Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Contemporary House Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Contemporary House
Title: Contemporary House Records
Dates: 1941-1970s
Accession No.: MA99-6
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Background

The Contemporary House was a furniture store founded by Ethel Gene Pilley and Greta Stogsdill in 1949. Ms. Pilley and Ms. Stogsdill founded the store with money borrowed from friends and acquaintances after they had difficulty finding contemporary style furniture for a house they had built together in 1941. The business grew into a multimillion dollar enterprise.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of letters, some legal documents and brochures pertaining to Contemporary House business. There is also a legal document explaining ownership of the house owned by Ms. Pilley and Ms. Stogsdill

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Pilley, Ethel Gene
Stogsdill, Greta
Contemporary House
Dallas (Tex.)
Contemporary House Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA99-6 Contemporary House Records, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

These records were found in the Dallas Public Library's transfer center. It appears that these were collected by either the founders of Contemporary House of a family member.

Processing Information

Processed by Sharon Perry Martin

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence

Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence with Neiman Marcus

Box Folder
1 3 Brochures

Box Folder
1 4 Photographs