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Rockford Chair and Furniture Company Records, 1882-1977

Collection Overview

Title: Rockford Chair and Furniture Company Records, 1882-1977

ID: RHC/RC/042

Extent: 23.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/24/1978

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rockford Chair and Furniture Company Collection partially documents the activities of a major manufacturing corporation in Rockford, Illinois during the period 1882 to 1973.

The records of the Rockford Chair and Furniture Company are arranged in three series.  The first contains the statement of incorporation minutes from meetings, letterbooks, correspondence, agreements, and reports dating from 1882 through 1973.  Series two contains labor records and printed materials including wage and hourly rate schedules, furniture manuals, and supply catalogs dating 1931 to 1941.  Also included in this series are photographs of company records.  The third series contains financial records: business journals, ledgers, daybooks, order books, time books, cash books, payroll books, and a draft register, 1882 to 1973.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Harry West, Mr. Stanley Kjellgren

Acquisition Method: Mr. Harry West of Rockford, Illinois, donated the records of the Rockford Chair and Furniture Company to the Regional History Center on October 24, 1978.  Mr. Stanley Kjellgren supplemented the collection by donating the minute books and stockholders register on May 3, 1979.

Related Materials: Researchers using the collection may also find supplementary material in the Center’s other Rockford business collections: Rockford Mitten and Hosiery (RC 38), National Chair Company (RC 58), and the Rockford Small Business Collection (RC 57).


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Rockford Chair and Furniture Company, Statement of Incorporation, 1882
Folder 2: Incorporation Charter, 1907
Folder 3: List of Stockholders, 1935, 1953-1971
Folder 4: Minute Book, 1892-1896
Folder 5-9: Minutes of Shareholder's meetings, 1948-1972
Folder 10: Special meeting of Shareholders, December 1972
Folder 11: Certificates of Stock, 1916-1959
Folder 12-13: Certificates of Stock and Letters of Transmittal, 1961-1973
Folder 14: Salary Schedule for Office, 1931-1946
Folder 15: Unaudited Financial Statements, 1966-1967
Folder 16: Appraisal of Buildings and Equipment, 1946
Folder 17: Internal Revenue Service, 1959-1960
Folder 18: Policies of Insurance, 1963-1971
Folder 19: Legal Documents, 1934-1973
Folder 20: Survey Plat of Woodruff's Second Addition, 1972
Volume  1-2: Letter Book (2 Volumes), March 1892 - June 1892
Box 2
Volume  1-6: Letter Books (6 volumes), 1890, January 1893 - June 1895
Box 3
Volume  1-6: Letter Books (6 volumes), June 1895 - October 1897
Box 4
Volume  1-6: Letter Books (6 volumes), November 1897 - August 1905
Box 5
Volume  1-5: Letter Books (6 volumes total, 2 with no date), April 1906- March 1907; No Date
Box 6
Folder 1-9: Correspondence: incoming, alphabetical; outgoing, chronological, 1940-1950
Folder 10: Correspondence, loan requests, 1965-1973
Folder 11: Bills of Lading, 1947-1949, 1964-65
Folder 12: Cash receipts, 1949
Folder 13: Commission Statements, 1947-1948
Folder 14: Cost summary papers, 1946
Folder 15: Department of Labor, 1948-1952
Folder 16: Freight Bills, 1948
Folder 17: Salesmen Commissions, 1948-1949
Folder 18: Union Dues, 1946-1950
Folder 19: United Furniture Worker's Agreement, 1938-1939, 1942
Folder 20: United Furniture Worker's Insurance Fund, 1944-1949
Folder 21: Bank Check Records, 1963-1977
Volume  1-10: Furniture Manuals (10 Volumes), 1931-1943
Box 7
Folder 1-13: Furniture Photographs by Product Number (most with Retail Price noted), no date
Folder 14-20: Duplicates of above photographs
Box 8-16: Wage and Hour Rate Cards, 1938-1941, 1964-1968
Box 17-18
Volume  1-18: Business Journals (18 Volumes), 1886-1934, 1943-1963
Box 19
Volume  1-5: Daybooks (5 Volumes), 1883-1903
Volume  1-14: Business Journals (14 Volumes), 1888-1903
Volume  15: Daybook (1 Volume), 1883-1886
Volume  16-22: Ledger Books, (7 Volumes) 1882-1913
Volume  23-33: Index to Order Books (8 volumes with no date , 11 Volumes total), 1887-1892, no date
Volume  34-37: Balance Books (4 volume), 1889-1895
Volume 38: Balance Book (1 unbound volume), 1921-1958
Volume  39-42: Time Books (4 volume), 1889-1900
Volume  43-44: Cash Books (2 volume), 1882-1897
Volume 45-48: Payroll books (4 volume), 1901-1919
Volume 49: Draft Register (1 volume), 1891-1893
Volume 50: Cash Receipt Record Book (1 volume), 1907-1973