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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Archival Collections
Furniture Industry Archives ➔ Archival Collection #076 - John J. Gryga Furniture Design Collection

Identifier:
1994.84.1
Description:
Archive Collection #076 - John J. Gryga Furniture Design Collection contains books, periodicals and trade literature on furniture and Grand Rapids furniture companies. Many examples in the collection are furniture pieces designed by John J. Gyrga, an independent furniture designer and furniture construction engineer active in Wisconsin and Michigan between 1916-1967 He was known for his work in Grand Rapids with John Widdicomb, Kindel, and Berkey and Gay. The collection spans the period of time he worked in Michigan between 1926-59.

An addition was made to this archival collection in 2002 (accession number 2002.82.1). New materials include: books from Gryga's design library; Tear Sheets of Grand Rapids furniture manufacturers, for which Gryga may or may not have designed; Tear Sheets for non-Grand Rapids furniture companies, for which Gryga may or may not have designed; Periodical reprints of articles about Baker Furniture; Photocopies of biographical information and correspondence of John Gryga. This information strengthens the existing archival collection. It provides insight into the matierals used for reference by one furniture designer, and shows the types of furniture he designed. Ms. Flierl is the executor for the estate of Clara Dominiak Gryga, wife of John Gryga, compiler and creator of this collection.

A full listing of the contents of this collection can be found in the finding aid that is attached to the media section of this catalog entry.
Date:
late 1920s - late 1950s
Materials:
Paper
Source:
Gift Of Clara Dominiak Gryga;Gift of Ann Flierl
Rights:

Makers/Donors
John J Gryga
John J. Gyrga was an independent furniture designer and furniture construction engineer active in Wisconsin and Michigan between 1916-1967 He was known for his work in Grand Rapids with John Widdicomb, Kindel, and Berkey and Gay. Eventually his talents led him to the Wisconsin Chair Company in Port Washington. From 1933 to 1954, when the business closed down. Gryga designed wood furniture pieces, with special emphasis on dining room furniture. 

Flierl, Ann
Ms. Flierl is the executor for the estate of Clara Dominiak Gryga, wife of furniture designer John Gryga.