Consists primarily of correspondence, advertisements, invoices and receipts, advertising cards, illustrated catalogs, price lists, photographs, sales notices, auction notices, import/export documents, patents, business cards, lithographs and fabric samples, circa 1792-1945. Most of these materials are from manufacturers and dealers; however, there are a number of references to interior decorators, uphosterers, auctioneers, repairers, varnishers, polishers and furniture associations. A large majority of the companies offered furniture for the home, including second-hand furniture, antiques and reproductions. Types of furnishings represented include carpets, nursery accessories, fireplace mantels, picture frames, mirrors, mattresses, uphostery, wallpaper, curtains, stoves, clocks, pianos, lighting fixtures, waste baskets, wash stands and wood ornaments.
Drawing of the first McHugh Mission pieces in "More than a Hundred Pen Sketches of Certain Very Picturesque and Agreeable Furniture Designed and Adapted by Joseph P. McHugh & Co. and Sold at the Sign of the 'Popular Shop'" (1898), reproduced in Leslie M. Freudenheim, "Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts & Crafts Home," Salt Lake City: Gibbs-Smith, 2005, p. 63
Furniture, Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, box #, folder ##, digital file ###