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Collection Number: 04296

Collection Title: Tomlinson of High Point, Inc. Records, 1905-1968

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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.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Tomlinson of High Point, Inc. Records #4296, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Tomlinson of High Point, Incorporated, and the High Point Historical Society, both of High Point, North Carolina, in February and November 1982, respectively.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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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.

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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.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960.

61 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

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.

Folder 1

Comparative Sales, Expenses, Net Profit, Taxes, and Profit after Taxes, 1920-25 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 1

Folder 2

Report and Accounts 1928 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 2

Folder 3

Report and Accounts 1929 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 3

Folder 4

Comparative Statements 1929-1930 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 4

Folder 5

Comparative Statements 1930-1931 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 5

Folder 6

Auditors' Report 30 June 1932 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 6

Folder 7

Auditors' Report 31 December 1932 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 7

Folder 8

Budget, January-June 1933 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 8

Folder 9

Auditors' Report 31 December 1933 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 9

Folder 10

Auditors' Report 30 June 1934 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 10

Folder 11

Auditors' Report 31 December 1934 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 11

Folder 12

Auditors' Report 31 December 1935 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 12

Folder 13

Auditors' Report 30 June 1936 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 13

Folder 14

Report of Examination, 31 December 1936 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 14

Folder 15

Condensed Balance Sheet, 31 December 1937 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 15

Folder 16

Balance Sheet 31 December 1938 [plus Condensed Balance Sheet] #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 16

Folder 17

Balance Sheet 2 December 1939 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 17

Folder 18

Balance Sheet 30 November 1940 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 18

Folder 19

Report of Examination, 29 November 1941 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 19

Folder 20

Condensed Report of Examination, 30 November 1943 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 20

Folder 21

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1943 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 21

Folder 22

Balance Sheet, 30 November 1943 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 22

Folder 23

Statement 30 November 1945 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 23

Folder 24

Statement 30 November 1946 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 24

Folder 25

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1946 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 25

Folder 26

Statement, 30 November 1947 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 26

Folder 27

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1947 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 27

Folder 28

Report on Examination [sic], 30 November 1947 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 28

Folder 29

Statement, 30 November 1948 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 29

Folder 30

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1948 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 30

Folder 31

Statement, 30 November 1949 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 31

Folder 32

Report on Examination, 30 November 1949 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 32

Folder 33

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1950 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 33

Folder 34

Report on Examination, 30 November 1950 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 34

Folder 35

Statement 30 November 1950 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 35

Folder 36

Statement 30 November 1951 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 36

Folder 37

Report on Examination, 30 November 1951 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 37

Folder 38

Statement, 30 November 1952 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 38

Folder 39

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1952 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 39

Folder 40

Report on Examination, 30 November 1952 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 40

Folder 41

Statement, 30 November 1953 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 41

Folder 42

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1953 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 42

Folder 43

Report on Examination, 30 November 1953 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 43

Folder 44

Statement, 30 November 1954 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 44

Folder 45

Report on Examination, 30 November 1954 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 45

Folder 46

Statement, 30 November 1955 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 46

Folder 47

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1955 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 47

Folder 48

Report on Examination, 30 November 1955 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 48

Folder 49

Statement, 30 November 1956 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 49

Folder 50

Report on Examination, 30 November 1956 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 50

Folder 51

Statement, 30 November 1957 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 51

Folder 52

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1957 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 52

Folder 53

Report on Examination, 30 November 1957 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 53

Folder 54

Statement, 30 November 1958 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 54

Folder 55

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1958 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 55

Folder 56

Report on Examination, 30 November 1958 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 56

Folder 57

Statement, 30 November 1959 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 57

Folder 58

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1959 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 58

Folder 59

Report on Examination, 30 November 1959 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 59

Folder 60

[Note on Examination], 30 November 1960 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 60

Folder 61

Report on Examination, 30 November 1960 #04296, Series: "1. Auditors' Reports, 1920-1960." Folder 61

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

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.

Folder 62

Appraisal Summaries, 15 November 1923 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 62

Folder 63

Appraisal Inventory, 15 November 1923 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 63

Folder 64

Insurance Summaries, 15 November 1923 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 64

Folder 65

Appraisal Report, December 1925 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 65

Folder 66

Insurance Summary, 1926 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 66

Folder 67

Correspondence concerning appraisals and insurance summaries, 1918-1926 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 67

Folder 68

Insurance Appraisal, 1930-1934 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 68

Folder 69

Insurance Policy, March 1934 #04296, Series: "2. Insurance Summaries and Appraisals, 1918-1926, 1930-1934." Folder 69

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About 70 items.

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).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Product Catalogs, Undated.

4 items.

Product catalogs contain pictures and descriptions of the furniture manufactured by Tomlinson.

Folder 76-77

Folder 76

Folder 77

"Furniture by Tomlinson" #04296, Subseries: "3.2. Product Catalogs, Undated." Folder 76-77

Folder 78

"Pavane Tables" #04296, Subseries: "3.2. Product Catalogs, Undated." Folder 78

Folder 79-81

Folder 79

Folder 80

Folder 81

"Furniture by Tomlinson" #04296, Subseries: "3.2. Product Catalogs, Undated." Folder 79-81

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1 item (reel of microfilm).

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.

Request M-4296

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.4. Talk by William A. Tomlinson, 1946.

1 item.

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.

Folder 82

"Talk by William A. Tomlinson to Mill 10 Employees, Monday, April 15, 1946" #04296, Subseries: "3.4. Talk by William A. Tomlinson, 1946." Folder 82

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About 60 items.

Materials about the trademark "Williamsburg Galleries" document a Federal Trade Commission investigation for possible infringement of Colonial Williamsburg patent rights.

Folder 83-84

Folder 83

Folder 84

Williamsburg Galleries #04296, Subseries: "3.5. Williamsburg Galleries, 1937-1943." Folder 83-84

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36 items.

Ledgers, journals, notes receivable, cash receipts, factory expenses, invoices, and other financial information.

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15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Voucher summaries, payroll, factory expenses, administrative expenses, and selling expenses.

Volume S-1

January-June 1933, 67 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-1

Volume S-2

July-November 1933, 74 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-2

Volume S-3

December 1933-April 1934, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-3

Volume S-4

April-October 1934, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-4

Volume S-5

November 1934-February 1935, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-5

Volume S-6

March-June 1935, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-6

Volume S-7

July-November 1935, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-7

Volume S-8

November 1935-March 1936, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-8

Volume S-9

April-August 1936, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-9

Volume S-10

August-November 1936, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-10

Volume S-11

November 1936-February 1937, 72 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-11

Volume S-12

March-June 1937, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-12

Volume S-13

June-October 1937, 75 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-13

Volume S-14

October-December 1937, 74 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-14

Volume S-15

December 1937, 7 pages #04296, Subseries: "4.1. General Journal/Voucher Recap-Record, 1933-1937." S-15

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Processed by: Lisa C. Tolbert, October 1989

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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