Samuel Yellin Metalworkers records, 1909-1944

Samuel Yellin Metalworkers

Collection size: 13.0 linear ft. (on 12 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: 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.

Lent for microfilming by Samuel Yellin Metalworkers through Harvey Z. Yellin, son of Samuel.

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