Manuscript Collection

Authors

Cannon Mills

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Identifier

Accession 1426

Inclusive Dates

1858-2003

Restrictions

Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

8,700 pieces, 5.25 linear feet

Language

English;

Historical Note

Cannon Mills (1887-2003) was a textile manufacturer based in Kannapolis, NC. The company produced a basic textile product for the consumer rather than making yarn to sell or making sheeting from yarn purchased from another mill. Founder James William Cannon’s (1852-1921) mercantile philosophy was to brand the fabric with the Cannon name rather than selling it simply as cotton cloth. In 1982 David H. Murdock purchased Cannon Mills and then sold it in 1986 to Fieldcrest, Inc. Cannon Mills then became known as Fieldcrest Cannon. Pillowtex acquired Fieldcrest Cannon in 1997, but after financial problems hit the company Pillowtex was forced into bankruptcy in 2003. The land that Cannon Mills plant was on was then purchased by David H. Murdock in late 2004, who razed the plant from 2005-2006.

Scope and Content Note

Cannon Mills (1887-2003) was a textile manufacturer based in Kannapolis, NC founded by James William Cannon’s (1852-1921). The Cannon Mills Records consist of correspondence, contracts, corporate charters, personnel records, stock certificates, insurance policies, land surveys, indentures, deeds, right-of-way agreements, financial statements, business proposals, service contracts, parts orders, and sales invoices related to the operation of Cannon Mills dating from 1858-2003.

Provenance

The Cannon Mills Records were donated to the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University on July 8, 2010 by Vernon and Ann Terry.

Copyright

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Cannon Mills Records - Accession 1426

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