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Guide to the Erwin Cotton Mills records, 1832-1976 and undated, bulk 1892-1967

Summary

Account books, nearly complete, and office files, very incomplete, of the Erwin Mills textile mill, chiefly 1892-1967, and some personal papers of William Allen Erwin. The business files include letters, volumes, legal and financial papers, memoranda, printed material, reports, blueprints, and other records of the company.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00366
Title
Erwin Cotton Mills records
Date
1832-1976 and undated
Creator
Erwin Cotton Mills
Extent
156 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The records of the Erwin Cotton Mills, a textile manufacturing company, date primarily from 1982-1967 but include items as early as 1832 and as late as 1976. There are ten series: Information; Account Books; Alphabetical; Labor Relations; William Allen Erwin; Pearl Cotton Mills; Cooleemee Cotton Mills; Erwin Yarn company; and J. N. Ledford Company. The collection relates mostly to the company's textile operations and related matters, but there is also some material concerning William A. Erwin's personal and family interests. The account books are largely intact. Most of the correspondence and topical records have not survived and are represented here only by scattered files. Records from the subsidiaries and acquired companies vary but have survived in similar fashion. the Account Books Series and Alphabetical Series comprise the bulk of the collection.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Information series, undated

The Information series consists of files of histories produced by the company, along with articles, biographical sketches, and other reference materials from various sources.

Reference material
Box 1
Company histories
Box 1

2. Account books series, 1892-1967

The Account Books series are familiar in form until 1949, when the company stopped posting accounts by hand and began using business machines for its bookkepping. At this point, the ledgers and journals become difficult to interpret, and subsidary records such as the supporting papers for journal entries, voucher registers, check registers, and cash record books can be essential to dating and identifying the numbered ledger books.

Beginning in 1905, finding particular accounts in the ledgers can be difficult because transfer ledgers were adopted. When a ledger became bulky, account sheets were moved into one or more transfer ledgers with similar dates. This practice produced wide variance in the dates within a particular ledger. Most ledgers are not indexed.

The company labeled their journals as daybooks until the 1930s, when they adopted the customary terminology of "journal."

The Exhibit books record quarterly or annual summaries of expenses, income, and profit and loss.

The Plant ledgers have both technological and architectural interest because they itemize equipment, buildings, and workers' houses, usually with dates of acquisition or construction. These records were begun in 1928 but list assets on hand dating as early as the 1890s.

"Payroll letters" are quarterly financial summaries of labor expenses; time books, unfortunately, are not included in the collection, meaning workers' names are difficult to obtain. Some names appear elsewhere occasionally, including in the Workmen's Compensation Check Registers, individual rent accounts in some of the ledgers, and in some files of the Alphabetical series.

Ledger A, 1892-1900
Volume 1
Ledger B, 1900-1905
Volume 2
Index to Ledger B, 1900-1905
Volume 3
Ledger No. 1, 1905-1910
Volume 4
Transfer Ledger No. 1 for Ledger No. 1, 1905-1909
Volume 5
Ledger No. 2, 1911-1929
Volume 6
Transfer Ledger No. 2 for Ledger No. 2, 1911-1918
Volume 7
Transfer Ledger No. 2 for Ledger No. 2, 1911-1922
Volume 8
Transfer Ledger No. 3 for Ledger No. 2, 1911-1928
Volume 8A
Transfer Ledger No. 4 for Ledger No. 2, 1910-1929
Volume 9
Operating Ledger No. 4, 1911-1927
Volume 10
Current Ledger No. 3, 1930-1940
Volume 11
Transfer Ledger No. 1 for Ledger No. 3, 1930-1936
Volume 12
Transfer Ledger No. 2 for Ledger No. 3, 1930-1940
Volume 13
General Ledger No. 4, 1941-1948
Volume 14
Transfer Ledger No. 1 for Ledger No. 4, 1941-1943
Volume 15
Transfer Ledger No. 2 for Ledger No. 4, 1941-1946
Volume 16
Transfer Ledger No. 3 for Ledger No. 4, 1941-1948
Volume 17
Operating Ledger, 1941-1948
Volume 18
General Ledger, 1949

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 19
General Ledger, 1950

Includes journal, cash receipts, and dividends.

Volume 20
General Ledger, 1951

Includes dividends.

Volume 21
General Ledger, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.

Includes dividends.

Volume 22
General Ledger, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.

Includes dividends.

Volume 23
General Ledger, 1953 Oct.-1954 Oct.

Includes dividends.

Volume 24
General Ledger, 1954 Oct.-1955 Sept.
Volume 25
General Ledger, 1955 Oct.-1956 Sept.
Volume 26
General Ledger, 1956 Oct.-1957 Sept.
Volume 27
General Ledger, 1957 Sept.-1958 Sept.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 28
General Ledger, 1958 Sept.-1959 Oct.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 29
General Ledger, 1959 Oct.-1960 Sept.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 30
General Ledger, 1960 Oct.-1961 Sept.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 31
General Ledger, 1961 Oct.-1962 Sept.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 32
General Ledger, 1962 Oct.-1963 Sept.

Includes journal and cash receipts.

Volume 33
General Ledger, 1963 Sept.-1964 Oct.
Volume 34
General Ledger, 1964 Oct.-1965 Oct.
Volume 35
General Ledger, 1965 Oct.-1966 Sept.
Volume 36
General Ledger, 1966 Oct.-1967 Sept.
Volume 37
Journal A, 1892 Apr.-1909 Sept.
Volume 38
Journal B, 1909 Oct.-1913 Aug.
Volume 39
Journal C, 1913 Sept.-1916 Apr.
Volume 40
Journal D, 1916 May-1918 May
Volume 41
Journal E, 1918 June-1920 Mar.
Volume 42
Journal F, 1920 Mar.-1921 Dec.
Volume 43
Journal G, 1921 Dec.-1923 Dec.
Volume 44
Journal H, 1924 Jan.-1926 Apr.
Volume 45
Journal I, 1926 Apr.-1928 Dec.
Volume 46
Journal J, 1928 Dec.-1931 Sept.
Volume 47
Journal K, 1931 Sept.-1935 Dec.
Volume 48
Journal, 1936-1940
Volume 49
Journal, 1941-1945
Volume 50
Journal, 1946-1947
Volume 51
Journal, 1948

Journal entries for 1949-1951 Sept. included in volumes 19-21 with the ledgers during this period.

Volume 52
Journal entries, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.
Volume 53
Journal entries, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.
Volume 54
Journal entries, 1953 Oct.-1954 Oct.
Volume 55
Journal entries, 1954 Oct.-1955 Sept.
Volume 56
Journal entries, 1955 Oct.-1956 Sept.
Volume 57
Journal entries, 1956 Oct.-1957 Sept.

Journal entries for 1957-1963 included in volumes 28-33 with the ledgers during this period.

Volume 58
Journal entries, 1963 Oct.-1964 Dec.

Journal entries for 1965-1967 (3 pages) are in Box 23.

Volume 59
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1950

Supporting papers for journal entries for 1949 Jan.-May are in Box 37; for 1949 June-Dec. are in Box 38; for 1949 Dec.-1950 Jan. are in Box 39.

Volume 60
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1950
Volume 61
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1951 Jan.-Sept.
Volume 62
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1951 Feb.-Sept.
Volume 63
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.
Volume 64
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.
Volume 65
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.
Volume 66
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.
Volume 67
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1953 Nov.-1954 Oct.
Volume 68
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1953 Nov.-1954 Oct.
Volume 69
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1954 Nov.-1955 Oct.
Volume 70
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1954 Nov.-1955 Oct.
Volume 71
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1955 Oct.-1956 Sept.
Volume 72
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1955 Nov.-1956 Sept.
Volume 73
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1956 Nov.-1957 Sept.
Volume 74
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1956 Nov.-1957 Sept.
Volume 75
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1957 Oct.-1958 Sept.
Volume 76
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1957 Oct.-1958 Sept.
Volume 77
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1958 Oct.-1959 Oct.
Volume 78
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1958 Oct.-1959 Oct.
Volume 79
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1959 Oct.-1960 Sept.
Volume 80
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1959 Nov.-1960 Sept.
Volume 81
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1960 Nov.-1961 Sept.
Volume 82
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1960 Nov.-1961 Sept.
Volume 83
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1961 Nov.-1962 Sept.
Volume 84
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1961 Nov.-1962 Sept.
Volume 85
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1962 Oct.-1963 Sept.
Volume 86
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1962 Oct.-1963 Sept.
Volume 87
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1963 Nov.-1964 June
Volume 88
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1963 Nov.-1964 Oct.
Volume 89
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1964 Oct.-1965 Oct.
Volume 90
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1965 Oct.-1966 Oct.
Volume 91
Trial Balances, 1895 Dec.-1905
Volume 92
Trial Balances, 1906-1909 June
Volume 93
Trial Balances, 1909 July-1918
Volume 94
Trial Balances, 1919-1927
Volume 95
Trial Balances, 1928-1936
Volume 96
Trial Balances, 1937-1944
Volume 97
Trial Balances, 1945-1950
Volume 98
Exhibits, 1901-1902
Box 15
Exhibits, 1903 Mar. 31-1908 Sept. 30

Inventory Book 2A, Mill No. 1

Volume 234
Exhibits, 1905 Jun. 30-1910 Sept. 30

Inventory Book 1C, Mill No. 2

Volume 243
Exhibits, 1910-1916

Inventory Book 2C, Mill No. 2

Volume 244
Exhibits, 1908-1911

Inventory Book 3A, Mill No. 1

Volume 235
Exhibits, 1911 Mar. 31-1916 Sept. 30
Volume 99
Exhibits, 1916 Dec. 30-1923
Volume 100
Exhibits, 1924 Mar. 31-1930 Jun. 30
Volume 101
Exhibits, 1930 Sept. 30-1934
Volume 102
Exhibits, 1935 Mar. 30-1940
Volume 103
Exhibits, 1941 Mar. 31-1949
Volume 104
Statistics, 1898-1906
Volume 105
Cost Book, 1912-1916
Volume 106
Price Book No. 1, 1905-1917
Volume 107
Price Book No. 2, 1917-1920
Volume 108
Price Book No. 3, 1920-1923
Volume 109
Cashbook B, 1897 May-1900 Dec.
Volume 110
Cashbook C, 1900 Dec.-1903 Nov.
Volume 111
Cashbook D, 1903 Nov.-1906 Mar.
Volume 112
Cashbook E, 1906 Mar.-1908 Jan.
Volume 113
Cashbook F, 1908 Nov.-1909 Oct.
Volume 114
Cashbook G, 1909 Nov.-1911 Feb.
Volume 115
Cashbook H, 1911 Mar.-1912 Apr.
Volume 116
Cashbook I, 1912 May-1913 Aug.
Volume 117
Cashbook J, 1913 Sept.-1914 Dec.
Volume 118
Cashbook K, 1914 Dec.-1916 Mar.
Volume 119
Cashbook L, 1916 Apr.-1917 Jul.
Volume 120
Cashbook M, 1917 Jul.-1918 Oct.
Volume 121
Cashbook N, 1918 Oct.-1919 Dec.
Volume 122
Cashbook O, 1919 Dec.-1921 Apr.
Volume 123
Cashbook P, 1921 Apr.-1922 Aug.
Volume 124
Cashbook Q, 1922 Aug.-1923 Nov.
Volume 125
Cashbook R, 1923 Nov.-1925 Oct.
Volume 126
Cashbook S, 1925 Oct.-1927 Jun.
Volume 127
Cashbook T, 1927 Jun.-1929 Mar.
Volume 128
Cashbook U, 1929 Mar.-1930 Nov.
Volume 129
Cashbook V, 1930 Nov.-1932 Jun.
Volume 130
Cashbook W, 1932 Jun.-1933 Nov.
Volume 131
Cash Receipts No. 1, 1933 Dec.-1937 Dec.
Volume 132
Cash Receipts No. 2, 1938-1940
Volume 133
Cash Receipts No. 3, 1941-1943
Volume 134
Cash Receipts No. 4, 1944-1946
Volume 135
Cash Receipts No. 5, 1947
Volume 136
Cash Receipts Book No. 1, 1948
Volume 137
Cash Receipts, 1949-1951

Included with volumes 19-21 in the ledgers from this period.

Volume 19-21
Cash Receipts Book No. 3, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.
Volume 138
Cash Receipts Book No. 4, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.
Volume 139
Cash Receipts Book No. 5, 1953 Oct.-1954 Oct.
Volume 140
Cash Receipts, 1954 Oct.-1955 Sept.
Volume 141
Cash Receipts Book No. 6, 1955 Oct.-1956 Sept.
Volume 142
Cash Receipts Book No. 7, 1956 Oct.-1957 Sept.
Volume 143
Cash Receipts, 1957 Sept.-1963 Sept.

Included with volumes 28-33 in the ledgers from this period.

Volume 28-33
Cash Receipts Book No. 8, 1963 Oct.-1964 Oct.
Volume 144
Cash Receipts, 1964 Oct.-1965 Oct.
Volume 145
Cash Receipts, 1965 Oct.-1966 Sept.
Volume 146
Cash Receipts, 1966 Oct.-1967 Sept.
Volume 147
Cash Payment Journal, 1933 Dec.-1935 Jun.
Volume 148
Cash Payment Journal, 1935 Jul.-1936 Dec.
Volume 149
Cash Payment Journal, 1937-1938 Jun.
Volume 150
Cash Payment Journal, 1938 Jul.-1939
Volume 151
Cash Payment Journal, 1940
Volume 152
Cash Payment Journal, 1941-1942
Volume 153
Cash Payment Journal, 1943-1944
Volume 154
Cash Payment Journal, 1945-1946
Volume 155
Cash Payment Journal, 1947
Volume 156
Cash Payment Journal, 1948
Volume 157
Asset Ledger Index, 1890s-1960s

Compiled in the mid-20th century including buildings and equipment, 1890s-1960s. Serves as an index to the plant ledgers but also contains considerable data.

