1733 - John
Kay invented flying shuttle, revolutionized weaving industry.
1769 - Sir
Richard Arkwright introduced power-driven mechanization of
textile factory production methods; received patent for
spinning-frame machine to spin cotton yarn; used multiple sets
of paired rollers that turned at different speeds, able to draw
out yarn of correct thickness, and set of spindles to twist the
fibers firmly together; powered it with a water-wheel; became
known as the Water Frame.
1779 - First Spinning Mills operated in
- Henry Hollins, group of businessmen established cotton
spinning mill in Pleasley, UK, riverside valley on
Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border; bought Pleasley Forge,
developed new mill on site; 1799 - Pleasley Vale Mills opened;
1840 - William Hollins (grandson) joined company; turned it into
major force in textile production; rebuilt mills after two
serious fires, brought in latest steam driven machinery (built
village store, reform church, bathhouse, mechanics institute,
school for his employees); built dye works, bleach house,
employed hundreds of local people; 1890 - Henry Ernest Hollins
(nephew) bought Via Gellia spinning mills (located in Vi Jella
valley near Matlock), doubled capacity; coined name Viyella;
July 2, 1907 - William Hollins and Company registered "Viyella"
trademark in U. S. first used June 25, 1894 (piece goods
composed of a mixture of wool and cotton); 1960 - awarded
Queenâ€™s Royal Warrant; 1961 - renamed Viyella International;
1967 - Vantona Viyella merged with Coats Patons Ltd (founded by
James Coats in 1802), major Scottish-based firm; formed Coats
Viyella plc, Europe's largest textile manufacturer; 1990s -
introduced new brands, opened new territories, moved into
homewares market; 2001 - renamed Coats plc.
16, 1786 - Massachusetts state legislature supported
first U.S.-made "jenny" and "stock-card" machines for benefit of early American textile-machinery manufacturers; voted
grant of £200 for completion of what are believed to be first
U.S.-made spinning, carding, roping machines.
April 15, 1788 - Hartford Woolen Manufactory,
water-powered worsted mill, opened in Hartford, CT, made
possible by subscriptions from nearby towns contributing capital
of 1,250 pounds; first U.S. worsted mill to use water power,
first strictly commercial worsted mill (worsted yarns are more
tightly twisted than are the bulkier woolen yarns).
December 20, 1790 - Beginning of
American textile industry; Samuel Slater replaced deteriorating
English equipment (spinning wheels, jennies, frames) at Almy and
Brown, new, rented cloth mill partnership of Moses Brown,
Pawtucket, RI Quaker merchant and would-be textile manufacturer,
William Almy (son-in-law) and Smith Brown (nephew); built first
successful water-powered cotton spinning and carding machines,
using American resources; reliable duplicates of British cotton
spinning machines (had emigrated secretly from England in 1789
with details of Richard Arkwright's machines memorized while an
apprentice in a mill); began production of cotton yarn; formed
partnership with Almy and Brown, constructed new mill for
textile manufacture July 1793 - Almy, Brown and
Slater opened on Blackstone River (new dam provided water
power); dedicated exclusively to the production of cotton thread
until 1829; December 20 - Samuel Slater Day in
origins of America's textile industry, beginning of American
December 30, 1791
- William Pollard, of Philadelphia, PA, received a patent for a
"Machine for Spinning Cotton" by water power; one of three
British immigrants who sought exclusive rights to introduce into
America cotton spinning machines based on those devised by
Richard Arkwright in England; June 1791
- Pollard's factory in full operation, said to be first water
frame built in that city (ultimately, not successful).
February 1, 1793
- Ralph Hodgson, of New York, NY, received a patent for
"Manufacturing Oiled Silk, Linen, etc."
February 14, 1794
Davenport, of New Jersey, received a patent for "Weaving and
Beating Duck Sail"; textile (carding & spinning)
June 5, 1797
- Amos Whittemore, of Cambridge, MA, received a patent for
"Manufacturing Wool Cards"; July 1812 - New York Manufacturing
Company acquired rights for 13 years to machine for $120,000
(origins of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company).
- Col. Joseph Durfee established first cotton mill in Fall
River, MA, one-story, wooden mill. at Globe Four Corners (site
of today’s Father Kelly Park); kicked off history of
manufacturing, building, immigration;
1874 - named 'The Spindle City of
America' (manufactured more than 1/30th of entire cotton crop of
Col. Joseph Durfee
- father of 'The Spindle City'
1813 - Benjamin
Prichard and others incorporated Amoskeag Cotton and Woolen
Manufacturing Company founded on west bank of the Merrimack
River in Manchester, NH; 1822
- acquired by Olney Robinson of Rhode Island;
1825 - acquired by
Dr. Oliver Dean, Lyman Tiffany, Willard Sayles of Massachusetts;
July 1, 1831 -
incorporated as Amoskeag Manufacturing Company;
1915 - 17,000
workers, 8 million square feet of floor space, wove 164,000
miles of cloth in 74 different departments;
February 13, 1922 - to remain
competitive management reduced workers' pay by 20%, lengthened
work week from 48 to 54 hours; United Textile Workers of America
struck company (lasted nine months);
1925 - Frederic C. Dumaine (treasurer)
split firm in two; December 24,
1935 - mills closed, company filed for
bankruptcy; 1936 -
- Nathaniel Stevens built Stevens Woolen Mill, small wool
flannel mill in converted grist mill in North Andover, MA to
weave woolen broadcloth, flannel;
1850 - Moses T. Stevens (son) became partner,
name changed to Nathaniel Stevens and Son;
1885 - name changed to M.T. Stevens &
Sons; 1901 - incorporated; name changed to M.T. Stevens & Sons
Company; December 31, 1922
- incorporated; 1946
- merged with J.P. Stevens and Co. Inc., became subsidiary.
1813 - Boston Manufacturing Company chartered in
Massachusetts; September 4, 1813
- Francis Cabot Lowell and The Boston Associates organized
Boston Manufacturing Company in Waltham, MA (original
shareholders - Francis C. Lowell, Benjamin Gorham, Uriah
Cotting, Patrick Tracy Jackson, Warren Dutton, John Gore,
Charles Jackson, James Lloyd, Israel Thorndike Jr., Israel
Thorndike Sr., James Jackson, Nathan Appleton); began "Waltham
system" of manufacture - large labor force initially consisted
primarily of New England farm women, lived in dormitory-style
boarding houses; 1814
- built first complete textile factory in America (manufacture
of all phases of cotton production, from raw cotton to woven
cloth, in one plant); first power-loom, powered by water from
Charles River, plant combined power spinning, weaving on looms;
credited with leading America's industry out of small shops,
into modern factory system; first capitalized company
(shareholder corporation vs. partnership) became method of
choice for structuring American businesses.
- Samuel Courtauld established Samuel Courtauld & Company, silk
manufacturing company in Essex, UK; moved from silk throwing to
mechanized manufacture of textile fabric popular;
1870s - about 3,000
employees, one of biggest firms in British silk industry;
1895 - H. G. Tetley
made director (elected Chairman in 1917);
1898 - T. P. Latham made director;
July 1904 - went
public; acquired British rights to viscose patents for
approximately £25,000 ("viscose" process treated wood pulp with
caustic soda, other chemicals, spun resultant substance into
fibers); 1913 -
world's largest producer of first manmade fiber, rayon;
1921 - Samuel
Courtauld (great-nephew) assumed control;
December 1961 - takeover bid from ICI
Industries; 1968 -
controlled about 30% of U.K. cotton-type spinning capacity, 35%
of warp-knitting production, smaller significant shares in
weaving, finishing; 1979
- C. A. Hogg took over; initiated reorganization of company.
- Abraham Moon established Abraham Moon & Sons Ltd. in Leeds,
UK; supplied many local families with yarn to weave cloth on
hand looms in their homes (collected woven pieces, paid weavers
for their work, washed wool locally, hanged to dry in
surrounding fields, transported pieces by horse, cart to Leeds
for sale in market); 1868
- built three-story mill; railway to Leeds ran directly behind
mill (had its own sidings; invaluable inward transport for wool
for processing, coal for power, outward transport for
distribution of cloth to expanding customer network);
1877 - Isaac Moon
(son) took over; 1900-1913
- fashion fabrics; 1914
- gave way to army shirts, trousers, greatcoat cloths;
1920 - acquired by
Charles H Walsh (designer, mill manager) for £33,000;
1920s - replaced by
emerging fashion;; 2011
- John Walsh (fourth generation manager); £15m in annual sales,
180 employees, only remaining “vertical” woollen mill in
April 20, 1837
- Erastus B. Bigelow, of West Boylston, MA, received a patent
for a "Loom" ("Power-Loom for Weaving Coach-Lace and Other
Similar Fabrics"); July 28, 1842
- received a patent for "Take-Up Motion" ("Improvement n
Power-Looms for Weaving Counterpanes, etc.");
April 10, 1845 -
received a patent for a "Loom" ("Improvement n Power-Looms for
Weaving Plaids, etc."); gingham manufacturing machinery (all
gingham had been hand-made at home);
1846 - opened first gingham factory,
Lancaster Mills, in Clinton, MA.
