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Dale E. Holt collection of Whitehall Mill materials

Dale E. Holt collection of Whitehall Mill materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: Dale E. Holt collection of Whitehall Mill materials
Creator: Whitehall Mill (Athens, Ga.)
Creator: Holt, Dale E. , 1938-2012
Inclusive Dates: 1934-1970
Bulk Dates: 1959-1970
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: ms3876
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

In 1835 Whitehall, the state's first mill village, was established near the factory, on the banks of the North Oconee River. In 1854, the original factory was replaced with the site's first brick building housing 1704 spindles, 20 looms, and 60 laborers. The dam for the mill was over 1/4 mile upstream feeding a millrace that roughly followed the current entry road. The last vestige of the millrace can still be seen behind the main mill building, and it fed a turbine housed at the eastern end of the building. After being destroyed by a fire and completely rebuilt in 1898, the White family lost the property to bankruptcy in 1929. In 1930, Oconee Textile Company and Thomas Textiles bought portions of the land. Thomas Textiles, which manufactured baby diapers ended up with the whole property and continued business until 1988.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 45 account books that span from September 1959 to September 1968. The account books include dates, names of employees, hours worked, and rate of pay. There is also a folder of loose ledger sheets from April 1969 through April 1970. The loose ledger sheets include names, dates, hours worked, rate of pay, overtime, gross pay, taxes , insurance, rent, savings, and net pay. There are sheets from all three shifts. Included in the collections are four calendar/workbooks from the Carter Traveler Company and one from the Victor Steel Spinning Travelers Company. Also included is My Private Secretary, a booklet that contains information about mill machinery, bobbins, and production, in addition to keeping mill records. A safety award given to Whitehall Mills from the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Assocition for 1969 is also included.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dale E. Holt collection of Whitelall Mill materials, ms 3876, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Business records.
Manufactures -- Georgia.
Textile factories -- Georgia -- Athens.
Textile industry -- Georgia -- Athens.
Wages -- Textile workers -- Georgia -- Athens.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Time book, 1959-1960
12-4Time books, 1960
15-9Time books, 1961
110-13Time books, 1962
114-17Time books, 1963
118-20Time books, 1963-1964
121-23Time books, 1964
124Time book, 1964-1965
125-27Time books, 1965
128Time book, 1965-1966
129-31Time books, 1966
132Time book, 1966-1967
133-35Time books, 1967
21Time books, 1968
22Time books, 1968-1969
23Time books, 1969
24Loose time sheets, 1969-1970
25Carter Traveler Company and Victor Steel Spinning Travelers Company notebooks, 1934, undated
26Safety award, 1969
27My Private Secretary booklet
28Textile Texts, 4th edition, 1917