Volume 158
Plant Ledger, General Office, 1928-1964
Volume 159
Plant Ledger, Mills 1 and 4, 1928-1964
Volume 160
Plant Ledger, Mills 1, 4, 6, 1928-1964
Volume 161
Plant Ledger, Mills 2 and 5, 1928-1964
Volume 162
Plant Ledger, Mills 2 and 5, 1928-1964
Volume 163
Plant Ledger, Mills 7 and 8, 1936-1964
Volume 164
Plant Ledger, Fully depreciated items, all mills, 1928-1961
Volume 165
Plant Ledger, Fully depreciated items, General Office and Mills 1, 4, 6, 1928-1964
Volume 166
Plant Ledger, Fully depreciated items, mostly Mills 2 and 5, 1928-1964
Volume 167
Plant Ledger, items sold or discarded, 1928-1952
Volume 168
Plant Ledger, items sold or discarded, 1953-1959
Volume 169
Plant Ledger, disposals, 1960-1964
Volume 170
Cotton Department Purchase Record No. 11, 1939 Sept.-1942 Sept.
Volume 171
Cotton Purchases, Shipments, and Outturns Ledger, 1939-1943
Volume 172
Cotton Record Book, 1945-1947 Apr.
Volume 173
Cotton Payment Journal for Mills 1, 4, 6, 1947 Sept.-1950 Jan.
Volume 174
Cotton Payment Journal for Mills 2 and 5, 1947 Sept.-1951 Sept.
Volume 175
Cotton Payment Journal for Mill No. 3, 1947 Sept.-1951 Dec.
Volume 176
Cotton Payment Journal for Mills 1, 4, 6, 1950-1953 Apr.
Volume 177
Cotton Payment Journal for Mills 2 and 5, 1951 Sept.-1953 Apr.
Volume 178
Cotton Payment Journal for Mill No. 8, 1948 June-1953 Mar.
Volume 179
Memorandum Cotton Cost Record, 1948-1953
Volume 180
Memorandum Cotton Cost Record, 1948-1953
Volume 181
Memorandum Cotton Cost Record, 1948-1953
Volume 182
Notes Payable and Receivable, 1946-1958
Volume 183
Voucher Register, 1949 Jan.-Jun
Volume 184
Voucher Register, 1949 July-Dec.
Volume 185
Voucher Register, 1950 Jan.-July
Volume 186
Voucher Register, 1950 Aug.-Dec.
Volume 187
Voucher Register, 1951 Jan.-Sept.
Volume 188
Voucher Register, 1951 Oct.-1952 Apr.
Volume 189
Voucher Register, 1952 Apr.-Sept.
Volume 190
Voucher Register, 1952 Oct.-1953 Apr.
Volume 191
Voucher Register, 1953 Apr.-Sept.
Volume 192
Voucher Register, 1953 Oct.-1954 Mar.
Volume 193
Voucher Register, 1954 Apr.-Oct.
Volume 194
Voucher Register, 1954 Oct.-1955 Apr.
Volume 195
Voucher Register, 1955 Apr.-Oct.
Volume 196
Voucher Register, 1955 Oct.-1956 Mar.
Volume 197
Voucher Register, 1956 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 198
Voucher Register, 1956 Oct.-1957 Mar.
Volume 199
Voucher Register, 1957 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 200
Voucher Register, 1957 Oct.-1958 Mar.
Volume 201
Voucher Register, 1958 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 202
Voucher Register, 1958 Oct.-1959 Apr.
Volume 203
Voucher Register, 1959 Apr.-Oct.
Volume 204
Voucher Register, 1959 Oct.-1960 Mar.
Volume 205
Voucher Register, 1960 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 206
Voucher Register, 1960 Oct.-1961 Mar.
Volume 207
Voucher Register, 1961 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 208
Voucher Register, 1961 Oct.-1962 Mar.
Volume 209
Voucher Register, 1962 Mar.-Sept.
Volume 210
Voucher Register, 1962 Oct.-1963 Apr.
Volume 211
Voucher Register, 1963 May-Sept.
Volume 212
Voucher Register, 1963 Oct.-1964 June
Volume 213
Check Register, 1949
Volume 214
Check Register, 1950
Volume 215
Check Register, 1951 Jan.-Sept.
Volume 216
Check Register, 1951 Oct.-1952 Sept.
Volume 217
Check Register, 1952 Oct.-1953 Sept.
Volume 218
Check Register, 1953 Oct.-1954 Oct.
Volume 219
Check Register, 1954 Oct.-1955 Sept.
Volume 220
Check Register, 1955 Oct.-1956 Sept.
Volume 221
Check Register, 1956 Oct.-1957 Sept.
Volume 222
Check Register, 1957 Sept.-1958 Sept.
Volume 223
Check Register, 1958 Sept.-1959 Oct.
Volume 224
Check Register, 1959 Oct.-1960 Sept.
Volume 225
Check Register, 1960 Oct.-1961 Sept.
Volume 226
Check Register, 1961 Oct.-1962 Sept.
Volume 227
Check Register, 1962 Oct.-1963 Sept.
Volume 228
Check Register, 1963 Sept.-1964 Oct.
Volume 229
Check Register, 1964 Oct.-1965 Oct.

In box with volumes 35-37.

Volume 230
Check Register, 1965 Oct.-1966 Sept.

In box with volumes 35-37.

Volume 231
Check Register, 1966 Oct.-1967 Sept.

In box with volumes 35-37.

Volume 232
Book 1A, 1893 Dec.-1900 Sept.
Volume 233
Book 2A, Mill 1, 1901 Mar.-1908 Sept.

Includes Exhibits 1903-1908.

Volume 234
Book 3A, Mill 1, 1908 Dec.-1916 June

Includes Exhibits 1908-1911.

Volume 235
Book 4A, Mill 1, 1916 Sept.-1921
Volume 236
Book 5A, Mill 1, 1921 Dec.-1931
Volume 237
Book 1B, Mill 4, 1911 Mar.-1915 June
Volume 238
Book 2B, Mill 4, 1915 Sept.-1918
Volume 239
Book 3B, Mill 4, 1919 Mar.-1922 Sept.
Volume 240
Book 4B, Mill 4, 1922 Sept.-1926
Volume 241
Book 5B, Mill 4, 1927 Dec.-1931
Volume 242
Book 1C, Mill 2, 1905 Jun.-1910 Sept.

Includes Exhibits, 1905-1910.

Volume 243
Book 2C, Mill 2, 1910 Dec.-1916 Mar.

Includes Exhibit, 1910 Dec. 31.

Volume 244
Book 3C, Mill 2, 1916 Jun.-1921 Sept.
Volume 245
Book 4C, Mill 2, 1921 Dec.-1926 Sept.
Volume 246
Book 5C, Mill 2, 1927 Dec.-1931 Dec.
Volume 247
Book 1D, Mill 5, 1925 Dec.-1931
Volume 248
Book 1E, Mill 3, 1920 Dec.-1925 Jun.
Volume 249
Book 2E, Mill 3, 1925 Sept.-1931
Volume 250
Mills 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 1953 Sept. 30
Volume 251
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1963 Sept. 30
Volume 252
Mills 3, 7, 8, 1954 Oct. 2
Volume 253
Mills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1954 Oct. 2
Volume 254
Mills 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 1955 Oct. 2
Volume 255
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1955 Oct. 2
Volume 256
Mills 3, 7, 8, 1956 Sept. 30
Volume 257
Mills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1956 Sept. 30
Volume 258
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1957 Sept. 29
Volume 259
Mills 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 1957 Sept. 30
Volume 260
Mills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1958 Sept. 28
Volume 261
Mills 3, 7, 8, 1958 Sept. 28
Volume 262
Mills 3, 8, 1959 Oct. 4
Volume 263
Mills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1959 Oct. 4
Volume 264
Mills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 1960 Oct. 2
Volume 265
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1961 Oct. 1
Volume 266
Mills 2, 3, 5, 8, 1961 Oct. 1
Volume 267
Mills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 1962 Sept. 29
Volume 268
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1963 Sept. 29
Volume 269
Mills 2, 3, 5, 8, 1963 Sept. 29
Volume 270
Mills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 1964 Oct. 3

Includes 1965 July 3.

Volume 271
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1965 July 3
Box 19
Mills 2, 5, 1965 July 3
Box 20
Mill 3, 1965 July 3
Box 20
Mill 8, 1965 July 3
Box 20
Mills 3, 8, 1965 Oct. 2
Volume 272
Mills 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1965 Oct. 2
Volume 273
Mills 2, 5, 1966 Jan. 1
Box 20
Mill 3, 1966 Jan. 1
Box 20
Mill 8, 1966 Jan. 1
Box 20
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1966 Apr. 2
Box 21
Mills 2, 5, 1966 Apr. 2
Box 21
Mill 3, 1966 Apr. 2
Box 21
Mill 8, 1966 Apr. 2
Box 21
Mills 1, 4, 6, 1966 July 2
Box 21
Mills 2, 5, 1966 July 2
Box 21
Mill 3, 1966 July 2
Box 21
Mill 8, 1966 July 2
Box 21
Mills 2, 3, 5, 8, 1966 Dec. 31
Box 21
General inventory, 1967 Apr. 1
Box 21
Distribution of payrolls, 1933-1943
Volume 274
Payroll journal, 1944-1952
Volume 275
Payroll journal, 1953-1964
Volume 276
Check control for workman's compensation insurance, 1956-1960
Volume 277
Workmen's compensation check register, 1961
Volume 278
Workmen's compensation check register, 1962
Volume 279
Payroll letters, 1954 Oct. 2
Volume 280
Payroll letters, 1955 Jan. 2
Volume 281
Payroll letters, 1955 Apr. 3
Volume 282
Payroll letters, 1955 July 3
Volume 283
Payroll letters, 1955 Oct. 2
Volume 284
Payroll letters, 1955 Dec. 31
Volume 285
Payroll letters, 1956 Mar. 31
Volume 286
Payroll letters, 1956 July 1
Volume 287
Payroll letters, 1956 Sept. 30
Volume 288
Payroll letters, 1956 Dec. 30
Volume 289
Payroll letters, 1957 Mar. 31
Volume 290
Payroll letters, 1957 June 30
Volume 291
Payroll letters, 1957 Sept. 30
Volume 292
Payroll letters, 1957 Dec. 31
Volume 293
Payroll letters, 1958 Mar. 29
Volume 294
Payroll letters, 1958 June 28
Volume 295
Payroll letters, 1958 Sept. 28
Volume 296
Payroll letters, 1958 Dec. 28
Volume 297
Payroll letters, 1959 Mar. 28
Volume 298
Payroll letters, 1959 June 27
Volume 299
Payroll letters, 1959 Oct. 4
Volume 300
Payroll letters, 1960 Jan. 3
Volume 301
Payroll letters, 1960 Apr. 3
Volume 302
Payroll letters, 1960 July 3
Volume 303
Payroll letters, 1960 Oct. 2
Volume 304
Payroll letters, 1961 Jan. 1
Volume 305
Payroll letters, 1961 Apr. 2
Volume 306
Payroll letters, 1961 July 2
Volume 307
Payroll letters, 1961 Sept. 30
Volume 308
Payroll letters, 1961 Dec. 31
Volume 309
Payroll letters, 1962 Mar. 31
Volume 310
Payroll letters, 1962 June 30
Volume 311
Payroll letters, 1962 Sept. 30
Volume 312
Payroll letters, 1962 Dec. 31
Volume 313
Payroll letters, 1963 Mar. 31
Volume 314
Payroll letters, 1963 June 30
Volume 315
Payroll letters, 1963 Sept. 30
Volume 316
Payroll letters, 1963 Dec. 28
Volume 317
Payroll letters, 1964 Mar. 31
Volume 318
Payroll letters, 1964 Apr.-June
Volume 319
Ledgers of accounts issued to and completed by accountants, 1963 Aug.-Oct.
Volume 320
Ledgers of accounts issued to and completed by accountants, 1964 Aug.-Oct.
Volume 321

3. Alphabetical series, 1832-1967

The Alphabetical series consists of randomly surviving files constituting only a small percentage of what were once massive office files. These records span the life of the company and include financial, legal, correspondence, reports, and volumes arranged by topic and name in alphabetical order. There is information about costs, purchases, labor, marketing, income, expenses, profit sharing, equipment and buildings, plant operations, property acquisitions, trade organizations, agencies of the state and national governments, other companies and mills, individuals, and so on.

The Price Books (Account Books series) and Memorandum Books include production and marketing statistics for Erwin Mills as well as management's memoranda about the statistics and the overall industry.

Names of mill workers can be found in files for notes receivable, mill house sales, accidents, employee accidents, profit sharing, and elsewhere. Notable files for textile mills owned or controlled by the same interests as Erwin Mills are Alpine Cotton Mills, Durham Cotton Manufacturing Co., Locke Cotton Mills, Oxford Cotton Mills, and the Flint and Co. file.

