Henry Crosby papers, 1969-1976.


Henry Crosby papers, 1969-1976.

This collection contains Henry Crosby's papers pertaining to the 1970 acquisition and the 1972 closure of the Peoples Brewing Company. This brewery was owned by a group of Milwaukee-based, African American Investors in which Crosby was on the board of directors. As a result of this purchase and the subsequent African American directed stock sale, the Peoples Brewing Company became the first major African American owned brewery in Wisconsin. The Henry Crosby Papers consist of documents relating to the Peoples Brewing Company in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the president of the Peoples Brewing Company, Theodore Mack; minority business initiatives; the Wisconsin brewing industry; and the Small Business Administration (SBA), which is the federal government agency whose function is to council and assist the interests of small businesses. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, publications, public stock records, Peoples Brewing Company business records, a publication from the Afro Urban Institute, cardboard beer case labels, and Peoples Brewing Company and Oshkosh Brewing Company regalia. This collection has profound significance not only as the first African American owned company, but also in the federal investigations that were prompted from SBA mishandling of the company's closure. In addition, it incited investigations of other corporations and federal bureaus that were related to Mack's initial suit against the SBA and the Defense Department in 1972.

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