Focal Point, Inc. records
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Focal Point, Inc. records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Focal Point, Inc. (Atlanta, Ga.)
Title: Focal Point, Inc. records
Dates: 1945-1993, undated
Quantity: 2.4 linear ft. (1 document case; 1 oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS875

Biographical/Historical Note

Florence Harris Ricker Pottinger-Cloudt, also known as Florence Ricker Cloudt, was a 1946 graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, with a degree in Fine Arts. Cloudt began work as an interior decorator, working with contractors. In 1970, she and Jerry Garrison founded Focal Point, Inc., a company specializing in the development and manufacturing of polyurethane cast moldings and decorative medallions. They invented these decorative elements, which were only a fraction of the weight of traditional plaster pieces. Cloudt obtained control of the multi-million dollar company and served as its president while her daughter, Hallie Bromley, joined her in working in the company as its vice-president.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists mainly of articles and advertisements of Focal Point, Inc. Other items included are the company's mission statement, awards, a history, and product brochures.

Index Terms

Bromley, Hallie
Cloudt, Florence Ricker
Garrison, Jerry
Interior decorators--Georgia--Atlanta
Self-employed women--Georgia--Atlanta
Women interior decorators--Georgia--Atlanta
Women inventors--Georgia--Atlanta
Women-owned business enterprises--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Focal Point, Inc. records, MSS 875, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1993

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2013.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Mission Statement, undated
2History, 1979-1990
3Source book - Advertising, 1979-1989
4Source book - Editorials, 1988-1989
5Brochures and product information, 1977-1991
6Articles - part 1, 1976-1992, undated
7Articles - part 2, 1975-1993, undated
8Awards, 1974-1988



MSS OS Box 1.2551Diploma - Tulane University, 1946
2Acorn Award, 1988
3Who's Who Among Students, 1945-1946
4General Assembly Resolution on saving the Fox Theatre, 1975
5"The Illustrated Guide to Focal Point", 1983