Accident affidavits by employees, 1926
Box 1
Accident litigation: employee Thomas L. Caves, 1926-1927
Box 1
Accounting machine, 1955 (approx.)
Box 1
Accounting procedures and forms, 1945-1954 and undated
Box 1
Agricultural Adjustment Act: Statement of K.P. Lewis before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, 1935
Box 1
Alcohol problem, 1919
Box 1
Allen, Charles M. vs. Erwin Cotton Mills, 1932
Box 1
Alpine Cotton Mills financial statements, 1910-1919
Box 1
American Cotton Manufacturers Association, 1916, 1928
Box 1
American Cotton Manufacturers Institute reports, 1949-1953
Box 1
Amortization of war emergency facilities, 1940-1946
Box 1
Amortization of war emergency facilities: applications, 1941
Box 1
Annual reports, 1929-1934, 1955
Box 1
Appraisals and reports, 1928
(9 volumes)
Box 2
Architectural design for building by Lee, Smith, and Van DeVoort, Richmond, VA, 1920s
Box 2
Archives: List of Company Records, 1892-1908
Box 2
Assets: Additions to permanent assets, 1932-1941
Box 2
Audits and reports, 1915-1946
Box 3
Audits and reports, 1947-1963 and undated
Box 4
Balance sheets, 1903-1947
Box 4
Bank of Cooleemee, 1905-1958
(3 folders)
Box 4
Blueprints of plants, buildings, equipment, etc., in Durham, N.C., 1962-1976 and undated
(6 folders)
Oversize-folder 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Buildings, machinery, equipment, 1931-1949
Box 4
Buildings survey and replacement value, 1935-1941 and undated
Box 4
Caldwell County property, 1899
Box 5
Carolina-Florida Lumber Company memos, 1907
Box 5
Catawba River Great Falls, Lancaster Co., S.C. deeds and papers, 1832, 1892-1900
Box 5
Child labor, undated
Box 5
China market including memorandum of Mustard and Co., Shanghai, for British-American Tobacco Co., 1909
Box 5
Cloth and seconds production, 1933-1938
Box 5
Cloth woven, 1926-1944
Box 5
Consolidation proposed for Erwin Group, Springs Group, Thomaston Group, and Riverside and Dan River Group, 1927-1928
Box 5
Costs, 1907, 1922, 1928, 1930-1931
Box 5
Cotton futures trading, 1937-1939, 1942-1946
(2 folders)
Box 5
Cotton Memorandum by K.P. Lewis, 1931
Box 5
Cotton purchases, 1917 and undated
Box 5
Cotton-Textile Institute, 1927-1928
Box 5
Cotton-Textile Institute: Reports to, 1944-1948
Box 5
Coulter, Lowry and Co., Greensboro, N.C.: Goods finished by, 1902
Box 5
Denim sales and Federal Trade Commission, 1939
Box 5
Depreciation, 1893-1912
Box 6
Depreciation: Cost and depreciation reports, 1926
Box 6
Depreciation: Reconcilement of plant and depreciation accounts, 1925-1931
Box 6
Depreciation exhibits, 1932-1942
Box 6
Depreciation exhibits, 1943-1946
Box 7
Depreciation exhibits and working papers, 1949-1950
(4 folders)
Box 7
Depreciation regulations, 1934
Box 7
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1949-1950
(4 folders)
Box 7
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1951-1954
(8 folders)
Box 8
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1955-1957
(8 folders)
Box 9
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1958-1959
(7 folders)
Box 10
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1960-1962
(7 folders)
Box 11
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1962
(9 folders)
Box 12
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1963
(8 folders)
Box 13
Depreciation summaries and working papers, 1964
(5 folders)
Box 14
Depreciation working papers used for calculation of depreciation under obsolescence basis, 1948-1955
Box 14
Dividends, 1912-1916, 1922-1941
Box 15
Dunavent Cotton Manufacturing Co., 1890-1893
Box 15
Dunbar Farm and Mercantile Co., Edgecombe Co., N.C., 1917-1920 and undated
Box 15
Dunn, N.C.: Real estate transactions, 1926
Box 15
Dunn, N.C.: Erwin Cotton Mills subdivision map, 1920
Box 64
Durham and Southern Railway, 1927-1928
Box 15
Durham Cotton Manufacturing Co.: Financial statements, 1910-1919
Box 15
Durham Daily Sun: Notice of incorporation of Erwin Cotton Mills, 1892
Box 15
Dye and Finishing Plant, Cooleemee, 1932-1948
(3 folders)
Box 15
Dye and Finishing Plant, 1945-1947
Box 15
Dyes: Cooleemee Dye Boss, C.C. Miller, 1909-1910
(2 folders)
Box 15
Ellerbee Creek and dye branch pollution, 1914-1915
(2 folders)
Box 15
Employee accidents: releases and court settlements before Workman's Compensation Law, 1903-1929
Box 15
Exhibits, 1901-1902
Box 15
Farm Relief (McNary-Haugen Bill), 1920s
Box 15
Financial statements, 1897-1945 and undated
Box 15
Financial statements: Earnings and surplus, 1892-1957
Box 15
Financial statements: Expense and income, Mill 1, 1922 Mar. 31
Box 16
Financial statistics: Comparative figures, 1909-1920

For Erwin Cotton Mills, Durham Cotton Manufacturing Co., Pearl Cotton Mills, Locke Cotton Mills, Alpine Cotton Mills, and Oxford Cotton Mills

Box 16
Financial statistics table, 1892-1954

Oversize.

Box 64
Financial study of Erwin Cotton Mills, 1937
Box 16
Flint and Co. and Yarn Mills consolidation (Alpine and Oxford Mills), 1928
Box 16
Government contracts renegotiation papers, 1942-1945
(6 folders)
Box 16
Government reports: Affiliated corporations, questionnaires, and stockholder lists, 1917-1921
Box 17
Government reports: Bureau of the Census, 1909-1914
Box 17
Government reports: Bureau of the Census, 1947-1959
(8 folders)
Box 17
Government reports: Dept. of Commerce, 1946-1952
Box 18
Government reports: Federal Tariff Commission Working Papers, 1941
Box 18
Government reports: Federal Trade Commission, 1940-1952
Box 18
Government reports: Federal Trade Commission Agricultural Income Inquiry, 1936
Box 18
Government reports: N.C. Corporation Commission, 1901-1903
Box 18
Government reports: N.C. Corporation Commission, 1904-1932
(4 folders)
Box 18
Government reports: N.C. Corporation Commission, 1901-1903

Oversize.

Box 64
Government reports: N.C. Dept. of Labor and Printing, 1910, 1913-1915
Box 18
Government reports: Office of Price Information, 1941-1944
(2 folders)
Box 18
Government reports: Treasury Dept., Dept. of Commerce, and Federal Trade Commission, 1953-1961
Box 19
Government reports: War Production Board-Value of Inventories, 1940-1942
Box 19
Graham, Irwin P. and Cooleemee Mills, 1935
Box 19
Group Insurance Plan, 1937
Box 19
Harnett County land sales, 1920
Box 19
Haw River property options, 1901-1907
Box 19
Inventories, 1906-1919 and undated

Including some exhibits.

Box 19
Inventories, 1930-1932
Box 19
Inventories, 1965 July 3
Box 19
Inventories, 1965 July 3
Box 20
Inventories, 1966 Jan.
Box 20
Inventories, 1966-1967
Box 21
Inventories: LIFO, 1940-1957
(5 folders)
Box 22
Inventories: LIFO Miscellaneous Information, 1940-1953
(4 folders)
Box 22
Inventories: Mill 3, 1949
Box 22
Inventories: Standard procedure for machinery repairs and supplies, findings, and oil perpetual inventory, 1947
Box 22
Jackson-Fitchette Drug Co., Erwin, N.C., dissolution, 1928
Box 23
Journal entries, 1965-1967
Box 23
Labor, 1916-1917
Box 23
Locke Cotton Mills: financial statements, 1910-1920
Box 23
Measuring tables and apparatus, cutter and marker devices, and seam and defect detectors: Licensing agreement with Perry family and other papers, 1936-1938
(2 folders)
Box 23
Memorandum books, No. 4, 5, 7, 1923-1929

Continued from Price Books in Account Book series.

Box 23
Memorandum books, No. 8-11, 1929-1933
Box 24
Memorandum books, No. 12, 14-16, 1933-1938
Box 25
Memorandum of Orders 1, 1933-1935
Box 26
Memorandum of Orders 2, 1936-1938
Box 26
Merchants National Bank, Philadelphia, PA: Financial report to, 1902

Photocopy.

Box 26
Merchants National Bank, Philadelphia, PA: Financial report to, 1902

Oversize.

Box 64
Mill house sales in Durham, 1945-1946

Contracts and related papers, no. 1-177. 5 folders.

Box 26
Mill house sales in Durham, 1945-1946

General papers.

Box 26
Mill 2, Erwin, N.C.: Commissary litigation, 1904

R.L. Godwin vs. Erwin Cotton Mills

Box 27
Mill 2: Notices served by J.A. Williams during construction, 1903
Box 27
Mill 2: Property acquisition, survey, map, etc., 1898-1899
Box 27
Mill 4, Durham, N.C.: Property options, 1909
Box 27
Minutes of Directors and Stockholders, 1892-1941

Scattered entries.

Box 27
Miscellaneous papers and memoranda including a variety of financial statements, 1920-1937
(10 folders)
Box 27
North Durham land, 1907
Box 27
Notes receivable: Small loans to individuals, 1954-1955
(2 folders)
Box 27
Notes receivable: Small loans to individuals, 1954-1959
(5 folders)
Box 28
Orders received, 1919
Box 28
Orders received and stock memoranda, 1923-1928
Box 28
Oxford Cotton Mills, 1908-1948
Box 28
Payroll: Employees over and under 16 years of age at Cooleemee Plant, 1910
Box 29
Payroll: Index of payroll records, 1936-1952

On film destroyed, 1965.

Box 29
Payroll: List of salaried employees, 1920s or earlier
Box 29
Personnel, 1915-1920
Box 29
Pricing, World War II, 1942-1944
Box 29
Production and equipment estimates, 1914
Box 29
Profit and loss, dividends, depreciation, sales, and payroll, 1910-1919
Box 29
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1926-1944
(7 folders)
Box 29
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1944-1946
(6 folders)
Box 30
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1947-1949
(9 folders)
Box 31
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1950-1953
(8 folders)
Box 32
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1954-1958
(10 folders)
Box 33
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1959-1963
(7 folders)
Box 34
Profit and loss, income and expense statements, and related papers, 1964
(2 folders)
Box 35
Profit sharing, 1927 and 1936
(2 folders)
Box 35
Profit sharing committee awards, 1916-1919
Box 35
Profit sharing committee awards, 1920-1923
(4 folders)
Box 35
Profit sharing miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919
Box 35
Railroads: Indemnity bonds for delivery of goods without bill of landing, 1935
Box 36
Real estate costs, 1953-1964
Box 36
Real estate disposals, 1958-1964
(2 folders)
Box 36
Road petitions for route over Tate Survey, West Durham, 1909
Box 36
Sanforizing Licensing with Cluett, Peabody, and Co., 1932-1948
Box 36
Sewage line easements, Durham County, 1916
(3 folders)
Box 36
Slasher device by Thomas Ralph, 1912-1914
Box 37
Social security and unemployment compensation (federal and state), 1935-1944
Box 37
Social welfare in West Durham, 1928 and earlier
Box 37
Stationary with print of first mill, 1890s
Box 37
Stock summary figures, 1892-1927
Box 37
Stock transfer list, 1916-1917
Box 37
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1949
(3 folders)
Box 37
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1949
(8 folders)
Box 38
Supporting Papers for Journal Entries, 1950
(2 folders)
Box 39
Taxation, 1937-1941
Box 39
Taxation: Ad Valorem taxes, 1946-1952
(8 folders)
Box 39
Taxation: Ad Valorem taxes, 1953-1962
(10 folders)
Box 40
Taxation: Additional 1918 income and profit taxes, 1924
Box 41
Taxation: Capital stock tax returns, 1917-1945
(2 folders)
Box 41
Taxation, 1932-1935

Cotton processing tax, floor stock tax, Sanforizing royalty, drawback on export waste shipments

Box 41
Taxation: FICA taxes, 1941, 1943-1955
(4 folders)
Box 41
Taxation: FICA taxes, 1956-1963
Box 42
Taxation: Franchise tax returns for Mississippi, 1951-1957
Box 42
Taxation: Franchise tax returns for N.C., 1934-1948, 1951-1957
Box 42
Taxation: Franchise tax returns for N.C. and Mississippi, 1958-1963
Box 42
Taxation: Income tax, 1894
Box 42
Taxation: Income tax, 1894

Oversize.

Box 64
Taxation: Income tax, 1909-1910, 1916-1918
Box 42
Taxation: Income tax withheld in N.C., 1960-1964
Box 42
Taxation: N.C. intangible personal property tax claims for refusals, 1941-1944
Box 42
Taxation: N.C. intangible personal property tax returns, 1938-1963
(3 folders)
Box 42
Taxation: Processing tax refund claims, 1933-1938
(3 folders)
Box 43
Taxation: Property tax, 1928
Box 43
Taxation: Property tax lists, 1892-1902
Box 43
Taxation: Property tax lists, 1893-1902

Oversize.

Box 64
Taxation: Property tax lists, Mill 2, 1903-1919
(2 folders)
Box 43
Taxation: Property tax lists, Mill 3, 1907-1919
(3 folders)
Box 43
Taxation: Unemployment tax returns, 1945-1952

Includes related papers as early as 1939.

Box 44
Taxation: Unemployment tax returns for Mississippi, 1948-1964
Box 44
Taxation: Unemployment tax returns for N.C., 1944-1964
(3 folders)
Box 44
Taxation: Unemployment tax returns for U.S., 1945-1963
Box 44
Taxation: Unjust enrichment tax returns, 1935-1936
Box 44
Telephone line right of way deeds, Durham to Erwin, N.C., 1903-1908
Box 45
Tenant farmers, 1921
Box 45
Trial balances: Mills 1, 2, 3, 1908 Dec. 31
Box 45
Wage charts for 1944 briefs, 1944
(4 folders)
Box 45
Water pipeline and electric power line to New Hope Creek, 1910
Box 45
Water reservoir site land purchase on New Hope Creek (Patterson's Mill site), 1909
(2 folders)
Box 45
Water supply survey on New Hope Creek, 1909
Box 45
Water supply survey on New Hope Creek, 1909

Oversize.

Box 64
Watts, Gerard S., estate: Distribution of stocks and bonds, 1914
(2 folders)
Box 45
Weekly financial reports, 1959 Oct. 3-1960
(3 folders)
Box 45
Weekly financial reports, 1961-1964
(7 folders)
Box 46
Weekly financial reports, 1965-1966
(2 folders)
Box 47
Woodward Baldwin and Co., interest settlement statements, 1954-1964
Box 47
Young Mercantile Co., West Durham, N.C., 1904
Box 47

4. Labor Relations series, 1933-1952

The Labor Relations series focuses upon the company's relationship with its workers, the Textile Workers Union of America, and the federal government. Files largely date from the late 1930s and early 1940s. The series documents strikes and extensive negotiations with employees, as well as contracts, memoranda, correspondence, wage charts, labor agreements, and other materials. There is also material from the United Textile Workers challenging the Textile Workers Union of America in 1951 and 1952.

Bulletins, news items, etc., 1933-1940 and undated
Box 47
CIO meetings and letters on contract, 1938-1940
Box 47
CIO non-contract meetings, 1940
Box 47
Contracts submitted by the CIO, 1938-1939
Box 47
Contracts submitted by Erwin, 1938-1939
Box 47
Contracts under consideration, 1940
Box 48
Correspondence, 1940-1941 and undated
Box 48
Election of Feb. 9, 1938, 1937-1938
Box 48
Labor's Charter of Rights, 1935
Box 48
Letters to managers, 1937-1939
Box 48
McLendon, L.P., 1940
Box 48
Meetings on contract, 1940
Box 48
Memoranda, 1940
Box 48
Memoranda on contract, 1937-1940
Box 48
National Labor Relations Board, 1940
Box 48
National War Labor Board, 1942
Box 48
National War Labor Board, 1942, 1945
Box 48
National War Labor Board wage case, 1942
Box 48
Perkins, William Robertson, 1940
Box 49
Shop Committee meetings, 1937-1940
Box 49
Strike of June 1939, 1939 and undated
Box 49
Strike of March 1940, 1940
Box 49
Textile Steering Committee, 1945-1946
Box 49
Textile Workers Union of America, 1939-1946
Box 49
Textile Workers Union of America: Negotiations, 1941
(3 folders)
Box 49
Textile Workers Union of America: Negotiations, 1941
Box 49
Textile Workers Union of America: Negotiations of 1941 background material, 1938-1941
Box 50
Textile Workers Union of America: Statement in the matter of the cotton-rayon industry, 1944
Box 50
Textile Workers Union of America vs. United Textile Workers, 1951-1952
Box 50
Tobacco industry labor agreements, 1937-1940
Box 50
Unemployment compensation hearing, 1940 Apr. 9
Box 50
Various CIO and AFL contracts, 1937-1941
Box 50
Wage charts, 1943
Box 50
Wage survey in finishing industry, 1941
Box 50

5. William Allen Erwin series, 1871-1932

The William Allen Erwin series consists mainly of files representing his personal and family interests and business. Also included are correspondence files that contain both personal and business correspondence regarding the mill and textile industries. The correspondence largely dates from 1928. Notable topics include: national and state issues; North Carolina parishes of the Protestant Episcopal Church; St. Mary' School in Raleigh; correspondence regarding his salary in 1920 with James B. Duke; St. Joseph's Episcopal Church; real estate; house and dormitory construction; the textile industry; University of North Carolina; Duke University; politics; and hunting dogs. Correspondents include Albert Anderson, Thomas Hall Battle, Martin E. Boyer Jr., Joseph Blount Cheshire, Heriot Clarkson, Benjamin Newton Duke, H.R. Fitzgerald, John A. Law, Edwin Anderson Penick, Edward Knox Powe, James Augustus Thomas, Hobart Brown Upjohn, and members of the Erwin and Holt families.

Alamance County property, 1871-1899
Box 50
Aldert Smedes estate, 1892-1894
Box 50
Automobiles, buggies, etc., 1900s
Box 50
Bank of Harnett, 1915, 1928
Box 50
Biographical material about William A. Erwin and John Locke Erwin, 1927, 1932
Box 50
Blakeley Silver, undated
Box 50
Burke County property, 1891
Box 50
Business miscellany, 1916-1928
Box 51
Capital apartments elevator, 1927-1928
Box 51
Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill: Contract for Skinner organ, 1924
Box 51
Correspondence, 1893-1927
(3 folders)
Box 51
Correspondence, 1928-1931 and undated

Notes on correspondents and topics

Box 51
Correspondence, 1928 Jan.-Mar.
(5 folders)
Box 51
Correspondence, 1928 Apr.-Sept.
(11 folders)
Box 52
Correspondence, 1928 Sept.-1931 and undated
(10 folders)
Box 53
Dogs and dog shows, 1924-1930 and undated
Box 54
Duke family, 1919 and undated
Box 54
Fidelity Bank, 1927-1929
Box 54
Financial papers, 1894-1929 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 54
Financial papers: check stubs, 1917-1921
(7 volumes)
Box 54
Food Administration, Durham County, 1918
Box 54
Gardner, Oliver Max, 1920
Box 54
Genealogy and family information, Erwin, Phifer, etc., undated
Box 54
Haywood, Ernest, Law offices, 1925-1928
Box 55
Hillcrest and St. Joseph's Episcopal Church contracts and specifications, 1907-1908
Box 55
Holt, Dr. William P. and Co. Hospital at Erwin, N.C., 1927-1928
Box 55
Horses and horse shows, 1928 and undated
Box 55
Hunting, 1921-1930 and undated
Box 55
Miscellaneous legal papers, 1927-1928 and undated
Box 55
Miscellaneous printed material, undated
Box 55
National Bank of Commerce, New York, 1928
Box 55
Photographs, approximately 1910s and 1932
Box 55
Property tax lists, 1894, 1927
Box 55
Protestant Episcopal Church, 1919-1928 and undated
Box 55
Raleigh real estate, 1927-1928
Box 55
St. Mary's School, 1928
Box 55
St. Mary's School Building Committee, 1927-1928
(2 folders)
Box 55
St. Mary's School Building Committee, 1928 and undated
Box 56
Salary; James B. Duke; Company financial statistics since 1892, 1910-1920
(2 folders)
Box 56
Sarah Erwin's National Cathedral School reports, 1915
Box 56
Southern Railway Pass with envelope cancelled on Train No. 16, 1899
Box 56
Stocks, Bonds, and Property of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Erwin and Mrs. Bessie S. Leak, 1920s
Box 56
Tenant and other farm memoranda, 1916-1919
Box 56
Trial balances, 1927-1928
Box 56
Virginia Trust Company, 1923-1929
Box 56
Wachovia Bank and Trust Company, 1928
Box 56

6. Pearl Cotton Mills series, 1892-1932

The Pearl Cotton Mills series consists of records from the 1890s until its absorption by Erwin Mills in 1932. The accounting records are represented through stock certificate books, ledgers, journals, trial balances, cash and bank account books, and inventories. The files are minimal but include the minutes and a variety of significant financial reports, statements, and other papers.

