Guide to the Anaconda Brewing Company (Mont.) Records

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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
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
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Languages: Materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

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.

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 Information

Arrangement :

The collection is divided into five series:

Series I: Organization, 0.6 feet, 1898-1959

Series II: Financial Records, 1.5 feet, 1916-1957

Series III: Clippings, 2 folders, 1933-1989

Series IV: Artifacts, 7 items, undated

Series V: Photographs, 13 photographs, circa 1914-1940

Custodial History :  

This collection remained with the Tuchscherer family until donation to the K. Ross Toole Archives.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Dr. Mabel D. Tuchscherer, 1970 and 1992.

Processing Note :  

The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 1999, the collection was reprocessed. The original materials were separated into two separate collections. Mss 167 includes materials directly related to the Anaconda Brewery and Mss 343 includes materials that pertain to the personal life of Walter Tuchscherer, one of the company's primary owners.

Separated Materials :  

In 1999 materials pertaining directly to the personal life of Walter Tuchscher were separated out from this collection and assigned a separate designation--Mss 343, the Walter Tuchscherer Papers. In April 1992 Mabel Tuchscherer granted an oral history interview regarding her knowledge of the Anaconda Brewing Company and her family history. This recording can be found in the K. Ross Toole Archives Oral History Collection, number OH 273-001.

Related Materials :  

The Anaconda City Hall Museum holds a large collection of Anaconda Brewing Company artifacts.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Organization , 1898-1959
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.

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

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Series II:  Financial Records , 1916-1957
1.5 linear feet

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

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

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Series III:  Clippings , 1933-1989
2 folders

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

2/3 Anaconda Brewery 1933-1989
2/4 Butte Breweries undated

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Series IV:  Artifacts , undated
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.

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"

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Series V:  Photographs , circa 1914-1940
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.

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

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Artifacts
  • Business records--Montana--Anaconda.
  • Photographs
  • Subject Terms :
  • Breweries--Montana--Anaconda
  • Breweries--Montana--Butte
  • Prohibition--Montana--Anaconda
  • Soft drink industry--Montana--Anaconda
      • Other Creators :
      • Anaconda Products Company

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