This collection consists mainly of advertising, production material (blueprints, specifications, drawings and diagrams) and many photographs of machinery. Only a small amount of administrative, executive and purchasing records exist, and no labor records are contained here at all. The collection contained a number of valuable instruction manuals and some catalogs from Ainslie and other knitting machine companies, including manuals from competitors with whom the company had no marketing and manufacturing arrangements or with whom they eventually did, such as Gearhart and Auto Knitter. Some manuals Ainslie recycled under the Ainslie name for the U.S. and foreign markets either by adding their name to the piece or printing entirely under their name. Catalogs exist in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French. These catalogs and instruction manuals are listed in the executive series under Information/Reference files, but have been transferred to the library's trade catalog collection. ... Read More
Includes correspondence to Joan and Sigmund Somy, 1969, from Edward W. Brooke and Edward M. Kennedy, U.S. Senators from Mass., about obtaining immigration visas for John M. McPherson, as well as correspondence, 1963, from the Dubied Machinery Co., manufacturers of knitting machines located in Long Island City (New York City), N.Y. Also contains design specifications, operating instructions for various machines, many from the Dubied Machinery Co., and blank production forms listing colors, with date of delivery, number of cartons, quantity, etc., not filled in.
The letter declines to take knitting done on the outside and advises Morris to sell in her neighborhood. It also advises her to see a jobber in a nearby large town for information about what they would pay for a wool sock made on a hand knitting machine. Includes a yarn sample.
Stereographs of the exterior and interior of the knitting mill, various work areas and processes. Housed in a cloth box, which also holds a folding metal stereopticon, with a brass plate bearing the Berkshire logo. Also included is an invitation addressed to Celestia L. Keener of Reading, for the annual dinner of the Berkshire Knitting Mills "Quarter Century Club," postmarked 1950.
Duke University - David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The papers of the Sidney Knitting Mills, Inc., a subsidiary of May McEwen Kaiser, record its operations as a manufacturer of ladies' silk hosiery from incorporation in 1944 to absorption by Burlington Industries in 1948. The collection contains a ledger, journals, a cash receipts journal, trial balances, voucher registers, and payroll summaries, all for the years 1945-1948; scattered checkbooks, 1944-1946; and a journal of invoices for sales to May McEwen Kaiser, 1945-1946.
This collection documents Berkshire Knitting Mills, its operations and labor relations with the American Federation of Full Fashioned Hosiery Workers. The collection includes technical and piece rate notebooks, the mill diaries of Hellmuth Wink, correspondence, publications, news clippings, minute books, and court briefs. In addition to the microfilm, the collection includes stereographs, a viewer, and associated negatives and prints.