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Armstrong World Industries Collection

Call number:  MG-32

7 boxes          91 folders          3 cubic ft. 

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 1

Description:  Collection contains information on Armstrong World Industries, formerly the Armstrong Cork Company, manufacturers of flooring and building materials. Several items concern military production during World War II. There are histories of the company, management correspondence, policy manuals, blueprints, consumer catalogs, annual reports, and copies of Armstrong Today, an internal magazine. Employee correspondence, convention programs and ephemera, advertising, and news articles were added to the collection in 2007-2008.

Creators:  Armstrong Cork Company (Lancaster, Pa.); Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (Lancaster, Pa.); Dyke, Samuel Eugene, 1900-1985.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Many items were collected by Samuel E. Dyke, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and LancasterHistory.org. Other donors are indicated within the finding aid.

 

Box 1

Folder 1         Company History

Insert 1  Photocopy of article “Trial by Fire,” Armstrong Today, 1985.

Insert 2  Typescript. “The Story of Armstrong.” No date.

Insert 3  Typescript. “Armstrong: A Historical Summary.” 1985.

Insert 4  Booklet. Beginning Our Second Century of Progress, 1860-1960. No date.

Insert 5  Photocopy of “Armstrong: the First 125 Years.” [1985]. Business card of C. Eugene Moore, manager, Corporate Information.

 

Folder 2         History of the Floor Plant: 1908-1980. Published by Armstrong. No date.

Folder 3         The Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1958.

Folder 4         Partners in Business. Compiled and printed for the information of the stockholders of Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1935.

Folder 5         Partners in Business. Compiled and printed for the information of the stockholders of Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1941.

Folder 6         Partners in Business. Compiled and printed for the information of the stockholders of Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1946.

Folder 7         Partners in Business. Compiled and printed for the information of stockholders, business associates, and friends of the Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1955.

Folder 8         Partners in Business. Compiled and printed for the information of stockholders, business associates, and friends of the Armstrong Cork Company. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1958.

Folder 9         Photocopies of blueprint showing factory buildings, warehouses, and railroad tracks. Appl. Sheet 100. November 1917. (2 copies)

Folder 10      Photocopy of blueprint showing factory buildings, research laboratory, railroad tracks, and Posey Iron Works. New sheet 107. 1933.

Folder 11      Manpower Recruiting and Control Program of the Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster, Pa. 1943.

Folder 12      Manpower Utilization Report on Work Simplification. Control Division, Army Service Forces. May 1944.

 

Folder 13      Fourth Naval District, Navy Manpower Survey Committee

Insert 1  General Survey Instructions. 1943.

Insert 2  Appointment of Samuel E. Dyke to survey committee. 2 February 1944.

Travel voucher. 1944.

Insert 3  “Pearson Charges Navy Waste of Manpower,” by Drew Pearson. Philadelphia Record. 8 February 1944. (photocopy)

“Our Navy is Massing Ships and Men into Mightiest Striking Power for Knockout,” by John A. Stevenson. Philadelphia Inquirer. 11 June 1944.

Insert 4  Disclosure of information memorandum from Capt. G. A. Rood to committee members. 7 March 1944.

Insert 5  Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from Capt. G. A. Rood. Letterhead of the Fourth Naval District, District Staff Headquarters, Philadelphia. 22 March 1944.

Letter to Capt. G. A. Rood from Samuel E. Dyke. 28 March 1944.

Carbon copy of letter to Capt. G. A. Rood. 28 March 1944.

Insert 6  Draft of committee report. [1944].

Insert 7  Outline of “Recommendations and Conclusions of District Survey Group and on Phila Navy Yard.” [1944].

Insert 8 “Recommendations and Conclusions of the District Survey Committee on Survey Group “A”’s Report on Phila Navy Yard.” [1944].

Insert 9  Rough draft of comments on the Industrial Department. (2 copies) [1944].

Insert 10  “Recommendations and Conclusions of the District Survey Committee on Survey Group “A”’s Report on Philadelphia Navy Yard.” [1944].

Insert 11  Memorandum to senior member of Navy Manpower Survey Board from Capt. G. A. Rood. Letterhead of Fourth Naval District. 7 April 1944.

Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from H. W. Prentis, Jr. regarding Prentis’ tour of the Wisconsin and a letter by Gerry Denebrink. Letterhead of Armstrong Cork Company, Inter-Office Communication. 2 May 1944.

Insert 12  Final Report of the Navy Manpower Survey Board to the Secretary of the Navy. Vol. 1, Text and Recommendations. Washington, D.C. 28 June 1944.

 

Folder 14      War Production: Armstrong Cork Company. (2 copies) circa 1944.

 

Folder 15      Manufacturing Organizational Manual, Part 1. 1944.

Insert 1  Index, Procedure, Manufacturing General

Insert 2  Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Labor Relations, Essential Wartime Production

Insert 3  Building Materials Production, Beaver Falls Plant, Camden Plant

Insert 4  Gloucester Plant, Pensacola Plant, Philadelphia Plant, South Gate Plant

Insert 5  Floor Production, Lancaster Floor Plant, Essential Wartime Operations, Industrial Engineering

Insert 6  Controller’s Section, Personnel Section, Arrowhead Plant

 

Folder 16      Manufacturing Organizational Manual, Part 2. 1944.

Insert 1  Glass Closure Production, Dunkirk Plant, Lancaster Closure Plant

Insert 2  Millville Plant, Keyport Plant

Insert 3  Industrial Production, Pittsburgh Plant, South Braintree Plant

Insert 4  Munitions Production, Munitions Quality Control, Lancaster Floor Plant, Industrial Engineering, Controller’s Section

Insert 5  Aircraft Operations, Ammunition Operations, Lancaster Closure Shell Case, Beaver Falls Shells

 

Box 2

Folder 17      Munitions Production Planning: Manual of Operation and Control. 1944.

