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Finding Aid Published: 2006

Miniature Building Collection, 1920-2002

Accession Number: 2004.1


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COLLECTION SUMMARY:
TITLE:Miniature Building Collection, 1920-2002
EXTENT:6.5 linear feet , (9 boxes)
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:This collection is comprised of business papers and miniature building models and molds created by the A.C. Rehberger Company of Chicago.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Printed materials, correspondence, brochures, newspaper clippings, photocopied papers, color photographs, metal models, rubber models, and metal molds.
ORIGINATION: A.C. Rehberger Company, Chicago
ACQUISITION INFORMATION:Gift of Mrs. Beverly Roitman and the Estate of Mr. Avram Roitman, July 21, 2004.

HISTORICAL NOTE:
The A.C. Rehberger Company, also known as A.C.R. Limited, was founded in 1912 by A.C. Rehberger. The A.C. Rehberger Company was one of only two firms in the United States that specialized in hand-molded, handcrafted metal sculptural figurines, most made from molds created by A.C. Rehberger. The company produced 3000 different paperweights, bookends, desk sets, ashtrays, nameplates, sports trophies and collectors' items cast in lead or zinc, including the first Oscar statuette in the 1920s. In the 1930s, the firm became known for its metal coin banks and miniature buildings produced as giveaway promotions. Among the most popular building models were the Art Deco Kraft Headquarters in Chicago and the Beaux Arts Dollar Savings Bank in Pittsburgh. In the 1970s, the company was purchased by Avram M. Roitman, who served as company president.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The collection includes business records, account files, contracts, and brochures generated by The A.C. Rehberger Company. Also included are newspaper clippings and articles about the building and bank models, as well as over forty building models and molds.

ORGANIZATION AND ARRANGEMENT:
SERIES I: BUSINESS PAPERS. Divided into four subseries: General Business Papers, Account Files, Contracts and Correspondence. SERIES II: MODELS. Divided into two subseries: Building and Bank Models, arranged alphabetically by building name, and Other Models and Molds.

CONTROLLED ACCESS POINTS:
This collection and other related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs:
Coin banks - Collectors and Collecting
Coin banks - History - 20th century
Souvenir buildings

ABBREVIATIONS:
AbbreviationDefinition
ACRA.C. Rehberger Company
AICArt Institute of Chicago
ALSautograph letter, signed
BOX.FFBox #, Folder #
n.d.no date
(OS)offsite
TLtyped letter
TLStyped letter, signed

PHYSICAL LOCATION:
The collection is housed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' off-site storage. 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 may be used by qualified readers in the Reading Room of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. 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

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:
Miniature Building Collection, Ryerson and Burnham Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago.

PROCESSING INFORMATION:
This collection was processed by Kim Krueger in 2006 and JT de la Torre in 2018.

ACCRUALS:
New materials may be added to this collection on an irregular basis.

ITEM INVENTORY:
LOCATIONCONTENTSDATESITEMS

BUSINESS PAPERS:
GENERAL BUSINESS PAPERS
Box.FF 1.22 (OS)
"4,000 New Accounts in Less Than 3 Months."
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.21 (OS)
ACR building.
Plan.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.1 (OS)
ACR Building Banks; List of Known Items with Date of Manufacture, by Dixie Trainer.
TL.
11/29/2002 1
Box.FF 1.5 (OS)
ACR Limited.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.2 (OS)
Alderman Truck model materials.
Brochures.
n.d. 3
Box.FF 1.3 (OS)
Alderman Truck model materials.
Photocopies.
n.d. 2
Box.FF 1.4 (OS)
Alderman Truck model materials.
Color photographs.
n.d. 30
Box.FF 1.6 (OS)
Chicago Architectural Bronze Company.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.19 (OS)
"Figurine Company Molds Business..." Chicago Tribune.
newspaper clipping.
5/29/1975 1
Box.FF 1.23 (OS)
The Handiwork of Master Craftsmen.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.18 (OS)
Mold inventory and storage information.
TL.
1973-2000 3
Box.FF 1.20 (OS)
Original mold book.
Typescript.
n.d. 20
Box.FF 1.7 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
1951 1
Box.FF 1.8 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
1957 1
Box.FF 1.9 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
1959 1
Box.FF 1.10 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
1964 1
Box.FF 1.11 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.12 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.13 (OS)
Reh-craft Trophies of Merit.
Brochure.
n.d. 1
Box.FF 1.19 (OS)
"Souvenir Metal Buildings..." Today's Collector.
newspaper clipping.
11/1995 1
ACCOUNT FILES
Box 2 (OS)
Chicago Clients, A-M.
TL.
1947-2001 650
Box 3 (OS)
Chicago Clients: N-Z; Illinois Clients: Addison-Itasca.
TL.
1947-2001 650
Box 4 (OS)
Illinois Clients: Jacksonville-Zion; Out of State Clients: Arab, Alabama-Westfield, Massachusetts.
TL.
1947-2001 650
Box 5 (OS)
Out of State Clients: Alpena, Michigan-Riverton, Wyoming; Foreign Clients (includes Hawaii).
TL.
1947-2001 525
Box.FF 1.16 (OS)
Customer Accounts: A-K.
TL.
1975-2001 12
Box.FF 1.17 (OS)
Customer Accounts: L-Z.
TL.
1973-2000 10
CONTRACTS
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
American Colortype with ACR.
Printed materials.
2/18/1935 1
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
John J. Collins and Henry P. Weber with ACR.
Printed materials.
1/13/1947 1
Box.FF 1.14 (OS)
Walton Export Corporation with ACR.
Printed materials.
11/2/1950 1
CORRESPONDENCE
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
ACR to H. J. Gould.
TLS.
11/11/1924 1
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
Clarence H. Kehm to ACR.
ALS.
9/18/1939 1
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
ACR to Theodore Revzan.
TL.
4/2/1954 1
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
Richard R. Phelan to ACR.
TLS.
3/7/1955 1
Box.FF 1.15 (OS)
Richard R. Phelan to ACR.
TLS.
3/21/1955 1

MODELS:
BUILDING AND BANK MODELS
Box 1 (OS)
Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 1 (OS)
Arlington Heights Federal Savings and Loan, Arlington Heights, IL.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 1 (OS)
Arlington Heights Federal Savings Bank, Arlington Heights, IL.
Metal model.
1960 1
Box 1 (OS)
Berwyn Trust and Savings Bank, Berwyn, IL.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 1 (OS)
Chapel Mite Bank (Foreman State National Bank), Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
1920 1
Box 1 (OS)
Combined Insurance Building, Chicago, IL.
Rubber model.
1980 1
Box 1 (OS)
Continental Products Inc., Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
1930 1
Box 1 (OS)
Cragin State Bank, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
c.1920 1
Box 1 (OS)
Los Conquestadores Club Convention, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
Devon Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
1930 1
Box 2 (OS)
Dollar Savings Bank, Pittsburgh, PA.
Metal model.
1930 1
Box 2 (OS)
Dollar Savings Bank, Pittsburgh, PA.
Metal model.
1930 1
Box 2 (OS)
Farmers and Merchants Bank, Lodi, CA.
Metal model.
c.1920 1
Box 2 (OS)
First National Bank and Central Wisconsin Trust Company, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
First National Bank and Trust Company, Floral Park, NJ.
Metal model.
c.1920 1
Box 2 (OS)
First National Bank, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
Fort Dearborn, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
Hall of Honor, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
International Bank, [Tampa, FL].
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
Kraft Phenix Cheese Corporation International Headquarters, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
1938 1
Box 2 (OS)
Kraft Worldwide Headquarters, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
1938 1
Box 2 (OS)
Preferred Life Assurance Society, Montgomery, AL.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
Provident Savings Bank, Baltimore, MD.
Metal model.
c.1930 1
Box 3 (OS)
Russell National Bank, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Second Ward Savings Bank, Milwaukee, WI.
Metal model.
c.1920 1
Box 3 (OS)
Security Bank, Chicago, IL.
Metal model.
c.1920 1
Box 3 (OS)
St. Luke's Tower, Evanston, IL.
Metal model.
c.1930 1
Box 3 (OS)
Syracuse Savings Bank, [Syracuse], NY.
Metal model.
c.1930 1
Box 3 (OS)
St. Luke's Tower, Evanston, IL.
Metal model.
c.1930 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified 14 Story Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified Building with Clock Tower, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
1996 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified L-Shaped Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified Residential Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified Tall Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Unidentified Warehouse Building, location unknown.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
OTHER MODELS AND MOLDS
Box 4 (OS)
Octagonal Half Mold.
Metal mold.
n.d. 1
Box 4 (OS)
Oval Box Lid, marked "94 lbs. net" .
Metal mold.
n.d. 1
Box 4 (OS)
Penguin Mold.
Metal mold.
n.d. 6
Box 4 (OS)
Penguin Figurine.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 2 (OS)
R.R. Donnelley Logo Paperweight.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Sally Rand Figurine.
Metal model.
n.d. 1
Box 3 (OS)
Sally Rand Mold.
Metal mold.
n.d. 1
Box 4 (OS)
Round Half Mold.
Metal mold.
n.d. 1
Box 4 (OS)
United States Paperweight.
Metal model.
n.d. 1



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