The Wolters Collection consists of Painters' Agreement Books for most of Northern California and Nevada (1951-1977); Painters'
Union By-Laws (1952-1969); Hospital & Medical Insurance Benefits for Bay Area Painters & Decorators Agreement (1950); Cement
Masons Master Agreement (1971); Painters & Decorators Union Dues Books (1938-1945); Henry Wolters & Son information brochures
(1961-1978); job cards (c1950-1955); miscellaneous receipts and business correspondence; and, grade books from vocational
high school courses taught by
Henry Wolters Jr. at Stockton High School (1948).
Henry W. Wolters came to the United States from Hamburg, Germany (1910), working first in a paint factory, then as a painter.
After serving in the U.S. Army during World War I, Wolters settled in Stockton (Calif.) where he persued the trade of house
painter for eight years until he had accumulated sufficient capital to launch his own painting and decorating business (1927).
Henry Wolters Jr. apprenticed as an interior decorator under Constantino Faggioni, then worked at this trade in various cities
of California before becoming first a foreman (1943) and then a partner (1948) in his father's Stockton business. In 1955
Henry Wolters Jr. became sole owner of the firm. His son, John C. Wolters, became Vice President of Henry Wolters & Son following
an extended apprenticeship in 1977. In addition to work on the San Joaquin County Courts Building, the Sacramento County Courthouse,
the Shell Chemical Plant (St. Helens, Ore.), the Hershey Chocolate Corp. Plant (Oakdale, Calif.), St. Joseph's Hospital (Stockton,
Calif.) and various 19th century commercial buildings in Stockton, Henry Wolters & Son completed a variety of highly specialized
industrial contracts, including work for the Atomic Energy Commission. The company ceased business operations in 1990.