--History  Search this
Decoration and ornament--History  Search this
Call number:
NK8298.Y43 W34 l985
NK8298.Y43W34 l985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_272219

Packard Building Gates and Other Metalwork, (sculpture)

Title:
Packard Building Gates and Lighting Fixtures, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Yellin, Samuel 1885-1940  Search this
Founder:
Samuel Yellin & Son  Search this
Architectural firm:
Ritter and Shay Architects  Search this
Medium:
Iron and bronze
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Gate
Sculptures-Light fixture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Core States Bank 15th & Chestnut Streets, Packard Building Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19102
Date:
1923
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Control number:
IAS PA001059
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_337400

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