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Brown, A.J., Papers, 1929-1963 (bulk 1930-1956)

A.J. Brown Papers,

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Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The Art Institute of Chicago

Finding Aid Published: 2014

A.J. Brown Papers, 1929-1963 (bulk 1930-1956)

Accession Number: 2009.1


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:A.J. Brown Papers, 1929-1963
EXTENT:.5 linear feet, (1 box), 3 oversize portfolios and flatfile materials.
REPOSITORY: Ryerson and Burnham Archives, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries,
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603-6110
(312) 443-7292 phone
rbarchives@artic.edu
http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchives.html
ABSTRACT:Correspondence, photograph, printed materials, design drawings and cut stencils relating to Chicago designer Adolph Jacob (A.J.) Brown's career.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Correspondence, printed papers, black and white photograph, photocopies and realia.
ORIGINATION: Brown, A. J. (Adolph Jacob), 1889-1984.
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:This collection was a gift from Robert J. Furhoff to the Ryerson and Burnham Archives on September 16, 2009.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
Adolph Jacob Brown (A.J. Brown) is something of an enigma. Though insisting in an August 1980 interview with Robert J. Furhoff, that he was American-born, his 1942 Selective Service documents indicate, in fact, that he was born in the former Czechoslovakia on May 25, 1889 of a Hungarian father and Austrian mother. It's unknown when Brown emigrated to the United States, though he claimed to have attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan after settling in Detroit. By the late 1920s he had established an art stencil business in Detroit, Michigan; Brown first appears in Detroit's city directory in 1928 as a "designer" working at 653 Michigan Ave. and residing at 633 Abbott St. Census records of 1930 confirm the same address, though his occupation is listed there as a laborer in an automobile factory. The 1930 census gives even further contradictory information, indicating that both Brown and his parents were born in Illinois. By 1931, Brown had relocated to 232 (or 282) Lafayette Boulevard, advertising himself as a "stencil mfr." and vendor for Henry Roessing's line of Excelsior Fresco Stencils.

At some point after 1932--possibly to obtain work for the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, or perhaps to compete more effectively with Roessing--Brown permanently relocated his business to Chicago. Brown's new Chicago-based company made and wholesaled cut stencils to retail establishments such as paint and hardware stores. The stencils were described in his promotional literature as "suitable designs for painting of parlor drapes, table covers, scarfs, bedspreads, glass and metal etching, for embroidering, for furniture painting....walls and ceiling decorations". His target customers were likely professional decorators and painters as well as industrious do-it-yourself homeowners. Business order forms later described him thusly: "A.J. Brown, Art and Ornamental Designer, Manufacturer of Stencilpaper and Stencils for all kinds of Decorations for Private and Public Buildings, Theatres, Churches, Lodges, Etc. 107 West Van Buren St., Chicago 5, Illinois". At one point, Brown was even successful enough to hire several employees to assist with stencil production, some of whose names appear on stencil designs in this collection (e.g. Sadie Siegel, Wanda and Perkins). As such, he exemplifies the American success myth of the self-made man, having referred to his business as "self-invented work".

Little is known of Brown's later life or career, though he continued to live and work in Chicago for many decades (143 N. Kedzie Ave., 1948 directory; 107 W. Van Buren St., 1962 and 1971 directories). A.J. Brown died on April 27, 1984.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The A.J. Brown Papers consist of decorative stencils cut and sold by Adolph J. Brown and documents relating to his business including correspondence, promotional materials, catalogs and design drawings. Also included are personal papers.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: BUSINESS PAPERS. One subseries, Brown, A.J. Company, which includes catalog, price lists, printed papers and promotional materials.

SERIES II: BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE. One subseries, Correspondence, filed alphabetically by correspondent name.

SERIES III: BROWN, A.J., STENCIL SAMPLES.

SERIES IV: BROWN, A.J., STENCIL DESIGNS & CUT STENCILS. This series is partially restricted. Please consult the Archivist for further information. Divided into two subseries:

Drawings & Stencil Designs - filed chronologically when the date of origination is known. If undated, they are filed by size;

and Cut Stencils - Cut Stencils are restricted from patron use due to the fragility of the materials. Please consult the Archivist for further information.

SERIES V: PERSONAL PAPERS. Divided into two subseries:

Correspondence, filed alphabetically by correspondent name;

and Miscellaneous.

SERIES VI: OTHER STENCIL COMPANIES. One subseries, Catalogs and Samples, filed alphabetically by business name.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
Related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Brown, A. J. (Adolph Jacob), 1889-1984.
Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- United States.
Stencil work -- United States.

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
c.circa
Flatf.Flatfile
n.d.not dated
ALautograph letter
ALSautograph letter signed
(OS)offsite storage
TCtyped carbon
TLStyped letter signed
TNtyped note

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
This collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation (OS) in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS:
This collection is housed in off-site storage and is so designated by the abbreviation (OS) in the location column of the finding aid's item listing. Collections maintained in off-site storage will be retrieved with advance notification; please consult the Archivist for the current retrieval schedule. For further information, consult http://www.artic.edu/aic/l This collection may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. ibraries/rbarchives/rbarchaccess.html

USER RESTRICTIONS:
The Art Institute of Chicago is providing access to the materials in the Libraries' collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of the Art Institute is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to permission from the Art Institute, permission of the copyright owner (if not the Art Institute) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distribution, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. The Art Institute makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

PREFERRED CITATION:
A.J. Brown Papers, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Kim Krueger in 2014. The finding aid was written by Kim Krueger.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES I: BUSINESS PAPERS

BROWN, A.J., COMPANY:
Box.FF 1.1 (OS)
Brown, A.J., catalog.
Booklet and loose page. "Selection of Brown's Quality Art Stencils, 2nd edition, made by A.J. Brown, 143 No. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, 12, Ill."
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.2 (OS)
Brown, A.J., price lists.
Typescript.
n.d. 8
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Brown, A.J., printed papers.
Printed papers. Order forms and business cards.
n.d. 8
Box.FF 1.4 (OS)
Brown, A.J., promotional materials.
TL and holograph paper.
n.d. 2






