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Manuscript Group 152

Waterman's Floor Covering

Records, 1950-1976
17 cubic feet


The records of the Waterman's Floor Covering store were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Clyde M. Waterman in May 1988. They were processed by Judith Nielsen between June and August 1989.

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF CLYDE MAHLON WATERMAN

Clyde Mahlon Waterman was born in DesLacs, North Dakota on August 28, 1913. Following his graduation from Nampa (Idaho) High School in 1932 he worked at Standard Furniture in Nampa. When World War II began he moved to Hanford, Washington where he was employed at the Atomic Energy Plant as an asbestos worker. Following completion of the plant he opened a floor covering store in Kennewick, Washington, in partnership with Douglas Jensen. That partnership was dissolved on July 1, 1950, and on August 11 of the same year Clyde, in partnership with his wife, Violet Marie, whom he had married in Nampa in May 1938, opened Waterman's Floor covering at 125 West Third in Moscow, Idaho. The store remained at that location until 1961 when it moved to 125 East Third.

Prior to his retirement in 1976 Clyde was a Cub Master in Boy Scouts, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the United Way Fund. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Lions Club.

Since retirement the Watermans have spent winters in Arizona where he is active in lapidary and silver smithing. He also enjoys bicycling and swimming. Summers are spent in Moscow and their cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The Watermans have two children, Clyde Eugene, who took over the floor covering business from his father, and Linda Rae.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records of Waterman's Floor Covering span the years 1950 to 1976, while the small collection of personal papers of Clyde and Vi Waterman span the years 1947-1983.

The papers include 11 cubic feet of records of jobs completed between 1951 and 1975, various types of financial records, inventories, business correspondence, legal documents and photographs. Among the personal papers are some financial records, Coast Guard boating information, correspondence, photographs, and bowling memorabilia.

Ledgers from the years 1954 to 1961 are missing from the collection, in fact, there are gaps in several types of financial records.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The material in this manuscript group was originally stored in transfer drawers by year. During the preliminary inventory it was decided to sort the material by record type, then arrange each type chronologically.

The major part of this collection consists of records of jobs completed between 1951 and 1975. These are arranged first chronologically by year, then by first letter of the last name of the person for whom the work was done. Included for each job are estimate sheets, plans and drawings, and cost sheets which indicate the wholesale and retail costs of the material used, and frequently include the Waterman's profit on the job.

The financial records include check registers, bank deposit books, general ledgers, accounts payable ledgers, daily cash reports, payroll records, records of contributions to the Painters Trust (a union), sales and property tax records, and inventories of merchandise.

Other business records include correspondence, mainly with suppliers, legal documents including the dissolution of the Kennewick partnership, and a few photographs of the store interior.

Also included in this group are some personal papers of Clyde and Vi Waterman. These include undated check registers, bowling memorabilia such as chevrons and merit certificates, programs from two Nampa High School reunions, Coast Guard boating information, insurance policies, medical receipts, unidentified photographic negatives, interest and dividend statements, state and federal income tax records, and property tax records from Latah and Benewah Counties in Idaho and Maricopa County, Arizona.

Types of material discarded include bank statements and cancelled checks, bank deposit slips, employee time cards, sales slips, and invoices. In all the records were reduced by 40 cubic feet.

SERIES LIST

Containers

I. Jobs Completed, 1951-1975 1-11

II. Financial Records, 1950-1976 11-17

III. Other Business Papers, 1950-1972 17

IV. Personal Papers, 1947-1983 17

INVENTORY

WATERMAN'S FLOOR COVERING

Box Folder Description Items

I. Jobs Completed, 1951-1975

1	1	A-Z, 1951-1952	162
	2	Edison School, 1951-1952	11
	3	State Hospital, Orofino, 1951-1952	23
	4	Jobs Pending, 1951	9
	5	University of Idaho Bids, 1951-1952	35
	6	A-Z, 1953	113
	7	University of Idaho Bids and Purchase Orders, 1953	23
	8	A-Z, 1954	188
	9	A-Z, 1955	137
	10	University of Idaho Men's Dormitory, 1953-1955	12
	11-15	A-Z, 1956	236
	15--20	A-Z, 1957	218
	21	University of Idaho Purchase Orders, 1955-1957	36
	22-24	A-Z, 1958	142
	25-31	A-Z, 1959	235
	32	University of Idaho 50 man Dormitory, 1958-1959	6
	33	Moscow Secondary School, 1958-1959	12
2	34-40	A-Z, 1960	280
	41	Administration Building, University of Idaho, 1960	12
	42-43	Jobs Pending, 1960	58
	44-51	A-Z, 1961	327
	52	Jobs Pending, 1961	30
	53-56	A-L, 1962	219
3	57-60	M-Z, 1962	180
	61	Jobs Pending, 1962	45
	62-70	A-Z, 1963	417
	71	University of Idaho Purchase Orders, 1960-1963	102
	72	Jobs Pending, 1963	76
	73-77	A-K, 1964	260
4	78-81	L-Z, 1964	230
	82	Jobs Pending, 1964	77
	83	Paid Contracts, 1963-1964	3
	84-93	A-Z, 1965	451
	94	University of Idaho Purchase Orders	23
5	95-109	A-Z, 1966	462
	110	University of Idaho Purchase Orders, 1966	31
	111-115	A-F, 1967	155
6	116-122	G-Z, 1967	318
	123	University of Idaho Purchase Orders, 1967-1978	73
	124-135	A-Z, 1968	449
7	136-144	A-Z, 1969	482
	145	University of Idaho Purchase Orders and Quotations, 1969	25
	146-149	A-G, 1970	167
8	150-156	H-Z, 1970	278
	157	University of Idaho Quotations, 1970	25
	158	Current Contracts, 1968-1969	20
	159-168	A-R, 1971	355
9	169-171	S-Z, 1971	90
	172-183	A-Z, 1972	565
	184-185	A-B, 1973	84
10	186-195	C-Z, 1973	390
	196-203	A-J, 1974	250
11	204-210	K-Z, 1974	254
	211	University of Idaho Purchase Orders, 1974-1975	66

II. Financial Records, 1950-1976

	212	Bank Deposit Books, 1950-1976	7
	213-239	Check Registers, 1950-April 1960	27
12	240-302	Check Registers, April 1960-March 1972	63
13	303-324	Check Registers, March 1972-December 1976	22
	324-331	General Ledgers, 1950-1973	7
14	332-334	General Ledgers, 1974-1976	3
	335-340	Invoices Payable Ledgers, 1961-1973	6
	341-342	Cash Journals, 1954-1957	2
	343-353	Accounts Receivable/Payable Journals, 1957-1968	11
15	354-376	Daily Cash Report Sheets, 1950-1962	23
16	377-392	Daily Cash Report Sheets, 1964-1967	16
	393-404	Daily Cash and Sales Summaries, 1969-1974	1690
17	405-407	Daily Cash and Sales Summaries, 1975-1976	323
	408	Daily Cash Balances, 1974-1975	1
	409	Balance Sheets, 1958-1969	8
	410	Insurance Records, 1957-1976	10
	411	Painters Trust Contribution Records, 1964-1974	108
	412	Painters Trust Correspondence, 1970-1975	12
	413	Payroll Records, 1970-1975	6
	414	Promissory Notes and Loan Records, 1952-1974	13
		Taxes
	415	Idaho License and Unemployment, 1972-1974	3
	416	Idaho Property, 1951-1973	2
	417	Idaho Sales and Use, 1965-1975	95
	418	Washington Excise, 1957	4
	419	U.S. Estimated, 1966-1967	10
	420	U.S. Census of Business, 1972	1
	421	Union Membership Statements, 1971-1972	2
	422-425	Inventories, 1953-1976	14
	426	Other Financial Papers, 1964-1975	9

III. Other Business Papers, 1950-1972

	427-430	Correspondence, 1950-1972	229
	431	Legal Documents and Letterheads, 1950-197-	7
	432	Photographs, n.d.	8

IV. Personal Papers, 1947-1983

	433	Bids for Remodeling House, 1958-1967	6
	434	Bowling Memorabilia, 1970-1980	20
	435	Check Registers, n.d.	2
	436	Class Reunions, Nampa High School, 1958-1982	2
	437	Coast Guard Boating Information, 1976-1977	14
	438	Correspondence, 1950-1975	10
	439	Insurance Policies, 1947-1983	20
	440	Licenses and Leases, 1950-1972	5
	441	Lions Club, n.d.	5
	442	Medical Receipts and Results, 1972-1982	32
	443	Photographs and Negatives, n.d.	19
	444	Taxes: Interest and Dividend Statements, 1963-1973	58
	445	Taxes: Property, 1952-1981	20
	446	Taxes: Idaho Income, 1950-1952	3
	447	Taxes: Federal Income, 1950-1982	10
	448	United Fund Contracts, 1959-1968	5
	449	Miscellaneous, 1951-n.d.	3


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