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AMERICAN FURNITURE INDUSTRIES SURVEY COLLECTION, 1978-1980
(4 cubic feet; 6 DB 2 Paige Boxes)
History
This collection constitutes the raw materials from an attempt to survey the archival
holdings of American furniture manufacturers which was undertaken by the office of Dr. Richard H.
Howland, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1778-1979. The
survey was intended as a preliminary study of industry-owned collections and the possibility of a
repository for such material. A letter and schedule were sent to approximately 210 furniture
companies in the summer of 1979. In some instances follow-up letters were sent in the fall. Each
company was asked to complete a single page schedule and to send a catalogue if available.
Of the approximately 210 companies which received schedules, over 100 companies failed
to respond. Forty-five schedules were returned and more then 60 companies provided catalogues.
Several companies sent brochures, pamphlets or annual reports in addition to or in lieu of
catalogues. A few folders contain correspondence relating to prospective visits by the project
director, or to preliminary plans for the survey.
The material received was not analyzed and no formal report was written. Funding did not
materialize and the project was discontinued.
David A. Hanks, who worked on various projects under Dr. Howland's sponsorship before
moving to New York in 1979 and Mrs. Johanna Rieg, a volunteer, worked on the project.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of the raw materials (completed schedules and catalogues) for a
survey of material of historical interest and importance associated with American furniture
manufacturers. There is a folder for each of the approximately 210 furniture manufacturing
companies asked to participate in the survey, filed alphabetically by company.
For more information contact the Archives Center at [email protected] or 202-633-3270
Nearly all of the material has been kept in the original folders (not acid-free) which are
filed alphabetically by company. It is in excellent condition (1988) but should be transferred to
acid-free folders if a decision to keep it indefinitely is made)
Provenance
The collection was transferred by the Office of the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the
Smithsonian Institution to the Division of Domestic Life in 1983. It was transferred to Archives
Center January 19, 1988.
Grace M. Angle
March, 1988
For more information contact the Archives Center at [email protected] or 202-633-3270
Page 5 of David Hanks paper before the Decorative Arts Archives Conference held at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 21, 1979 refers to a report by Mrs. Rieg on the initial
findings of the survey. A telephone conversation with Mrs. Rieg March 2, 1988 indicated that her
statement was an informal one not a written paper. At that time the project was not far enough
along for any significant data to be available.
For more information contact the Archives Center at [email protected] or 202-633-3270
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Container List
AMERICAN FURNITURE INDUSTRIES SURVEY COLLECTION, 1978-1980
(4 cubic feet; 6 DB, 2 paige boxes)
BOX
FOLDER
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Aireloom Bedding Company
Alba Industries
Albright & Zimmerman
Wesley Allen Inc. & Wesley Allen Brass Beds
Alexis Manufacturing Company
Allied Upholstery MFG., Inc.
American Charms, Inc.
American Drew, Inc.
7
1
American Drew
1
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
American Furniture Company
American of Martinsville
American Wicker Furniture MFG.
Angel Inc. Furniture MFG.
Authentic Furniture Products
Ayers Furniture Industries
Baby Line
Baker Furniture Co.
Barkel, Inc.
Barzilay Company
Basic Furniture Styles, Inc.
Bassett Furniture Industries
Bassett Furniture Industries II
Bassett Furniture Industries III
Norman Bates Incorporated
Bauman Manor of California
Beachley Furniture Company, Inc.
Thomas P. Beals Furniture Company
Beauty Craft Furniture Corporation
Beelner & Thomas
Belmar Furniture MFG. Company
Benchcraft
Bennington Pine
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33
34
35
36
37
George B. Bent Company, Inc.
Bergsma Brothers
Berkline Corporation
Berne Furniture Company, Inc.
Bernhardt Furniture Company
Bienville Furniture & MFG. Company Inc.
2
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39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
Biggs Manufacturing
Bolhuis Lumber & Manufacturing Co.
Boling Chair Company
Bouldin's Inc.
Boyd Furniture Manufacturing
Bracewell Furniture Company, Inc.
Bradston Hurricane International
Brandrud Manufacturing Company
A. Brandt Company, Inc.
Brandt of Grand Rapid, Inc.
Brent-Wood Products, Inc.
Brookwood Furniture
Brower Furniture Company
Brown Jordan Company
Broyhill Furniture Industries
Burlington House Furniture
7
1
Burlington House Furniture 2
2
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55
56
57
58
59
60
61
62
63
64
65
66
Burris Industries Inc
Cal Custom Furniture MFG. Company, Inc.
Cal Mode Furniture Manufacturing Company
Cal Sofas, Incorporated
California Furniture Shops, LTD.
California Styles
Carlson Furniture Ind. Inc.
Carlton MFG. Company
Carolina Seating Company
Marge Carson, Inc.
Casard Furniture Manufacturing Corp.
Casual Living
Century Furniture Company
7
1
Century Furniture
2
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
74
Certified American Ind. Corp.
Charles Manufacturing Company
Charlotte Chair Company
Charlton Company
Chatham County Furniture Industries
Classic Leather, Inc.
Collignon Agency, Inc.
Colonial Manufacturing Company
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76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
84
85
86
87
88
89
Columbia Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Councill Craftsmen, Inc.
