Guide to the Gilbert L. Friedlein Papers, 1880s-1961
NMAH.AC.0943

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0943
Creators:
Friedlein, Gilbert L., 1884-
Friedlein, Gilbert L., Jr., 1921-
Dates:
1880s-1961
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.33 cubic feet
1 box
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Collection documents the life of Gilbert L. Friedlein, semi-professional baseball player and grain elevator operator, and his son Gilbert Friedlein, Jr. It includes photographs, a baseball contract, and correspondence.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
This collection is comprised of photographs, personal papers, and newspaper clippings about Gilbert L. Friedlein and his family. Topics include his membership on the Drake semi-professional baseball team, his employment with Farmers Elevator Company in Lewistown, Montana, and his son's membership in the University of California band. Highlights include several photographs of the grain elevator after its destruction by fire, a 1908 baseball contract, and a letter written from Freidlein, Jr. to his parents.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged by type of materials.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Gilbert L. Friedlein was born February 2, 1884, in Osterdock, Iowa, the son of Frederick and Harriet Friedlein. He received his education in Guttenberg, Iowa, and married Tressa Kathryn Akers from Charleston, West Virginia, on June 17, 1914. He was a pitcher for the semi-professional baseball team from Drake, North Dakota, before retiring from the sport in 1913 and working fulltime for Farmers Elevator Company. He resided in the area of Lewistown, Montana, for fifty-three years and served as a member of the City Council and the Elks Lodge before his death on May 1, 1961.
Friedlein's son, Gilbert Friedlein, Jr., was born on July 12, 1921. He attended the University of California-Berkeley, where he was a member of the university band. Friedlein, Jr. wed LeVita (Pat) Bernstein of San Jose, California. He was employed with the San Francisco Port of Embarkation and worked in the personnel department of the wage administration section in Oakland. Friedlein, Jr. died November 18, 1958.

Administration
Processing Information note
Processed by Kiley Orchard (intern), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, 2008.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Kiley Orchard (intern); supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
The collection was transferred from the Museum’s Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment in 2007.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation note
Gilbert L. Friedlein Papers, 1880s-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Use note
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.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
Found in the collection of the Division of Music, Sports and Entertainment, now known as the Division of Culture and the Arts.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bands (Music) Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Baseball players Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings--19th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contracts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Grain elevators Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Letters (correspondence)--20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs--19th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu