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Mary-Leila Cotton Mills records

Mary-Leila Cotton Mills records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary-Leila Cotton Mills records
Creator: Mary-Leila Cotton Mill
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1949
Language(s): English
Extent: 9 Linear Feet (10 boxes and 3 oversize folders)
Collection Number: ms3790
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

In 1899, William R. Jackson, Sr. and Edward A. Copelan founded the Mary-Leila Cotton Mill (Greensboro, Ga.), named for Jackson's wife, Mary, and for Copelan's wife, Leila. As the town's first source of industrial jobs, the Mary-Leila Cotton Mill played a significant role in Greensboro's growth and economic development, as well as the rise of the area's textile industry. During the Second World War, the mill was used for the production of cotton sheeting used in the war effort. Disagreements between the mill's management, the National War Labor Board, and the Textile Workers Union of America led to the mill's participation in several significant labor cases involving mills from across the region. The Mary-Leila Cotton Mill and surrounding Village of worker's houses were nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, reports, advertisements, and facility reports related the Mary-Leila Cotton Mills. There are materials related to day-to-day operations and production, labor relations and unionism, and the War effort. Additionally, there are photographs documenting the mill and its laborers and blueprints of facilities and equipment.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary-Leila Cotton Mills records, ms 3790, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cotton textile industry -- Georgia.
Labor unions -- Georgia.
Textile factories -- Georgia -- Records and correspondence.
Textile industry -- Georgia.
United States. National War Labor Board (1942-1945)
Wages -- Textile workers -- Georgia.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in other repositories: Greensboro, Ga. May, 1941. Mary-Leila cotton textile mill, Library of Congress

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11-26Correspondence, 1918-1946, undated
21Sales, 1931-1940, undated
22Ledger, 1930-1931
23Harness and Reed Order Books, 1922-1939
24-5Atlanta Harness and Reed Manufacturing Company - Spec Books, 1927-1942
26-7Advertisements - Machinery
28Advertisements - Paint and Varnish
29Cotton Samples, 1939, undated
31Telephone Directory
32Bills of Lading, 1920-1941
33Invoices - Machinery, Facilities, and Maintenance, 1920-1944
34Invoices - Paper and Packaging, 1929-1945
35-7Machinery and Facilities - Specs and Proposals, 1919-1947
38Machinery and Facilities, 1936
39Machinery Inventory
310Machinery and Facilities - Inspections
311Production Reports, 1930
312Photographs - Facility and Machinery
313Housing Photographs and Survey, 1943, undated
314Photographs (FSA) - Machinery and Workers, 1941 October
315Accidents and Complaints, 1933-1934
316-17Wages and Wage Analysis, 1941-1946
318Employee Seniority and Hours, 1943, undated
319Unionization - Management Statements, 1934-1942
320Contract Negotiations - Correspondence, 1941-1945
321War Production Board, 1942-1945
322Possession of Mill by War Department, 1945 June
323National War Labor Board Wage Cases - Weekes and Candler Correspondence, 1942-1945
324National War Labor Board Case - Workers' Strike Flyer, 1945
325National War Labor Board - 23 Southern Cotton Textile Companies Case correspondence, 1944-1945
326National War Labor Board - 23 Southern Cotton Textile Companies Case, 1944-1945
32748-Hour Minimum Work Week, 1944
328Textile Workers Union of America Agreement, 1942
329O. C. Tolbert Discharge, 1944-1945
330Labor Bargaining Conference - Stenographic Reports, 1944-1945
331Labor Bargaining Conference - Transcripts, 1945
332Labor Bargaining Conference - Arbitration
333Textile Workers Union of America, 1944-1945
334National Cotton Council - "Cotton Consumption in Postwar Years", 1945
335The Cotton-Textile Institute, 1933, 1944
336Provisions in Cotton Textile Contracts
41Photograph - 1st Shift, 1940 May
42Photograph - 2nd Shift, 1940 May
43Photograph - 3rd Shift, 1940 May
51-10Spinners' Daily Report to Superintendant, 1940-1949
61-10Daily Cloth Room Report, 1940-1949
71-6Daily Weave Room Report, 1940-1944
77-10Daily Warper Report, 1937-1939
81-10Daily Warper Report, 1940-1947
91-2Daily Warper Report, 1948-1949
93-8Carders' Daily Report to Superintendent, 1940-1945
101-6Daily Carding Report, 1946-1949
107-9Weekly Waste Report, 1947-1949
1010-14Safety Organization Inspection Report, 1940-1944
1015-18Weekly Inspection, 1940-1944
1019-21Reports, 1947-1949
1Primary Mill Village map (1954) and Sanitary Sewers (1948), 1948, 1954
2Blueprints - alternate plans (1938) and office addition (1947), 1938, 1947
3Blueprints - building and equipment layout