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Anaconda Brewing Company (Mont.) Records, 1898-1989

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Anaconda Brewing Company (Mont.)
Title
Anaconda Brewing Company (Mont.) Records
Dates
1898-1989 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.25 linear feet, 7 artifacts, 13 photographs
Collection Number
Mss 167 (collection)
Summary
The Anaconda Brewing Company was located in Anaconda, Montana. This collection includes minutes of meetings for the brewery, names of shareholders and the amount of stocks they held, certificates, letters to stockholders, financial records, clippings about the Anaconda Brewery and articles about breweries in Butte, Montana.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The original Anaconda Brewery was built in Anaconda, Montana, near Walnut and West Fourth streets and operated by Joe Paul and Joseph Steger, later joined by John V. Petritz. About 1900 Henry Mueller took control of the Anaconda Brewery. Mueller also owned Centennial Brewery in Butte, the Billings Brewery, and was part owner of the Olympia Brewery. The Anaconda Brewery buildings also included a Brewery Saloon and Beer Garden and a bowling alley, which was added in 1914.

Mueller's brother-in-law, Adam Tuchscherer, became a bookkeeper at the Anaconda Brewing Company. In 1908 Adam Tuchscherer became president of the brewery. In 1916 when Prohibition went into effect in Montana, all breweries and liquor stores closed. The Anaconda Brewing Company became the Anaconda Products Company, and continued to bottle soft drinks. The machinery of the Walnut Street Brewery in Anaconda was sold to a Canadian brewery and the building was taken down in 1927. When the brewery went dry, Tuchscherer bought all the shares of the brewery.

After the repeal of Montana's Prohibition in 1926, the Anaconda Brewing Company was reopened at 1200 East Park in Anaconda, Montana, by Adam Tuchscherer and his two sons, Arthur and Walter on July 1, 1933. The bottling works and office remained on Walnut Street until 1939, when a new addition was made on the Park Street side of the brewery. Adam Tuchscherer died in 1944, but Adam and Walter continued the production of Rocky Mountain Beer until 1955. In 1958 the Anaconda Brewery closed and the soft drink division became the Sugrue Bottling Company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes minutes of meetings for the brewery, names of shareholders and the amount of stocks they held, certificates, letters to stockholders, financial records, clippings about the Anaconda Brewery and articles about breweries in Butte, Montana. The artifacts in this collection include bottles of beer and White Soda that the brewery manufactured, and photographs pertaining to the brewery.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Anaconda Brewing Company Records, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Organization , 1898-1959Return to Top

0.6 feet

This series includes bound volumes and documents related to these bound volume. The documents include minutes of brewery meetings, stock registers, transfer records of stocks, names of shareholders, real estate owned by the brewery, Articles of Incorporation, correspondence to stockholders, Declaration of Trust, and the annual report for 1953.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Certificates
1933-1934
1/2
Correspondence
1933, 1944, 1946
1/3
Bound Volume I
1898-1906
1/4
Bound Volume II
1904-1918
1/5
Minutes with Volume II
1918 and undated
1/6
Bound Volume III
1933-1937
1/7
Bound Volume IV
1937-1953
1/8
Minutes with Volume IV
1944-1953
2/1
Bound Volume V
November 5, 1953 - October 3, 1958
2/2
Minutes with Volume V
1950-1959

Series II:  Financial Records , 1916-1957Return to Top

1.5 linear feet

This series includes financial ledgers and sales records from the brewery.

Container(s) Description Dates
Volume
1
General Journal
1932-1935
2
General Journal
1935-1937
3
General Journal
1937-1938
4
General Journal
1938-1939
5
General Journal
1940-1941
6
General Journal
1941
7
General Journal
1941-1943
8
General Journal
1943-1944
9
General Journal
1944-1946
10
General Journal
1946-1948
11
General Journal
1948-1949
12
General Journal
1954-1955
13
General Journal
1956-1957
14
Sales Record
1946-1947
15
General Ledger
1916-1919

Series III:  Clippings , 1933-1989Return to Top

2 folders

This series includes clippings from newspapers about the Anaconda Brewery and breweries in Butte, Montana.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/3
Anaconda Brewery
1933-1989
2/4
Butte Breweries
undated

Series IV:  Artifacts , undatedReturn to Top

7 items

Series IV includes seven empty bottles of some of the products the company brewed. These products include bottles of Rocky Mountain White Soda, Bock Beer, a bottle and a cone top can of Rocky Mountain Beer, and a bottle of Rocky Mountain Special Export.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
3
1: 32 fl. oz. bottle of "Rocky Mountain White Soda"
3
2: 12 fl. oz. bottle of "Bock Beer"
3
3: 12 fl. oz. bottle of "Rocky Mountain Beer"
3
4: 12 fl. oz. bottle of "Rocky Mountain Special Export"
3
5: 7 fl. oz. bottle of "Rocky Mountain Beer"
3
6: 12 fl. oz. small bottle of "Rocky Mountain Beer"
3
7: 12 fl. oz. Cone top can of "Rocky Mountain Beer"

Series V:  Photographs , circa 1914-1940 Return to Top

13 photographs

This series includes photographs pertaining to the Anaconda Brewery. Identified individuals in the photos include John Murphy, Anton "Tony" Shen, Mrs. Anton Shen, Adam Tuchscherer, Maybelle Tuchscherer, Arthur Tuchscherer, Willis McMahen, Henry Lindy, and Hans Schaffer.

Description Dates
167(V)1: John Murphy and Anton "Tony" Shen, brew masters
undated
167(V)2: Mrs. Anton Shen, Adam Tuchscherer and Anton "Tony" Shen at a company picnic
undated
167(V)3: Mabel E. Tuchscherer, Arthur Tuchscherer, and Willis McMahen
167(V)4: Maybelle and Arthur Tuchscherer
undated
167(V)5: Brewery Wagon with Henry Lindy, Arthur Tuchscherer, and Walter Tuchscherer
undated
167(V)6: Hans Schaffer at brewing kilns
undated
167(V)7: Unidentified woman at brewery
undated
167(V)8: M. Tuchscherer and men standing in front of Anaconda Brewery truck
undated
167(V)9: Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Tuchscherer at the Anaconda Brewery reopening at 1200 E. Park Street
1933
167(V)10: Hans Borgen, engineer, and Tony Shen, brew master, at brewery entrance
undated
76-1151: Employees of The Anaconda Brewing Co.
circa 1914
76-1152: Winter exterior of The Anaconda Brewing Co. Bldgs.
circa 1915
76-1153: Beer delivery wagon in front of brewing building
circa 1940