  

Folder 18      War Production

Insert 1  Outline for a paper, prepared by Jack for Samuel E. Dyke. No date.

Insert 2  Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from R. W. Owen asking for advice to make the most of his new position. 12 March 1943.

Insert 3  Memorandum to H. J. Marshall from R. D. Mayhew regarding the recapitulation of munitions operations bonus earnings. [1945].

Insert 4  Memorandum to the Manpower Control Committee from H. T. Hamaker regarding a Manpower Control Report. 28 December 1944.

Insert 5  Clippings from Armstrong Today. 1942, 1944.

Insert 6  “How Armstrong Cork got into WWII Munitions Production,” by Fred J. Daum. The Sunday News. 2 October 1977. With handwritten notes for the article.

Insert 7  Munitions production by plants, significant facts, and employment at several locations. June 1943.

Insert 8  Notes of Armstrong Cork Company production of munitions for May 1940-1945.

Insert 9  List of men who left or were transferred to other jobs from munitions. No date.

 

Folder 19      Organizational chart for production—Aircraft Division. No date.

Folder 20      Armstrong in Aircraft, WWII: Review of Its Tooling History. No date.

 

Folder 21      U.S. Army Shell Operations Control Sheets, Part I

Insert 1  105 M/M M-60

Insert 2  105 M/M M-67

Insert 3  20 M/M M-75

Insert 4  20 M/M M-95

 

Folder 22      U.S. Army Shell Operations Control Sheet, Part II

Insert 1  105 M/M M-60 Adapter

Insert 2  75 M/M M-64 Adapter

Insert 3  Navy Fuse Adapter

Insert 4  Navy Base Fuse Head

Insert 5  3” M 42-A1 Shell

Insert 6  General Data

 

Folder 23      Addresses and history by Samuel E. Dyke

Insert 1  “How to Manage.” No date.

Insert 2  “Let’s Keep and Open Mind.” Speech for the Beaver Falls and Pittsburgh Joint Foremen’s meeting. 23 March 1939.

Insert 3  “Top Management Looks at the Foreman’s Job in the Post War.” [1939].

Insert 4  “Specifications for a Production Executive.” 15 October 1931 and 13 March 1940.

Insert 5  “The New Draft and You.” No date.

Selective Service Questionnaire.

Insert 6  Memorandum to Samuel E. Dyke from E. E. Howard regarding lecture series. 5 May 1942.

Memorandum to Ed Howard from Samuel E. Dyke. 5 May 1942.

“Suggested Comments for Introductory Talk.” 7 May [1942].

“Coordinating Manpower with Operations.” 6 May 1943.

Insert 7  “Absenteeism and Morale.” 1943.

Insert 8  Letter to Henry Marshall from Samuel E. Dyke regarding an upcoming speaking engagement, with corrections to speech. 4 May 1943.

Insert 9  “Outline of Introductory Remarks before Group Meeting of Plant Sub-controllers.” With routing slip. 28 June 1943.

Insert 10  Memorandum to Samuel E. Dyke from S. A. Wrigley asking him to speak at the Supervisors’ Association banquet. 15 March 1944.

Memorandum to Samuel E. Dyke from S. A. Wrigley regarding Supervisors’ Association banquet. 20 March 1944.

Address to the Supervisors’ Association. [1944].

Insert 11  Memorandum to Samuel E. Dyke from E. E. Howard regarding production management training. 24 March 1944.

Note to Mr. Backstrand regarding Samuel E. Dyke’s speech. April 5.

“Production and Employee Pride.” Production Management Group. (2 drafts) 5 April 1944.

Insert 12  List of attendees and newspaper or organization represented for the press tour of Lancaster County AAF war plants. Lists of Armstrong guides for the press tour. List of Armstrong employees attending the Manufacturers’ Association dinner. List of companies visited. 15 September 1944.

Notes about the dinner meeting. September 14.

Samuel E. Dyke’s address on 15 September 1944.

Insert 13  Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from Walter C. Miller regarding the first Church-Business Conference. Letterhead of the Manufacturers’ Association of Lancaster. 13 February 1945.

Insert 14  “A Plan for Better Understanding and Results between Top Management and Foremen.” Presented at the Foremen’s Club meeting. 16 November 1945.

Insert 15  Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from [E. C.] about speaking at a meeting. April 6.

Letter to E. Claxton from [Samuel E. Dyke] about speaking at the Aircraft Welding Research Committee meeting. 7 April 1944.

Memorandum to members of the Welding Research Committee regarding a meeting at the Armstrong Cork Company. [1944].

Memorandum to Samuel E. Dyke from George W. Scott, Jr. regarding the meeting. 1 May 1944.

Program for the meeting. 4-5 May 1944.

Guest list for the meeting. 4-5 May 1944.

“Introductory Talk of Welcome,” by Samuel E. Dyke. 5 May 1944.

 

Folder 24      A History of the Armstrong Cork Company in Peace and War, by J. Clarence McCarthy. No date.


 

 

Box 3

Folder 25      War Production at Armstrong Cork Co., 1940-1945

Insert 1  Letter to Samuel E. Dyke from James B. McMullin about using one of his papers at the Lancaster County Historical Society. 1 January 1981.

Insert 2  “War Production at Armstrong Cork Co., 1940-1945,” by Samuel E. Dyke. No date.

 

Folder 26      Armstrong’s Concealment Materials. Building Materials Division, Lancaster. 1942.

