Brumby Chair Company accounting records

Brumby Chair Company accounting records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Brumby Chair Company (Marietta, Ga.)
Title: Brumby Chair Company accounting records
Dates: 1879-1945
Quantity: 438.0 Linear feet (77 document boxes, 432 volumes, 1 oversized box)
Coll. Number: ms1.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

The Brumby Chair Company was established in 1875 in Marietta, Georgia by James Remley Brumby and Major Henry Myers. Brumby soon asked for his young brother, Thomas M. Brumby, to assist his new business, and they formed Brumby & Brother. In 1884, the company incorporated into the Brumby Chair Company.

Thomas Brumby significantly helped Marietta grow: he was twice its mayor, he helped organize the Marietta Electric Company and the Marietta Bank and Trust, and served as a chairman on the building committee of the First Methodist Church and the Marietta School Board. His son, Thomas Brumby Jr., continued the tradition of aiding the community while fostering the Brumby Chair Company business. However, at his death in 1938, none of his sons were old enough to run the company, so Thomas Brumby Jr's brother, Robert Brumby, left his work in Louisiana to lead the business.

Due to World War II, much had to change in the Brumby Chair Company: their product line was reduced, employees were laid off, and business fell. In 1944, the factory closed and was sold to an Ohio company.

In 1972, Frank and Carole Melson produced the Brumby Rocking Chair under a license. When Carole Melson retired in 1991, Brumby Chair Co. President Otis Brumby, Jr., the youngest grandson of founder Thomas M. Brumby, obtained permission from the five family members who owned the Brumby trademark and reopened the Brumby Chair Company in 1992 in Marietta Square. As of the 2010s, the company continues to ship worldwide.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of accounting records of the Brumby Chair Company (Marietta, Ga.) from 1879-1945. The records consist primarily of a comprehensive collection of materials documenting the fiscal activity of the company. The records include cash books, cash journals, order books, time records for workers, shipping receipts, and general journals. The collection also contains price lists and sales catalogs featuring the products manufactured.


This collection has not yet been processed but is roughly arranged by record type and chronologically.

Index Terms

Business records.
Furniture industry and trade--Georgia--Accounting.
Furniture workers--Georgia.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Brumby Chair Company (Marietta, G.A.) accounting records. MS 1. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Advertisements and programs, 1937-1944

1Advertisements and programs, 1937-1944
"The Brumby Chair Company," by Breland Brumby at Hollins College, 1978
Brumby Chair Company Price List Catalogue (three copies), 1929
Brumby Chair Company Price List Catalogue (four copies), 1941
Brumby Chair Company Price List Catalogues, 1911, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943
Miscellaneous unsorted Brumby Chair Co. papers
Brumby Chair Company Price List Catalogues, 1912, 1914, 1922, 1938
Shipping Orders
2January-June 1941
3May 1941
4May-June 1941
5May-August 1941
6January-July 1941