Wachusett Community College
444 Green Street
Gardner, MA 01440
Web site: www.mwcc.edu
hours: Mon.-Thu. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; some evening
hours during fall and spring semesters
for the disabled: Americans with Disabilities Act accessible; handicapped
Holdings: Over 6,000 items/more than 110 cubic feet
Description: Joseph Carr Collection
are materials of Joseph Carr, furniture designer for Heywood-Wakefield
Company, given to MWCC by Mr. Carr’s family. Date range of items
is 1936, when Mr. Carr began work at Heywood-Wakefield, to 1992. Heywood-Wakefield
closed in 1979, but Mr. Carr did free-lance design work from his home
for other local companies, including S. Bent and George Bent.
largest part of the collection is 3,500 design drawings and sketches.
Most are Mr. Carr’s, but a small number are by other designers
of the 1930s-1950s, including Leo Jiranek, Count Alexis de Saknoffsky
and Ernest Hermann.
are approximately 500 furniture catalogs and approximately 500
catalogs of hardware and accessories.
are 300-400 magazines and newspaper clippings, many with notes
by Mr. Carr.
are approximately 1,000 photographs and photomechanicals, both
black and white and color. Most are black and white photo stills for
Heywood-Wakefield. There are also color prints from S. Bent and George
are approximately 100 file folders from Mr. Carr’s office
files, with correspondence, specification sheets, drawings, notes,
and price sheets.
There are also about 300 hardware and 550 wooden samples in this collection.