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES II: BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
Correspondence, A-C.
Printed papers, envelope and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Aidner Paint & Wallpaper Co.; Allin, A. & Son Paint Co.; American Brass Co.; American Broadcasting Co.; American Paint Journal Co.; American Seal and Stamp Co.; Assumption Church; Austin Paint Co.; Bergman, R.A., Paint Co. Inc.; Bermingham & Prosser Co.; Bobbe & Co.; Borden, S.S., Co.; Breevort Hotel; Bronson, Beckwith R.; Cannella, Frank; Cardaras, Arthur; Central Venetian Blind Mfg. Co.; Cherney, A., Co.; Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co.; Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad; Chipman Chemical Co.; Cis, Peter J., Real Estate Co.; Coghland, John; Colormart Inc. Paint Co.; Commerce Paint Co.; Cross, Mr. K.; and Crowley, Milner & Co.
1955-1956 ~30
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Correspondence, D-G.
Printed papers, envelope and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Danz Paint & Supply Co.; Dau, Frank, Paint & Wallpaper Co.; Despoto, Angelo; Donnelley, Reuben H., Co.; Mr. Do It Yourself Sign Co.; Eastend Cartage Co.; Elmcraft Chicago; Esser, T.C., Paint & Glass Co.; Favor Ruhl & Co., Inc.; Fishman, Irving; Flossmoor Building Supply Co.; Fort Dearborn Hotel; Freeman, John A.; Garth's Devoe Paint Store; Geographic and Historical Society of the Americas; Glass Reproduction Service; Graham & Sons Paint Co.; Greenberg's; Greenfield, Abe; and Grodski Hardware Co.
1929-1930, 1954-1956 ~30
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Correspondence, H-K.
Printed papers, postcard and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Hardy Shoe Store; Hawley Lumber Co.; Hollett Decorating Services; Horlock, Rodney D.; Houlberg, H., Paint Co.; House Stamp Works; Jacobson Paint Co.; James House of Paints; Johnson, Chester; Johnson, J.W., Co.; Johnston Paint Co.; [Kestner?], George, Paint Co.; Knoppow, I., Paint Co.; and Kompton, John, & Co.
1953-1956, n.d. ~30
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
Correspondence, L-M.
Printed papers, ALS, envelope, postcard and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Larsen & Peterson Paint Co.; Licht, J.C., Paint Co.; Lipnick, Al; Litchfield Paint Co.; Log Cabin Co.; Maclean-Hunter Publishing Co. Ltd.; Mandel Brothers; [McKinney?], G.; McLeroth, John K.; Merrion, J.E., Co.; Miller, Charles B.; Miller, Samuel H. Painting Contr.; Mittelman, S. & Son, Paint Co.; Markie Paint Co.; Mautz Paint & Varnish Co.; Mohns Bros. Paint Co.; Mostek Paint & Glass Co. and Musselman, Omar E.
1954-1956 ~40
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Correspondence, N-S.
Black and white photograph, printed papers and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Nehring, A. & Sons, Paint Co.; Oosterbaan & Son Paint Co.; Phillips, T.P., Bldg. Co.; Portage Paint Store; Pleuss Realty Co. Inc.; Read, Charles F.; Richardson, O.W.; Rieck, E.C., Paint Co.; Robertson & Co.; Romani; Rost & Parson Paint Co.; St. John, E.D., Co.; Santa Fe Studios of Church Art; Sawyer Paint Co.; Schult Corp.; Shell Oil Co.; Siuslaw Oar; Smed, Rev. George; Standard Oil Co.; Stone, A., Paint & Wallpaper Co. and Structural Clay Products Research Foundation.
1951, 1954-1956 ~35
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Correspondence, T-Z.
Printed papers and TC Correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, receipts. Correspondents: Television Equipment Co.; Texas Co.; Togtman, H.; Van Stockum, D.; Veterans Administration; Viall, Geo. I & Sons, Inc., Paint Co.; Walker-Crawford Paint Co.; Wallbrunn & Kling Paint Co.; Warner Paint Co.; Warren, Oscar; Wood Davis Paint Co.; Zmed, Rev. George.
1953-1956 ~50






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES III: BROWN, A.J., STENCIL SAMPLES
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Stencils.
Stencils and TN. Note in file: "These stencils had been assembled for sale, as Mr. Brown recommend (sic) purchasing more that (sic) one stencil for a properly painted project". Includes #186 1/2, #204 1/2 and #327 1/2, all stamped "Brown's Quality Art Stencils".
n.d. 4






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES IV: BROWN, A.J., STENCIL DESIGNS & CUT STENCILS

STENCIL DESIGNS:
All signed drawings are by A.J. Brown unless otherwise noted.
1929.
Business located at 1012 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI.
OP 1.1 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed, stamped and unsigned drawings. Includes #63 panel decoration, #64 panel center (signed "Sadie B. Siegel Art Studio"), #66 panel decoration for plastic paint (parrot), #97 border, #97 corner, #97 ext [extension], #97 panel, #98 panel set (set of 4; note on one item: "Sadie, please finish this design like the corner is"), #502 (note on item: "don't draw this design"), #620 ceiling center, #620c, #625 ceiling center, #625c, #703, #2015 (signed "originated by Sadie Siegel"), #2107 for the whole wall decoration, #2150, #2480 Plate 4 (signed "Miss Sadie Siegel Studio"), "design for fireplace" (female profile/hunting dog), "drawing for Sadie" (border}, "mod. [modern?] border to design" (stamped and signed "Sadie"), "these are Pennsylvania Dutch designs" (note: "Wanda trace this design and center it correctly") and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
12/2/1929, 12/4/1929, 12/29/1929, [1929?], n.d. 23

1931-1939.
OP 1.5 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed, stamped and unsigned drawings. Includes #14, #155, #155 owl, #157 birds, #161, #166, #247 (?) Plate 2, #266, #267, #268, #270, #302 "improved design", #314, #347 Plate 3, #348, #352, #356, #411, #443, #453 "Indien (sic) design", #454 "Mohr mosaic design", #455 "block stage design", #455 Plate 2, #467, #470, #471, #518 "improved design", "Bobbie Young" sketch, "navy signal flags", Plate 8, "roses, birds, daisies, forget me nots", "watch repair" (signed "A Jean Brown") and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
8/26/1931-11/23/1939 42

1932.
Business located at 232 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI.
Box.FF 1.28 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed drawings. Includes #145 and unnumbered drawing.
1932 2
OP 1.2 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #18 and #19 panel corner, border design, "Murphy for Mayor" and "Progress for 1932".
1932 4

[BEFORE 1933?]
Business located at 633 Abbott, Detroit, MI.
OP 1.3 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawing. Signed drawing. Includes #770 canari (sic) bird.
[Before 1933?], n.d. 1

[BEFORE 1933?]
Business located at 653 Michigan, Detroit, MI.
OP 1.4 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and stamped drawings. Includes #77 panel center parrot, #79 center for panel of for fireplace (ship), #82 panel center (floral), #86 panel decoration (bird on branch), #305 (Greek key border), #402 cherry design for bedroom and #501 Pl.5 (floral border).
[Before 1933?], n.d. 7

1933-1939.
Box.FF 1.29 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #130, #351 and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
11/06/1933, 11/24/1933, 05/14/1936, 08/23/1937, 12/15/1937 and 11/08/1939 8

[1933-1949?]
Business located in Chicago.
OP 1.7 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Unsigned drawings. Includes #16 corner for panel, #431 1/2 & #432 (butterflies), #557 and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
[1933-1949?], n.d. 11

1940-1943.
OP 1.6 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Drawing dated 11/14/1940 signed "A.J. Brown of the Brown family". Includes #168 1/2, #170, #194, #282, #370, #372 "Swedish modern", #484, #640 and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
1/4/1940-6/13/1942 20

[1940-1949?]
Box.FF 1.30 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #284 1/2, #360, #361 and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
[1940-1949], n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.31 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings. Includes #28a, #87, #332 1/2, "Eastern Star Lodge design", "Mason emblem" and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
[1940-1949], n.d. 17
OP 1.8 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #29 panel center, #122, #160/#220 (2 numbers for one printed border), #190 printed border, #241 (border), #309 improved design 143 N. Kedzie Chicago, #334 improved design, #406a, #446 (border), design (floral) marked "Jack Malyon 329 S. Francisco Ave. Mrs. J. Melyon 1 floor front" signed "J.W.", design (religious) marked"The dove of piece (sic) the shepards (sic) emblem the star of Bethlehem the diamond studded tiara" and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
[1940-1949?], n.d. 32
OP 1.9 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #6 "Jim Beam", #16 corner design, #30 panel center, #149, #546a, #804, "scotch thistle" and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
[1940-1949?], n.d. 29

1945-1947.
OP 1.10 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings, unnumbered.
12/26/1945, 2/4/1946, 6/30/1947, 7/10/1947, 7/13/1947 4

1946-1949.
Box.FF 1.32 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings, unnumbered.
1/10/1940, 10/11/1948, 10/12/1948, 10/14/1948 5

1948-1949.
OP 1.11 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes "dices" (sic) and Jewish religious design.
2

c.1950s.
OP 1.12 (OS)
"Selection of Whole Wall Tapestry Decorations".
Prints. Stencil prints made with spray paint.
c.1950s 17

1950s-1960s.
Box.FF 1.33 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #83, #105, #106, #149 ("design for Mrs. Weber"), #227 1/2, #283 1/2, #362, #369, "Chinese design," "design for Mr. M. Byers", "lamb" and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
10/12/1953, 10/23/1954, 07/30/1968 and n.d. 27
OP 2.1 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #104, #107, #108, #431, #481 1/2, "Cordoba design", "This is a Cordoba design", "Good morning" (rooster), "Good Morning"/"Good Evening"/"Strictly Private", "The Holy Ghost" symbol #12, "passanger airplane"/the moon "setellite"/the ICBM rocket, religious design on verso of Flagg Bros. paper and and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
11/30/1950, 02/01/1953, [1960], [1962], 11/1963, [1963], [1950s-1960s], n.d. 26
OP 2.2 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes designs #2 design (religious), #76 "rose bouquet" (signed by Lydia Smalls), #372 1/2, #368, #436, #437, #563, #585, #645, "Athen", "Beautify your home with decorative stencils" (text), "Decorative" (text), "Decorative stencils" (text), "The Silver Chalice" (text) and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
03/23/1950, 10/22/1954, 10/23/1954, 10/31/1954, [1955], [1962], [c.1950s-1960s], n.d. 34

UNDATED DESIGNS, 1-2 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.3 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings. Includes #0.Pl.2 buttons, #27, #28, #335, #345 Pl.1, #355, #365 Pl.1, #375 Pl.1, #385 Pl.1, #385 Pl.4, #395 Pl.1, #550, #560 band, #970 Pl.2, #980 Pl.2, #1000 Pl.2, #1070 Pl.2, #1080 Pl.2, #1090 Pl.2, #1100 Pl.2, #1150 Pl.3, #2010 Pl.4, #2220, #2220 Pl.1, #2270 Pl.1, #2360, #2370 Pl.2, #2380 Pl.3, #2390 Pl.3, #2400 Pl.1, #2410 Pl.3, #2420 Pl.1, #2425, #2450, #2450 Pl.3 and #2455 Pl.2.
n.d. 36

UNDATED DESIGNS, 3 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.4 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings. Includes #84 panel center, #85 art ceiling center, #86, #204, #300a Pl.4, #438, #490 interlocking stencil, #503 "add to Perkins don't draw over line", #530, #590, #625, #636 Pl.2, #670 conventional border, #710 Pl.2 ornamental border, #740 floral border, #780, #790 floral border, #810, #860, #930, #990 Pl.2, #1120 Pl.4 bedroom border, #1130 Pl.4, #1170 Pl.3, #2140 Pl.4, #2200 Pl.4, #2230 Pl.2, #2240 Pl.4 for bedroom, #2250 Pl.3 "the right design", #2260 bedroom border, #2280 Pl.3, #2300 Pl.5 and #2310 Pl.3.
n.d. 32

UNDATED DESIGNS, 4 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.5 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Unsigned drawings. Includes #60, #315, #580, #638, #660 bedroom border, #680 floral border, #690 floral border, #700 artistic border, #750 artistic border, #840 floral border, #850 floral border, #910, #950, #1050 outline border #711, #1160 Pl.3, #2010 Pl.5, #2040 Pl.4, #2210 Pl.5, #2240 Pl.4 bedroom design, #2440 note: "design for plate IV. How do you like it? The small parts'll be cut out", #2495, #2500, #2525 and #2535.
n.d. 24

UNDATED DESIGNS, 5 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.6 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Unsigned drawings. Includes #44 Pl.5, #430 interlocking border, #520, #570 conventional border, #602, #720 Adams border, #1140 Pl.4, #1190 Pl.4, #1195 Pl.4, #2020, #2030 Pl.5, #2050 Pl.4, #2060 Pl.5, #2070, #2155, #2230 and #2530.
n.d. 17

UNDATED DESIGNS, 6 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.7 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings. Includes #43 Pl.6, #52, #60-3rd, #61 (2 designs), #400 decorative border, #500 interlocking border, #525, #535, #540, #601 Pl.6 (design for kitchen), #760 peacok (sic) in garden, #890, #2130 extention (sic), #2490 Pl.3, #2520 and #2545.
n.d. 15

UNDATED DESIGNS, 7 TO 8 INCHES WIDE.
OP 2.8 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Unsigned drawings. Includes #21, #22, #23, #24, #25 (2 designs), #420a, #545, #640 interlocking stencil, #650 interlocking border, #711 outline border, #900 corner, #1040 outline border, #1120, #1580 extention (sic) and #2160 parlor design.
n.d. 11

UNDATED DESIGNS, SQUARES & WIDE BORDERS.
OP 2.9 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #3 ornamental corner, #26, #34 corner, #35a, #39 floral corner center, #40a, #40c corner, #50, #62 floral panel, #96 panel center (ship), #403, #821, #890, #2030 center, #2080 corner and #2540.
n.d. 18

UNDATED DESIGNS, LARGE.
OP 2.10 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings and prints. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #27, #28, #35 (round), #40 (round), #60, #60 corner (marked "Sadie"), #83 panel center, #84 panel center, #85 art ceiling center, #701 modernistic drop design for border bedroom / Sadie / for line use 605 border, #702, corner #900, #2080, #2106 for the whole wall decoration, #2130, #2610, #2611, #3279, #3279 and one design with various #s: 526, 801 2060; which may or may not be significant.
n.d. 21

UNDATED DESIGNS, SMALL.
Box.FF 1.34 (OS)
Stencil designs.
Drawings. Signed and unsigned drawings. Includes #32, #33, #35b corner, #42, #45, #54 (#686 crossed out), #109 ("for Perkins"), #420 interlocking corner, #890, #2030 corner, corner center and unnumbered/unlabeled drawings.
n.d. 11

REST
Stencil designs (large).
Drawings. Signed, stamped and unsigned drawings. Includes: #5, #12 panel or ceiling set, #30 artistic panel decoration (633 Abbott Detroit), #91 panel center, [#340] "corner to #340 arch design", #390 1/2 5 drawings on 1 sheet: "original size of cultured daizies (sic)", "the original size christanemum (sic)", "the original size of azaleas", "the original size of aralias (sic)", #413 1/2, #420 decorations (sic) center, #425 "adopted design", #460, #461, #462, #482 Pl.11 (633 Abbott Detroit), #620 "enlarged to 48" diameter ceiling center", #622 note: People's Wayne County (Michigan) bank form attached, #642 "arch design 4 feet diameter", #1364, #1580 interlocking corner (633 Abbott Detroit), #1581 extention (sic) (633 Abbott Detroit), and unnumbered drawings. Unnumbered drawings include: #s 1-0, #s 2-8, "A J Brown Art and Ornamental Designer Background Panels", "A J Brown's Quality Stencils", "All's", "Amor Meus / for St. Frances (sic) of Rome Rectory", birds/sailboat, border designs, butterfly designs, butterfly design / "Watch your step" on verso, Donald Duck design, "extension liner", fish designs, "God Bless America", "Good Morning / Good Evening / Strictly Private / designed for Mrs. Paul J. Brancato 7534 Harrison St. Forest Park Ill.", "Grace Faith Church", Minnie Mouse design, "Mr. Deception", "Mr. Kleinfeld Avab. 6/61", note: "camphor ice or spirits of camphor", "Ornamental designer decorative stencils", "Paints by Devoe's", "The Prayer Plant", "Ray's Amber Barrel", religious designs, "St. Paul's Church Chicago Illinois", "Sea Breeze", "The Silver Chalice / Simon the Magician top center / left Joseph of Arimathea / right Ignatius / left Luke / right Peter", stars of David designs, "to be redesigned with 4 inch sections /make 4 sections", "Yes, we carry A J Brown's quality decorative stencils" and other designs.
[before 1933], 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, [1962], [1966], [1967], n.d. 84

