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Collection Number: 04922

Collection Title: Sellers Manufacturing Company Records (#4922) 1927-1994

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Size About 250 items (4.0 linear feet).
Abstract Located in Saxapahaw, N.C., the Sellers Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1927 to produce fine combed cotton yarns for the hosiery industry in Alamance County, N.C. Starting out with fewer than 10,000 spindles, the company expanded until, at its peak, it employed 1,000 people and operated approximately 75,000 spindles. The Sellers Manufacturing Company also owned the Royal Cotton Mill in Wake Forest, N.C., and the Sellers Dyeing Company, Jordan Spinning Company, and National Processing Company. Charles V. Sellers was the company's president, serving from 1927 until his death in 1941. B. Everett Jordan was the company's treasurer and general manager. The records, 1927-1994, of the Sellers Manufacturing Company of Saxapahaw, N.C., and related companies, Royal Cotton Mill, Sellers Dyeing Company, Jordan Spinning Company, and National Processing Company, include minutes of stockholders meetings and directors meetings, tax returns, inventories, accounts, and other items.
Creator Sellers Manufacturing Company.
Language English.
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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 Ben E. Jordan, Jr., of Saxapahaw, N.C., in April 1998.
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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Located in Saxapahaw, N.C., Sellers Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1927 to produce fine combed cotton yarns to supply the hosiery industry in Alamance County. Charles V. Sellers was the company's president, serving from 1927 until his death in 1941. B. Everett Jordan was the company's treasurer and general manager.

Starting out with fewer than 10,000 spindles, the company expanded in size and in range of products, until at its peak it employed 1,000 people and operated approximately 75,000 spindles. In 1930, the company began producing mercerized combed yarns and, in 1931-1932, established one of the South's first silk-throwing plants for making raw Japanese silk into thread for the hosiery industry. By 1961, Sellers produced a wide range of knitting and weaving yarns-combed, carded, nylon blends, dyed and natural, mercerized, and stretch.

In 1939, Sellers Manufacturing Company acquired Sapona Cotton Mill in Randolph County, which was then reorganized as an affiliate and named Jordan Spinning Company. In 1945, Sellers acquired Royal Cotton Mill in Wake Forest, N.C., a yarn spinning mill that produced a coarser range of yarns than the Sellers products. That same year, Sellers also acquired National Processing Company, a mercerizer. In 1951, Sellers established a dyeing operation, the Sellers Dyeing Company. The company further expanded its product range by spinning and blending nylon and other synthetics with cotton.

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Records, 1927-1994, of the Sellers Manufacturing Company of Saxapahaw, N.C., and related companies, Royal Cotton Mill, Sellers Dyeing Company, Jordan Spinning Company, and National Processing Company. Included are minutes of stockholders meetings and directors meetings, tax returns, inventories, accounts, and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Records of the Sellers Manufacturing Company of Saxapahaw, N.C., include the charter, by-laws, minutes of stockholders' meetings and board of directors meetings, account books, tax returns, and inventories of the company's fixed assets. Most of these records were received in binders of some kind. The papers have been removed and placed in folders.

Folder 1/1

Charter, By-Laws, and Minutes, 1927-1962 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/1

Folder 1/2

Minutes of Special Stockholders Meeting, November 1937 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/2

Folder 1/3

Minutes, 1962-1976 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/3

Folder 1/4

Minutes, 1977-1982 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/4

Folder 1/5

General Journal, 1981-1991 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/5

Folder 1/6

Cash Journal, 1985-1989 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/6

Folder 1/7

Tax Returns: State Income Tax, September 1927-March 1941 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/7

Folder 1/8

Tax Returns: State Income Tax, April 1941-March 1950 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/8

Folder 1/9

Tax Returns: State Income Tax, April 1951-March 1955 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/9

Folder 1/10

Tax Returns: State Income Tax, April 1955-March 1963 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/10

Folder 1/11

Tax Returns: State Income Tax, April 1963-March 1976 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/11

Folder 1/12

Tax Returns: Capital Stock, 1933-1945 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/12

Folder 1/13

Tax Returns: Intangible, 1939-1954 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/13

Folder 1/14

Tax Returns: Franchise Tax, 1936-1955 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/14

Folder 1/15

County Property Tax, 1928-1956 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/15

Folder 1/16

Tax Returns: NewYork City and State, 1970-1976 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/16

Folder 1/17

F/A Inventory SMC: Cotton Mill Machinery, Opening and Picking DepartmentS #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/17

Folder 1/18

F/A Inventory SMC: Cotton Mill Machinery, Carding Department #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/18