25, 1837 - William Crompton of Taunton, MA,
received a patent for a "Fancy Power Loom"; silk, power loom.
October 8, 1840
- William Mason, of Taunton, MA, received a patent for
"Construction of Self-Acting Mules for Spinning" ("...machines
or engines used in the spinning of cotton and which may be
applied to the spinning of other fibrous material, denominated a
1845 - built largest plant devoted to
manufacture of machinery in country (cotton machinery, woolen
machinery, machinists' tools, blowers, cupola furnaces, gearing,
shafting, railroad car wheels made with spokes);
October 3, 1846 -
received a patent for "Improvement in Self-Acting Mules"
("...for Spinning Cotton and other Fibrous Substances...");
became industry standard for years.
- Abraham H. Howland put through an "An Act to Incorporate the
Wamsutta Mills" for purpose of manufacturing cotton, wool, iron
in New Bedford, MA (named for Indian who deeded land to found
settlement at New Bedford); Thomas Bennett, Jr. recruited by
Congressman Joseph Grinnell to head mills;
March 1849 - first cloth, Wamsutta
shirting, produced; 1855
- second mill built; 1883
- six mills, produced 26 million yards of cotton cloth per year;
1892 - seven mills,
largest cotton weaving plant in world;
1897 - 4450 looms, 2100 workers;
1985 - acquired by
- Arthur Sanderson founded Sanderson, British textile and
wallpaper manufacturing company; played major part in decorative
interiors of Britain through Art Deco phenomenon, past war into
1950s and beyond.
January 13, 1863
- William Canter of New York City received the first U.S. patent
for "Machinery for Manufacturing Chenille".
- Herman Kahn. immigrant from Bavaria, Germany, opened wholesale
grocery business, H. Cone & Sons, in Baltimore, MD; Moses and
Ceasar Cone (two oldest sons) traveled through south, took
orders from general stores, bartering textiles for groceries;
1887 - sons
invested $50,000 in C. E. Graham Manufacturing Co., in
Asheville, NC; business people arranged for Cone to represent
them in far-flung markets; 1891
- formed Cone Export & Commission Company;
1895 - went into textile business for
themselves when denim supplies from Erwin Mills, others became
unstable for their marketing business; made durable denim in new
Proximity Manufacturing Mill located in Greensboro (name chosen
because of close proximity to North Carolina cotton, gins,
warehouses, North Carolina Railroad);
1899 - joined Emanuel and Herman
Sternberger, established Revolution Cotton Mills to manufacture
cotton flannel; "revolutionized" cotton manufacture;
1905 - White Oak
plant, named for huge 200-year old tree on property. became one
of largest indigo dyeing operations in world, required ten
warehouses, its own power plant; Cones built entire towns
including Christian churches even though they were of the Jewish
faith; 1915 - made
denim for Levi Strauss jeans; 1917
- Julius and Bernard Cone (younger brothers) assumed leadership
of business; diversified into other fabrics;
1945 - all textile
mills united under name Proximity Manufacturing Company;
1948 - Cone Mills
Corporation formed with merger of Proximity Manufacturing and
Revolution Print; 1951
- went public; 1973
- Lewis S. Morris named Chairman, CEO;
1983 - thwarted hostile takeover
attempt, went private with leveraged buyout;
1990s - largest
producer of denim in world, forced into bankruptcy;
2004 - acquired by
W. L. Ross & Co., operated along with assets of former
competitor, Burlington Industries, as part of International
July 15, 1879
- George Crompton and Horace Wyman, of Worcester, MA, received a
patent for a "Loom" (an "Improvement in Looms"), first American
"dobby" loom; small, geometric figures can be woven in as a
regular pattern as exemplified in Turkish toweling; originally
needed a dobby boy who sat on the top of the loom and drew up
warp threads to term a pattern; Wyman held 260 patents related
to looms and textile machinery; assigned patent to George
- Lafayette Lanier and Ward Crockett reorganized Alabama &
Georgia Manufacturing Company in River View, AL, Chattahoochee
Manufacturing Company in Langdale, GA (founded 1866), renamed
West Point Manufacturing Company (eight stockholders, 75
employees); 1906 - George lanier (son) took over;
made transition from water power to electricity; March
1965 - merged with Pepperell Manufacturing Company
(formally organized in Biddeford, ME in 1850; September 18, 1928
- registered "Lady Pepperell" trademark first used March 30,
1927), formed West Point-Pepperell, Inc. (name brands Carlin,
Martex [trademark registered March 16, 1915 by W. H. & A. E.
Margerison & Co., first used September 30, 1914 for turkish
towels, terry cloths], Lady Pepperell); 1986 -
acquired Cluett, Peabody & Co., Inc. (May 15, 1900 - registered
"Arrow" trademark first used 1885 for collars and cuffs);
May 1988 - acquired J. P. Stevens & Company (Ralph
Lauren, Laura Ashley sheets and towels) for $1.2 billion; 30%
share (2nd) of $1.2 billion towel market, 36% share of sheet
market (first in $1.2 billion bed-linen market); 1989
- acquired, in five-month, hostile takeover battle, by
William Farley (Fruit of the Loom, Inc.) for $3 billion (20
times 1988 earnings); March 1990 - West Point
Acquisition Corporation went into bankruptcy; August 1991
- Farley ceded control of his 95 percent of WPP; 1992
- West Point Acquisition restructured, renamed Valley Fashions
Corporation; December 1993 - renamed WestPoint
- John P. Stevens (nephew of Moses T. Stevens) went to work for
commission house of Faulkner, Page & Company; 1899
- formed partnership commission house to sell products of M.T.
Stevens & Sons; named J.P. Stevens and Co.; 1903 -
selling agent for woolen mills owned by M.T. Stevens and Sons
Co.; 1923 - incorporated; 1935 -
merged with Milton Corporation; 1946 - merged with
M.T. Stevens and Sons Co., Slater-Carter-Stevens, Inc.; became
subsidiaries of J.P. Stevens and Co., Inc.; 1960 -
50 plants in 41 locations; 1987 - sales of $1.6
billion; May 1988 - acquired by Odyssey Partners,
Inc., West Point-Pepperell, Inc., Bibb Co. (Macon, GA) for $1.2
billion; JPS Textile Group, Inc. formed; December 1993
- renamed renamed WestPoint Stevens, Inc.
- Leroy Springs [often referred to as Col. Springs]
established cotton shipping company, Leroy Springs &
Co., for buying and shipping of cotton in Fort Mill SC; April 1887
- Group of 14 men, two women organized Fort Mill Manufacturing
Company in Fort Mill, SC to produce cotton cloth; Samuel Elliott
White, local planter and Civil War veteran, elected first
president; February 1888
- produced first yard of cotton cloth;
May 1888 - plant had 200 looms, produced
8,000 yards of cloth daily; 1895
- Leroy Springs (White's son-in-law) and others established Lancaster Cotton Mills,
in Lancaster, SC;
1914 - assumed control of Fort Mill
1919 - Elliott White Springs (son)
joined company; 1931
- took over management; 1933
- consolidated the mill properties into single company, Springs
Cotton Mills; 1945
- established Springs Mills, Inc. in New York as sales
organization for its products; 1966
- sales group merged with manufacturing company, named Springs
Mills, Inc.; went public; 1982
- renamed Springs Industries, Inc.;
1985 - acquired M. Lowenstein
Corporation, New York textile maker (founded 1889
by Morris Lowenstein and his sons) for $265 million (Wamsutta
brand of household goods, entry into premium-priced bedding
market, industrial fabrics business through Clark-Schwebel
unit); January 1997
- Crandall Close Bowles, great-great granddaughter of Samuel
Elliott White, elected president and chief operating officer.
- Springs Industries
Capt. Samuel Elliot White
- James William Cannon (35), partner and manager of general
store, raised $75,000, built cotton mill, opened Cannon
Manufacturing Company in Concord, NC; 1894 -
opened mill that produced huck towels; 1898 -
opened mill that made terry towels; 1916 -
established Cannon Mills, Inc. to market, manufacture products;
1921 - 12 mills, over 15,000 employees, estimated
$40 million in annual sales; November 8, 1921 -
Cannon Mfg., Co. registered "Cannon" trademark first used
January 19, 1921 (fabric towels); Charles Cannon (son) took
over; 1923 - name sewn into all towels;
- went public (de-listed in 1962 for non-compliance, reinstated
in 1979); 1928 - consolidated mills into a single
entity, Cannon Mills Co.; 1971 - sales of $323
million, 17 plants, 24,000 workers, largest employer in
Carolinas; 1982 - acquired in $413 million
leveraged buyout by David Murdock; January
approximately 75% of company acquired by Fieldcrest Mills for
$321 million; first in towel, blanket market, third in sheet
- Cannon Mills Inc.
- Moses and Ceasar Cone invested $50,000 in C. E. Graham Mill
Manufacturing Company of Asheville, NC (manufacturer of cotton
plaids); 1888 -
invested in Salisbury Cotton Mills (Salisbury, NC); invested in
Minneola Manufacturing Company (Gibsonville, NC);
1891 - established
Cone Export & Commission Company in New York City, selling agent
for southern textiles (called "plaid trust" by competitors);
1893 - C. E. Graham
renamed Asheville Cotton Mills; built Southern Finishing &
Warehouse Company, one of first textile finishing plants in
South; 1895 - built
Proximity Cotton Mills (because of location near cotton fields)
in Greensboro, NC (denim manufacturing plant); built facility to
serve as company headquarters (Ceasar first president);
1983 company went
private with threat of takeover by Western Pacific Industries
(21 plants, 10,800 employees, valued at $385 million);
2003 - Cone Mills
Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection;
2004 - all assets
acquired by W. L. Ross and Company, combined with what remained
of Burlington Industries, formed International Textile Group.
Moses, Ceasar Cone - Cone Mills
- Charles Egbert Hutchison, Luther Nims, R. Kel Davenport,
Martin R. Dewstoe, J. Alonzo Abernathy, John C. Rankin
incorporated Nims Manufacturing Company on Dutchman’s Creek, NC
(water-powered plant built at Nims Shoals on Dutchman's Creek);
produced seine twine, hawser, cable cords;
- began producing spun yarns in second mill;
- consolidated, with other textile mills, formed American Yarn
and Processing Company;
- Hutchison interest acquired by R.S. Dickson Company (founded
in 1919 in Gastonia, NC) for $2.5 million;
- acquired controlling interest in Efird Manufacturing Company
(founded in 1896 by Polycarp Efird and John Efird in Albemarle,
- merger completed, name changed to American & Efird® Mills,
Inc.; September 1966 - Stuart Dickson, Alan Dickson (sons)
- combined diversified interests of R. S. Dickson, formed
Ruddick Corporation, holding company (became A&E’s parent
February 23, 1892
- Black American, Henry A. Bowman, of Worcester, MA, received a
patent for a "Method for Making Flags"; easy method to apply
emblems or stars on field fabric of flags whereby those affixed
on opposite sites of the field would correspond in position.
- Benjamin Franklin Mebane opened mill on 600 acres of land in
Spray, NC; 1905 - owned six mills; 1910
- voting control of Mebane's Spray Water Power & Land Co.
acquired by Marshall Field, new managers installed; 1912
- takeover completed , subsidiary of Marshall Field & Co.;
renamed Thread Mills Company; May 26, 1942 -
Marshall Field & Co. registered "Fieldcrest" trademark first
used December 15, 1918 (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, bed
spreads, towels, wash cloths, curtaining); 1953 -
acquired by Amoskeag Co.; September 1953 -
incorporated as Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. (sales $39 million);
1962 - went public (Amoskeag held about 40% of
stock); produced blankets, bedspreads, sheets, towels;
1973 - sales of $290 million ($517.7 million in 1979);
1986 - acquired Cannon Mills for $321 million;
renamed Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. (12,900 employees, 12 plants, 14
sales offices); fifth largest publicly held textile company;
December 1986 - acquired Bigelow-Sanford, Inc.
(manufacturer of residential, industrial contract carpeting) for
$129 million; June 1993 - sold carpet and rug to
Mohawk Industries Inc. for $140 million; focused on core bed,
bath operations; September 11, 1997 - acquired by
Pillowtex Corporation for $400 million.
May 1, 1893
- Netherlands first exhibited kapok (a textile) in
U.S. as a commercial product at the World's Columbian Exposition
in Chicago, IL; fiber used for stuffing (bed-filling,
life-jackets, sound or heat insulation) before the development
of synthetic fibers; water and decay resistant, obtained from
the tropical kapoktree seeds.
September 30, 1902
- Harry S. Mork, of Boston, MA, Arthur D. Little, of Brookline,
MA, and William H. Walker, of Newton, MA jointly received a
patent for a "Process of Making of Cellulose Esters"; first
patent for artificial fiber; October 28, 1902 -
they received a patent for "Artificial Silk" (viscose, early
name for product); 1924 - textile industry
adopted term rayon to replace "artificial silk" and similar
names; rayon is not synthetic (unlike most man-made fibers) -
made from wood pulp, a naturally-occurring, cellulose-based raw
material (similar properties as cotton or linen vs.
petroleum-based synthetic fibers such as nylon).
July 25, 1904
- Some 25,000 textile workers in Fall River hit picket
line to protest conditions at mills; forced situation at mills,
plight of child laborers, onto national stage; prompted
formation of National Child Labor Committee.
1932 - Nicolas
Marcalus founded Marcalus Manufacruring Co.;
November 7, 1939 -
Marcalus Manufacruring Co., Inc., registered "Marcal" trademark
first used in March 1938 (tissue, napkins , [neck strip,
sanistrip neck strips]); November
30, 2006 - Marcal Paper Mills, Inc. filed
voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of tFederal Bankruptcy Code
in United States Bankruptcy Court for District of New Jersey;
January 22, 2008 -
Judge Morris Stern of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District
of New Jersey in Newark approved sale of assets of Marcal Paper
Mills, Inc. to majority owner Highland Capital Management;
May 2008 - deal
valued at $184 million completed, formed Marcal Paper Mills LLC;
ended four generations of family ownership;
June 18, 2008 - Marcal Paper Mills, LLC,
subsidiaries, acquired substantially all of the assets of
Marcal; December 2008
- launched Marcal Small Steps, new product line,100% recycled
December 13, 1938
- Earl O. Whittier and Stephen P. Gould, of Washington, DC,
received a patent for a "Fiber" ("...dispersions of casein
(mixed usually with plasticizers and salts), to be extruded into
fibers having the requisite characteristics of strength, water
resistance, flexibility, and softness necessary to make them
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(Swindon, UK: The Horizon Press, 160 p.). Local Historian;
Slenderella Managing Director. Brettles Company -- history;
Textiles -- United Kingdom -- history. History, origins of
textile industry in Derwent Valley; history of Brettles company, its evolution in Belper and London; Slenderella lingerie and
nightwear group; product milestones, new inventions, tragedies,
happy occasions, promotion of sporting prowess; one of oldest
brands in UK (1786 nationally, 1803 in Belper).
(British Linen Company), Edited by Alastair J.
The British Linen Company, 1745-1775. (Edinburgh,
Scotland: Phillans & Wilson for the Scottish History Society,
236 p.). British Linen Company--History; Linen
industry--Scotland--History; Flax industry--Scotland--History;
Banks and banking--Scotland--History.
(Brunswick Worsted Mills), H. Morgan Haskell
Brunswick's Legacy, A Learned Man. (Pickens SC:
Brunswick Worsted Mills, Inc., 249 p.). Brunswick Worsted Mills.
(Callaway Mills), Donna Jean Whitley (1989).
Fuller E. Callaway and Textile Mill Development in LaGrange,
1895-1920. (New York, NY: Garland Pub., 330 p.). Callaway,
Fuller Earle, 1870-1928; Industrialists--United
States--Biography; Textile industry--Georgia--LaGrange--History.
(Cheney Brothers), Alice Farley Williams
Silk & Guns: The Life of a Connecticut Yankee, Frank Cheney,
1817-1904. (Manchester, CT: Manchester Historical
Society, 202 p.). Cheney, Frank, 1817-1904; Cheney
Brothers--History; Industrialists--United States--Biography;
Silk industry--Connecticut--Manchester--History--19th century;
Firearms industry and
(Crown Cotton Mills Co.), Douglas Flamming
Creating the Modern South: Millhands and Managers in Dalton,
Georgia, 1884-1984. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of
North Carolina Press, 433 p.). Crown Cotton Mills Co. (Dalton,
Ga.)--History; Cotton textile
States--Case studies; Dalton (Ga.)--Economic conditions.
(Courtaulds Ltd.), C. H. Ward-Jackson (1941).
A History of Courtaulds; An Account of the Origin and Rise of
the Industrial Enterprise of Courtaulds Limited and of Its
Associate the American Viscose Corporation. (London, UK:
Curwen Press for private circulation, 177 p.). Courtaulds, ltd.,
London; American viscose corporation.
(Courtaulds Ltd.), D. C. Coleman (1969-1980).
Courtaulds: An Economic and Social History. (Oxford, UK:
Clarendon Press, 3 vols.). Courtaulds ltd. Contents: v. 1. The
nineteenth century: silk and crape.--v. 2. Rayon.--[v.] 3.
Crisis and change, 1940-1965.
(Courtaulds Ltd.), Arthur Knight (1974).
Private Enterprise and Public Intervention: The Courtaulds
Experience. (London, UK: Allen & Unwin, 223 p.).
Courtaulds, ltd.; Textile industry--Great Britain; Industrial
(Courtaulds), Geoffrey Owen (2010).
The Rise and Fall of Great Companies: Courtaulds and the
Reshaping of the Man-Made Fibres Industry. (New York,
NY: Oxford University Press, 320 p.). Former Editor of the
Financial Times. Courtaulds; fibres industry -- history.
companies can do when industry goes through period of
turbulence, forces change; Courtaulds - world's leading
producer of man-made fibres; 1970s - textiles,
clothing, man-fibre production shifted to low-wage countries (especially
China); decisions taken by individual managers, national context
in which they operated; institutional differences between
countries, role of shareholders and financial
markets played important role in determining which companies
(Coyne Textile Services), J. Stanley Coyne
The Wind at My Back: An Autobiography. (Utica, NY: North
Country Books, 164 p.). Coyne, J. Stanley, 1908- ; Coyne Textile
Services--History; Industrialists--United States--Biography;
Laundry industry--United States--History.
(Dan River Mills), Robert S. Smith (1960).
Mill on the Dan; a History of Dan River Mills, 1882-1950.
(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 570 p.). Dan River Mills
(Dan River Mills), Malcolm A. Cross (1982).
Dan River Runs Deep: An Informal History of a Major Textile
Company, 1950-1981. (New York, NY: The Total Book, 293 p.).
Dan River Mills Inc.; Textile industry--United States--History.
(Dasheng Cotton Mill), Elisabeth Koll (2003).
From Cotton Mill to Business Empire: The Emergence of Regional
Enterprises in Modern China. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Asia Center, 422 p.). Professor of History (Case
Western Reserve University). Da sheng sha Chang
(China)--History; Textile industry--China--Jiangsu
Sheng--History; Business enterprises--China--Jiangsu
Sheng--History; Industries--China--Jiangsu Sheng--History;
Businesspeople--China--Jiangsu Sheng--History; Jiangsu Sheng
(China)--Economic conditions. Development
of Dasheng Cotton Mill in Nantong into a business group.
(Draper Corporation), William Henry Chase
Five Generations of Loom Builders. (Hopedale, MA: Draper
Corporation, 87 p.). Draper Corporation; Looms; Textile
(Charles Early & Marriott (Witney) Ltd.),
Alfred Plummer. Richard E. Early (1969).
The Blanket Makers, 1669-1969; A History of Charles Early &
Marriott (Witney) Ltd. (London, UK: Routledge & Kegan
Paul, 205 p.). Charles Early & Marriott (Witney) Ltd.
(Farr Alpaca), Frances C. Hutner (1951).
The Farr Alpaca Company: A Case Study in Business History.
(Northampton, MA: Dept. of History of Smith College, 107 p.).
Farr Alpaca Company, Holyoke, Mass.
(Graniteville Company), Broadus Mitchell
William Gregg, Factory Master of the Old South. (Chapel
Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 331 p.).
Gregg, William, 1800-1867; Graniteville Company.
South's leading proponent of
(Greenwood Mills), G. O. Robinson (1967).
The Character of Quality; The Story of Greenwood Mills, A
Distinguished Name in Textiles. (Greenwood, SC:
Greenwood Mills, 173 p.). Self, James Cuthbert, 1876-1955;
Greenwood Mills (Firm).
(Henrietta Mills), Gerald W. Johnson (1952).
The Making of a Southern Industrialist; A Biographical Study of
Simpson Bobo Tanner. (Chapel Hill, NC: University of
North Carolina Press, 84 p.). Tanner, Simpson Bobo, 1853-1924.;
Henrietta Mills; Florence Mill.
(Isaac Holden Isaac & Sons), Katrina Honeyman
and Jordan Goodman (1986). Technology and Enterprise: Isaac
Holden and the Mechanisation of Woolcombing in France, 1848-1914.
(Brookfield, VT: Gower Pub. Co., 121 p.). Professor of Social
and Economic History (University of Leeds); Lecturer in Economic
History (University of Essex. Woolen and worsted manufacture
--France --History --19th century; Wool-combing --History.
January 1859 - Isaac Holden & Sons
established in Yorkshire; held machine patents, monopolized wool
combing in France during second half of nineeenth century
(largest woolcombing enterprise in Europe); process by which
woolcombing was mechanised, means employed by principal
inventors to monopolise control of new technology.
(Holt and Carrigan Cotton Mill), Bess Beatty
Alamance: The Holt Family and Industrialization in a North
Carolina County, 1837-1900. (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana
State University Press, 247 p.). Holt, Edwin Michael, 1807-1884;
Holt family; Industrialists--United States--Biography; Cotton
textile industry--United States--History--19th century; Cotton
textile industry--North Carolina--Alamance County--History--19th
century; Industrialization--North Carolina--Alamance
(James Kenyon & Son), Augustus Muir (1964).
The Kenyon Tradition; The History of James Kenyon & Son Ltd.,
1664-1964. (Cambridge, UK: Heffer, 112 p.). James Kenyon
(Kimball Knitting Mills), Alice E. Reagan
H.I. Kimball, Entrepreneur. (Atlanta, GA: Cherokee Pub.
Co., 166 p.). Kimball, H. I. (Hannibal Ingalls), 1832-1895;
(Ga.)--Biography; Atlanta (Ga.)--Economic conditions.
(Marshall and Company), William G. Rimmer
(1960). Marshalls of Leeds, Flax-Spinners, 1788-1886.
(Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 341 p.). Marshall
and Company, Leeds, Eng.
(Alexander Morton & Co.), Jocelyn Morton
Three Generations in a Family Textile Firm. (London, UK:
Routledge and K. Paul, 481 p.). Alexander Morton & Co.; Morton
(Mosenthal), Dolores Fleischer and Angela
Caccia (1983). Merchant Pioneers: The House of Mosenthal.
(Johannesburg, SA: J. Ball, 355 p.). Mosenthal family; Merchants
--South Africa --Biography; South Africa --Commerce --History.
Julius, Adolph (see Aliwal
North), James Mosenthal - started major wool industry,
originators of mohair industry.
(Mosgiel Woollens Limited), Peter J. Stewart
(1975). Patterns on the Plain: A Centennial History of
Mosgiel Woollens Limited. (Dunedin, NZ: Mosgiel, 134 p.).
Mosgiel Woollens Limited.
(Mt. Hope Finishing), Burke Davis; foreword by
John L. Moorehead (1981). A Fierce Personal Pride: The
History of Mount Hope Finishing Company and Its Founding Family.
(Butner, NC: The Company, 167 p.). Mount Hope Finishing
Company--History; Textile finishing--Massachusetts--History.
(Nantong Cellulose Fibers Company), William H.
Birth of a Successful Joint Venture. (Lanham, MD:
University Press of America, 164 p.). Nantong Cellulose Fibers
Company; Joint ventures.
(Ohio Knitting Mills), Steven Tatar with
Denise Grollmus (2010).
The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book: : 26 Patterns Celebrating
Four Decades of American Sweater Style. (New York,
NY: Artisan, 168 p.). Sculptor; Journalist. Ohio Knitting Mills;
Knitting --Patterns. 1927 - Harry Stone founded Ohio Knitting
Mills in Cleveland, OH; run by three generations of Stone-Rand
family for 76 years, to 2004; over 1,000 employees at peak; one
of country’s largest knitwear producers, at center of
Cleveland's thriving garment industry; company's archive
(owners, designers, factory workers, designs - acquired by Tatar
in 2005); history of company, of knitwear in the American
heartland from 1940-1970; created knitwear designs for
department stores (Sears to Saks), for hundreds of labels (Van
Heusen to Pendleton); patterns are classic mid-20th-century
women's sweats (1956's Abstract Expressionist to 1976's Puppy
Love); chronologically by decade: 1940s: The Birth of
Sportswear; 1950s: Knitting the American Dream; The 1960s:
Bright, Bold, and Bohemian; The 1970s: Threads of Many Colors;
what impacted American sportswear (politics and civil rights,
pop culture and media, art, music, literary movements).
(Pepperell Manufacturing Company), Dane Yorke
The Men and Times of Pepperell, An Account of the First One
Hundred Years of the Pepperell Manufacturing Company,
Incorporated February 16, 1844, by Dane Yorke. (Boston, MA:
Pepperell Manufacturing Company, 107 p.). Pepperell
Manufacturing Company; Biddeford (Me.).
(Pepperell Manufacturing Company), Evelyn H.P.
Pepperell's Progress; History of a Cotton Textile Company,
1844-1945. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 511
p.). Pepperell Manufacturing Company.
(Pyne, Gould, Guinness Ltd.), compiled by
Percy G. Stevens; with a foreword by D.W.J. Gould (1970).
Pyne, Gould, Guinness Ltd.: The Jubilee History, 1919-1969.
(Christchurch, NZ: Pyne, Gould, Guinness Ltd., 152 p.). Pyne,
Gould, Guinness Ltd.; Wool industry--New
Zealand--Cambridge--History; Cambridge (N.Z.)--History.
(Saco-Lowell), George S. Gibb (1969).
The Saco-Lowell Shops; Textile Machinery Building in New
England, 1813-1949. (New York, NY: Russell & Russell,
835 p. [orig. pub. 1950]). Saco-Lowell Shops; Textile
(Salts Mill), Jack Reynolds (1983).
The Great Paternalist: Titus Salt and the Growth of
Nineteenth-Century Bradford. (New York, NY: St. Martin's
Press, 382 p.). Salt, Titus, Sir, 1803-1876;
Businesspeople--Great Britain--Biography; Textile
industry--Great Britain--Biography; Bradford (England)--History.
(Samuel Slater and Sons), Barbara May Tucker
Samuel Slater and the Origins of the American Textile Industry,
1790-1860. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 268
p.). Slater, Samuel, 1768-1835; Textile industry--United
States--Biography; Textile industry--United States--History.