Folder 27      War Contract Pre-Termination Planning. Munitions Division, Lancaster. 1944.

Folder 28      Booklet. “Armstrong Reporting for Duty.” Munitions Division, Lancaster. [1954].

Folder 29      Blueprint for Standardizing Dept. 910. 1954.

Folder 30      Memorandum to W. E. Martin from E. W. Stanley with an outlined Engineering Progress Report for the Shell Shop. 29 March 1963.

 

Folder 31      Research and Development Center

Memorandum to Mr. Anstaett from Elizabeth Bowerman, librarian, regarding the Research and Development Center Library. March 1956.

Informational booklet with floor plan of the library. 1956.

Brochure. “Welcome to the Research and Development Center.” No date.

 

Folder 32      Cork

Cork and Its Uses, by Giles B. Cooke, Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. Reprinted from Journal of Chemical Education, vol. 8, no. 8, August 1931.

Cork: Being the Story of the Origin of Cork, the Processes Employed in Its Manufacture, and Its Varied Uses in the World Today. Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1930.

“Armstrong’s Cork Tile Floors.” Tile Floors Department, Building Materials Division. 1937.

 

Folder 33      Linoleum

Booklet. “The Story of Linoleum.” Floor Division, Lancaster. No date.

The Story of Linoleum: the Evolution of Floors, the Invention of Linoleum, How It is Made and How It is Used. Linoleum Division, Lancaster. 1922.

 

Folder 34      Linoleum sample pattern book. Linoleum Division, Lancaster. No date.

 

Folder 35      

Pattern Book: Armstrong’s Linoleum, Armstrong’s Quaker Rugs and Floor Coverings. Floor Division, Lancaster. 1929.

Wholesale price list. 10 November 1928.

 

Folder 36      Flooring

Label for Coronelle Vinyl Corlon, with pattern number, shade, gauge, and directions. No date.

“Armstrong’s Linotile.” Tile Floors Department, Building Materials Division, Lancaster. 1937.

“Armstrong-Stedman Reinforced Rubber Tile.” Tile Floors Department, Building Materials Division, Lancaster. 1937.

“Accotile Floors.” Tile Floors Department, Building Materials Division, Lancaster. 1937.

 

Folder 37      “Quaker Girl Color Book for Paints and Crayons” with pictures of animals to color, rhymes about the pictures, and information about the new Quaker Rug patterns. 1935. Gift of Harold Bechtold, 1999.

 

Folder 38

Armstrong’s Asphalt Tile Specifications. Floor Division, Lancaster. March 1953.

Armstrong’s Rubber Tile Specifications. Floor Division, Lancaster. April 1953. Gift of Gary Hawbaker, January 2001.

 

Folder 39      Booklet. “How to Build a More Comfortable New Home.” Building Materials Division, Lancaster. 1949. Gift of Harold Bechtold, 1999.

 

Folder 40

Portfolio of Room Interiors, by Hazel Dell Brown. Armstrong Cork Company, Lancaster. 1946. Gift of Harold Bechtold, 1999.

Decorator’s Data Sheet to be submitted to free decoration advice from the Bureau of Interior Decoration, Linoleum Division, Lancaster. No date.

The Attractive Home: How to Plan Its Decoration, by Hazel Dell Brown. Linoleum Division, Lancaster. 1928.

 

Folder 41

Brochure for Armstrong’s Idea House. Lincoln Highway, one mile west of Lancaster. 25 March to 30 September 1953. Gift of Harold Bechtold, 1999.

“A Houseful of Decorating Ideas: A Complete Pictorial Tour of Armstrong’s Idea House.” 1953. Gift of Thomas Kloss, October 2003.

 

Folder 42      “Welcome to Armstrong.” Employee handbook. No date. Gift of Ronald C. Carpenter, May 2006.

 

Folder 43      Salary and Personnel

Insert 1  Memorandum from C. J. Backstrand regarding Organization and control. 26 June 1944.

Manufacturing Salaried Jobs’ Classification List for Floor Production. 15 May 1944.

List of accepted abbreviations. No date.

Memorandum conveying charts.

Manufacturing Salaried Jobs’ Classification List for Munitions Production. 15 May 1944.

Insert 2  Factors for salary classification. 1944.

Insert 3  Reemployment Provisions—Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, as Amended.

Veterans’ Reemployment Problem. 4 May 1944.

Insert 4  Pittsburgh Plant Wartime Organization. 13 September 1943.

Insert 5  Personnel records with names of employees, dates of employment, positions, and plants. 1930-1943.

Insert 6  Position specification for secretary for H. J. Marshall at Lancaster Floor Plant. 31 July 1953.

Insert 7  Salary classification schedule. No date.

Salary rate schedule approved by the War Labor Board. 23 October 1944.

Confidential Salary Administration Data. 1 September 1944. (part of document has been cut out)

Insert 8  Chart. Average Hourly Earnings of Wage Earners: 25 Manufacturing Industries, 1929-1944. National Industrial Conference Board, Inc. 1944.

 

Folder 44 

Condolences from the Committee on Trustees and Honors, Gettysburg College, to the family of J. Donald Glenn. 6 October 1973.

“Company and Employees Share $83,000 Donations to Higher Education.” Armstrong newsletter. John Glenn, retired Assistant Manager of the Armstrong Closure Plant is featured. No date.

 

Folder 45      “To Live and Die for Armstrong,” by Hubert Kay. Reprinted solely for the information of the Armstrong organization. Time, Inc. 1964. Gift of Ronald C. Carpenter, May 2006.

 

Folder 46

Insert 1  Cover letter to the Lancaster County Historical Society from John M. Scheldrup, Manager of Corporate Information. 5 July 1989.

Copy of press release regarding a possible take-over attempt by the Belzberg family of Vancouver, Canada. 5 July 1989.

Insert 2  Photocopies of newspaper articles.

“Armstrong: Integrity Key Weapon,” by Doug Thomas. The Sunday News, Lancaster. 16 July 1989.

“Law Values Armstrong’s ‘Other’ Constituents,” by Doug Thomas. [The Sunday News], Lancaster.. 13 August 1989.

“Miller: Armstrong Takeover a ‘Coin Toss,’” by Doug Thomas. The Sunday News, Lancaster. No date.

 

Folder 47      Cover letter conveying the full text regarding The Industry Network Systems (TINS) lawsuit delivered by William W. Adams, Chairman and President of Armstrong World Industries, Inc. 29 April 1991.

Folder 48      Leaders Digest. Armstrong Cork Company publication with discussions of lasting interest. Lancaster. 1939.

Folder 49      Annual Reports. 1958-1960, 1969.

Folder 50      Annual Reports. 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974.

 

Box 4

Folder 51      Annual Reports. 1976, 1978-1980.

Folder 52      Annual Reports. 1986-1988.

Folder 53      Annual Reports. 1992-1994.

Folder 54      The Armstrong Reporter. Company magazine for employees, retirees, and their families. April 1940, June 1941, December 1941, November 1942.

Folder 55      The Armstrong Reporter. September, October, November 1944.

Folder 56      The Armstrong Reporter. Fall 1961, Fall 1962, 1969 no.2, 1970 no.1, 1971 no.1.

Folder 57      The Reporter. 1977 no.1-2, 1978 no.2-4, 1979 no.1-3.

Folder 58      The Reporter. 1980 no.1-3, 1981 no.1-2, 1982 no.1-2.

Folder 59      The Reporter. 1982 no.3, 1983 no.1-3.

Folder 60      Armstrong Today. Company magazine, title change from The Reporter. 1984 no.1-3, 1985 no.1-4.

Folder 61      Armstrong Today. 1986 no.2, 1987 no.2, 1989 no.1, 1990 no.2-3, 1991 no.1, Spring 1992.

Folder 62      Army-Navy Production Award certificate issued to Mildred M. Rineer. 31 October 1942.

Folder 63      Program for Open House Week. Armstrong Cork Company, Floor Division Plant. Lancaster. 13-17 February 1939. Gift of Juliann Erb, 7 October 2006.

  

Folder 64      Letters to Robert F. McMurtrie, Salesman for the Linoleum Department, from the Armstrong Cork Company. Gift of Christian E. McMurtrie, 7 September 2007.

Insert 1  Letter to Robert in Altoona from D. L. Armstrong regarding an order from Besore Dry Goods Company of Waynesboro and praise for his work. With envelope. 25 February 1921.

Letter to Robert in Altoona from H. W. Prentis, Jr. regarding orders from James McLean & Sons of York and Besore Dry Goods to be billed through Empire Carpet Company and William Campbell, Inc.; praise for his work; a suggestion for completing reports; and mentioning that Mr. Barnes will be spending a week with each of the new salesmen. 26 February 1921.

Letter to Robert in Altoona from H. W. Prentis, Jr. regarding a toothache, inquiring after his health, and praising his work. 8 March 1921.

Insert 2  Letter to Robert in Reading from Sandy regarding an order of Pattern T-40 for Mr. McQuay of Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart of Reading which can be ordered from Gehly Carpet Company of York and praising his work. With envelope. 27 January 1922.

Letter to Robert in Altoona from Sandy regarding the health of Robert’s father and the upcoming Jobbers Convention. With envelope. 22 September 1923.

Letter to Robert on Altoona from H. W. Prentis, Jr. praising his work. With envelope. 19 October 1923.

Insert 3  Letter to Robert in Pittsburgh from H. W. Prentis, Jr. regarding an adjustment for Mr. Coplon of the Walk-On Rug Company in [Scranton] due to a shipping error. With envelope. 11 April 1924.

Letter to Robert in Altoona from Dwight Armstrong regarding orders from Stoehr & Fister in Scranton and the Walk-On Rug Company, and praising his work. With envelope. 20 May 1925.

Letter to Robert in Lancaster from H. W. Prentis, Jr. regarding Robert’s seven year anniversary with the company. With envelope. 17 August 1927.

Insert 4  Letter to Robert in Lancaster from Dwight Armstrong regarding a salary increase. 16 November 1929.

Letter to Robert from C. J. Backstrand regarding Robert’s twelve year anniversary with the company. With envelope. 16 August 1932.

 

Box 5

Folder 65      Letters, news articles to Arthur Barlow, Safety Committee, Armstrong Company. Gift of William Thomas Pfautz, 8 February 2008.

Insert 1  Letter from C. D. Armstrong regarding survey of the plant for guard positions to reduce risk to workmen.  Congratulations on work.  Changes to be made quickly, plant tours to continue at regular intervals.  Hopes precautions will result in fewer accidents.  15 April 1912.

Insert 2  Letter from Alfred Jones regarding July 19 report.  All items to be carried out with exception of two items to be considered further: crowding of freight platform and walls in mixing room.  10 July 1912.

Letter from C. D. Armstrong regarding December 31 report.  Thanks the Committee for work and results and acknowledges the value of safety efforts.  Is satisfied with Committee members but is willing to follow your judgment.  16 January 1913.

Insert 3  Letter from C. D. Armstrong regarding report for 1921.  Congratulates the Committee on efficient work and beneficial results.  Comments on unfortunate accidents, company compensation and benefits of precautions in place.  21 February 1922.

Memorandum from John Evans regarding the Executive Committee Safety Report of 1923.  Agrees that results are not as good as efforts deserve but recognizes the work and results.  26 January 1924.

Insert 4  Letter from C. D. Armstrong regarding the Executive Committee’s 14th Annual Report.  Recognizes the comprehensive and large field the Committee covers.  Congratulates the team on efficiency, interest and savings to the company as well as the health of employees.  20 January 1926.

Memorandum from Alfred Jones regarding suggestion concerning hazards of working in the Inlaid Department.  Referred to the care needed in the selection of men who work on certain operations and the necessity of changing at intervals to prevent injuries.  22 April 1926.

Insert 5  Letter from C. D. Armstrong regarding the 4th Annual Complimentary Dinner of the First Aid Association of Linoleum Division.  Unfortunately, cannot attend.  Compliments and supports the team on their efforts.  Recognizes that awareness, co-operation, and efforts save lives.  7 May 1926.

Letter from John Evans regarding the 15th Annual Report of Executive Committee of Safety dated January 1927.  Interesting report.  Remembers when the Committee was first beginning and the difficulty arousing interest.  Compares conditions then to present day and congratulates on progress.  2 February 1927.

Insert 6  Letter from Charles Armstrong regarding dinner Saturday, April 23 at the Hotel Brunswick for the First Aid Association.  Not able to say if he will be attending.  Expresses appreciation for work they do and feels grateful for work and assistance men do which my save a life and alleviate pain and suffering.  Believes this noble work must give great satisfaction to those involved.  13 April 1927.

Letter from D. L. Armstrong regarding meeting at the Brunswick Hotel of the First Aid Association.  Had hoped to be present but is on an extended trip out west.  Recognizes the 46 graduates who have passed the examination test.  Talks about Armstrong’s goal to provide adequate safety to workers.  Offers best wishes to the graduates.  28 April 1928.

Insert 7  Letter from H. G. Smith regarding various matters.  Appointment of dental representative has not been made but is confident Dr. Groff will receive consideration.  Discusses several books including Woollcott’s “Second Reader”, “First Reader,” “An American Doctor’s Odyssey,” and “The Life and Death of a Spanish Town.”  Comments on privation, suffering, and injustice on a small island off the coast of Spain.  He and his wife leave for Belleair, Florida on February 11.  25 January 1938.

Letter from Hugh Clark regarding a note received.  Thanks him for his thoughtfulness.  He and his wife are heading for Atlantic City for several days and will see him upon their return.  12 April 1938.

Obituary Notice of Hugh Clark.  No date.

 

Folder 66      Biography, news articles and certificate of naturalization for Arthur Barlow. Gift of William Thomas Pfautz, 8 February 2008.

Insert 1  One page biography of Arthur Barlow.  Description of job history from age 13 in Manchester, England and Dundee, Scotland.  Arrival in U.S. in 1907 with wife, Faith Taylor, and six children.  Arrived with Charles Frederick Humphreys, James Buckley, Johns Barnet and Thomas Simecock.

Insert 2  Three articles honoring Arthur Barlow’s retirement.  21 January 1936.

One article honoring two Lancastrians with Appreciation Certificates from the American Red Cross for dedication and service.

One article recognizing Aviation Cadet William F. Pfautz on receiving silver wings of a pilot.

Insert 3  Receipt to Arthur Barlow from Charles Baker, Attorney at Law, in the amount of $5.00.  14 May 1910.

Certificate of Naturalization for Arthur Barlow.  14 October 1913.

Copy of Naturalization List containing Arthur Barlow’s name.  14 October 1913.

 

Folder 67  New Era Morning Journal articles about Armstrong employees and products. Gift of William Thomas Pfautz, 8 February 2008.

Insert 1  Pamphlet of The Armstrong Wholesaler.  January-February 1936.

Insert 2  Article on the untimely death of Dwight Ludden Armstrong.  1944.

Insert 3  Newspaper advertisement for Armstrong products and celebrating the 75th anniversary.  14 February 1984.

 

Folder 68  Armstrong Wholesale Distributors Conventions

Insert 1  Eighteenth Annual Convention of Wholesaler Distributors Program.  3-4 January 1936. Gift of M. Eugene Hannum, 1 November 2007.

Insert  2  26th Annual Convention Wholesale Distributors of The Armstrong Line Program.  18-19 December 1947. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 3  26th Annual Banquet program, part of the 26th Annual Floor Division Wholesalers Convention at the Hotel Brunswick.  Gracie Fields was the entertainer.  18 December 1947. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

 

Folder 69  The Armstrong Reporter magazine containing articles about the Second Annual Convention Wholesale Distributors.  July 1949. Gift of M. Eugene Hannum, 1 November 2007.

 

Folder 70  Armstrong Wholesale Distributors Conventions. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Thirty-fifth Annual Convention, Wholesaler Distributors of the Armstrong Line Program.  11-12 December 1956.

Insert 2  Thirty-sixth Annual Convention Program for Wholesale Distributors.  3-4 December 1957.

Insert 3  49th Annual Convention Wholesale Distributors, Armstrong Floor Division Line, welcome pamphlet.  Held in Atlanta, Georgia.  January 1971.

Insert 4  Riding High,” Fifty-second Convention, Armstrong Floor Division, Wholesale Distributors welcome brochure and program for convention.  3-5 December 1973.

“Riding High,” Armstrong Cork Company Floor Division Wholesaler Salesman Merchandising Meeting Program.  7-8 December 1973.

 

Folder 71  Armstrong 50th Convention Materials. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  50th Convention guest list of wholesalers.  5-7 December 1971.

Insert 2  50th Convention guest list of wives, excluding speaker’s wives.  December 1971.

 

Folder 72  Armstrong 50th Convention Materials. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Ladies packet and schedule of events.  December 1971.

Insert 2  Thank you note from Anne Tafel to Dawn (Mrs. George Johnston). No date.

Insert 3  50th Convention Ladies’ Registration List including Armstrong Executive staff and wives.  December 1971.

Insert 4  50th Convention Ladies’ Registration List including Armstrong Executives and wives.  December 1971.

 

Folder 73  Armstrong 50th Convention Materials. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  50th Convention Wholesaler Packet and transportation schedule.  5-7 December 1971.

Insert 2  50th Convention Daily programs for Monday and Tuesday.  6-7 December 1971.

Insert 3  50th Convention brochures.  The Brothers and Sisters and Miss Jeanne Steel at the Fulton Opera House program brochure.  First Thing Monday Morning new product showcase.  6-7 December 1971.

Insert 4  50th Convention list of Wholesaler Guests and Ladies Registration List.  5-7 December 1971.

 

Folder 74  Armstrong Press Releases, Newspaper Articles, and Brochures. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Armstrong Information Service press release regarding the 50th Anniversary Floor Convention.  December 1971.

Insert 2  “Commemorative Coin Minted for Armstrong Wholesalers,” The Sunday News.  5 December 1971.

“Entertainment Delights Armstrong Distributors,” Intelligencer Journal, regarding the concert by Jeanne Steele.  7 December 1971.

Insert 3  “Mystery Guest For Armstrong,” Intelligencer Journal, regarding the surprise guest, Astronaut Neil Armstrong, at the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

 “1st Man on Moon Visits Lancaster,” Intelligencer Journal, regarding Neil Armstrong’s attendance at the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Insert 4   “Matamoros Sees Surge in National Economy,” Intelligencer Journal,  regarding Armstrong’s vice president and chief economist, A.G. Matamoros outlook on home building.  8 December 1971.

“Carpet Wise,” Home Furnishings Daily, review of the 50th Convention by Jack Cox.  10 December 1971.

Newspaper article, “Armstrong Unit Convention is Optimistic About 1972.” No date.

Insert 4  Two copies of The Digest published by Armstrong.  December 1971.

Armstrong Relay article regarding the new carpet named “Prodigy.”  January 1971.

 

Folder 75  Armstrong 50th Convention Schedules and Materials. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Fulton Opera House Seating Plan and the transportation schedule.  5-7 December 1971.

Insert 2  Personalized invitation to Dawn (Mrs. George Johnston) and a general invitation.  5 November 1971.

Insert 3  Letters to Mrs. Tingle and Miss Kutsop following up on the invitation to the 50th Convention.   5 November 1971.

Insert 4  Interoffice Communication to R. C. Croessant from G. F. Johnston regarding the an estimated total of attendees to the 50th Convention. 18 November 1971.

Insert 5  Follow-up letter and RSVP card to the Wholesaler and Special  and invitees as well as the Speaker’s wives of the 50th Convention.  20-21 November 1971.

Insert 6  Interoffice Communication from the Convention Committee to various employees regarding seating arrangements and the Fulton Opera House seating plan.  1 December 1971.

Insert 7  Letter to Benjamin Iannone from J.P. Hill, Marketing Manager confirming attendance at the Cocktail Reception and Buffet at the Hamilton Club.  4 December 1971.

Insert 8  Welcome letter to the attendees of the 48th Annual Convention and the 50th Convention.  key Events Schedule.  5 December 1971.

Insert 9  The Hamilton Club of Lancaster banquet memo worksheets.  Arrangements made by Mrs. G. F. Johnston.  5 December 1971.

 

Folder 76  Armstrong 50th Convention Magazine Ads, and Thank You Letters. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Ad commemorating Armstrong floor coverings.  No date.

Insert 2  Thank you letter from Russell Stabern to George Johnston.  8 November 1971.

Interoffice communication from H. C. Bond, Jr. to G. F. Johnston regarding the help from Bob Olsen in getting the Fulton Theater scheduling squared away.  7 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Bill Reusswig of Albany Linoleum and Carpet to George Johnston.  8 December 1971.

Insert 3  Interoffice communication from R. H. Caldwell to G. F. Johnston thanking George for inviting him to the convention.  8 December 1971.

Interoffice communication from J. W. Wilkinson to G. F. Johnston thanking George for being the recipient of a commemorative coin in honor of the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Newton J. Krabbe, J. J. Haines & Company, to George for the great time at the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Thank you letter from C. Jordan Vail, Albany Linoleum and Carpet, to George for the hospitality at the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Insert 4  Thank you letter from Morris A. Cox, Volker Home Furnishings, to George for the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Letter from Edgar A. Yale, Armstrong, to George congratulating the gang for a superb performance at the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Edward H. Rose, Raymond Rosen & Co., to George thanking him for the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Don Goldstrom to George for the invitation to the convention.  No date.

Insert 5  Thank you letter from R. A. Siegel, The R. A. Siegel Company, to George for the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Jo Larry to George for the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Elaine Rosen to Dawn and George for the 50th Convention.  Postmarked 9 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Edward W. Stanley to George regarding the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Insert 6  Thank you and congratulation letter from Curtis N. Painter to George regarding the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Thank you and congratulation letter from Robert C. Gillander, Cain & Bultman, Inc., to George regarding the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Wid J. Prater, Volker Home Furnishings, to George regarding the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Paul Tafel, Jr., Tafel Electric and Supply Company, to George regarding the 50th Convention.  9 December 1971.

Insert 7  Interoffice communication from E. C. Fearnow, to G. F. Johnston, congratulation George on the 50th Convention.  10 December 1971.

Thank you letter from G. G. Voith, The R. A. Siegel Company, to George regarding the 50th Convention.  10 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Mrs. Levin A. Slege to George regarding the 50th Convention.  11 December 1971.

Thank you letter from A. B. Strickler, Jr. to George regarding the 50th Convention.  13 December 1971.

Insert 8  Thank you letter from K. Sondifer to George regarding the 50th Convention.  13 December 1971.

Thank-U-Gram from Mickey Walker to George for the great 50th Convention.  No date.

Interoffice communication from J. J. Aungst, Armstrong, to R. D. Gates regarding a copy of a letter from Vic Menfee concerning the convention.  14 December 1971.

Letter to John Aungst from Vic Menefee regarding the great job done for the 50th Convention.  8 December 1971.

Insert 9  Interoffice communication from C.A. Carmichael, Armstrong, to George regarding the 50th Convention.  15 December 1971.

Thank you letter from Mrs. Edmond D. Henley to George regarding the 50th Convention.  15 December 1971.

Letter from Peter Stewart, The Stewart Company, to George thanking him on the 50th Convention.  7 December 1971.

Letter from G. F. Johnston to Peter Stewart, The Peter Stewart Company, responding to his letter and comments of 7 December 1971.  16 December 1971.

Insert 10  Letter from Walter and Elizabeth Bosserman, Jr. thanking George for the invitation to the 50th Convention.  Sunday, 1971.

Letter from R. P. Casper, Ohio Plate Glass Company, to George for the 50th Convention invitation.  14 December 1971.

Letter from M. Lee Marston, J. J. Haines & Company, to George thanking him for the wonderful time at the 50th Convention.  14 December 1971.

Letter from Frank Cabell, Cabell Electric Company, to George thanking him for a wonderful 50th Convention.  28 December 1971.

Insert 11  Christmas card from Marilyn to George.  No date.

Christmas card from Jerry and Gee Gee to George and Dawn.  No date.

Thank you note from Marcia Kreyling to George for the invitation to the 50th Convention.  No date.

Thank you card from Harriet Gilbert to George thanking him for the invitation to the 50th Convention.  No date.

 

Folder 77  Armstrong Fashion Center Merchandising First Convention. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Invitation and RSVP card to the First Floor Fashion Center Merchandising Convention.  11-13 February 1973.

Insert 2  First Floor Fashion Center Merchandising Convention Welcome and Program.  11-13 February 1973.

 

Folder 78  Armstrong Floor Division Conventions. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  48th Floor Division Convention Welcome titled “In The Year 1971.”  7-8 December 1969.

Armstrong Floor Division Organization Chart.  14 March 1969.

Insert 2  Communication to Wholesale Salesmen regarding the article in Modern Floor Coverings about resilient flooring.  March 1973.

Copy of Modern Floor Coverings with resilient flooring article.  January 1973.

Insert 3  Edition of Armstrong Logic, Volume 50, Number 2.  March 1973.

Edition of Armstrong Sign of the Times, Volume 2, Number 1.  Spring 1973.

Insert 4  Edition of Armstrong Logic.  December 1972-January 1973.

 

Folder 79  The Armstrong Reporter. January 1978. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

 

Folder 80  Magazine and Newspaper Articles. Gift of George F. Johnston, 1 November 2007.

Insert 1  Article from Armstrong Logic about the 30,000th graduate.  March 1969.

Letter from B. R. Funsten & Company employees regarding the 49th Annual Convention in San Francisco.  First convention held out of Lancaster, post WWII.  9 February 1971. 

Insert 2  Article from Floor Covering Weekly regarding “The Age of Function”  address to the National Association of Floor Covering Institute.  10 April 1972.

Article from Floor Covering Weekly regarding the first Armstrong retailer convention focused on floor fashion center.

Insert 3  Article from Lancaster New Era by Tim Mekeel, “Armstrong Demolition Nearly Done.”  12 July 2007.

Article from Lancaster New Era by Bernard Harris, “Armstrong Flooring Demise Retold.”  21 August 2007.

Article from Lancaster New Era by Jack Brubaker, “Armstrong’s Golden Age as Told by Those Who Created It.”  24 August 2007.

Insert 4  Letter from Bob Frey to George F. Johnston regarding newspaper articles and George’s suggested book.  26 August 2007.

Article from Sunday News by Jo-Ann Greene reviewing the book, How Armstrong Floored America.  26 August 2007.

Article from Sunday News by guest author Bill Adams regarding Armstrong.  2 September 2007.

 

Box 6

Folder 81  Trademarks and Certificates of Registration. Acquired in 2008.

Insert 1  Invoice showing Armstrong Bro. and Co. trademark, “Cork Tree.” Manufacturers and wholesale dealers in machine-cut corks. Pittsburgh. 1870.

Trademark of Armstrong Bro. & Co. Cork and cork articles. 1889.

Insert 2  Certificate of registration of trademark for bottle and prescription corks made by Armstrong Cork Company, Pittsburgh. Application number 55475. Filed 1905, granted 1906.

Renewal of certificate of registration,  to expire in 1926. 1906.

Document showing trademark. 1906.

Statement and declaration from the United States Patent Office. 1906.

Sample of trademark glued to certificate. (Circle A)

Insert 3  Certificate of registration for trademark for linoleum made by Armstrong Cork Company, Pittsburgh. Application number 94859. Filed 1913, granted 1914.

Statement and declaration from the United States Patent Office. 1914.

Sample of trademark glued to certificate. (Circle A)

Insert 4  Certificate of registration for trademark for linoleum and felt-based floor coverings made by Armstrong Cork Company, Pittsburgh. Application number 230733. Filed 1927, granted 1927.

Statement from the United States Patent Office. 1927.

Sample of trademark glued to certificate. (Quaker Girl)

Insert 5  Certificate of registration for trademark for linoleum and felt-based floor coverings made by Armstrong Cork Company, Pittsburgh. Application number 231720. Filed 1927, granted 1927.

Statement from the United States Patent Office. 1927.

Sample of trademark glued to certificate. (“Quaker”)

Insert 6  Certificate of registration for trademark for linoleum, cork carpet, and felt-based floor coverings made by Armstrong Cork Company, Pittsburgh. Application number 247581. Filed 1928, granted 1928.

Certificate of renewal. 1948.

Statements from the United States Patent Office. 1928, 1948.

Sample of trademark glued to certificate. (Circle A over “Armstrong’s”)

Insert 7  Certificate of registration for trademark for architectural wall panels.

 

Folder 82  The Armstrong Reporter. Contains an article on the history of the company, “Pioneer in Cork—Thomas M. Armstrong: An Address by H. W. Prentis, Jr., Commemorating the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Armstrong Cork Company.” April 1950. Gift of Norman J. Hoffman, May 2009.

 

Folder 83-88  Details need to be typed

Folder 89  Sheet music. “Sweet Quaker Maid,” words and music by James L. Knipe. Introduced by the Armstrong Quartet at the Eleventh Annual Convention of Armstrong Jobbers. “He’s Cuckoo (He’s a Member of the Koo Koo Klan),” words and music by James L. Knipe. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Linoleum Division, Lancaster. 1927. (2 copies)

Gift of James L. Knipe. Used in the Quaker Follies of 1927. Armstrong Cork Company had recently adopted the Quaker Girl trademark for its Felt Base Rugs and the theme of the show was built around this trademark. Sheet music for the other numbers used in the show should be in the Armstrong archives.

 

Raw Material souvenir program and song folio. Produced by Arthur K. Barnes; staged by J. C. McCarthy; music and lyrics by James L. Knipe. Performed at the Fulton Opera House for Armstrong Wholesalers on 10 November 1928 and for the public, sponsored by the Lancaster Advertisers’ Club to raise funds for charity on 12 November 1928. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Floor Division, Lancaster. 1928. Gift of James L. Knipe.

Folder 90  Sheet music. “Sweet Quaker Maid,” words and music by James L. Knipe. Introduced by the Armstrong Quartet at the Eleventh Annual Convention of Armstrong Jobbers. . “He’s Cuckoo (He’s a Member of the Koo Koo Klan),” words and music by James L. Knipe. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Linoleum Division, Lancaster. 1927. Gift of Charles F. Nestel, April 2000.

Sheet music. “He’s Cuckoo (He’s a Member of the Koo Koo Klan),” words and music by James L. Knipe. Successfully introduced at the Eleventh Annual Convention of Armstrong Jobbers by “Koo Koos” Art Barnes and Earl Grosh. . Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Linoleum Division, Lancaster. 1927. Gift of Charles F. Nestel, April 2000.

Raw Material souvenir program and song folio. Produced by Arthur K. Barnes; staged by J. C. McCarthy; music and lyrics by James L. Knipe. Published by Armstrong Cork Company, Floor Division, Lancaster. 1928. Gift of Charles F. Nestel, April 2000.

Folder 91  “Semi-Annual Report of Operations to the Employees of the Armstrong Cork Company.” 30 June 1937.

 

 

Oversized Box 1

 

Blueprints. First and second floor designs for Hager-Fox Home Center Kitchen Displays in Lansing, Michigan. [Designed by Carol L. Morgan.] Job no. 03995. Scale: layout 1/4” = 1’0”; enlargement 1/2” = 1’0”. Armstrong Bureau of Interior Design. 13 August 1965. Gift of Carol L. Morgan, 18 August 2008.

 

Broadside advertising Armstrong’s Country Cottage vinyl flooring, showing Country Cottage 82281. Printed in the United States, F-3749-791. No date. Gift of Abe Rudisill, 17 December 2007.

 

Reprint of “To Live and Die for Armstrong,” by Hubert Kay, Fortune Magazine, March 1964. “Reprint solely for the information of the Armstrong Corporation. printed by Time, Inc. First image, in mosaic, is of Abe Rudisill. Letter to Armstrong employees from M. J. Warnock, president of Armstrong Cork Company, regarding the Fortune Magazine article. 2 April 1964. Gift of Abe Rudisill, 17 December 2007.

 

Advertisements for “Sculptured Page” Solarian flooring. FA-189-P. (2 copies) To appear in listed magazines in May, June, July 1989. Gift of Abe Rudisill, 17 December 2007.

 

Framed advertisement for Armstrong linoleum from The Ladies’ Home Journal. “Are the floors in this old Manor House more modern than your own?” Images of and information about Armstrong Manor in Lancaster with an invitation to visit. August 1925. Gift of David W. and Anitra Archer, 12 February 2008.

 

Scrapbook Please make an appointment with the archivist for viewing.

Corsair Planes Production, March 1942- February 1944. James W. Grove, compiler. Now known as Armstrong World Industries, Armstrong Cork Company helped the war effort during World War II. Armstrong had a plant solely dedicated to the development of parts for Corsair Fighter Planes. James W. Grove worked for Armstrong and aided in the production of airplane parts including fins, Curtiss stabilizers, rudders, bulkheads, wing tips and other detail parts. The airplane plant created these parts that were used to create the Corsair Fighter planes for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps pilots. This scrapbook includes magazine articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, telegrams and correspondence.

 

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