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Collection Number: 04914

Collection Title: Glen Raven Mills Records (#4914) 1781-1993

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Size About 200 items (1.5 linear feet)
Abstract Glen Raven Mills Inc. was owned by John Quentin Gant (ca. 1847-1930), who established John Q. Gant Mfg. Co. in Burlington, N.C., in 1900 and began using the name Glen Raven in 1902. Gant had entered the retail dry goods business in Company Shops, N.C. (renamed Burlington in 1893) in 1872, with Lawrence and Banks Holt as inactive partners. He had been employed since 1867 by Edwin M. Holt in the E. M. Holt & Sons Mill, the first in the South to manufacture colored cotton goods. The collection contains family correspondence and other family papers, as well as business records relating to Glen Raven Mills Inc. and other mills. Most of the family letters, 1879-1890, are from Corinna Morehead Erwin Gant to her husband, John Q. Gant, when he was at Company Shops and she was visiting at the Erwin family farm near Morganton, N.C. Family letters, 1903-1930 and later, are about relationships among family members and family history. Also included are copies of 18th- and 19th-century wills of ancestors of John Q. Gant and genealogy materials relating to the Gant and Erwin families. Business correspondence, 1900, includes letters to John Q. Gant about day-to-day mill operations in Mt. Airy, N.C., and about the possible sale of the mill there. Business letters, 1914, discuss attracting South American clients; letters from the 1930s are about awning and cloth prices. There are also Glen Raven Mills record books detailing some of the production, sales, and delivery of mill textiles, 1904-1962.
Creator Glen Raven Mills Inc.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Roger Gant, Jr., in February 1998 (Acc. 98034) and January 1999 (Acc. 98290).
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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John Quentin Gant (ca. 1847-1930) entered the retail dry goods business in Company Shops, N.C., (renamed Burlington in 1893) in 1872, with Lawrence and Banks Holt as inactive partners. He had previously been employed for six years by Edwin M. Holt in Alamance Mills, owned by E. M. Holt & Sons. Gant's brothers-in-law, William and Locke Erwin, successively came down from Bellevue, their family farm near Morganton, N.C., to work for him after he opened John Q. Gant & Co. In 1880, Gant sold his interest in John Q. Gant & Co. to William A. Erwin.

In 1880, with Berry Davidson as partner, John Q. Gant entered the cotton mill business, opening Altamahaw Cotton Mills. In 1884, the Holt brothers bought out Davidson's interest. Edward Knox Powe, who married Claudia Erwin, came from Morganton to work there.

John Q. Gant established John Q. Gant Mfg. Co. in 1900 and, in 1902, began using the name Glen Raven Cotton Mills.

Lawrence and Banks Holt were the sons of Edwin M. Holt and nephews of William R. Holt. William Holt's daughter Elvira J. Holt married Joseph J. Erwin and was the mother of Margaret L. Erwin, who married Lawrence Holt, and of Corinna Morehead Erwin (1854-1932), who married John Q. Gant in 1879. Corinna M. Erwin and John Q. Gant had ten children: Joseph Erwin (b. 1880), Kenneth (b. 1881), Jessamine (Jesse Minerva, b. 1883), John Q., Jr. (b. 1885), Roger, Corinna Harper, Edwin Holt, Russell, Cecil, and Allen Erwin.

For more information about the Gant family and Glen Raven Mills, see Margaret Elizabeth Gant, The Raven's Story (1979).

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The collection contains family correspondence and other family papers, as well as business records relating to Glen Raven Mills Inc. and other mills. Most of the family letters, 1879-1890, are from Corinna Morehead Erwin Gant to her husband, John Q. Gant, when he was at Company Shops and she was visiting at Bellevue, the Erwin family farm near Morganton, N.C. Family letters, 1903-1930 and later, are about relationships among family members and family history. Also included are copies of 18th- and 19th-century wills of ancestors of John Q. Gant and genealogy materials relating to the Gant and Erwin families. Business correspondence, 1900, includes letters to John Q. Gant about day-to-day operations of Hazelhurst Cotton Mills in Mt. Airy, N.C., and about the possible sale of the mill. Business letters, 1914, discuss attracting South American clients; letters from the 1930s are about awning and cloth prices. There are also Glen Raven Mills record books detailing some of the production, sales, and delivery of mill textiles, 1904-1962.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Family Papers, 1879-1993.

About 175 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Family correspondence and other papers, mostly genealogical information, chiefly of members of the Gant family. Included are letters, 1879-1890, written by Corinna Morehead Erwin Gant to her husband, John Q. Gant, when he was at Company Shops and she was visiting her family at Bellevue, the Erwin family farm in Morganton, N.C. Typed transcriptions of these letters are included.

John Q. Gant's correspondence includes one letter to his wife in 1886. The rest, 1903-1930, are to and from other relatives and document family history and relationships. There is also a 1932 letter from Corinna Erwin Gant's sister to Corinna, and four letters of John and Corinna Gant's daughters, Jessamine and Corinna, and their grandson, Roger Gant, Jr., about family relationships and family history.

Also included is genealogical information about the Erwin and Gant families that was compiled by Roger Gant. The Gant family folder contains a biographical sketch of Colonel Jesse Gant written by his son, John Q. Gant.

Folder 1

1879 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 1

Folder 2

July 1880 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 2

Folder 3

August 1880-October 1880 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 3

Folder 4

1882 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 4

Folder 5

1883-1890 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 5

Folder 6

1903-1908 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 6

Folder 7

1912-1914 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 7

Folder 8

1915-1919 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 8

Folder 9

1920-1924 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 9

Folder 10

1928 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 10

Folder 11

1929-1932 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 11

Folder 12

1954, 1973, 1984, 1993 #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 12

Folder 13

Erwin family genealogy #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 13

Folder 14

Gant family genealogy #04914, Series: "1. Family Papers, 1879-1993. " Folder 14

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters from 1900 include some to John Q. Gant about day-to-day operations of Hazelhurst Cotton Mills in Mt. Airy, N.C., from the manager, William Sumner, and others about the possible sale of that mill. Correspondence in 1914 involves attracting South American clients. The 1930s correspondence concerns awning and cloth prices.

Folder 15

1900 #04914, Series: "2. Business Correspondence, 1900-1939. " Folder 15

Folder 16

1914 #04914, Series: "2. Business Correspondence, 1900-1939. " Folder 16

Folder 17

1933-1939 #04914, Series: "2. Business Correspondence, 1900-1939. " Folder 17

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About 20 items.

Receipts include a tax receipt issued by John Q. Gant's father, Colonel Jesse Gant, when he was deputy sheriff of Orange County, N.C., and a receipt for items that John Q. Gant bought on a trip to the Panama Canal in 1913.

Wills include those of John Q. Gant's great-great-grandfather, Edward Gant; his great-grandfather, John Gant; his grandfather, Isham Gant; and ancestors, John Anderson and William Anderson.

Folder 18

Receipts #04914, Series: "3. Financial and Legal Papers, 1781-1927. " Folder 18

Folder 19

Wills #04914, Series: "3. Financial and Legal Papers, 1781-1927. " Folder 19

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12 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Record books detailing some of the production, sales, and delivery of Glen Raven Mills Inc. textiles. Note that original volume titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Folder 20

Volume 1: Address book, 85 p., undated. Book listing names and addresses of suppliers. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 2: Consignment book, 272 p., April 1913-August 1933. Ledger listing consigned merchandise by customer and date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 3: Consignment book, 144 p., November 1933-June 1936. Ledger listing consigned merchandise by customer and date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 4: Contract book, 300 p., November 1910-July 1928. Ledger listing customer orders by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 5: Contract book, 300 p., October 1928-December 1934. Ledger listing customer orders by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 6: Contract book, 300 p., January 1935-July 1943. Ledger listing customer orders by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 25

Folder 26-28

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Volumes 7-9: Minutes book/dye book, about 300 p., February 1904-March 1942. Ledger and loose papers listing minutes of early Glen Raven Mills incorporators and stockholders meetings in addition to dye costs and dye formulas. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 26-28

Folder 29

Volume S-10: Old awning fabric sales record, 500 p., 1928-1962. Ledger listing overall fabric sales by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume S-11: Old awning fabric sales record, 498 p., 1928-1962. Ledger listing overall fabric sales by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 12: Silk sales book, 300 p., October 1933-March 1941. Ledger listing customers and silk purchased by date. #04914, Series: "4. Volumes, 1904-1962. " Folder 31

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Oversize volumes (V-4914/S-10 and S-11).

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