(Springs Industries), Elliott White Springs
Clothes Make the Man. (Lancaster, SC: E. W. Springs, 446
p.). Springs Cotton Mills. An aviator in WWI, writer in the
1920's, Springs became head of five cotton mills in 1931.
History of mills, story of his innovative
advertising campaigns to make Springmaid into national brand,
and 21 short stories.
Elliott White Springs -
Springs Industries (http://www.springsfnd.org/images/TheColonial.gif)
(Springs Industries), Burke Davis (1987).
War Bird: The Life and Times of Elliott White Springs.
(Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 267 p.).
Springs, Elliott White; Springs Industries--History; Cotton
textile industry--United States--History; Industrialists--United
States--Biography; World War, 1914-1918--Biography; Novelists,
(J. P. Stevens & Co.), Horace Nathaniel
Stevens (1946). Nathaniel Stevens, 1786-1865; An Account of
His Life and the Business He Founded. (North Andover, MA,
266 p.). Founder of J. P. Stevens & Co. Stevens, Nathaniel,
1786-1865; Stevens (M. T.) and sons company, North Andover,
(J. P. Stevens & Co. - founded 1813 by
Nathaniel Stevens), Helen LaPlante Duchesne (2002).
Echoes from the Mills: An Oral History. (Bristol, NH:
Bear Mountain Cove Press, 139 p.). J. P. Stevens & Co.--History;
Textile industry--New Hampshire--Franklin--History; Textile
(Valley Worsted Mills Pty. Ltd.), Judith Rice
(2009). The Mill of Mystery: A History of
the Valley Worsted Mills Ltd, Geelong. (Melbourne, AU:
Histec Publications, 62 p.). Wool industry -- Australia --
Geelong (Vic.) -- History. 1867 - first of
five milles in Geelong, centre of Woollen textile endeavour in
Victoria, AU (the 'Bradford of Yorkshire, England' of
Australia); 1920 - mill planned in Geelong in secrecy (known as
The Mill of Secrecy)'; 1924
- began production; December 1973 - merged with John
Foster & Son, (Aust) Pty. Ltd., renamed John Foster Valley Ltd.
(Wamsutta Mills), Henry Beetle Hough (1946).
Wamsutta of New Bedford, 1846-1946; A Story of New England
Enterprise. (New Bedford, MA: Wamsutta Mills, 72 p.).
Wamsutta Mills, New Bedford, Mass.
(Whitin Machine Works), Thomas R. Navin
The Whitin Machine Works Since 1831; A Textile Machinery Company
in an Industrial Village. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press, 654 p.). Whitin Machine Works, Whitinsville,
(Woodward Baldwin & Co.), Mary Baldwin Baer
and John Wilbur Baer (1977). A History of Woodward, Baldwin &
Co. (Annapolis, MD: Baer, 72 p.). Woodward, Baldwin & Co.;
Cotton growing and manufacture--New England.
Bjorn Alpermann (2010).
China's Cotton Industry: Economic Transformation and State
Capacity. (New York, NY: Routledge, 258 p.).
Assistant Professor for Contemporary Chinese Studies (Würzburg
University, Germany). Cotton trade -- China; Cotton textile
industry -- China; Cotton manufacture -- China; China --
Economic policy. Changes in way state governs economy during
China’s transition, nature of political economy in China
(world’s largest producer, consumer of cotton); cotton
processing - link between agricultural production, China’s
booming textile industry; political economy of cotton processing
industry; process of cotton policy making, reform outcomes on
national scale, central state’s response; implementation of
economic transformation, institutional change in two traditional
Mildred Gwin Andrews (1987).
The Men and the Mills: A History of the Southern Textile
Industry. (Macon, GA: Mercer, 367 p.). Cotton textile
industry--Southern States--History; Wages--Textile
workers--Southern States--History; Business relocation--United
States--History; Cost and standard of living--Southern
Adrian R. Bell, Chris Brooks and Paul R.
The English Wool Market, c. 1230-1327. (Cambridge, UK:
Cambridge University Press, 205 p.). Director of Teaching and
Learning at the at the ICMA Centre (University of Reading);
Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre (University of Reading);
King's College London. Wool industry --England --History --To
1500; Wool industry --England --History --To 1500 --Case
studies. 11th - mid-15th
centuries wool was England's dominant export (90% of revenues);
1450-1650 - period of decline, wool (English cloth) dominant
export in terms of trade value; financial acumen of late
medieval merchants, woolgrowers; pricing structures, market
efficiency of agreements; impact on medieval English monasteries
(Pipewell Abbey in Northamptonshire).
Mary H. Blewett (2000).
Constant Turmoil: The Politics of Industrial Life in
Nineteenth-Century New England. (Amherst, MA: University
of Massachusetts Press, 521 p.). Social Historian (University of
Massachusetts Lowell). Textile industry--New England--History.;
New England--Economic conditions. History of southeastern New
England textile industry during 19th century; process of
industrialization from point of view of management and labor
(struggle in terms of class, culture, power); Borden family's
efforts to build private empire, to dominate national market in
print cloth; shifting fortunes of labor force to accommodate
newly arrived immigrants, adapt to new technologies, contest
control of mill owners. .
LeGette Blythe (1965).
Robert Lee Stowe, Pioneer in Textiles. (Belmont, NC, 288
p.). Stowe, Robert Lee, 1866-1963.
Brendan Burke (2010).
From Minos to Midas: Ancient Cloth Production in the Aegean and
in Anatolia. (Oakville, CT: Oxbow Books, 221 p.).
Assistant Professor, Greek and Roman Studies (University of
Victoria). Textile industry -- Aegean Sea Region -- History --
To 1500; Textile industry -- Turkey -- History -- To 1500;
Textile fabrics, Ancient -- Aegean Sea Region -- History -- To
1500; Textile fabrics, Ancient -- Turkey -- History -- To 1500;
Aegean Sea Region -- Antiquities; Turkey -- Antiquities; Aegean
Sea Region -- Economic conditions; Turkey -- Economic
conditions. What cloth production, exchange, consumption
said about individual societies, prehistoric economies; how
developments in cloth industries reflected larger aspects of
social organization; textile production of greater value,
importance than any other social craft
activity; large-scale production,
exchange of textiles required specialization, some degree of
centralization; regional centers ('palaces'); means
by which states in Aegean, Anatolia financed themselves through
cloth industries; evidence of social stratification,
inter-regional exchange, organized bureaucracies.
Anthony Burton (1984).
The Rise & Fall of King Cotton. (London, UK: A. Deutsch:
British Broadcasting Corp., 240 p.). Cotton textile
industry--Great Britain--History; Cotton trade--India--History;
Cotton textile industry--United States--History; Cotton
trade--United States--History; Textile workers--Great
Britain--History; Textile workers--United States--History;
Stanley D. Chapman (2002).
Hosiery and Knitwear: Four Centuries of Small-Scale Industry in
Britain, c. 1589-2000. (New York, NY: Oxford University
Press, 328 p.). Hosiery industry--Great Britain--History; Knit
goods industry--Great Britain--History.
Frederick Clairmonte and John Cavanagh (1981).
The World in Their Web: Dynamics of Textile Multinationals.
(London, UK: Zed Press, 278 p.). Textile industry; International
Melvin T. Copeland (1912).
The Cotton Manufacturing Industry of the United States.
(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 415 p.). Cotton
manufacture--United States; Cotton trade--United States.
W. H. Crawford (2005).
The Impact of the Domestic Linen Industry in Ulster.
(Belfast, IR: Ulster Historical Foundation, 223 p.). Linen
industry--Northern Ireland--History; Linen industry--Ulster
(Northern Ireland and Ireland)--History; Northern
Ireland--Economic conditions; Ulster (Northern Ireland and
Robert F. Dalzell (1987).
Enterprising Elite: The Boston Associates and the World They
Made. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 298 p.).
Boston Associates--History; Textile
industry--Massachusetts--Lowell--History--19th century; Textile
industry--Massachusetts--Waltham--History--19th century; Boston
Steve Dunwell (1978).
The Run of the Mill: A Pictorial Narrative of the Expansion,
Dominion, Decline, and Enduring Impact of the New England
Textile Industry. (Boston, MA: David R. Godine, 299 p.).
Textile industry--New England--History; New England--Economic
Edited by Douglas A. Farnie and David J.
The Fibre That Changed the World: The Cotton Industry in
International Perspective, 1600-1990s. (New York, NY:
Oxford University Press, 614 p.). Visiting Professor (Manchester
Metropolitan University Business School), Emeritus Professor of
Business History (MMUBS). Cotton textile industry--History;
Cotton manufacture--History; Cotton trade--History; Fibre.
Giovanni Federico (1997).
An Economic History of the Silk Industry, 1830-1930.
(New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 259 p.). Silk
industry--History--19th century; Silk industry--History--20th
Jacqueline Field, Marjorie Senechal, Madelyn
American Silk, 1830-1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts.
(Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press. Former Costume
Curator, Professor of Textiles and Design (Westbrook College);
Professor of Mathematics and History of Science and Technology
(Smith College); Curator of the Costume and Textile Collection
at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Silk
industry--United States--History--19th century.
