MC 00002 Guide to the Thomas Nelson Papers, 1877-1954

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This series contains the personal papers of Thomas Nelson. It is divided into three subseries: correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous. It covers his family life, along with his involvement in civic organizations. Included in the letters are correspondence from Senator J. W. Bailey, and then-Democratic presidential nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Correspondence, 1921-1951 (MC 00002 Subseries 1.1)
This subseries contains the personal correspondence, 1921-1951, of Thomas Nelson. It includes correspondence with Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States Senator J. W. Bailey, and North Carolina Governor J. Melville Broughton.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Man of the Year 1947, 1947 April 10 - 1948 March 26
[Box 1, Folder 2] Golden Anniversary of Arrival in America, 1946 April 23 - 1946 April 30
[Box 1, Folder 3] Alumni Memorial Building, 1946 November 3
[Box 1, Folder 4] Senator J. W. Bailey, 1933 June 22 - 1940 October 1
[Box 1, Folder 5] Gov. J. Melville Broughton, 1942 April 3
[Box 1, Folder 6] J. D. Cooper, 1944 December 19
[Box 1, Folder 7] Extenso Hangar Co., 1946 February 18 - 1947 April 5
[Box 1, Folder 8] Fred Feiker, 1951 October 13
[Box 1, Folder 9] L. R. Gilbert, 1933 September 1
[Box 1, Folder 10] J. W. Harrelson, 1934 July 27
[Box 1, Folder 11] Edith E. Haydell [sp?], 1945 May 25
[Box 1, Folder 12] Tom Morgan, 1936 November 6
[Box 1, Folder 13] Morris Plan Industrial Bank, 1927 August 23 - 1928 December 21
[Box 1, Folder 14] W. Robinson, 1921 August 10
[Box 1, Folder 15] Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932 August 22
[Box 1, Folder 16] Ben Rudisill, 1947 June 17
[Box 1, Folder 17] Ross Shumaker, 1925 October 1 - 1944 April 4
[Box 1, Folder 18] State Hospital at Raleigh, 1948 October 4
[Box 1, Folder 19] Walter A. Thomason, 1942 October 20 - 1943 November 24
[Box 10, Folder 1] Death of Spouse
[Box 10, Folder 2] Condolences
Clippings, 1918-1953 (MC 00002 Subseries 1.2)
This subseries contains newspaper clippings that provide information from both the First and Second World Wars, until December 1939. It also includes newspaper clipping from throughout the state discussing Thomas Nelson's automobile accident in 1938, and includes his obituaries that ran in the Raleigh Times and the News and Observer.
[Box 1, Folder 20] Obituaries, 1953 April 11 - 1953 April 12
[Box 1, Folder 21] World Wars I and II, 1918 November 28 - 1939 September 3
[Box 1, Folder 22] World Wars I and II, 1939 September 3 - 1939 September 4
[Box 1, Folder 23] World Wars I and II, 1939 September 4 - 1939 September 24
[Box 1, Folder 24] World Wars I and II, 1939 September 24 - 1939 September 30
[Box 1, Folder 25] World Wars I and II, 1939 November 5 - 1939 December 20
[Oversize 9, Folder 1] Automobile Accident, 1938 February 25 - 1938 March 4
Miscellaneous, 1877-1953 (MC 00002 Subseries 1.3)
This subseries contains various facets of Thomas Nelson's personal life. Its oldest document is his School Attendance Certificate, which dates to 1877. This subseries inludes income tax records for Nelson from 1917 until his death in 1953. It also covers other aspects of Dean Nelson's personal life, from his nuclear family to extended family. Information concerning Thomas Nelson's involvement with the Lions Club and freemasonry, as well as information concerning his wedding to Mary Andrews in 1902, is also found in this subseries.
[Box 1, Folder 26] Autobiography, undated
[Box 1, Folder 27] Delco Gas Heater, 1945 May 30 - 1945 September 11
[Box 1, Folder 28] Dog Registration, 1941 April 1 - 1948 August 16
[Box 1, Folder 29] Family, 1916 November 25 - 1952 December 17
[Box 1, Folder 30] Fairmount Baptist Church, 1949 December 6 - 1949 December 18
[Box 1, Folder 31] Finances, 1921 - 1934 April 4
[Box 1, Folder 32] Heating Oil Rationing, 1942 October 15 - 1944 May 23
[Box 1, Folder 33] Honorary Doctorate, 1926 June 9
[Box 1, Folder 34] "House's Pain Killer" Recipe, undated
[Box 1, Folder 35] Illness, 1949 June - 1951 November
[Box 1, Folder 36] Insurance, 1909 March 15 - 1952 June 27
[Box 1, Folder 37] Leasing Documents, 1945 April 11 - 1949 January 20
[Box 1, Folder 38] National War Fund, undated
[Box 1, Folder 39] Poem by Unknown, undated
[Box 1, Folder 40] North American Manx Association, 1943 May 6 - 1949 August 6
[Box 1, Folder 41] Parents, 1913
[Box 1, Folder 42] Pension, 1941 - 1949 May 25
[Box 1, Folder 43] Photographs, 1922 July 5 - 1941 December 1
[Box 1, Folder 44] Radio Broadcast Tickets, 1951 August 14
[Box 1, Folder 45] Dr. James R. Rogers, 1916 June 24
[Box 2, Folder 1] Taxes, 1917 - 1924
[Box 2, Folder 2] Taxes, 1925 - 1929
[Box 2, Folder 3] Taxes, 1930 - 1932
[Box 2, Folder 4] Taxes, 1933 - 1934
[Box 2, Folder 5] Taxes, 1935 - 1938
[Box 2, Folder 6] Taxes, 1939 - 1940
[Box 2, Folder 7] Taxes, 1941 - 1942
[Box 2, Folder 8] Taxes, 1943 - 1944
[Box 2, Folder 10] Taxes, 1947 - 1948
[Box 2, Folder 12] Taxes, 1951 - 1953
[Box 2, Folder 13] "The Traveler,", 1938 April
[Box 2, Folder 14] "The Traveler,", 1941 October
[Box 2, Folder 15] Wedding, 1902
[Oversize 9, Folder 2] Birth Certificate, 1880 March 12
[Oversize 9, Folder 3] Genealogy, 1908 - 1947
[Oversize 9, Folder 4] Harris Institute, 1900 September 24 - 1912 June 30
[Oversize 9, Folder 5] Labour Certificate, 1885 April 27
[Oversize 9, Folder 6] Lions Club, 1928 July - 1952 October 24
[Oversize 9, Folder 7] Masonic Order, 1934 January 6 - 1942 November 6
[Oversize 9, Folder 8] Mary Nelson, Death, 1940 May 6 - 1940 November 1
[Oversize 9, Folder 9] School Attendance Certificate, 1877
[Box 10, Folder 3] Cemeteries
[Box 10, Folder 4] Ephemera
[Album 1] Photographs - untitled
This series contains the professional papers of Thomas Nelson. It covers his career in respect to North Carolina State College and external work with the federal government. This series also includes many publications of Thomas Nelson as well as various teaching materials and papers from the Textiles Department to the College of Textiles.
Professional Correspondence, 1901-1951 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.1)
The professional correspondence subseries contains correspondence that relates to Thomas Nelson's career with the college and federal government. It contains correspondence from heads of textile companies as well as letters from alumni upon the retirement of Dean Nelson. This subseries also contains letters pertaining to Thomas Nelson's placement as an instructor in the Textiles Department in 1901 and correspondence about his eventual position as Director of the Textiles Department, and finally, as Dean of the Textiles School.
[Box 2, Folder 16] Alumni, 1935 - 1951 June 26
[Box 2, Folder 17] Alumni Conclave, 1950 November 2 - 1951 April 10
[Box 2, Folder 18] H. L. Barden, 1946 November 14
[Box 2, Folder 19] Clarence S. Brown, 1943 December 14 - 1944 January 11
[Box 2, Folder 20] C. A. Cannon, 1940 June 10
[Box 2, Folder 21] Judge Heriot Clarkson, 1926 April 30 - 1928 June 2
[Box 2, Folder 22] Morris L. Cooke, 1943 July 9 - 1943 October 25
[Box 2, Folder 23] Leslie B. Coombs, 1945 November 10
[Box 2, Folder 24] M. D. C. Crawford, 1942 July 28 - 1942 July 31
[Box 2, Folder 25] Harry T. Davis, 1949 October 12 - 1950 January 24
[Box 2, Folder 28] Football, 1922 October 30 - 1948 November 1
[Box 2, Folder 29] O. Max Gardner, 1942 April 3 - 1946 December 13
[Box 2, Folder 30] Arthur Graham, 1947 October 1 - 1948 March 29
[Box 2, Folder 31] Franklin W. Hobbs, 1932 June 1 - 1941 January 21
[Box 2, Folder 32] Imported Fabric, 1947 February 6 - 1947 June 3
[Box 2, Folder 34] Burke M. McConnell, 1947 May 28 - 1947 June 6
[Box 2, Folder 35] Z. B. Mangum, 1951 June 26
[Box 2, Folder 36] Edward Meyer, 1945 March 9 - 1945 March 19
[Box 2, Folder 37] National Council of Textile School Deans, 1940 March 27 - 1951 November 2
[Box 2, Folder 38] North Carolina Textile Foundation, 1943 January 5 - 1943 January 8
[Box 2, Folder 39] Phi Kappa Phi, 1943 November 15 - 1943 November 17
[Box 2, Folder 40] T. H. Purcell, 1939 November 3 - 1940 October 22
[Box 2, Folder 41] Retirement, 1943 January 4 - 1943 December 6
[Box 2, Folder 42] Harry Riemer, 1949 July 15 - 1951 April 24
[Box 2, Folder 43] Thomas L. Rusk Jr., 1947 March 12 - 1947 March 18
[Box 2, Folder 44] William M. Slutsch, 1922 January 11
[Box 2, Folder 26] Dean of Textiles School, 1925 July 21 - 1928 February 9
[Box 2, Folder 27] Director of Textiles Department, 1906 April 17 - 1906 April 18
[Box 2, Folder 33] Instructor of Textiles, 1901 July 23 - 1901 August 29
[Box 2, Folder 45] The Textile Manufacturer, 1908 July 25
[Box 2, Folder 46] Textile Square Club, 1939 August 8 - 1939 September 7
[Box 10, Folder 5] Correspondence, 1916 January 4 - 1947 March 1
[Box 10, Folder 6] Frank Graham, 1932 November 21 - 1947 February 7
Clippings, 1923-1953 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.2)
This subseries includes media clippings from Thomas Nelson's career at North Carolina State University. In it are contains clippings from newspapers throughout the state, which cover items such as the Textiles School specifically, or the activities of Dean Nelson. It also contains information concerning his text, Weaving Plain and Fancy Free.
[Box 3, Folder 1] O. Max Gardner, 1929 February 17 - 1929 March 18
[Box 3, Folder 2] Miscellaneous, 1912 June 20 - 1953 February 6
[Box 3, Folder 3] National Council of Textile School Deans, 1943 May 4 - 1953 May 15
[Box 3, Folder 4] Retirement, 1943 March 16 - 1943 November 12
[Box 3, Folder 5] Senior Class, 1922 April 22 - 1922 February 27 1933
[Box 3, Folder 6] Speeches, 1928 March 4 - 1946 February 16
[Box 3, Folder 7] Textile School, 1906 March 28 - 1933 June 25
[Box 3, Folder 8] Textile School, 1933 November 10 - 1950 November 7
[Box 3, Folder 9] Textile Square Club, 1939 July 24 - 1942 March 31
[Box 3, Folder 10] Weaving: Plain and Fancy, undated
[Oversize 9, Folder 10] Design School [1 of 2], 1923 March 23
[Oversize 9, Folder 11] Design School [2 of 2], 1923 March 23
Publications, 1907-1946 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.3)
This subseries contains published works of Thomas Nelson. Included in this series are his books, along with notes written by the author. It also contains articles written in Russia, along with a plethora of articles written in Nelson's native English. These publications touch on various technologies and techniques employed in the production of textiles.
[Box 3, Folder 11] Amtorg Publishing Division, 1938 May 30
[Box 3, Folder 12] Rayon Monthly, 1936 January - 1937 February
[Box 3, Folder 13] Russian, 1938
[Box 3, Folder 14] The Spinning Wheel, 1934 May
[Box 3, Folder 15] Textile Bulletin, 1942 January 1 - 1943 February 15
[Box 3, Folder 16] Textile Bulletin, 1943 March 1 - 1943 May 1
[Box 3, Folder 17] Textile Bulletin, 1943 May 15 - 1943 July 1943
[Box 3, Folder 18] Textile Bulletin, 1943 August 1 - 1943 October 1
[Box 3, Folder 19] Textile Bulletin, 1943 October 15 - 1943 December 1
[Box 3, Folder 20] Textile Bulletin, 1943 December 15 - 1944 February 1
[Box 3, Folder 21] Textile Bulletin, 1944 February 15 - 1944 March 15
[Box 3, Folder 22] Textile Bulletin, 1944 April 15 - 1944 June 1
[Box 3, Folder 23] Textile World, 1930 August 23 - 1945 April
[Box 3, Volume 24] Cotton, undated
[Box 4, Folder 1] Practical Loom Fixing, 1931 August 13 - 1947 February 17
[Box 4, Volume 2] Practical Loom Fixing (4th Edition) [1 of 3], 1936
[Box 4, Folder 3] Practical Loom Fixing Notes [copy 1], undated
[Box 4, Volume 4] Practical Loom Fixing (4th Edition) [2 of 3], 1936
[Box 4, Folder 5] Practical Loom Fixing (4th Edition) [3 of 3], 1936
[Box 4, Folder 6] Practical Loom Fixing Notes [copy 3], undated
[Box 4, Folder 7] Practical Textile Designing, 1945
[Box 4, Folder 8] Practical Textile Designing, 1931 December 31 - 1946 May 20
[Oversize 9, Folder 12] Cotton Manufacturers, 1907 June - 1907 December
[Oversize 9, Folder 13] Textile American, undated
[Box 10, Folder 7] Clark Publishing, 1916-1950
[Box 10, Folder 8] Practical Loom Fixing, 1943 July 8- 1949 September 14
[Box 10, Folder 9] Practical Textile Designing, 1943 February 10 - 1947 February 7
[Box 10, Folder 9] Published Books, 1907-1943
Textile School Papers, 1922-1954 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.4)
This subseries highlights the development of textiles at North Carolina State College. It contains various class notes and teaching materials used by Thomas Nelson throughout his tenure at this university. Included are various fabric samples. In addition are notes for a Defense Course, which was sponsored by the United States Government during the Second World War. This subseries also includes information about the then-new textile building (Nelson Hall), and its naming.
[Box 5, Folder 1] American Wool and Cotton Reporter, 1922 July 6
[Box 5, Folder 2] Business Cards, undated
[Box 5, Folder 3] Carpets and Rugs, undated
[Box 5, Folder 4] Chenille, undated
[Box 5, Folder 5] Cloth Analysis, undated
[Box 5, Volume 6] Cloth Patterns and Designs, undated
[Box 5, Folder 7] Corn in Industry, undated
[Box 5, Folder 8] Costs for Winding Various Deniers of Dyed Yarns from Skins to Spools, Cones, and Cops, 1930 November 6
[Box 5, Folder 9] Cotton, undated
[Box 5, Folder 10] Cotton Spinning Industry Act, 1936
[Box 5, Folder 11] Crepe [1 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 12] Crepe [2 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 13] Crepe [3 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 14] Crepe [4 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 15] Crepe [5 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 16] Crepe [6 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 17] Crepe [7 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 18] Crepe [8 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 19] Crepe [9 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 20] Crepe [10 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 21] Crepe [11 of 11], undated
[Box 5, Folder 22] Defense Course [1 of 4], 1943 June 7 - 1943 August 27
[Box 5, Folder 23] Defense Course [2 of 4], 1943 June 7 - 1943 August 27
[Box 5, Folder 24] Defense Course [3 of 4], 1943 June 7 - 1943 August 27
[Box 5, Folder 25] Defense Course [4 of 4], 1943 June 7 - 1943 August 27
[Box 5, Folder 26] Double Fabric Designs, undated
[Box 5, Folder 27] Drawing in Drafts, undated
[Box 6, Folder 1] Educated Man of the 20th Century, undated
[Box 6, Folder 2] Equipment Request, 1940 November 18
[Box 6, Folder 3] Experimental and Research Laboratory, 1921 May 18
[Box 6, Folder 4] Fabric Inspection, undated
[Box 6, Folder 5] Fabric Testing [1 of 2], undated
[Box 6, Folder 6] Fabric Testing [2 of 2], 1926 January 12 - 1926 May 10
[Box 6, Folder 7] Fancy Leno, undated
[Box 6, Folder 8] First Annual Report of the Spindles Board, 1937 October
[Box 6, Folder 9] Fly Frames, undated
[Box 6, Folder 10] Freshmen Assembly, 1933 - 1943
[Box 6, Folder 11] Graduate Placement, 1935 June 14 - 1948 May 15
[Box 6, Folder 12] Importance of Timing of Shedding Motion and Its Effect on the Fabric, undated
[Box 6, Folder 13] The Knitter, 1946 October
[Box 6, Folder 14] Knitting Instructions for "Cleanse" Yarn, undated
[Box 6, Folder 15] Junior Designing Course, undated
[Box 6, Folder 16] H. Lovejoy, 1936 April 17
[Box 6, Folder 17] Method of Figuring Woolen and Worsted Clothes, undated
[Box 6, Folder 18] N.C. State Alumni News, 1939 October
[Box 6, Folder 19] Nelson Hall, 1938 December 5 - 1938 December 12
[Box 6, Folder 20] North Carolina State Deans, undated
[Box 6, Folder 21] Opportunities for Instruction and Research, 1926 March
[Box 6, Folder 22] Parachute Fabrics, undated
[Box 6, Folder 23] Price of Cleanse Wraps, 1930 May 1 - 1930 July 1
[Box 6, Folder 24] Pyramid Yarns, undated
[Box 6, Folder 25] Ring Spinning, undated
[Box 6, Folder 26] Senior Yarn Manufacture, Spinning, and Twisting, 1946
[Box 6, Folder 27] Southern Garment Manufacturer [1 of 2], 1946 January
[Box 6, Folder 28] Southern Garment Manufacturer [2 of 2], 1946 January 20
[Box 6, Folder 29] Southern Textile Bulletin, 1931 July 30
[Box 6, Folder 30] Speaker's Library Magazine, 1941 April
[Box 6, Folder 31] State College Record, 1921 January
[Box 7, Folder 1] Student Textile Expos and Style Shows, 1933 April 26 - 1940 April 26
[Box 7, Folder 2] Supplies, 1927 May 30 - 1940 February 13
[Box 7, Folder 3] Textile Bulletin, 1944 February 15
[Box 7, Folder 4] Textile Bulletin, 1945 December 15
[Box 7, Folder 5] Textile Designing [1 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 6] Textile Designing [2 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 7] Textile Designing [3 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 8] Textile Designing [4 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 9] Textile Designing [5 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 10] Textile Designing [6 of 6], undated
[Box 7, Folder 11] Textile Educational Facilities of State College, undated
[Box 7, Folder 12] Textile Samples [1 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 13] Textile Samples [2 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 14] Textile Samples [3 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 15] Textile Samples [4 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 16] Textile Samples [5 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 17] Textile Samples [6 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 18] Textile Samples [7 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 19] Textile Samples [8 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 20] Textile Samples [9 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 21] Textile Samples [10 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 22] Textile Samples [11 of 11], undated
[Box 7, Folder 23] Textile World, 1937 February
[Box 7, Folder 24] Textile World, 1939 September
[Box 7, Folder 25] Textile World, 1942 December
[Box 7, Folder 26] Trends in Textile Education, undated
[Box 7, Folder 27] University Consolidation, 1931 June 13 - 1954 June 30
[Box 7, Folder 28] Useful Textile Tables and Calculations, undated
[Box 7, Folder 29] Wool, undated
[Box 7, Folder 30] Wool and the Manufacturing of Yarns on the Woolen System, 1948
[Box 7, Folder 31] Wrap and Filling, undated
[Box 10, Folder 11] Budgeting for Business Control, 1922 November 1
[Box 10, Folder 12] Cost Accounting Through Use of Standards, 1925 June 3
[Box 10, Folder 13] Depreciation, 1921 October 15
[Box 10, Folder 14] Fabrication Production Department, 1921 January 10
[Box 10, Folder 15] Increased Profit through Waste Prevention, undated
[Box 10, Folder 16] Overhead Expenses, 1921
[Box 10, Folder 17] Perpetual Inventory of Stores Control, 1922 May 15
[Box 10, Folder 18] Reducing Textile Cost and Trouble, 1924
[Box 10, Folder 19] Some Facts and Figures on Textile Mill Operation, 1917
[Box 10, Folder 20] Terms used in Cotton Industry, 1915
[Box 10, Folder 21] Textile Mill Cost Accounting, 1913
[Box 10, Folder 22] Watchdog of Production, undated
[Box 10, Folder 23] What a Cost System can do for You, 1920
[Box 10, Folder 24] Wool Scouring, no. 1, undated
[Box 10, Folder 25] Wool Scouring, no. 2, undated
[Box 10, Folder 26] Wool Scouring, no. 3, undated
[Box 10, Folder 27] Textile Samples [1 of 2], undated
[Box 10, Folder 28] Textile Samples [2 of 2], undated
[Box 10, Folder 29] Nelson Hall, 1940 March 5 - 1954 June 25
[Box 10, Folder 30] Textile Equipment [1 of 2], undated
[Box 10, Folder 31] Textile Equipment [2 of 2], undated
Travel, 1924-1941 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.5)
This subseries provides information on the travels taken by Thomas Nelson in his official capacity with the college. It includes information about his various trips to New England, Canada, Europe and the western United States. Dean Nelson took these trips in order to gain a better perspective on the textile industry and as a means of helping North Carolina State College's textiles program continue to develop and expand its reach.