CUT STENCILS:
Due to the fragility of the materials, this subseries is restricted from patron use. Please consult the Archivist for further information.
REST
Cut stencils.
Oiled cut stencils and oiled cut stencils with paper backing. Includes stencils: #[8?], #10, #12 "corner" #14, #22, #27, #30 (butterfly), #30 1/2 (butterfly), #31 (butterfly), #31 1/2 (butterfly), #45, #45 1/2, #55, #60, #65, #75 (corner), #96, 106 , #110 "puppies" [poppies], #111, #126 #174, #175 1/2 (butterfly), #176 (butterfly), #176 1/2 (butterfly), #186 (different design?), #186 1/2, #188, #189, #[193?], #199, #201, #201 (different design?), #202, #204, #204 1/2 "fuchsias", #231, #237#238 (butterfly), #252, #260, #278, #283 1/2 (butterfly), #284, #284 1/2 (butterfly), #287 (butterfly), #304, #320, #321, #323 1/2, #324, #327 1/2, #329, #333 1/2 "wolf", #335, #337 1/2 "similar to #804 [or 809?] border page 16", #339, #340 1/2, #341, #344 1/2 "the blue violet", #345, #347, #350, #351, #351 1/2, #353, #357, #360, #360 (different design?), #360 1/2, #361, #361 1/2, #362, #362 1/2, , #363, #366, #370, #371, #372, #373, #379, #385 "Am. peony", #387, #388, #389, #391 "the culture chrysantemum" (sic), #391 (different design?), #392, #403, #407 1/2 "part of border 405", #413, #415, #415 1/2, #416, #422, #422 "sample do not sell", #423, #425, #431 1/2, #432, #432 (different design?) #433 (butterfly), #433 (different design?), #460, #461, #470, #473 (leaves), #491, #851, #852, #853, #854, #855, #856, #1306 and unnumbered cut stencils (artist's palette, butterfly, sailboat, scale, seahorse). Also includes border stencils: 3/16 inch ("line"), 1/4 inch ("line"), 3/8 inch ("line"), #3, #19, #32 ("line"), #36, #40, #43, #44, #53, #59a, #64 ("line"), #64 (different design), #67, #72, #81, #83, #94, #101, #103, #105, #106, #107, #108 1/2, #110, #112, #113, #121, #123, #124, #127, #128, #129, #130, #131, #134, #137, #138, #140, #141, #147, #147 1/2, #149, #151, #153, #157, #158, #160, #161, #166 1/2, #171, #180, #181, #186, #193, #201, #205, #206, #207, #209, #210, #217, #225, #233, #234, #237, #241, #242, #243, #244, #245, #249, #250, #253, #255, #260, #262, #264 1/2, #266, #267, #271, #[278?], #289, #308, #313, #314, #318, #323, #327, #332, #334, #339, #340, #343, #350, #359, #363, #366, #366 1/2, #368, #369, #385, #403, #406, #406 (different design), #409, #410, #413 1/2, #415 (different design), #419, #424, #425, #427, #427 1/2, #431, #432, #434, #437, #440, #441, #445, #446, #452, #454, #459, #462, #470, #473, #475, #482, #483, #495, #511, #521, #523, #526, #532, #537, #539, #544 ("improved"), #546, #549, #550, #553, #557 note: "drawing dated 4/13/1938", #600, #601, #602, #603, #604a, #615, #616, #622, #625, #637, #700, #707, #716, #780, #803, #805, #810, #811, #838, #990, #2200 note: "also is #437", #2470 "especially designed for spray painting", #2525 and unnumbered cut border stencils including "the crawing (sic) rooster". Also includes unnumbered stencils, presumably for business or display purposes: "2 3 4 5 1", "6 7 8 9 0", "A J Brown Art & Ornamental Designer Room 204", "A J Brown / script lettering", "A J Brown's quality decorative stencils", "Aidner / Beautify your home with decorative stencils", "Aidner", "Artist Art & Furniture Stencils", "Barney's Painters Supplies 3725 Commercial Ave. SA.1-1272. Chicago, 17, ILL.", "Brown's Quality Decor. Stencils for sale here", "F R W / vanity design lettering", "From A.J. Brown, Stencil MFR. 107 W. Van Buren St. Chicago 5, ILL.", "Selection of Decorative & Artists Stencils", "Selection of Decorative Stencils", "Texaco / text lettering", "What's your plan?" and unnumbered stencils.
n.d. 387