Craftique
Davis Cabinet Company
Daystrom (Sperry and Hutchison)
Desoto, Inc., Furniture Group Offices
Dillingham Manufacturing Company
Dixie
DMI Furniture, Inc.
Directional of North Carolina, Inc.
Drake Smith & Company, Inc.
Drexel Furniture Company
William F. Drueke & Sons
Economy Furniture Industries
Endicott Industries, Inc.
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91
92
93
94
95
96
97
98
99
100
101
102
103
104
105
106
107
108
109
110
111
Ethan Allen, Inc
Everett Piano Company
Fine Arts Furniture Company
Forslund Brothers
Fox Manufacturing Company
Furniture City Upholstery
Garrison Furniture Company
General Housewares Corp.
Gem Industries, Inc.
Gold Medal, Inc.
Great Western Furniture Mfg. Company
Gunder Mfg. Company
Gunlocke Company Inc.
Habersham
Hale Company
Hallagan Mfg. Company
Haney Industries, Inc.
Harden Furniture Company
C. H. Hartshorn Inc.
Hekman Furniture Company
Henredon Furniture Industries
Henredon II
4
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113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
122
Henredon III
Heywood-Wakefield Company
Hibriten (Bernhardt Subsidiary)
The Hitchcock Chair Company
Hoke Furniture Company, Inc.
H.L. Hubbell, Inc.
Irwin Seating Company
Jamestown Lounge Company
Johnson Furniture Company
Karges Furniture Company, Inc.
Kay Chair Company
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125
126
127
128
129
130
131
132
133
134
135
136
137
138
139
140
Keller Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Kindel Furniture Company
Kittinger Company
Knoll International
Kroehler Manufacturing Company
La Barge Mirrors, Inc.
Landes Manufacturing Company
Lane Company, Inc.
La-Z-Boy Chair Company
Lea Industries (Sperry and Hutchinson)
Leggett and Platt, Inc.
Lehigh Furniture
Leonetti Furniture Manufacturing Co.
Henry Link (Dixie Subsidiary)
Link - Taylor (Dixie Subsidiary)
Little Rock Furniture MFG. Company
Lu Van Incorporated
Lynch Furniture Manufacturing Co.
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142
143
144
145
146
147
148
149
150
151
152
153
154
155
156
157
158
Lyon-Shaw Inc.
Carlton McLendon Furniture Co., Inc.
Macon Umbrella Corporation
John J. Madden Mfg. Co., Inc.
Maples Chair Company
Marshall Company
Mastercraft Furniture Company
Meadowcraft Casual Furniture
Middlebury Church Furniture, Inc.
Herman Miller
Howard Miller Clock Company
Mohasco Corporation
Monitor Furniture Company, Inc.
Moosehead Manufacturing Company
Morgan Manufacturing Company
Ralph Morse Furniture Company
Mount Adams Furniture
Mueller Furniture Corporation
8
1
Mueller Furniture Corporation
5
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160
161
162
163
164
165
166
167
168
Mueller Furniture Corportation
National Mt. Airy
New Holland Church Furniture
New Orleans Furniture MFG. Co.
Nichols & Stone Co.
Norris Furniture Company
Nucraft Furniture Company
Overholtzer Church Furniture Inc.
Paoli Chair Company, Inc.
Pine Shops, Incorporated
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170
171
172
Plantation Patterns
Pennsylvania House
1
Pontiac Furniture Industries
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174
175
176
177
Harvey Probber Inc.
Pulaski Furniture Corporation
Raymor/Moreddi, Inc.
Richardson Brothers Co., Inc.
Riverside Furniture Corporation
1
Riverside Furniture
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179
180
181
182
183
184
185
186
187
188
189
190
191
192
193
Rose City Upholstery Company
Rose Manufacturing Company
S.F.S. Corporation
Samsonite Furniture
Sauder Manufacturing Co.
Sauder Woodworking Company
Schnadig Corporation
Schoonbeck Company
Howard N. Schott Furniture Manufacturing Company
Sealy Mattress Company
Seely Pine Furniture
Serta/Northwest
Seth Thomas
Simmons Company
Simmons Juvenile Products
Singer Furniture
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194
195
196
197
198
199
200
201
Sligh Furniture Company
Slyter Chair, Inc.
Smith Furniture Manufacturing
The Sperry & Hutchinson Co.
Sprague & Carleton
Spring Air Northwest
State of Newburgh, Inc.
Statton Furniture MFG. Co.
8
1
Statton Furniture Company
6
202
203
204
205
206
207
208
St. Simons Island Furniture MFG.
Steelcase
Sterling Furniture Manufacturing
Sterlingworth Corporation
L. & J. G. Stickley, Inc.
Sugar Hill Furniture
Superior Furniture Company
8
8
Pine Tree Table Co.
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1
1
West Michigan Furniture Co.
John Widdiecomb Co.
6
209
210
211
212
213
214
California Furniture Manufacturers Association
Grand Rapids Furniture Manufacturers Association
National Association of Furniture Manufacturers
Northwest Furniture Manufacturers Association
Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association
Southwestern Furniture Manufacturers Association
Hanna Reig
Furniture Program Inquiries
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