American silk industry - through
case studies of Nonotuck (Northampton, MA), Haskell (Westbrook,
ME), Mallinson (New York, Pennsylvania).
Colum Giles, Ian H. Goodall (1992).
Yorkshire Textile Mills: The Buildings of the Yorkshire
Textile Industry, 1770-1930. (London, UK: HMSO,
178 p.). Textile factories --England --Yorkshire
--History; Textile industry --England --Yorkshire
--History; Industrial buildings --England --Yorkshire
--History; Architecture, Industrial --England
--Yorkshire --History; Yorkshire (England) --History;
Yorkshire (England). Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England, West Yorkshire Archaeology
Ed. Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato (1999). La
Industria Textil en Mexico. (Mexico City, Mexico: Instituto
Mora, 269 p.). Professor in the Department of Economics (Centro
de Investigación y Docencia Económicas). Textile industry
--Mexico --History; Manufacturing industries --Mexico --History;
Finance --Mexico --History.
Clifford Gulvin (1973).
The Tweedmakers; A History of the Scottish Fancy Woollen
Industry 1600-1914. (New York, NY: Barnes & Noble, 240
p.). Tweed; Textile workers--Scotland; Woolen goods
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall ... [et al.]; with a new
afterword by the authors; foreword by Michael Frisch (2000).
Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World.
(Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 500 p.).
Cotton trade--Southern States--History; Cotton trade--Southern
States--Employees--History; Textile factories--Southern
States--History; Southern States--Social conditions.
Tamara K. Hareven (2002).
The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing
Traditional Industry. (Berkeley, CA: University of
California Press, 346 p.). Weavers -- Japan -- Kyoto; Silk
weaving -- Japan -- Kyoto; Silk industry -- Japan -- Kyoto; Work
and family -- Japan -- Kyoto; Nishijin (Kyoto, Japan).
Herbert Heaton (1920). The Yorkshire
Woollen and Worsted Industries, from the Earliest Times Up to
the Industrial Revolution. (Oxford, UK: The Clarendon Press,
459 p.). Woolen and worsted manufacture--England--Yorkshire;
Roze Hentschell (2008).
The Culture of Cloth in Early Modern England: Textual
Construction of a National Identity. (Burlington, VT:
Ashgate, 209 p.). Associate Professor Department of English
(Colorado State University). Woolen goods industry --Social
aspects --England; National characteristics, English; Industries
in literature; Wool industry --Social aspects --England; Woolen
goods industry --England --History; Wool industry --England
--History; England --Civilization.
Elizabeth Hitz (1986).
A Technical and Business Revolution: American Woolens to 1832.
(New York, NY: Garland, 408 p.). Woolen goods industry--United
States--History--19th century; Woolen goods industry--Great
Britain--History--19th century; Woolen and worsted
manufacture--United States--History--19th century; Woolen and
worsted manufacture--Great Britain--History--19th century.
Anthony Howe (1984).
The Cotton Masters, 1830-1860. (New York, NY: Oxford
University Press, 359 p.). Cotton textile
industry--England--Lancashire--History--19th century; Lancashire
Pat Hudson (1986).
The Genesis of Industrial Capital: A Study of the West Riding
Wool Textile Industry, c. 1750-1850. (New York, NY:
Cambridge University Press, 345 p.). Wool
Capitalism--England--West Yorkshire--History; West Yorkshire
(England)--History. Sources of finance used in Yorkshire wool textile sector during
period of rapid expansion, considerable technical change,
gradual transformation from domestic and workshop production to
William B. Husband (1990).
Revolution in the Factory: The Birth of the Soviet Textile
Industry, 1917-1920. (New York, NY: Oxford University
Press, 227 p.). Textile industry -- Soviet Union -- History;
Industries -- Soviet Union -- History; Industrial policy --
Soviet Union -- History -- 20th century; Communism -- Soviet
Union -- History; Soviet Union -- Economic policy -- 1917-1928.
George Ingle (1997).
Yorkshire Cotton: The Yorkshire Cotton Industry, 1780-1835.
(Preston, UK: Carnegie Pub., 279 p.). Cotton textile industry
--England --Yorkshire --History --18th century; Cotton textile
industry --England --Yorkshire --History --19th century; Textile
factories --England --Yorkshire --History --18th century;
Textile factories --England --Yorkshire --History --19th
century; Cotton manufacture --England --Yorkshire --History
--18th century; Cotton manufacture --England --Yorkshire
--History --19th century; Cotton manufacture --England
David J. Jeremy (1981).
Transatlantic Industrial Revolution: The Diffusion of Textile
Technologies Between Britain and America, 1790-1830s.
(North Andover, MA: Merrimack Valley Textile Museum, 384 p.).
Textile industry--Technological innovations--United
States--History; Textile industry--Technological
innovations--Great Britain--History; Diffusion of
innovations--United States--History; Diffusion of
innovations--Great Britain--History; Technology
transfer--History. Early 19th century
successful transatlantic transfer (diffusion) of 4 specific
mechanized textile manufacturing technologies from Britain to
post-colonial United States (isolated agrarian-mercantile
society); cotton spinning, powerloom weaving, calico printing,
woollen manufacturing flowed in spite of institutional and
technical barriers (industrial secretiveness, English patent
search system, paucity of technical publications, prohibitory
laws, artisan resistance to technical change, variations in
local technical traditions, changes in pace, direction of
Nancy Frances Kane (1988).
Textiles in Transition: Technology, Wages, and Industry
Relocation in the U.S. Textile Industry, 1880-1930. (New
York, NY: Greenwood Press, 190 p.). Cotton textile
Robert Kanigel (2007).
Faux Real: Genuine Leather and Two Hundred Years of Inspired
Fakes. (Washington, DC: John Henry Press, 352 p.).
Professor of Science Writing at MIT; Director of MIT's Graduate
Program in Science Writing. Leather, Artificial.
From formica, vinyl siding,
particle board to cubic zirconium, knockoff designer bags,
genetically altered foods, inspired fakes have polyester imprint
of man-made world. Each represents an often passionate journey
of scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial innovation.
Eric Kerridge (1985).
Textile Manufactures in Early Modern England. (Dover,
NH: Manchester University Press, 428 p.). Textile
Mark Keighley (2007).
Wool City: A History of the Bradford Textile Industry in the
20th Century. (Ilkley, UK: G. Whitaker & Company Ltd.,
289 p.). Former Editor of the Trade Journal Wool Record. Textile
industry -- England -- Bradford -- History -- 20th century.
History of Bradford textile industry from
Edwardian age to Millennium.
James Clayburn La Force (1965).
The Development of the Spanish Textile Industry, 1750-1800.
(Berkeley, CA: University of California Press 210 p.). Textile
industry -- Spain -- History.
Susan P. Lee (1977). The Westward Movement
of the Cotton Economy, 1840-1860: Perceived Interests and
Economic Realities. (New York, NY: Arno Press, 269 p.).
Cotton trade--United States--History; Slavery--Economic
aspects--United States; Southern States--Economic conditions;
United States--Economic conditions--To 1865.
Ed. Beverly Lemire (2009).
The British Cotton Trade, 1660-1815. (London, UK:
Pickering & Chatto, 1,584 p.). Henry Marshall Tory Chair,
Department of History & Classics and the Department of Human
Ecology (University of Alberta). Cotton trade -- Great Britain
-- History -- 17th century -- Sources. First industrialized
global trade; rise of British trade in cotton from days of
small-scale trading between Middle East and India to domination
of British-led industrialized manufacture; dominated fashion,
politics, consumer behaviour.
Roger Lloyd-Jones and M.J. Lewis (1988).
Manchester and the Age of the Factory: The Business Structure of
Cottonopolis in the Industrial Revolution. New York,
NY: Croom Helm, 250 p.). Cotton textile industry --England
--Manchester --History --19th century; Industrial revolution
--England --Manchester; Manchester (England) --Economic
conditions; Manchester (England) --History.
Helen Macnaughtan (2004).
Women, Work, and the Japanese Economic Miracle: The Case of the
Cotton Textile Industry, 1945-1975. (New York, NY:
RoutledgeCurzon. Women textile workers--Japan--History--20th
century; Cotton textile
A. B. McCullough (1992).
The Primary Textile Industry in Canada: History and Heritage.
(Ottawa, ON: National Historic Sites, Park Service, Environment
Canada, 314 p.). Textile industry--Canada, Eastern--History;
Catherine E. McKinley (2011).
Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World.
(New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 256 p.). McKinley, Catherine E.;
Indigo --Africa, West --History; Textile fabrics --Africa, West
--History; Indigo industry --Africa, West --History; Clothing
and dress --Africa, West --History; Africa, West --Civilization.
Blue pigment obtained from small green leaf of parasitic shrub;
precious dye, its ancient heritage: its relationship to slavery
("hidden half" of transatlantic slave trade), its profound
influence on fashion, its spiritual significance.
Henry Merrell and James L. Skinner (1991).
The Autobiography of Henry Merrell: Industrial Missionary to the
South. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 564
p.). Merrell, Henry, 1816-1883; Industrialists--Southern
States--Biography; Textile industry--Southern
Gail Fowler Mohanty (2006).
