Papers of incorporation, payroll and other financial records, and correspondence, including a letter concerning the bankruptcy of the mills in 1913. Correspondents include William MacDonald, George W. Peck, and Amos G. Wilson.
Business and family correspondence; minutes; financial records, including six volumes of payroll and time records, 1912-29; and family financial papers. Family members represented include Thomas J. (d.1929), Margaret, Ella A., and Neil T. Hayes.
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 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