Heywood Memorial Library
55 West Lynde Street
Gardner, MA 01440-3810
Gail P. Landy, Director
Hours: Mon. & Wed. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tues., Thu. & Fri. 9 a.m.-5
p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Seasonal Hours: June, July & August: Closed Saturdays
Services for the Disabled: Americans with Disabilities Act accessible; handicapped
Local History Room
Contact: Pam Meitzler, Local History Cataloguer
Holdings: 1.5 linear feet of Heywood-Wakefield Shop News; 12 linear feet
of furniture catalogs; 11 linear feet of bound ledgers, account books,
letters and minutes; approximately 18 linear feet of photographs and negatives;
approximately 6 linear feet of other documents
Heywood-Wakefield Company Archives—
This collection includes many furniture catalogs and price lists, beginning in
1826 with Walter Heywood, and continuing with other Heywood partners, until 1979.
There is an extensive group of catalogs and pricelists from the 1800s. Catalog
subjects include rattan furniture; baby carriages; high chairs; children’s
furniture; bus and train seating; cane, wood and leather seat chairs; living
room, dining room and bedroom furniture; institutional furniture; mats and matting;
outdoor furniture; public seating; and school furniture. Furniture designers
include Joseph Carr, Ernest Herrmann, Carl Otto, Jan Knudren, Wells Squier, Count
Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, Leo Jiranek, and John Van Koert.
are also seventeen bound volumes of Heywood-Wakefield’s “Shop
News,” covering the years 1936-1950 and 1961-1974. There is one
box of “Shop News” issues that are not bound; these are
are 16 hinged boxes (most are 11” X 14” by 3 ½ “)
of documents and photographs. Three of these boxes contain documents,
news articles, contracts, correspondence, designs, and account books.
Three contain patents. These boxes range in dates from 1843-1926.
The other ten boxes contain photographs. Many of the photographs show
furniture being made; some are of factory buildings and people in various
departments of the company, and company events. Many of the photographs
appeared in issues of “Shop News.” In addition, there are
about 6 record boxes of slides, photographs and negatives from the 1960s.
There are also films of company events from the 1930s. Most of the later
photographs were taken by Norm Wironen.
are also catalogs from some of Heywood-Wakefield’s competitors.
Gardner-area catalogs include: several of Gem Crib & Cradle and
Gem Industries; George Bent mailer; Kelly Brothers illustrated catalog,
1907; Rousseau Brothers catalog, 1965; S. Bent catalogs and mailers;
Temple-Stuart catalog, 1965; Thayer catalog, 1966. There are photocopies
of catalogs of Gem Babyland, 1939; S. K. Pierce, 1915-1916; Thayer
price list, 1954; and George C. Winchester catalog (sometime after
1868; original is in storage).
Collections are available for viewing by appointment. The Local History
Room is open limited hours. Some collections are not accessible.
Copying: Some materials may be copied, with permission of local history
Loans: No loans permitted
Finding Guides Available: There are index cards which describe the furniture catalogs,
index cards filed by subject for the photographs, and a printed description of
the documents in the hinged boxes.