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Textiles Collection, 1879-2004

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2020-032

Content Description

The Textiles Collection is a collection formerly from the Ephemera Collection. It consists of advertisements and publications such as company-specific histories and annual reports, as well as publications relevant to the textile industry at large. The bulk of the collection is from 1921-1987, with a few outliers.

There are three series in this collection: Series 1: General Mills, 1939-1941; Series 2: Mills, 1944-1987; Series 3: Textile Publications, 1879-2004.


  • 1879 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


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The Textiles Collection includes general information related to textile companies in North Carolina, and related textile-industry publications. Several of these companies merged throughout the 20th Century, filed bankruptcy, or closed.

Companies for which information may be found in this collection include: American & Efird Mills, Inc., Charlotte; American Yarn and Processing Company, Mount Holly; Burlington Mills, Burlington; Cannon Mills, Kannapolis; Chadbourn Gotham, Inc., Charlotte; Collins & Aikman Corp.; Cone Mills, Pineville; Erwin Mills, Inc., Durham; Fieldcrest Mills, Spray; Firestone Textiles, Gastonia; Highland Park, Charlotte; Kendall Mills (Thrift Mill), Charlotte; P.H. Hanes Knitting Company, Winston-Salem; and Springmaid Fabrics.

This collection includes advertisements and publications.


Materials are arranged into three series: Series 1: General Mills, 1939-1941; Series 2: Mills, 1944-1987; Series 3: Textile Publications, 1879-2004.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Anderson, Cynthia D. The Social Consequences of Economic Restructuring in the Textile Industry: Change in a Southern Mill Village. New York: Garland Pub., 2000. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 305.9677)

Cone Family (Cone Mills Family). (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

May Hosiery Mills, Inc., Burlington, NC. The Story of Hosiery. Burlington, NC: 1931. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 687.3)

Rankin, Edward L. A Century of Progress: Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. Salutes Cannon Mills Company and Its Employees, Past and Present. [S.I.]: Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc., 1987. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 338.47677)

Yandle, Mary Lois Moore. The Spirit of a Proud People: Pictures and Stories of Highland Park Manufacturing Mill #3 and the People in the Village of North Charlotte. Charlotte: L.M. Yandle, 1997. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 975.62 C479 Y214)

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Hannah Cox in June 2016.

Textiles Collection, 1879-2004
Hannah Cox
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA