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Guide to the Mooresville Mills Records, 1893-1962 and undated

Abstract

Manufacturer of cotton, wool, and synthetic fabrics, originally located in Mooresville, NC.

Correspondence, minutes of meetings of stockholders and of directors, audit reports, financial statements, stock records, and general and subsidiary account books of a Mooresville, N.C., manufacturer of cotton, wool, and synthetic fabrics, draperies, upholstery, toweling, and wearing apparel, which was absorbed by Burlington Industries in 1955.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Mooresville Mills
Title
Mooresville Mills records 1893-1962 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
20.4 Linear Feet, 15,290 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Records of a firm established in 1893 as Mooresville Cotton Mills by J. E. Sherrill and others, and later becoming a manufacturer of cotton, wool, and synthetic fabrics, draperies, upholstery, toweling, and clothing. The firm was absorbed by Burlington Industries in 1955. Included is a "historical file" of printed and typed articles; selected documents, 1914-1935, containing financial data; and photographs of employees, offices, and aerial photographs of the plant. There are also some legal documents relating to the firm's charter, receivership, and bylaws.

There are extensive minutes, 1893-1955, 3 vols., of meetings of stockholders and the board of directors; minutes, 1936-1951, of the executive committee of the board of directors; audit reports, 1921-1954; and financial statements, 1932-1933, 1937-1955. Stock records include common stock ledgers, 1893-1923, 5 vols.; a preferred stock ledger, 1917-1923; stock lists and miscellaneous records, 1897-1955; preferred stock certificates, 1917-1942; common stock certificates, 1893-1955; bonds for lost certificates, 1946-1955; broadsides for the issuance of preferred stock, 1923, and for a renewal, 1926. Appraisals of the corporation are dated 1935, 1946, and 1948. Account books include a journal and ledger, 1914-1916; cashbooks, 1905-1909, 2 vols.; cash journals, 1912-1913, 1921-1926, 3 vols.; check and deposit registers, 1948-1954, 3 vols.; cloth and towel inventories, 1936-1942, 1948-1949, 9 vols.; and a cost ledger, 1954. Unbound accounting records include inventories, 1933-1939, 1960-1962; local, state, and federal tax records, 1893-1956; and construction contracts and records, 1958-1960. There is also fragmentary correspondence, 1952-1955, for the towel division, the decorative fabrics division, the apparel fabrics division, and for William J. Fullerton who held various offices principally in merchandising and sales. For online images of the mill complex and its related mill village, see this website sponsored by the mill village association: Mooresville Mill slideshow.

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Contents of the Collection

Audit Reports and Financial Papers, 1921-1935 June
Box 1
Stock Records, 1897-1955
Box 2
Stock Ledgers, 1893-1923
Box 2
Appraisals, 1935, 1946, 1948
Box 3
Legal and Financial Papers
Box 4
1941 Sept.-1949 Apr.
Box 5
1949 Apr.-1954 Oct.
Box 6
1935 July-1941 June
Box 7
Taxation and Employment Records, 1893-1956
Box 8
#2151-2350
Box 26
#1-401
Box 30
#402-602, 1923-1925
Box 31
#1-400, 1923-1925
Box 32
#401-600, 1925-1929
Box 33
#1-303, 1893-1903
Box 34
#304-654, 1903-1917
Box 35
#655-954, 1917-1920
Box 36
#955-1250, 1920-1922
Box 37
#1251-1550, 1922-1923
Box 38
#1551-1950, 1923-1924
Box 39
#1951-2150, 1924-1925
Box 40
#1-500, 1945-1946
Box 41
#501-1000, 1946
Box 42
#1001-1500, 1946
Box 43
#505-1004, 1943-1946
Box 44
Bonds for Lost Certificates, 1946-1955
Box 45
Construction Contracts and Records, 1958-1960
Box 45-46
#1501-2000, 1946-1947
Box 48
#2001-2500, 1947-1948
Box 49
#2501-3000, 1948-1949
Box 50
#3001-3500, 1949
Box 51
#3501-4000, 1949-1950
Box 52
#4001-4500, 1950
Box 53
#4501-5000, 1950-1951
Box 54
#5001-5500, 1951-1952
Box 55
#5501-6000, 1952
Box 56
#6001-6500, 1952
Box 57
#6501-7000, 1952
Box 58
#7001-7500, 1952-1954
Box 59
#7501-8000, 1954-1955
Box 60
#8001-8750
Box 61
#1-504, 1933-1943
Box 62
Taxation and Employment Records, 1893-1956
Box 72A-B
A-Barklay
Box 9
Bids-C
Box 10
Carnes-G
Box 11
Grant-Kuhn
Box 12
K-Mill
Box 13
Mill
Box 14
A-Co
Box 15
Cr-Ez
Box 16
Fa-Ho
Box 17
Ho-Kr
Box 18
Kr-Z
Box 19
A-Bull
Box 19
Bun-Form
Box 20
Fore-Mack
Box 21
Man-R
Box 22
S-Z
Box 23
A-Atl
Box 23
Bal-Ex
Box 24
F-Fal
Box 25
Ful-Los
Box 27
List-Rad
Box 28
Rad-Underwood
Box 29
1933-1934
Box 47
1935-1936
Box 63
1937
Box 64
1938
Box 65
1939
Box 66
1960 Jan.-Aug.
Box 67
1960 Oct.-Dec.
Box 68
1961 Jan.-July
Box 69
1961 Sept.-July
Box 70
1962 Mar.
Box 71
Old and New Office Pictures, black and white photographs, undated
Box Sec. A OV5

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mooresville Mills Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Mooresville Mills Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1966.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Ted Holt and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2008

Accession 66-054 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.