The National Museum of American History is not an art museum. But works of art fill its collections and testify to the vital place of art in everyday American life. The ceramics collections hold hundreds of examples of American and European art glass and pottery. Fashion sketches, illustrations, and prints are part of the costume collections. Donations from ethnic and cultural communities include many homemade religious ornaments, paintings, and figures. The Harry T Peters "America on Stone" collection alone comprises some 1,700 color prints of scenes from the 1800s. The National Quilt Collection is art on fabric. And the tools of artists and artisans are part of the Museum's collections, too, in the form of printing plates, woodblock tools, photographic equipment, and potters' stamps, kilns, and wheels.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Two films, one showing Yellin working; a master's thesis on Yellin and an article about him by Myra Tolmach Davis; and 86 photographs of Yellin's studio, factory, and home.
- Films: (1) "The Making of Wrought Iron" produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (250 ft.), shows an artist sketching a grille and Yellin shaping a grille for a chair. (2) "The Florida Film" (175 ft., ca. 1928), shows examples of Yellin's first work as used in the Singing Tower, Mountain Lake, Florida. Both distributed by Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
- Thesis: Myra Tolmach Davis, "Sketches in Iron: Samuel Yellin," to George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), for Master of Museology degree, June 6, 1971. 67 pp.
- Article: Myra Tolmach Davis, "Samuel Yellin's Sketches in Iron," Historic Preservation, vol. 23, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec.), 1971, pp. 4-13.
- Photoprints: 86 prints from 35mm negatives by Richard Hofmeister, Office of Printing and Photographic Services, SI, April 1, 1975, with checklist, "The Samuel Yellin Metal Working Building & Collection, Philadelphia..."The photographs show SI curator Richard Ahlborn during his visit to the Yellin shop, along with Samuel Yellin's son Harvey, and the exterior of the building, library, factory, study, and collection rooms.
- Cite as
- Samuel Yellin Collection,1971-1975, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
- ca 1928-1930 1971-1975
- 20th century
- Hofmeister, Richard
- Davis, Myra Tolmach
- Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
- Yellin, Samuel
- Yellin, Harvey
- Ahlborn, Richard E
- Samuel Yellin Metalworkers
- Local number
- 75-4495 to 75-4499 (OIPP Neg.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH