Manuscripts

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PLEASE NOTE: ATHM has closed permanently.

The ATHM manuscript collection was composed of business records from manufacturers, trade groups, and labor organizations as well as the personal papers of individuals associated with the industry, such as educators, inventors, workers, and managers. There were over 1,100 collections, ranging from mill records to a weaver’s draftbook to a single handwritten letter from a mill girl to her family. Collections represented a variety of businesses from a rural carding mill to large firms of textile and textile machinery manufacturers. The collection was strongest in New England material, although the library collected from all over the country. The Osborne Library was grateful for project support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives and Records Administration. Their grant funded the creation of electronic catalog records and finding aids for the Library’s manuscripts and business records.