Labor and Laborers of the Loom: Mechanization and Handloom
Weavers, 1780-1840. (New York, NY: Routledge, 278 p.).
Handloom industry --Rhode Island --History; Weavers --Rhode
Island --History; Industrialization --Rhode Island --History.
Impact of technological
change on outwork and craft weavers - rapid growth of handloom
weaving in response to introduction of water powered spinning.
Arwen P. Mohun (1999).
Steam Laundries: Gender, Technology, and Work in the United
States and Great Britain, 1880-1940. (Baltimore, MD:
Johns Hopkins University Press, 348 p.). Associate Professor of
History (University of Delaware). Laundry industry--United
States--History; Laundry industry--Great Britain--History.
Luca Mola (2000).
The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice. (Baltimore, MD:
Johns Hopkins University Press, 457 p.). Silk
industry--Italy--Venice--History; Silk industry--Government
William Moran (2002).
The Belles of New England: The Women of the Textile Mills and
the Families Whose Wealth They Wove. (New York, NY: St.
Martin's Press, 292 p.). Women textile workers--New
England--History; Textile industry--New England--History;
Industrialists--New England--History; Family-owned business
enterprises--New England--History; Rich people--New
England--History; Social classes--New England--History.
Klas Nyberg (2010). Till
Salu: Stockholms Textila Handel och Manufaktur 1722-1846.
(Stockholm, Sweden: Stads- och kommunhistoriska institutet, 219
p.). Textile industry -- Sweden -- Stockholm -- History.
Donald Quataert (1993).
Ottoman Manufacturing in the Age of the Industrial Revolution.
(New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 224 p.). Textile
Manufacturing industries--Turkey--History; Industries--Middle
East--History; Manufacturing industries--Middle East--History;
Textile industry--Middle East--History.
Marta Cotterell Raffel (2003).
The Laces of Ipswich: The Art and Economics of an Early American
Industry, 1750-1840. (Hannover, NH: University Press of
New England, 156 p.). Lace Maker. Lace and lace
Judith A. Ranta (1999).
Women and Children of the Mills: An Annotated Guide to
Nineteenth-Century American Textile Factory Literature.
(Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 330 p.). American
literature--19th century--Bibliography; Women textile workers in
literature--Bibliography; Women textile workers--United
States--Bibliography; Working class women in
literature--Bibliography; Working class writings,
American--Bibliography; Working class women--United
States--Bibliography; Textile industry in
literature--Bibliography; Textile industry--United
States--Bibliography; Child labor in literature--Bibliography;
Child labor--United States--Bibliography.
Helen Guyton Rees (2002).
Shaniko: From Wool Capital to Ghost Town. (Portland, OR:
Binford & Mort Pub., 166 p. [3rd ed.]). Shaniko (Or.)--History.
Eds. Giorgio Riello and Prasannan Parthasarathi (2009).
The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles,
1200-1850. (New York, NY, Oxford University Press,
489 p.). Assistant Professor in Global History and Culture
(University of Warwick); Associate Professor of History (Boston
College). Cotton textile industry -- History; Cotton manufacture
-- History. Non-Eurocentric perspective on birth, rise
of cotton textiles industry in Europe, first to achieve global
what made cotton paradigmatic first global commodity? why did
cotton industries in different parts of world follow different
paths of development?
Paul E. Rivard (2002).
A New Order of Things: How the Textile Industry Transformed New
England. (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England,
156 p.). Textile industry--New England--History; Industrial
Mary B. Rose (2000).
Firms, Networks, and Business Values: The British and American
Cotton Industries since 1750. (New York, NY: Cambridge
University Press, 352 p.). Cotton trade--Great Britain--History;
Cotton trade--United States--History.
Richard J. Salvucci (1987).
Textiles and Capitalism in Mexico: An Economic History of the
Obrajes, 1539-1840. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University
Press, 249 p.). Textile industry--Mexico--History;
Philip Scranton (1983).
Proprietary Capitalism: The Textile Manufacture at Philadelphia,
1800-1885. (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press,
431 p.). University Board of Governors Professor, History of
Industry and Technology (Rutgers University). Textile industry
--Pennsylvania --Philadelphia --History --19th century.
Rise of textile capitalism in
Quaker City - immigrant family firms, flexible strategies for
production, emphasis on skill, quality, market responsiveness;
small, middle-sized firms functioned through networks of linked
specializations; fully realized alternative to New England
corporate style of mass production.
Figured Tapestry: Production, Markets, and Power in Philadelphia
Textiles, 1885-1941. (New York, NY: Cambridge University
Press, 518 p.). University Board of Governors Professor, History
of Industry and Technology (Rutgers University). Textile
Elizabeth Potter Sievert (2009).
The Story of Abaca: Manila Hemp's Transformation from Textile to
Marine Cordage and Specialty Paper. (Quezon City,
Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 310 p.). Abaca
industry -- Philippines -- History; Abaca (Plant) --
Philippines; Abaca (Fiber) -- Philippines. Most sought after
fiber for marine cordage by U.S. Navy; indigenous to
Philippines, center of commercial production;
strong enough to hold ship in mooring, tea leaves steeping
in teabag; old ropewalks, harbors in London and Salem, mills of
modern pulpers and papermakers, research laboratories in
Philippines; international competition for ropes, specialty
Richard Sims (2009).
Rope, Net and Twine: The Bridport Textile Industry.
(Dorset, UK: Dovecote Press. 160 p.). Few places
in Britain have been shaped for so long by one industry as
Bridport by rope, net and twine (trade probably
dates to 9th century).
John Singleton (1991).
Lancashire on the Scrapheap: The Cotton Industry, 1945-1970.
(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 256 p.). Cotton textile
The World Textile Industry. (New York, NY: Routledge,
216 p.). Textile industry; Clothing trade.
John Small (1999).
Merchants, Markets and Manufacture: The English Wool Textile
Industry in the Eighteenth Century. (New York, NY: St.
Martin's Press, 198 p.). Associate Professor of History
(University of North Carolina, Charlotte). Wool
industry--England--History--18th century; Textile
industry--England--History--18th century; England--Economic
Ed. with Introductions by Michael Smitka
The Textile Industry and the Rise of the Japanese Economy.
(New York, NY: Garland, 364 p.). Textile
industry--Japan--History; Japan--Economic conditions--1867-1918;
Bonnie Stepenoff (1999).
Their Fathers' Daughters : Silk Mill Workers in Northeastern
Pennsylvania, 1880-1960. (Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna
University Press, 198 p.). Women Silk Industry
Sir Raymond Streat and edited by Marguerite
Lancashire and Whitehall: The Diary of Sir Raymond Streat.
(Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2 vols.). Streat,
E. Raymond, Sir--Diaries; Industrialists--Great
Britain--Diaries; Cotton textile industry--Government
policy--Great Britain--History--20th century; Cotton textile
industry--England--Lancashire--History--20th century; Lancashire
(England)--History. v. 1. 1931-39. v. 2. 1939-57.
Barry E. Supple (1959). Commercial Crisis
and Change in England, 1600-1642; A Study in the Instability of
a Mercantile Economy. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University
Press, 296 p.). Wool industry--Great Britain; Great
Thomas Whitney Synnott 3d (1978).
Investment Policies, Growth, and Profitability in the New
England Cotton Textile Industry, 1830-1914. (New York :
Arno Press: New York : Arno Press, 218 p.). Cotton trade --New
England --History; Textile industry --New England --History;
Capital investments --New England --History. Originally
presented as the author’s thesis, Yale, 1968.
L. H. C. Tippett (1969).
A Portrait of the Lancashire Textile Industry. (New
York, NY: Oxford U.P., 170 p.). Textile
industry--England--Lancashire; Lancashire (England)--Economic
Eds. James Tomlinson and Christopher Whatley
Jute No More: Transforming Dundee. (Dundee, UK:
Dundee University Press, 300 p.). Historians (University of
Dundee). juteopolis; Dundee (Scotland) -- History; Dundee
(Scotland) -- Social conditions. Development of city of Dundee
over century; world’s jute manufacturing capital, Juteopolis, at
end of Victorian era; social distress – steam and smoke fro
factory chimnies, substandard and overcrowded housing, high
infant mortality, harsh working environment and low wages
(especially for predominantly female workforce); industrial
decline, its social and political consequences; effect of urban
transformation on jobs, physical environment, social life,
culture and politics.
Kosmas Tsokhas (1990).
Markets, Money, and Empire: The Political Economy of the
Australian Wool Industry. (Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne
University Press, 235 p.). Wool industry--Australia--History.
Laurel T. Ulrich (2001).
The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an
American Myth. (New York, NY: Knopf, p.). Historian
(Harvard). Textile fabrics--Social aspects--New
England--History--19th century; Textile crafts--New
England--History--19th century; Weaving--Social aspects--New
England--History--19th century; Clothing and dress--Social
aspects--New England--History--19th century; Material
culture--New England--History--19th century; National
characteristics, American; New England--History--1775-1865; New
England--Social conditions--19th century; New England--Economic
Ángel Santos Vaquero (2010).
La Industria Textil Sedera de Toledo.
(Cuenca, ES: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha,
650 p.). Silk industry -- Spain -- Toledo -- History.
Frank Ledyard Walton (1953).
Tomahawks to Textiles; The Fabulous Story of Worth Street.
(New York, NY: Appleton-Century-Crofts. 177 p. Textile
industry--New York (State)--New York--History; New York
Caroline F. Ware (1931).
The Early New England Cotton Manufacture; A Study in Industrial
Beginnings. (Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 349 p.).
Cotton growing and manufacture--New England; Industry--History.
Louise Wehrle (1995).
Fingers of Steel: Technological Innovation in the United
States Knitting Industry, 1850-1914. (New York, NY:
Garland Pub., 258 p.). Knitting machines--United
States--Technological innovations; Knit goods industry--United
Richard Woldendorp, Roger McDonald, Amanda
Wool: The Australian Story. (North Freemantle, W.A.:
Freemantle Arts Centre Press in association with Richard
Woldendorp, 232 p.). Wool industry --Australia --History
--Pictorial works; Wool industry --Australia --Pictorial works.
Siu-Lun Wong (1988).
Emigrant Entrepreneurs: Shanghai Industrialists in Hong Kong.
(New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 244 p.). Cotton yarn
industry--China--Hong Kong--History; Cotton spinning--History;
Entrepreneurship--China--Hong Kong--History; Shanghai
(China)--Emigration and immigration--History; Hong Kong
(China)--Emigration and immigration--History.
Harold D. Woodman (1968).
King Cotton & His Retainers; Financing & Marketing the Cotton
Crop of the South, 1800-1925. (Lexington, KY: University
of Kentucky Press, 386 p.). Cotton trade--Southern
States--History; Cotton trade--United States--History.
Stephen Yafa (2005).
Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked
Civilizations, and Put America on the Map. (New York,
NY: Viking, 320 p.). Screenwriter, Playwright, Novelist. Cotton
textile industry--United States--History; Cotton
Martha & Murray Zimiles (1973).
Early American Mills. (New York, NY: C. N. Potter,
290 p.). Factories --New England --History; New England
Business History Links
American Textile History Museum
This national treasure houses one of the largest textile history
collections in the world -- books, images, textile samples,
garments, household textiles, textile-making tools and
equipment. On-going exhibition, "Textiles in America", history
of clothmaking from 1700s to 1900s; three or four temporary
exhibitions per year.
Located at the College of Textiles complex on the Centennial
Campus of North Carolina State University. The Library provides
services to the faculty and staff, students, and NC State
Centennial Campus Community and University Affiliates. The
Library supports the curriculum and research programs in textile
chemistry, textile materials and management, and fiber and
polymer science. The Textiles Library's collection is made up of
approximately 50,000 volumes, with over 200 periodical
Carolinas Textile Exhibit: The
Ties That Bind
Opened in September 2001,
focus is on transformation of Gaston County, NC and the region
from an agrarian economy of the 1860's to a modern industrial
economy and center of America's textile industry; history of the
people and the businesses that created the economic engine of
the 20th Century for this region; revealed through its
technology revolution, community development and economic
The Conner Prairie Museum Textile
The Textile Collection at
Indiana University Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI) was founded
by the Lilly family (Eli Lilly pharmaceutical family);
introduction explains the multiple reasons behind the decrease
in creation of textiles at home (mechanization of cotton
production and the advent of the sewing machine); quilting is
the "only legacy that has endured in the American conscious" and
"is truly a continuing heritage for this century." Visitors can
type "crazy quilt" in the "keyword search" box to see a quilt
with an array of beautiful decorative stitches to hold the
multi-colored pieces together. Some of the other types of items
that are in the collection are samplers and coverlets. Visitors
interested in seeing some samplers, pieces made by young girls
to practice their skills, can click on "Browse this Collection".
The Harvard Center for Textile and
Apparel Research (HCTAR)
This center "is focused on the competitive dynamics of the
retail-apparel-textile channel — in particular, how
technological innovations are transforming the way retailers
plan and order merchandise, and in turn, the way manufacturers
forecast demand, plan production, and manufacture and distribute
apparel products." The site features publications and working
papers on topics such as the anticipated effects of the January
2005 expiration of worldwide textile quotas. Subjects: Clothing
trade; Textile industry; Competition, International.
Quilt Study Center & Museum
Center houses the largest publicly
held quilt collection in the world. The 3500+ quilts date from
the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25
countries. The International Quilt Study Center & Museum makes
its academic home in the Department of Textiles, Clothing and
Design in the College of Education and Human Science (University
East Midlands, UK, knitting industry virtual
and physical museum; knitting industry has been in the East
Midlands since the 16th century - "Timeline" located on the
right side of any page (explains the social consequences of
increasingly sophisticated knitting technology). Visitors can
view and learn about objects from the collection that relate to
the events of the timeline (piece of lace made circa 1769 that
may be one of the oldest pieces of machine-made lace ); click on
"Virtual Museum" and then "Town Tour" leads visitors to a tour
of Leicester (virtual tour of all the significant sites of the
The website for this British museum contains several resources
on the history of leather-making and leather goods, including an
essay on the history of leather, a gallery of images from the
museum (bookbinding, horse saddles, bags and purses, dog
equipment, and other leather items) and a bibliography. Includes
Leather Research Centre: General
Collection of documents on leather manufacturing, including the
leather-making process (liming, pickling, tanning, splitting and
shaving, dyeing, and finishing), small animal tanning at home,
alternative methods for curing animal hides and skins, and
production of "Ugg" boots from woolskins. From CSIRO Textile and
Fibre Technology, an Australian textile, fiber, and leather
Industriële Archeologie en Textiel
(Museum of Industrial Archeology and Textile)
old cotton mill, focuses mainly on the fundamental
technological changes in society during last 250 years;
visitor is submerged in a story of textiles and socio-cultural
National Wool Museum
Wool was historically
the most important and widespread of Wales's industries; process
from Fleece to Fabric, Historic Machinery; raised walkway gives
a unique view of textiles in production at Melin Teifi, the
site's commercial woollen mill; Textile Gallery displays aspects
of the National Flat Textile Collection for the first time.
Exhibits reflect Dutch textile industry from around 1860 to now.
consists of raw materials, tools, half products, tools and
machines; industrialization of the Netherlands is clear: the
home of handloom weavers, the large factories with hundreds of
steam-powered textile machinery and specialized enterprises
today with computer controlled equipment.
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
Story of cotton cloth production - last surviving, operational
steam powered weaving mill in the world. Owned by a workers
co-operative “The Queen Street Manufacturing Company” the mill
is a time capsule of the late Victorian age, which produced
cloth using Victorian steam driven power looms until its closure
Marjorie Russell Clothing and
Created in 1992 under the direction of the Nevada State Museum
and Nevada Historical Society, purpose of the Marjorie Russell
Center is to enhance the awareness of fashion history as it
relates to society, history, and material culture. Dress is an
important symbol, communicating historic trends, economic status
of the wearer, and various ideals of beauty; size of the
collections is approximately 10,000 artifacts. Most significant
is the women's collection which ranges from the eighteenth
century to current day fashions. Other strengths are the quilt
collection, hats, children's wear, political and ceremonial
dress, flags, banners, and military and men's wear.
Spinning the Web: The Story of the
This site brings together a "collection of some 20,000 items
from the libraries, museums and archives of North West England
which tell the story of the Lancashire Cotton Industry."
Discusses the British textile industry, cotton mills, the
Lancashire cotton famine, cotton districts and towns, living
conditions of cotton mill workers, machinery, uses of cotton,
and much more. Includes images and interactive features.
Searchable. Subjects: Cotton trade; Cotton textile industry;
The Textile Collection
The Textile Collection, from the University for the Creative
Arts at Farnham, is one of 46 collections available on the
website of Visual Arts Data
Service (contains over 100,000 images). There are two
ways for visitors to peruse the 1051 image collection. There is
the "View all images" link below the search box, and the browse
method allows visitors to choose from such categories as
"Function", "Maker/Designer", "Raw Materials", "Cloth
Structure", and "Process". Process includes such categories as
batik, knitted, machine woven, and wax resist. Visitors should
check out the "blocks for printing" under the "Function"
category, to see many beautiful blocks that were once inked up
and pressed onto fabric. These blocks were then deployed to
produce patterned fabric for clothing, linens, and other items.
From crochet machines to the uses of acrylic yarn, the Textile
Exchange website has rather fine comprehensive coverage across
the nooks and crannies of the textile industry. Visitors to the
homepage will find a search engine and a very thorough products
directory which includes topical headings like "Textile
Products", "Fibers, Yarns & Threads", and "Textile Chemicals".
After looking over a few of these areas, visitors will
definitely want to peruse the "Knowledge Center". Here they can
learn more about fiber and textile history, and the types of
weaves. One section that should not be missed is the "Textile
Personalities" area (John Mercer, John Kay, Richard Roberts).
The Textile Museum
Founded in 1925 The Textile Museum is devoted to the study and
presentation of handmade textile arts. The collection focuses on
non-Western historic and ethnographic rugs and textiles.
Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and
Technology Through American [Textile] History
Explore science, technology and invention through American
textiles- history of the production and consumption; history of
textile technology related to issues of race, gender, class, and