ATHM is pleased to announce that Rhonda Chadwick has been hired as a Project Archivist to begin work on the Troy Mills records, a large collection (approximately 700 cartons) of material relating to the Troy Mills of Troy, N.H. Troy Mills, owned and operated by the Ripley family, began life in 1865 as Troy Blanket Mills, a manufacturer of horse blankets; branched out into apparel fabrics and automotive trim in the 20th century; and continued operations under the same family until the early part of this century, a remarkable span of over 135 years. The collection represents an exceptional look at the complete business history of the longest family-owned textile mill in New Hampshire.
Rhonda holds a dual master’s degree from Simmons College in Boston: an MS in Library and Information Science and an MA in History. She recently completed work on a comprehensive survey of the Gorham Manufacturing Company collection (6,000 linear feet) at the John Hay Library at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and has worked on collections at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College and the Rhode Island Historical Society.
The Troy Mills Project is being supported by the generosity of Ripley family members.