Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0254
Creators:
Yellin, Samuel, 1885-1940
Davis, Myra Tolmach
Hofmeister, Richard
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Dates:
circa 1971-1975
circa 1928 -1930
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 motion picture films
0.33 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:
Samuel Yellin was an American master blacksmith. In 1910, he built the Arch Street Metalworker's studio.

Scope and Contents
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
Arrangement
Collection divided into three series.
Series 1, Motion Picture Films,
Series 2, Documents,
Series 3, Photoprints

Biographical / Historical
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.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals
Original 35mm negatives by Richard Hofmeister are in the Office of Imaging, Printing and Photographic Services (OIPP) negative library, nos. 75-4495 to 75-4499.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Carol Dreyfus and David Haberstich, 2001.
Author
Carol Dreyfus and David E. Haberstich
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated Harvey Z. Yellin in 1975.

Using the Collection
acetate,,16mm.,,Films:,Silver gelatin on,silent.
Photoprints:,fibre-base paper,,8" x 10".,Silver gelatin on
Conditions Governing Access
reference copies do not exist. Special arrangements must be made with the Archives Center to view the motion picture films.
Preferred Citation
Samuel Yellin Collection,1928-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
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.

Custodial History
Custodial History
The collection was transfered to the Archives Center from the Division of Community Life on March 1, 1987.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Metal-workers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art metal-work Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wrought-iron Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Metal-work Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ironwork Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Emigration and immigration Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artisans Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pennsylvania Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Singing Tower (Mountain Lake, Fla.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Theses Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Articles -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Motion pictures (visual works) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Samuel Yellin Metalworkers Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Yellin, Harvey. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ahlborn, Richard E. Personal Name 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
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives