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MC 00324 Guide to the Charles Horton Papers, 1918 - 1980

This collection is divided into four series:
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This series contains furniture catalogs, reference catalogs for furniture hardware supplies and period ornaments, advertisements, and photographs from more than 100 furniture companies. Horton's "The Village Square" scrapbook is also included in this series.
The majority of the furniture catalogs come from Williams Furniture Corporation (which became the Williams Furniture Division of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1967), but also includes companies such as Burlington Furniture, Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc., Drexel, Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc., American Drew, and Pulaski Furniture Corporation. Furniture suites designed by Horton include Burlington Furniture's "Halifax Square" and Wlliams Furniture Corporation's "The Nordic Collection," "San Simeon," "Fenwick Hall," "Carriage Mark," "Sunset Pine," "Casual Oak," "Chavala," "La Mancha," "Country Life," "King's Tree," and "Village Square." Horton is perhaps best remembered for the the "Village Square" line. "The Village Square" scrapbook includes photographs, clippings, letters from distributors, photocopies of advertisements from newspapers nationwide, and newspaper interviews with Horton that record the significance of this line. Also included in the scrapbook are letters and pricelists pertaining to the use of the furniture as prizes on the gameshow The Price is Right in 1961.
Some of the companies included in this collection are closely related. For example, Henry T. Link split Dixie into four companies in the 1950s and 1960s: Link-Taylor, Young Hinkle, and Henry Link. These companies are now known as Lexington Home Brands.
Reference catalogs include Period Furniture Hardware by Keeler Brass Company, Carvings by John Walter & Sons, and brass hardware catalogs from Bassick-Sack.
Arrangement: alphabetical by company
[Box 1, Folder 1] Allan Keith
[Box 12, Folder 1] American Drew
[Box 1, Folder 2] American Furniture Novelty Co.
[Box 12, Folder 2] American of Martinsville
[Box 1, Folder 3] Astra Bent Wood Furniture Company
[Box 1, Folder 4] Baker Furniture, Inc.
[Box 1, Folder 5] The Bartley Collection, Ltd.
[Box 1, Folder 6] Basic-Witz Corporation
[Box 1, Folder 7] Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc.
[Box 1, Folder 8] Bassick-Sack (1 of 4)
[Box 1, Folder 9] Bassick-Sack (2 of 4)
[Box 1, Folder 10] Bassick-Sack (3 of 4)
[Box 2, Folder 1] Bassick-Sack (4 of 4)
[Box 12, Folder 3] Bennington/Vermont of Winooski
[Box 12, Folder 4] Bernhardt Furniture Company (includes Hibriten)
[Box 2, Folder 2] Boynton Waddell Company
[Box 2, Folder 3] B.P. John Furniture Corporation
[Box 2, Folder 4] A. Brandt Company, Inc./Ranch Oak
[Box 2, Folder 5] Brandt
[Box 12, Folder 5] Broyhill Furniture Industries (includes Lenoir House)
[Box 12, Folder 6] Burlington Furniture (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 1] Burlington Furniture (2 of 2)
[Box 2, Folder 6] Carrollton Furniture Manufacturing Company
[Box 2, Folder 7] Century Furniture Company
[Box 2, Folder 8] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (1 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 1] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (2 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 2] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (3 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 3] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (4 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 4] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (5 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 5] Chautauqua Hardware Corporation (6 of 6)
[Box 3, Folder 6] Christmas Furniture Manufacturing Company
[Box 3, Folder 7] Cochrane Furniture Company, Inc.
[Box 4, Folder 1] Colony Tables Incorporated/Globe Furniture
[Box 4, Folder 2] Conant Ball
[Box 4, Folder 3] Consolidated Furniture Industries, Inc.
[Box 4, Folder 4] Councill Craftsmen
[Box 4, Folder 5] The Country Shop
[Box 4, Folder 6] Currahee Furniture Company
[Box 4, Folder 7] Davis Cabinet Company
[Box 4, Folder 8] The Decorators Supply Company
[Box 4, Folder 9] Dixie
[Box 4, Folder 10] Drexel (1 of 2)
[Box 4, Folder 11] Drexel (2 of 2)
[Box 4, Folder 12] Emerson Manufacturing Company, Inc.
[Box 4, Folder 13] Essex House Furniture
[Box 4, Folder 14] Ethan Allen
[Box 4, Folder 15] Exfer
[Box 4, Folder 16] Federal Millwork Corporation
[Box 4, Folder 17] Fort Harrison Products Corporation
[Box 5, Folder 1] Frank Morrow Company
[Box 5, Folder 2] Franklin Shockey Company
[Box 5, Folder 3] General Interiors (A Portfolio of Great American Houses)
[Box 5, Folder 4] General Interiors (Cushman Classics)
[Box 5, Folder 5] General Interiors (Pennsylvania House)
[Box 5, Folder 6] Gordon's, Inc.
[Box 5, Folder 7] Habersham
[Box 5, Folder 8] Harden Furniture
[Box 5, Folder 9] Henkel-Harris
[Box 5, Folder 10] Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc. (1 of 3)
[Box 5, Folder 11] Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc. (2 of 3)
[Box 6, Folder 1] Henredon Furniture Industries, Inc. (3 of 3)
[Box 6, Folder 2] Henry Link
[Box 6, Folder 3] Heritage
[Box 12, Folder 7] Heywood-Wakefield
[Box 6, Folder 4] Hickory Chair Company
[Box 6, Folder 5] Hooker Furniture Corporation
[Box 6, Folder 6] Invincible Parlor Frame Company, Inc.
[Box 6, Folder 7] Jamestown Lounge Company
[Box 6, Folder 8] Jaycee
[Box 6, Folder 9] John Shuler & Associates
[Box 6, Folder 10] John Walker & Sons Limited
[Box 12, Folder 8] Karges Furniture Company, Inc.
[Box 6, Folder 11] Keeler Brass Company (1 of 4)
[Box 7, Folder 1] Keeler Brass Company (2 of 4)
[Box 7, Folder 2] Keeler Brass Company (3 of 4)
[Box 7, Folder 3] Keeler Brass Company (4 of 4)
[Box 7, Folder 4] Keller Manufacturing Company, Inc.
[Box 7, Folder 5] Kenlea Crafts, Inc.
[Box 7, Folder 6] Kindel Furniture Company
[Box 7, Folder 7] Kling
[Box 7, Folder 8] Klise Manufacturing Company (1 of 2)
[Box 7, Folder 9] Klise Manufacturing Company (2 of 2)
[Box 7, Folder 10] Knapp & Tubbs
[Box 7, Folder 11] Lane
[Box 7, Folder 12] Lee Furniture Manufacturing Company
[Box 7, Folder 13] Lexington Chair Company
[Box 8, Folder 1] Link-Taylor
[Box 8, Folder 2] Living Walls Inc.
[Box 8, Folder 3] Ludlow Corporation (Forest Products)
[Box 8, Folder 4] Maddox Colonial Reproductions
[Box 8, Folder 5] Mengel
[Box 8, Folder 6] MetaLoom Products
[Box 8, Folder 7] Mobel, Inc.
[Box 8, Folder 8] Moosehead Manufacturing Company/Colonial American Furniture
[Box 8, Folder 9] Mount Airy Mantel & Table Company, Inc.
[Box 8, Folder 10] Myrtle Desk! Library Division
[Box 8, Folder 11] Newport Furniture Corporation
[Box 8, Folder 12] Nichols & Stone Company
[Box 8, Folder 13] Norman King & Son
[Box 8, Folder 14] Ottens Products, Inc.
[Box 8, Folder 15] Philadelphia Handle Company
[Box 8, Folder 16] Pine Shop
[Box 8, Folder 17] Pine-Tique Furniture Company
[Box 8, Folder 18] Plymwood Furniture Corporation
[Box 8, Folder 19] Pulaski Furniture Corporation
[Box 8, Folder 20] Raymond E. Enkeboll
[Box 13, Folder 1] Red Lion Table Company, Inc.
[Box 13, Folder 2] Romweber
[Box 8, Folder 21] Ronthor Reiss Corporation
[Box 8, Folder 22] Schilling Furniture Company
[Box 8, Folder 23] Schoolfield Furniture Industries
[Box 8, Folder 24] Sherwin-Williams Company
[Box 8, Folder 25] O. W. Slane Glass Company
[Box 13, Folder 3] Sprague & Carleton
[Box 9, Folder 1] Stanley
[Box 9, Folder 2] Sterlingworth Corporation
[Box 9, Folder 3] Sun Glow Furniture Industries
[Box 9, Folder 4] Superior Tables
[Box 9, Folder 5] Temple-Stuart
[Box 13, Folder 4] Tennesee Furniture Industries, Inc.
[Box 13, Folder 5] Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc.
[Box 13, Folder 6] Trogdon Furniture Company
[Box 9, Folder 6] Unagusta Manufacturing Corporation
[Box 9, Folder 7] Unique Furniture Makers
[Box 9, Folder 8] United Furniture Corporation
[Box 9, Folder 9] Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, Inc.
[Box 9, Folder 10] Vermont Furniture Company, Inc.
[Box 9, Folder 11] Walker & Zanger, Inc.
[Box 9, Folder 12] Wendell Fabrics Corporation
[Box 9, Folder 13] Williams Furniture Corporation - Adventure (No. 4400)
[Box 9, Folder 14] Williams Furniture Corporation - Apollo Collection (No. 8600)
[Box 9, Folder 15] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Barony Oak (No. 2200)
[Box 9, Folder 16] Williams Furniture Corporation - The "Belvedere" Group (No. K-7000)
[Box 9, Folder 17] Williams Furniture Corporation - Brittany Cottage (No. P300, P700, P1400)
[Box 9, Folder 18] Williams Furniture Corporation - Brittany Fair (No. 1800)
[Box 9, Folder 19] Williams Furniture Corporation - Bunk House (No. 6500)
[Box 9, Folder 20] Williams Furniture Corporation - Candlelight Pine (No. 5600)
[Box 9, Folder 21] Williams Furniture Corporation - Carriage Mark (No. 1700) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Carriage Mark (2 of 2)
[Box 13, Folder 7] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak Collection (R3300) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak (2 of 2)
[Box 9, Folder 22] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Provincial Collection (No. D-1700, No. K-1800)
[Box 9, Folder 23] Williams Furniture Corporation - Chavala (No. 1900)
[Box 9, Folder 24] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Cherryvale Manor (No. 4200)
[Box 9, Folder 25] Williams Furniture Corporation - Colonial Maple (No. N2600)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Contemporary Modern
[Box 9, Folder 26] Williams Furniture Corporation - Country Life (No. 7200)
[Box 9, Folder 27] Williams Furniture Corporation - Country Line U.S.A. (No. 2400)
[Box 9, Folder 28] Williams Furniture Corporation - Desks
[Box 9, Folder 29] Williams Furniture Corporation - Discotheque (No. 1700)
[Box 9, Folder 30] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Elizabeth Rutledge (No. 3200)
[Box 9, Folder 31] Williams Furniture Corporation - Fenwick Hall (No. 1600)
[Box 9, Folder 32] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Fireside Collection (No. 2700)
[Box 13, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - Forefathers (No. 7800)
[Box 9, Folder 33] Williams Furniture Corporation - Gallery Twenty One (No. 2100)
[Box 10, Folder 1] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Green Valley Pine (No. 2200)
[Box 10, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Hacienda Oak (No. R-9000)
[Box 10, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - High Country Oak (No. 9300) (1 of 2)
[Box 10, Folder 4] Williams Furniture Corporation - Italian Casual (No. 8800) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Italian Casual (2 of 2)
[Box 10, Folder 5] Williams Furniture Corporation - King's Tree
[Box 10, Folder 6] Williams Furniture Corporation - La Mancha Collection (No. 7500)
[Box 10, Folder 7] Williams Furniture Corporation - Legend Oak (No. 4700) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Legend Oak (2 of 2)
[Box 10, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - LindaVista (No. 7900)
[Box 10, Folder 9] Williams Furniture Corporation - Maple (No. K-3800)
[Box 10, Folder 10] Williams Furniture Corporation - Maple Series (No. T4800)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Middleton Collection
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Nordic Oak Collection
[Box 10, Folder 11] Williams Furniture Corporation - Oxford Oak (No. 4800) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Oxford Oak (2 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Peaches and Cream
[Box 10, Folder 12] Williams Furniture Corporation - Plastic Tops (No. 2300)
[Box 10, Folder 13] Williams Furniture Corporation - Rio Grande
[Box 10, Folder 14] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Roger Williams Group (No. 8700, No. 84700)
[Box 10, Folder 15] Williams Furniture Corporation - Rural French (No. 2500)
[Box 10, Folder 16] Williams Furniture Corporation - San Lorenzo (No. 9100)
[Box 10, Folder 17] Williams Furniture Corporation - San Simeon (No. 9800)
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Savannah Inn
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Sectional Modern
[Box 10, Folder 18] Williams Furniture Corporation - Show Off (No. 5300)
[Box 10, Folder 19] Williams Furniture Corporation - The Sketchbook Series - Casual American
[Box 10, Folder 20] Williams Furniture Corporation - Slumber Party (No. 5400)
[Box 10, Folder 21] Williams Furniture Corporation - Spanish Elegance (No. 9000)
[Box 10, Folder 22] Williams Furniture Corporation - Spice Box (No. 2100)
[Box 10, Folder 23] Williams Furniture Corporation - Stoneleigh Manor (No. 8200)
[Box 13, Folder 9] Williams Furniture Corporation - Sunset Oak (No. 7000)
[Box 10, Folder 24] Williams Furniture Corporation - Today's Life (No. 3300) (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Today's Lifestyle (2 of 2)
[Box 10, Folder 25] Williams Furniture Corporation - Tuvara Collection (No. 9500)
[Box 10, Folder 26] Williams Furniture Corporation - "Urban" Modern Oak Collection (No. H3700)
[Box 10, Folder 27] Williams Furniture Corporation - Village Square (1 of 2)
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Village Square (2 of 2)
[Box 14] Williams Furniture Corporation - "The Village Square" Scrapbook
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Whistle Stop
[Box 10, Folder 28] Williams Furniture Corporation - Village Square Pine (No. 6400, No. 8100)
[Box 10, Folder 29] Williams Furniture Corporation - Vive La (No. 7600)
[Box 10, Folder 30] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wedgefield Court (No. 5000)
[Box 10, Folder 31] Williams Furniture Corporation - Young Miss (No. 1200)
[Box 10, Folder 32] Williams Furniture Corporation - Unidentified
[Box 10, Folder 33] Winter Products Company
[Box 15, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wonderful World of Plastic
[Box 15, Folder 4] Williams Furniture Corporation - Unidentified
[Box 11, Folder 1] Wood Bros. Limited
[Box 11, Folder 2] Young-Hinkle
[Box 11, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 11, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 11, Folder 5] Unidentified price lists
[Box 11, Folder 6] Magazine clippings
[Box 11, Folder 7] Newspaper clippings
This series consists of correspondence and financial documents.
Correspondence from the 1940s includes letters between Horton and A. F. Lenart of Lee Radio Manufacturing Corporation in New York City; Bonner Thompson of Thomason Plywood Corporation in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Abe Mann of Abe Mann Furniture Sales Agency in New York City; and John S. Creech of Unique Furniture Makers of Winston-Salem, North Carolina Also included is a letter from Turner Manufacturing Company's J. M. Wagner to Jimmy Horton.
Correspondence from the 1950s includes letters between Horton and Joseph Brunner of Wholesale Furniture in New York City; Abe Mann and Max Levy of Abe Mann Furniture Sales Agency; C. A. Troutman of Universal Company in High Point, North Carolina; F. P. Shockey of Shockey Company in Lexington, North Carolina; Ray Trogdon and Corbin Smith of Trogdon Furniture Company, in Toccoa, Georgia; W. E. Covington of Williams Furniture Corporation; and Margaret Hammersley of Home Furnishing Industry Committee. There are also many letters written to W. E. Covington regarding Williams Furniture Corporation's "Casual Oak" suite (No. R-3300).
Correspondence from the 1960s includes letters between Horton and Dean of North Carolina State College's School of Desgin Henry L. Kamphoefner; and J. Clyde Hooker, Sr. of Hooker Furniture Corporation in Martinsville, Virginia; as well as a letter from Leonard Eisen of Interior Product Design to Fred Stanley of Pulaski Furniture Company.
Correspondence from the 1979 and 1980 includes letters to Horton from Stanley DuBose of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in Sumter, South Carolina; as well as memos from Royce A. Jones of Jackson, Mississippi to DuBose.
Undated correspondence includes a letter from Horton with drawings for the "Spanish Provincial" suite. Also included are office memos mentioning the "Casual Oak" and "Today and Tomorrow" suites.
Financial documents include a ledger dated from 1932 to 1934, as well as invoices and estimates dated from 1949 to 1977. There are numerous Companies mentioned in these documents, including Webb Furniture Company in Galax, Virginia; Conover Furniture Company in Conover, North Carolina; and Forest Furniture Company in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
[Box 11, Folder 8] Furniture part identification
[Box 11, Folder 9] Correspondence, 1946 - 1949
[Box 11, Folder 10] Correspondence, 1951 - 1959
[Box 11, Folder 11] Correspondence, 1962 - 1966
[Box 11, Folder 12] Correspondence, 1979
[Box 11, Folder 13] Correspondence and memos, undated
includes drawings
[Box 11, Folder 14] Ledger, 1932 - 1934
[Box 11, Folder 15] Financial information, 1949 - 1977, undated
The majority of the drawings in this collection appear to be for South Carolina's Williams Furniture Corporation, but drawings for other companies, including Lexington Chair Company and Burlington Furniture Company of North Carolina and Pulaski Furniture Company of Virginia,are also included. Drawings from Williams Furniture Corporation include the "Ashley River," "Casual Oak," "Stoneleigh Manor," "Vive La," "Wedgefield Ct.," "Village Square," and "Bunk House" suites.
Drawings in this collection typically are in pencil and do not have any color; however, Horton added color to many. Colored drawings are typically done brown colored pencil, with yellow and red added to some. Most of the drawings are originals, altough a few are reproductions.
Many drawings are labeled, making it clear which suite they belong to. Of these drawings, some can be matched with furniture pictured in catalogs. Of the drawings that cannot be matched to catalogue picutres, some were either discontinued or not included in the suite.
Other drawings, however, are either not labeled at all or have not been clearly identified with any furniture suites. Some include suite numbers, but do not appear to clearly match photographs in the furniture catalogs. These drawings have been labeled as "unidentified."
[Box 18, Folder 1] C. B. Atkin Company
[Box 19, Folder 1] Burlington Furniture - The Philpott Collection
[Box 18, Folder 3] Furniture, Inc.
[Box 18, Folder 4] [Imperial Furniture Company?]
[Box 18, Folder 5] Pulaski Furniture Corporation
[Box 18, Folder 2] Sears Sargent
[Box 17, Folder 1] Williams Furniture Corporation - Ashley River Collection
[Box 18, Folder 6] Williams Furniture Corporation - Bunkhouse (No. 6500)
[Box 16, Folder 1] Williams Furniture Corporation - Candlelight Pine
[Box 16, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Carriage Mark
[Box 16, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak (R-3300) (3 of 6)
[Box 16, Folder 4] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak (R-3300) (4 of 6)
[Box 17, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak (No. R-3300) (5 of 6)
[Box 19, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Casual Oak (6 of 6)
[Box 16, Folder 5] Williams Furniture Corporation - Country Life (No. 7200)
[Box 17, Folder 3] Williams Furniture Corporation - Country Line U.S.A. (No. 2400)
[Box 16, Folder 6] Williams Furniture Corporation - Computer Desks
[Box 19, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - French Casual Oak
[Box 17, Folder 4] Williams Furniture Corporation - La Mancha Collection (No. 7500)
[Box 16, Folder 7] Williams Furniture Corporation - Legend Oak (No. 4700)
[Box 17, Folder 5] Williams Furniture Corporation - Rural Elegance (No. 2400)
[Box 16, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - Savannah Inn
[Box 17, Folder 6] Williams Furniture Corporation - Spanish Elegance (No. 9000)
[Box 18, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - Spice Box
[Box 16, Folder 9] Williams Furniture Corporation - Village Square (1 of 2)
[Box 18, Folder 9] Williams Furniture Corporation - Village Square (2 of 2)
[Box 18, Folder 10] Williams Furniture Corporation -Vive La (1 of 2)
[Box 19, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Vive La (2 of 2)
[Box 17, Folder 5] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wedgefield Court (No. 5000) (1 of 3)
[Box 17, Folder 6] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wedgefield Court (No. 5000) (2 of 3)
[Box 17, Folder 7] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wedgefield Court (No. 5000) (3 of 3)
[Box 17, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - "Williams Current"
[Box 16, Folder 15] Williams Furniture Corporation - Wonderful World of Plastic
[Box 15, Folder 7] Williams Furniture Corporation - No. D-200
[Box 16, Folder 11] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - M200
[Box 16, Folder 10] Williams Furniture Corporation - No. S110
[Box 18, Folder 7] [Lexington or Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Caribbean Casual
[Box 18, Folder 11] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] -[Casual & Contemporary?]
[Box 16, Folder 16] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - [Country Life (No. 4700), Legend Oak (No. 1700), Casual Oak (No. 3300)?]
[Box 17, Folder 9] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - [Rural French (No. 2500)?]
[Box 16, Folder 13] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified (No. 1600)
[Box 17, Folder 10] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified (No. 1800)
[Box 17, Folder 11] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified (Nos. 1600 and 7800)
[Box 17, Folder 12] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified (No. 7800)
[Box 17, Folder 13] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - No. 8300
[Box 15, Folder 8] Williams Furniture Corporation - Unidentified
[Box 19, Folder 2] Williams Furniture Corporation - Unidentified
[Box 16, Folder 12] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified
[Box 16, Folder 14] [Williams Furniture Corporation?] - Unidentified
[Box 19, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 19, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 19, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 1] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 2] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 6] Unidentified
[Box 20, Folder 7] Unidentified
[Box 21, Folder 1] Unidentified
[Box 21, Folder 2] Unidentified
[Box 21, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 21, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 21, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 1] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 2] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 6] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 7] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 8] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 9] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 10] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 11] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 12] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 13] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 14] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 15] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 16] Unidentified
[Box 22, Folder 17] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 1] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 2] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 6] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 7] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 8] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 9] Unidentified
[Box 23, Folder 10] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 1] Unidentified (Native American influence)
[Box 24, Folder 2] Unidentified (pull sketches)
[Box 24, Folder 3] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 4] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 5] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 6] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 7] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 8] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 9] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 10] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 11] Unidentified
[Box 24, Folder 12] Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 1] Bedroom suites - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 2] #510-530 - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 4] Beds and Dressers - No. 100-A - No. 116-P - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 5] [Currahee Furniture Company?] - No. 16
[Box 25, Folder 6] Specials 10-14 - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 7] Panel beds and dressers - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 8] Beds and dressers - Unidentified
[tubebox 1] Bedroom Suite: Dresser
Sketches.
[tubebox 1] Bedroom Suite: Bedframe
Blueprints.
[tubebox 2] Bedroom Suite: Mirror
Blueprints.
[tubebox 2] Bedroom Suite: Chest and Night-stand
Blueprints.
[tubebox 4] Bedroom Suite: Table
Blueprints.
[tubebox 3] Bedroom Suite: Chair
Blueprints.
[tubebox 4] Desks(1 of 6)
[tubebox 8] Desks(2 of 6)
[tubebox 23] Desks (3 of 6)
[tubebox 30] Desk(4 of 6)
[tubebox 31] Desk(5 of 6)
[tubebox 38] Desks (6 of 6)
[tubebox 8] Dressers and Mirrors (1 of 6)
[tubebox 25] Dressers and Mirrors (2 of 6)
[tubebox 25] Dressers and Mirrors (3 of 6)
[tubebox 26] Dressers and Mirrors (4 of 6)
[tubebox 31] Dressers and Mirrors(5 of 6)
[tubebox 38] Dressers and Mirrors (6 of 6)
[tubebox 15] Dressers (1 of 2)
[tubebox 23] Dressers (2 of 2)
[tubebox 11] Mirrors(1 of 2)
[tubebox 30] Mirror (2 of 2)
[tubebox 5] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (1 of 14)
[tubebox 6] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (2 of 14)
[tubebox 7] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (3 of 14)
[tubebox 16] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (4 of 14)
[tubebox 17] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (5 of 14)
[tubebox 18] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (6 of 14)
[tubebox 19] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (7 of 14)
[tubebox 20] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (8 of 14)
[tubebox 27] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (9 of 14)
[tubebox 29] Armoir, Hutch, Chest (10 of 14)
[tubebox 28] Armoir, Hutch, Chest(11 of 14)
[tubebox 35] Armoir, Hutch, Chest(12 of 14)
[tubebox 36] Armoir, Hutch, Chest(13 of 14)
[tubebox 37] Armoir, Hutch, Chest(14 of 14)
[tubebox 1] Chairs and Table
Sketches.
[tubebox 4] Tables(1 of 7)
Includes plans for nightstands.
[tubebox 14] Tables(2 of 7)
[tubebox 15] Tables (3 of 7)
[tubebox 24] Tables (4 of 7)
[tubebox 30] Tables(5 of 7)
[tubebox 33] Tables(6 of 7)
[tubebox 38] Tables(7 of 7)
[tubebox 9] Beds(1 of 9)
[tubebox 12] Beds(2 of 9)
[tubebox 13] Beds(3 of 9)
[tubebox 21] Beds (4 of 9)
[tubebox 21] Beds (5 of 9)
[tubebox 22] Beds (6 of 9)
[tubebox 32] Beds(7 of 9)
[tubebox 34] Beds(8 of 9)
[tubebox 38] Beds (9 of 9)
[Box 25, Folder 3] Chairs(1 of 6)
[tubebox 7] Chairs(2 of 6)
[tubebox 10] Chairs (3 of 6)
[tubebox 24] Chairs (4 of 6)
[tubebox 30] Chairs(5 of 6)
[tubebox 31] Chairs(6 of 6)
[Box 25, Folder 9] Older drawings, numbered - Unidentified
[Box 25, Folder 10] Older drawings, unnumbered - Inidentified
[Box 25, Folder 11] Chairs and couches - Unidentified
[tubebox 9] "Country Beautiful" furniture sketches; Graph of 1974 Sales, 1974
The books in this collection are The Charm of Sovereign Wood: Volume II (Memphis: Hardwood Manufacturers' Institute, 1918); Then-and Now in Furniture: Early American (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Waddell Manufacturing Co., 1928); The Berkey & Gay Style Book (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Berkey & Gay Furniture Co., 1929); A History of American Furniture (East Stroudsburg, Penn.: The Towse Publishing Company, 1936); and the Kensington Furniture (New York: Kensington Mfg. Company)
[Box 26, Folder 1] Then and Now in Furniture
[Box 26, Folder 2] Kensington Furniture
[Box 26, Folder 3] The Charm of Sovereign Wood, Volume II
[Box 26, Folder 4] A History of American Furniture
[Box 27, Folder 1] Berkey & Gay Style Book
[Oversize Flat Box 28] Unprocessed drawings
[Carton 29] Unprocessed drawings
[Carton 30] Unprocessed drawings and publications

Quantity

27.22 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

27 archival storage boxes, 2 cartons, 1 oversize flatbox, and 38 tubeboxes

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Briget Horton, of Raleigh, N.C.; Adelaide Horton of New York, N.Y.; and Martha Horton Hart of Raleigh, N.C.; September 2002.

Processing

Processed by: Dawne E. Howard; machine-readable finding aid created by: Dawne E. Howard

Scope and Content Note

The Charles Horton Papers contain photographs, drawings, furniture catalogues, price lists, correspondence, and financial information related to Charles Horton's career as a free-lance furniture designer in Statesville, North Carolina

Promotional materials in this collection include catalogs from more than 100 companies and include both furniture and furniture hardware. Some of the catalogs contain suites designed by Horton; others contain desgins that influenced his work. Most of the catalogs promote suites from Williams Furniture Corporation (which became the Williams Furniture Division of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1967). Other companies include Bassick-Sack, Burlington Furniture Company, American Drew, Thomasville Furniture Company, Pulaski Furniture Company, and Keeler Brass Company. Price lists are available with some of the catalogs. There is also a "Village Square" scrapbook, which highlights the collection Horton designed for Williams Furniture Company. This scrapbook includes drawings, photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, and references to the furniture's appearance as prizes on the game show The Price is Right in 1961.

Most of the drawings in this collection appear to be for South Carolina's Williams Furniture Corporation, but drawings for other companies, including Lexington Chair Company and Burlington Furniture Company of North Carolina and Pulaski Furniture Company of Virginia, are also included. Other drawings are from Williams Furniture Corporation's "Ashley River," "Casual Oak," "Stoneleigh Manor," "Vive La," "Wedgefield Court," "Village Square," and "Bunk House" lines.

The collection also contains books, including The Charm of Sovereign Wood, Then and Now in Furniture: Early American, Kensington Furniture, A History of American Furniture, and The Berkey & Gay Style Book.

Biographical Note

Charles M. Horton (1912 - 1987) was a furniture designer in Statesville, North Carolina. He graduated from Statesville High School and never studied furniture design in a formal setting. He began his career working with his brother and his father, Fred Horton. As his father's successor, he became a free-lance furniture designer in one of the most prosperous furniture manufacturing centers in the country.

Horton designed individual pieces and suites for manufacturers throughout the Southeast. Among his clients were Lexington Chair Company and Burlington Furniture Company in North Carolina, Pulaski Furniture in Virginia, Trogdon Furniture in Georgia, and Williams Furniture Corporation in South Carolina. Williams Furniture Corporation merged with Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1967, becoming the Williams Furniture Division.

Horton's designs reflect the interests and taste of middle-income families after World War II, when many people were establishing and furnishing homes. He designed for a clientele who wanted the warmth and security of "early American" values -- solid wood, patterned fabrics, and stability. His contribution to the cultivation of this taste, pervasive in the 1960s, was seen in his design for pieces for every room of the house in his "Village Square" suite. Manufactured by Williams Furniture Company, the "Village Square" suite received national attention in major newspapers nationwide, and was featured on the gameshow The Price is Right for eleven weeks in 1961. Horton was credited with the shift in furniture taste to "early American design." He was also called the "poor man's friend" for his affordable designs for the mass market.

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