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|Size||5.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 230 items)|
|Abstract||In 1900, Sidney Halstead Tomlinson founded Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Co. in High Point, N.C. The company became Tomlinson of High Point, Inc., in 1934. By the 1960s, the company manufactured dining room, bedroom, living room, occasional, and upholstered wood furniture. Chiefly auditors' reports, insurance summaries and appraisals, inventories, product catalogs, account books, and minutes of stockholders and board of directors meetings of Tomlinson of High Point, Incorporated. The records chiefly trace the financial development of the company from about 1920 through the 1960s, with only sparse earlier documentation. A 1946 speech to workers by a company official who argued against unionization is included.|
|Creator||Tomlinson of High Point, Inc.|
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In 1900 Sidney Hastead Tomlinson founded Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company in High Point, North Carolina, with $8,000 in capital, one two-story corrugated iron building, and about twenty-five workmen. Charles F. Tomlinson joined the company as its secretary and treasurer in 1904, and the two Quaker brothers built the business together for the next thirty-nine years. In 1911 they enlarged their factory by purchasing Globe-Home Furniture Company and beginning a four-year remodeling effort. By 1915 the Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company occupied an entire city block.
In 1916 the Tomlinsons expanded their production to include matching dining room pieces and living room suites. In light of continuing diversification, the company was renamed Tomlinson of High Point, Incorporated, in 1934. During the 1930s the company also began to offer a collection of furniture designs inspired by Colonial Williamsburg for which new marketing techniques were developed to display the best designs in furniture galleries.
By 1943 the Tomlinson factory had grown to occupy thirteen acres and to employ seven hundred workers. By the 1960s the company manufactured dining room, bedroom, living room, occasional, and upholstered wood furniture.
For more information see Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert, "Charles F. Tomlinson Civic Leader and Industrialist," We the People Vol. 1, No. 6 (October 1943): 12-13, 28.Back to Top
This collection chiefly traces the financial development of Tomlinson of High Point, Incorporated from about 1920 through the 1960s. There is only sparse documentation for the evolution of the company in its earliest years, and Manuscripts Department staff knows of no other surviving records of the company.Back to Top
These Auditors' reports present financial information in a variety of formats including budgets, balance sheets, statements of profit and loss, and tax quotes. There are no reports for operations of the company from 1900 to 1919. This series documents the increasingly complex accounting system employed after 1920.
Insurance summaries and appraisals conducted for insurance purposes. These documents contain descriptions and itemizations of property, including buildings, automobiles, machinery, and office equipment, but excluding land, stock, supplies, goods in process of manufacture, finished products, and accounts receivable.
Appraised values are based on "Cost of Reproduction New" determined by prevailing market prices for labor, materials and equipment, cost of freight and installation, and cost to replace property new in like kind. Summaries also contain plats showing arrangement of factory buildings.
This series also contains a folder of terse correspondence chiefly concerning the transfer of documents between the furniture company and its appraisers.
Chiefly inventories (1963-1968) and product catalogs (undated), this series also contains information about the Williamsburg Galleries trademark (1937-1943), a typed transcript of a speech by William A. Thomlinson to his employees (1946), and microfilm of minutes of stockholders and board of directors meetings (1907, 1930-1956).
Inventories show items in stock, style, price lists, and itemized sales percentages.
Product catalogs contain pictures and descriptions of the furniture manufactured by Tomlinson.
One reel of microfilm consisting chiefly of minutes (1930-1956) of annual, monthly, or special meetings of stockholders or board of directors. Also included are copies of resolutions, correspondence about board actions, and the 1907 by-laws of Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company.
William A. Tomlinson's speech to Mill 10 Employees records his attempt to persuade them to vote against representation by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, AFL, Union.
Materials about the trademark "Williamsburg Galleries" document a Federal Trade Commission investigation for possible infringement of Colonial Williamsburg patent rights.
Ledgers, journals, notes receivable, cash receipts, factory expenses, invoices, and other financial information.
Voucher summaries, payroll, factory expenses, administrative expenses, and selling expenses.
Arrangement: chronological by to last date in volume.
Ledgers summarize a variety of financial information including factory, office, publicity, and shipping expenses, profits and losses, wages, sales, taxes, insurance, common and preferred stock, and individual accounts.
Financial information presented in a form other than ledgers and voucher-recaps.
Processed by: Lisa C. Tolbert, October 1989
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