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William A. French and Company Collection M/A 2000.151.01

Creator:William A. French and Co.
Title: William A. French and Company Collection
Dates:1928-1941
Quantity: 6.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library

Biography

William A. French (also known as Bill French, W.A. French, William Albert French) was born on April 2, 1863 in Plainfield, N.J and died on February 2, 1942. After moving to Minnesota in the 1880's, French became a nationally recognized furniture maker and interior decorator known for his hand-made furniture. He was a founder and director of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Interior Decorators and owner of William A. French and Co., and then of William A. French Studios Inc. on Park and Nicollet Avenues. While French started his company in St. Paul and then moved to Minneapolis, his businesses operated out of factories and storefronts as far away as Winnipeg and New York. He had a summer home on the St. Croix River where he stayed with his wife, Fannie K. French, and daughter, Sally Hunt Tearse (also known as Sally Hunt). After his death, the main office of the William A. French Co. was moved to Duluth, MN.


Description of the Collection

This collection contains newspaper articles related to William A. French, his designs, and businesses. One folder contains articles written about his residence in American Home magazine. There are photographs of the designer, his work, residences, business locations, and advertisements.


Related Material

See also Minneapolis Collection Biography Files for William A. French and the Minneapolis Photo Collection. For information about his furniture and design firms, see Business Firm files for French, WM. A. and Co.


Subject Headings

Persons

French, William A., 1863-1942
Hibbard, Charles J., 1855-1924

Corporate Bodies

William A. French Studios Inc.

Subjects

Furniture design.
Furniture making.
Interior decoration.

Table of Contents


Newspaper clippings, articles, biographical, photographs in three folders. First folder: Biographical; Second folder: Business; Third Folder: Home life. -- Box 1
Scrapbook of newspaper advertisements. Each clipping is accompanied by its publication date and source, and some also have sale and attendance information. 1928-1929 -- Box-folder 2
Scrapbook of newspaper advertisements. Each clipping is accompanied by its publication date and source, and some also have sale and attendance information. 1930-1931 -- Box-folder 3
Scrapbook of advertisements and publicity. Some clippings have source, date, and descriptive information. 1932-1941 -- Box-folder 4
Scrapbook of magazine advertisements and publicity. Most clippings have the date and source written in the margins of the scrapbook. 1931-1939 -- Box-folder 5
Scrapbook of workshop photographs, advertisements, and correspondence with national papers and magazines from the 1920s. The scrapbook also includes marketing and advertising information for the magazines, including House Beautiful, Country Life, Town and Country and House and Garden. Photographer for first few photographs: C.J. Hibbard. -- Box-folder 6


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