Guide to the Caldwell Furniture Employee Panorama Black and White Photographs, 1938

Summary Information

Title: Caldwell Furniture Employee Panorama Black and White Photographs, 1938
Collection: AC.471
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of a CD of scanned black and white photographs digitally joined to make a panorama photograph of the employees of Caldwell Furniture Company, Lenoir, North Carolina in 1938. There is also an archival copy of the photographs.

Creator: Caldwell Furniture Company.

Biographical/Historical Note

A group of men in Lenoir, North Carolina, including J.M. Bernhardt and G.W.F. Harper, organized the first furniture factory in Caldwell County, N.C., and one of the first half dozen in the state – the Lenoir Furniture Co. The factory began operations in February 1890 but shut down in 1891 due to mounting debt. After a series of fits and starts, the operation was purchased in 1899 by the Harper and Bernhardt families and reopened in 1900 as the Harper Furniture Co. In 1929, the company was absorbed into the Broyhill chain of factories. The Caldwell Furniture Company was purchased by Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc. in 1968.

Scope and Contents

A set of five black and white digital photographs of Caldwell Furniture Company, in Lenoir, North Carolina, taken in 1938. These photographs are joined together to form a panorama. Taken by a man named Oliver.


There is no formal arrangement to this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This donation was given by Jayne Laws in February 2009. Accession number AC.2009.002

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, July 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.471: Caldwell Furniture Employee Panorama Black and White Photographs, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photographs, 1938 ACSC_Box 21, Folder 16