Folder 1/19

F/A Inventory SMC: Cotton Mill Machinery, Drawing and Roving Departments #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/19

Folder 1/20

F/A Inventory SMC: Cotton Mill Machinery, Combing and Spooling Departments #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/20

Folder 1/21

F/A Inventory SMC: Cotton Mill Machinery, Twisting, Air conditioning and humidifying #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/21

Folder 1/22

F/A Inventory SMC: Office Machinery and Equipment: Main Office and Mill Offices-Machines and Equipment #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/22

Folder 1/23-1/25

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F/A Inventory SMC: Office Machinery and Equipment: Main Office and Mill Offices-Furniture and Fixtures #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/23-1/25

Folder 1/26

F/A Inventory SMC: Spinning and Finishing: Spinning #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/26

Folder 1/27

F/A Inventory SMC: Spinning and Finishing: Shop and Outside; Laboratory etc.; Warping; Finishing #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/27

Folder 1/28

F/A Inventory SMC: Spinning and Finishing: Quilling; Manual Winding; Uniconers; Warehouse and Shipping; Boilers and Equipment; Water Coolers; Conveyors #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/28

Folder 1/29

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1928-1948 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/29

Folder 1/30

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1949-1955 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/30

Folder 1/31

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1956-1960 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/31

Folder 1/32

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1961-1967 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/32

Folder 1/33

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1968-1971 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/33

Folder 1/34

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1972-1976 #04922, Series: "1. Sellers Manufacturing Company, 1927-1991. " Folder 1/34

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Minutes; tax returns; a property appraisal, 1942; papers relating to the dissolution of the company in 1977; inventory of machinery and equipment, 1971; and other records of the Royal Cotton Mill Company, Wake Forest, N.C. The spine of the binding of the minute book was labeled "Minute Book, Royal Cotton Mill Co., Wake Forest, N.C., Vol. 2."

Folder 2/1

Minute Book, 1945-1977 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/1

Folder 2/2

Appraisal, 28 December 1942 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/2

Folder 2/3

Dissolution, 23 May 1977 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/3

Folder 2/4

North Carolina Tax Returns, 1956-1963 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/4

Folder 2/5

North Carolina Tax Returns, 1964-1976 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/5

Folder 2/6

Work Papers, Current Year #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/6

Folder 2/7-2/8

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Machinery and Equipment, 1971 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/7-2/8

Folder 2/9

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1933-1956 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/9

Folder 2/10

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1957-1962 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/10

Folder 2/11

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1963-1969 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/11

Folder 2/12

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1970-1977 #04922, Series: "2. Royal Cotton Mill, 1945-1977. " Folder 2/12

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3 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Minutes, work papers, and accounts of Sellers Dyeing Company. These papers were received in three binders. The papers were removed from each and placed in folders. Sellers Dyeing Company was incorporated in 1951 and liquidated in 1979.

Folder 3/1

Minutes, 1951-1966 #04922, Series: "3. Sellers Dyeing Company, 1951-1979. " Folder 3/1

Folder 3/2

Minutes, 1967-1979 #04922, Series: "3. Sellers Dyeing Company, 1951-1979. " Folder 3/2

Folder 3/3

Work Papers, Current Year #04922, Series: "3. Sellers Dyeing Company, 1951-1979. " Folder 3/3

Folder 3/4

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1952-1977 #04922, Series: "3. Sellers Dyeing Company, 1951-1979. " Folder 3/4

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4 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Minutes and accounts of the Jordan Spinning Company. This material was received in four binders, removed, and placed in folders. Jordan Spinning Company was established in 1941.

Folder 4/1

Minutes, 1941-1959 #04922, Series: "4. Jordan Spinning Company, 1941-1994. " Folder 4/1

Folder 4/2

General Ledger, 1981-1994 #04922, Series: "4. Jordan Spinning Company, 1941-1994. " Folder 4/2

Folder 4/3

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1960-1969 #04922, Series: "4. Jordan Spinning Company, 1941-1994. " Folder 4/3

Folder 4/4

Additions to Fixed Assets, 1970-1977 #04922, Series: "4. Jordan Spinning Company, 1941-1994. " Folder 4/4

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Charter, by-law, minutes, and tax returns of the National Processing Company.

Folder 5/1

Charter, By-Laws, and Minutes, 1945-1976 #04922, Series: "5. National Processing Company, 1945-1974. " Folder 5/1

Folder 5/2

North Carolina Tax Returns, 1955-1974 #04922, Series: "5. National Processing Company, 1945-1974. " Folder 5/2

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Items separated include: 4922/S-1.

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