Appraisal, 1928 Sept. 28
Box 56
Appraisal, 1932 Feb.
Box 56
Audit report, 1931
Box 57
Erwin Cotton Mills purchases and sales, 1927-1931
Box 57
Financial statements, 1909-1931
Box 57
Income tax returns, 1931-1932
Box 57
Inventories, 1931-1932
Box 57
Minutes of Directors and Stockholders, including charter and bylaws, 1892-1932
Box 57
N.C. Corporation Commission report, 1932
Box 57
Reports on estimated cost of repairs and replacements and on proposed labor complement and overhead, 1932 Feb.
Box 57
Sale to Erwin Cotton Mills, 1932
Box 57
Secretary and Treasurer's reports, 1930-1931
Box 57
Statement of income and profit and loss, 1918-1928
Box 57
Stock certificate book, 1894-1928
Volume 322
Stock certificate book, 1928-1932
Volume 323
Ledger A, 1892-1899
Volume 324
Ledger B, 1900-1911
Volume 325
Ledger C, 1912-1923
Volume 326
Ledger D, 1924-1932
Volume 327
Journal B, 1907-1923
Volume 328
Journal C, 1923-1932
Volume 329
Trial balances, 1902-1916
Volume 330
Trial balances, 1917-1928
Volume 331
Trial balances, 1929-1932
Volume 332
Cash and bank account book, 1897-1899
Volume 333
Cash and bank account book, 1900-1904
Volume 334
Cash and bank account book, 1904-1910
Volume 335
Cash and bank account book, 1910-1916
Volume 336
Cash and bank account book, 1916-1920
Volume 337
Cash and bank account book, 1920-1923
Volume 338
Cash and bank account book, 1923-1927
Volume 339
Cash and bank account book, 1928-1932
Volume 340
Inventory book, 1906-1915
Volume 341
Inventory book, 1924-1930
Volume 342
Inventory book, 1931-1932
Volume 343
Inventory pricing calculations and related statistics, 1924-1932
Volume 344

7. Cooleemee Cotton Mills series, 1899-1916

The Cooleemee Cotton Mills series contains primarily records from the late 1890s until its acquisition by Erwin Mills in 1906. Some material dates as late as 1916. The accounting volumes are ledgers, a journal, and cashbooks. There are minimal files but they include legal and financial papers as well as stock certificate books for the Cooleemee Water Power and Manufacturing Company.

Cooleemee Water Power and Manufacturing Company stock certificate book, 1899
Box 58
Denim styles, 1900
Box 58
Draper Company Account, 1904
Box 58
Goods manufactured, 1915
Box 58
Inventory book, 1907-1916
Box 58
Letterhead stationary, early 1900s
Box 58
Lookout Shoals Property, Catawba River, 1900
Box 58
N.C. Corporation Commission report, 1902
Box 58
Property in Catawba, Iredell, and Alexander counties, and Farmers' crop liens with Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co., 1900-1907
Box 58
Stock certificate book, 1899-1903
Box 58
Survey of the South Yadkin River from Yadkin River to Cooleemee, including South River Mills, 1910-1911
Box 58
Current ledger, 1901-1906
Volume 345
Transfer Ledger No. 1, 1901-1905
Volume 346
Journal No. 1, 1901-1906
Volume 347
Cashbook No. 1, 1901-1903
Volume 348
Cashbook No. 2, 1904-1906
Volume 349

8. Erwin Yarn Company series, 1919-1948

Records of the textile-selling agency at Philadelphia from its origin in the 1920s until its liquidation in the 1940s. Minutes, stockholder records, ledgers, journal, cashbook, and sales journal, and several files of legal and financial papers. Volumes arranged chronologically within types. Files arranged alphabetically.

Audit report, 1923
Box 59
Charter and dissolution papers, 1925-1947
Box 59
Federal tax records, 1925-1947
(2 folders)
Box 59
Gem Cotton Mills and Sevier Cotton Mills arbitration case, 1920
Box 59
Stockholder records, 1940-1947
Box 59
Minutes of stockholders and directors, 1925-1947

Including certificate of incorporation and bylaws, 1925.

Volume 350
Stockholders ledger, 1925-1947
Volume 351
Stock certificate book, 1925-1940
Volume 352
Ledger, 1925-1947
Volume 353
Private ledger, 1919-1947

Employee payroll and sales records

Volume 354
Journal, 1942-1947
Volume 355
Cashbook, 1944-1948
Volume 356
Sales journal, 1944-1947
Volume 357

9. J. N. Ledford Company series, 1901-1963

The J. N. Ledford Company series contains records of this department store in Cooleemee, N.C., from its origin in 1901 until the 1960s. William Allen Erwin was an original stockholder, and by 1919 Erwin Mills was the majority stockholder. Files include minutes, stockholder records, and scattered legal and financial papers and volumes. Some workers at Cooleemee Mills are identifiable through the Accounts Receivable.

Information folder, undated
Box 59
Minutes of stockholders and directors, 1901-1938

Including certificate of incorporation and bylaws, 1901.

Box 59
Minutes of stockholders and directors, 1938-1946
Box 60
Minutes of stockholders and directors, 1946-1955
Box 60
Minutes of stockholders and directors, 1955-1963

Including certificate of incorporation, 1901; bylaws, 1955-1958; correspondence, 1955-1956.

Box 60
Stock certificate book, 1902-1954
Box 61
Audit reports, 1941-1952, 1954-1961
Box 61
Ledger, 1958-1963
Box 61
Journal, 1958-1963
Box 61
Financial statements and other papers, 1938-1953
(3 folders)
Box 62
Accounts receivable, 1938
Box 62
Assignments and transfers of accounts payable, 1938
(4 folders)
Box 62
Correspondence, 1918, 1956-1958
Box 62
 

Historical Note

Historical Note

Date Event(s)
1892 Erwin Cotton Mills incorporated, the Duke family owning a controlling interest with Benjamin N. Duke as president and William Allen Erwin as manager.
1893 Mill No. 1 in West Durham began operation
1896 Mill No. 1 doubled in size
1903-1904 Mill No. 2 built at Duke (now Erwin), Harnett Co., N. C.
1906 Colleemee Cotton Mills, Cooleemee, Davie Co., N. C., acquired and operated as Mill No. 3
1909-1910 Mill No. 4, bleachery and finishing plant built in West Durham
1925 Erwin Yarn Company, a selling agency, established in Philadelphia, Pa.
1925-1926 Mill No. 5 built at Erwin, N. C.
1927 William A. Erwin succeeded B. N. Duke as president
1932 Kemp Plummer Lewis succeeded W. A. Erwin as president
Pearl Cotton Mills in North Durham acquired and operated as Mill No. 6
1937 Finishing plant added at Cooleemee, N.C.
1947 Erwin Yarn Company liquidated
1948, ca. Diana Mills at Neuse, Wake Co., N. C., acquired and operated as Mill No. 7
1948 William Haywood Ruffin succeeded K. P. Lewis as president
Stonewall Cotton Mills, Stonewall, Miss., acquired and operated as Mill No. 8
1949 Accounting procedures changed from longtime standard forms posted by hand to radically different forms utilizing business machines
1950 Company changed name to Erwin Mills
1953 Abney Mills of South Carolina acquired control and its president, Francis Ebenezer Grier, became chairman of the board
1960, ca. Burlington Industries acquired control, Erwin Mills continuing as one of its divisions
1969, ca. Mill No. 6 in North Durham closed
1986 J. P. Stevens acquired and closed West Durham plant


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Provenance

The records of Erwin Mills, a textile manufacturing company, were gifts and deposits to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1951, 1955-1956, 1966, and 1987, by Dr. Frank T. de Vyver, Nathaniel Gregory, Erwin Mills, and the J. P. Stevens Company.

Processing Information

Processed by: Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Staff, 1987.

Encoded by Meghan Lyon from paper guide, 2018.