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES V: PERSONAL PAPERS

CORRESPONDENCE:
Box.FF 1.12 (OS)
Correspondence, A-Z.
ALS, TC, TLS and printed papers. Correspondents: Baby and Doody; Chicago Consumptive Aid Society; Combined Jewish Appeal; Chicago Loop Synagogue (aka New Chicago Loop Synagogue, aka Chicago Loop Orthodox Synagogue); Friedman, Ira; Ida; Jewish Family & Community Service; Mandel Bros. Inc.; [Mierfeld?], Bernard; Nierman, Max & Co.; Ossey, Goldie (Mrs. M.); and unidentified.
1955-1956 ~15

MISCELLANEOUS:
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Miscellaneous.
Holograph papers and newspaper clipping. Advertisement for The Belcrest [Hotel?], vocabulary words in English and [Hungarian or German?] and a hand-lettered sign reading "Any belief in life after death is in disagreement with all the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of modern biology, by Old A.J. Bn".
n.d. 5






LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

SERIES VI: OTHER STENCIL COMPANIES

CATALOGS AND SAMPLES:
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
Acme Quality Stencils.
Catalog. Acme White Lead and Color Works, Detroit, MI.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
Bayer's Stencil Catalogue, #3.
Catalog. Cincinnati, OH.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.16 (OS)
Blue Label Stencils.
Catalogs and printed papers. Blue Label Stencil Works, 7001 Ozark Ave., Chicago, IL. Includes price lists.
03/15/1930, n.d. 5
Box.FF 1.17 (OS)
Devoe & Raynolds Co. Inc.
Catalog. New York & Chicago.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.18 (OS)
Huntington Stencil Co.
Catalog. 50 E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, FL.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.19 (OS)
Kovacs, Jozsef es Lajos.
Stencil samples and envelope. Kecskemet, [Hungary].
n.d. 22
Box.FF 1.20 (OS)
Krasel, Martin, Studios.
Catalogs and photocopies. 6457 Virginia Ave., Los Angeles, CA, and 5206 Byron St., Chicago, IL.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.21 (OS)
Mayhew, Edward.
Catalog. 56 W. 31st St., [New York, NY].
[c.1900s], n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.22 (OS)
Mayhew Studios.
Catalog. 33 34th St., Brooklyn, NY.
[c.1900s], n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.23 (OS)
Sherwin-Williams Co.
Catalog. 601 Canal Rd., Cleveland, OH.
[c.1924?], n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.24 (OS)
Singer-Armin.
Stencil samples and envelope. [Budapest, Hungary].
n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.25 (OS)
Sipos es Testvere.
Stencil samples. Budapest, Hungary.
n.d. 6
Box.FF 1.26 (OS)
Stencil Novelty Co.
Catalog. 13 E. 14th St., New York, NY.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.27 (OS)
Miscellaneous.
Catalog cover and photocopy. Excelsior Fresco Stencils, H. Roessing, 1107 Wolfram St., Chicago, IL and Midwest Stencil Supply Co., Milwaukee, WI. Also includes page from unidentified stencil vendor.
[1925], n.d. 3







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