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Collection Number: 05291

Collection Title: Erwin Cotton Mills Oral Histories, 2000

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Size 18 items
Abstract Erwin Cotton Mills Number 2 began operation in 1904 on a site on the Cape Fear River in Harnett County, N.C. The mill was owned by the Erwin Cotton Mill Company of Durham, N.C. The town that grew up around the mill was originally named Duke after the Duke family members who were prominent stakeholders in the Erwin Cotton Mill Company. In 1926, the town's name was changed to Erwin. Burlington Industries purchased Erwin Cotton Mills in 1962. In 1987, Burlington Industries was purchased by Swift Textiles, Inc., of Columbus, Ga. Erwin Cotton Mills in Erwin, N.C., closed in 2000. The collection contains oral history interviews with former mill workers of the Erwin Cotton Mills in Erwin, N.C. Interviews were conducted by students in Bruce McNair's honors class at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in November 2000. The collection also includes partial transcriptions of the interviews created by the students as part of their coursework.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
CLOSED: Interviews with Verdie Holmes (C-5291/3) and Edward McLamb (C-5291/6) were received at the Southern Historical Collection without release forms and are closed.
Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Erwin Cotton Mills Oral Histories #5291, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bruce McNair of Fuquay Varina, N.C., in February 2006 (Acc. 100487).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Erwin Cotton Mills Number 2 began operation in 1904 on a site on the Cape Fear River in Harnett County, N.C. The mill was owned by the Erwin Cotton Mill Company of Durham, N.C. The town that grew up around the mill was initially called Duke after the Duke family members who were prominent stakeholders in the Erwin Cotton Mill Company. In 1926, the town's name was changed to Erwin. Burlington Industries purchased Erwin Cotton Mills in 1962. In 1987, Burlington Industries was purchased by Swift Textiles, Inc., of Columbus, Ga. Erwin Cotton Mills in Erwin, N.C., closed in 2000.

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Oral history interviews with former mill workers of the Erwin Cotton Mills in Erwin, N.C. Interviews were conducted by students in Bruce McNair's honors class at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in November 2000. The collection also includes partial transcriptions of the interviews created by the students as part of their coursework.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean, January 2007

Encoded by: Jackie Dean, January 2007

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