Manuscript Collection

Fort Mill Textile Research Collection - Accession 1786 M841 (898-899)

Fort Mill Textile Research Collection - Accession 1786 M841 (898-899)



Accession 1786 - M841 (898-899)

Inclusive Dates



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

Collection Size

180 pieces



Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of research material like photographs, negatives, correspondence, an Evening Herald newspaper section, a thesis proposal, and an oral history project relating to Nancy Biggs Thomas Wofford (Class of 1967, 1984) and her 1984 thesis titled, Fort Mill: Transition from a Farming to a Textile Community, 1880-1920. The photographs and negatives depict the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company (or Springs Industries, Inc.) and the local townscape during the early 1900s; an identification sheet accompanies the fifty photographs. The photographs are photographic copies of the originals owned by Ruth Meacham (1895-1987) (see Ruth Meacham Interview – OH 369 in which Ruth and the interviewer, Nancy Thomas, discuss each photograph as well as life in Fort Mill at the time). The photographs depict downtown Fort Mill, businesses, houses, the Fort Mill well pump, train depot, Fort Mill Academy, Fort Mill Manufacturing Company, 1916 flood, train tracks, cars, fire engine, bridges, Catawba Power Company, and many other Fort Mill scenes. Also included in the collection is a report of Thomas’ oral interview project includes a summary of the project which consists of ten interviews of local mill workers in Fort Mill. Included are indexes of the interviews.


This collection of material was donated to the Winthrop Archives by Nancy Biggs Thomas Wofford.


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Fort Mill Textile Research Collection - Accession 1786 M841 (898-899)

LC Subject Headings

Fort Mill Manufacturing Company; Springs Industries; Textile industry--South Carolina--Fort Mill--History; Textile workers--South Carolina--Fort Mill--History; Textile workers--Social life and customs; Business enterprises--South Carolina--Fort Mill--Photographs; Fort Mill (S.C.)--History; Fort Mill (S.C.)--Social life and customs--Photographs