[Box 8, Folder 1] Florida, 1937 December - 1938 January
[Box 8, Folder 2] Florida, 1938 December 26 - 1939 January 1
[Box 8, Folder 3] New England, 1924 August 4 - 1924 September
[Box 8, Folder 4] New England, 1925 July 25 - 1925 September 9
[Box 8, Folder 5] New England, 1936 July 16 - 1936 August 18
[Box 8, Folder 6] New England and Canada, 1939 July 17 - 1939 September 29
[Box 8, Folder 7] New York, 1930 August 5 - 1930 August 23
[Box 8, Folder 8] Seattle, 1935 July 10 - 1935 August 20
[Box 8, Folder 9] Western United States, 1933 July 20 - 1933 August 2
[Box 8, Folder 10] Western United States, 1938 June 15 - 1938 August 17
[Box 8, Folder 11] Western United States and Canada, 1931 July 24 - 1931 August 26
[Box 8, Folder 12] Western United States and Canada, 1941 July 11 - 1941 August 30
[Box 8, Folder 13] Miscellaneous, undated
[Oversize 9, Folder 14] Europe, 1934 May 16 - 1934 September 10
[Oversize 9, Folder 15] Europe, 1937 March 11 - 1937 March 25
[Oversize 9, Folder 16] Europe, 1937 April 2 - 1937 April 29
[Oversize 9, Folder 17] Europe, 1937 May 26 - 1937 June 28
[Oversize 9, Folder 18] Europe, 1937 August 31 - 1938 April 7
Miscellaneous, 1900-1951 (MC 00002 Subseries 2.6)
This subseries contains various documents from the career of Thomas Nelson. In it, one can find information concerning his work with the United States government along with various achievements during his career. It includes such information as speeches, and technical information about a general textile operation. It also includes information about his retirement in 1949 from the university.
[Box 8, Folder 14] Bureau of Manufacturers, Department of Commerce and Labor, 1912 July
[Box 8, Folder 15] Lowell Textile School, 1900 August 20
[Box 8, Folder 16] Milestones, 1926 - January 1942
[Box 8, Folder 17] Mill Inspection and Appraisal, 1919 May 1 - 1943 November 2
[Box 8, Folder 18] Retirement of Colleagues, 1946 August 12 - 1951 July 9
[Box 8, Folder 19] Reynolds Patent, 1929 December 10 - 1942 January 24
[Box 8, Folder 20] Speech, Corn, undated
[Box 8, Volume 21] Technical and Cost of Textile Operation, 1900 - 1902
[Oversize 9, Folder 19] Cumberland Homestead Project, 1937 November 1
[Oversize 9, Folder 20] Football, Game Receipts, 1919 - 1921
[Oversize 9, Folder 21] Retirement, 1949 June 27 - 1949 December 15
[Box 11, Folder 1] American Cotton Manufactures Association, 1906 August 21
[Box 11, Folder 2] Chamber of Commerce memos, undated
[Box 11, Folder 3] Cost Finding [1 of 2], undated
[Box 11, Folder 4] Cost Finding [2 of 2], undated
[Box 11, Folder 5] Cost Finding, 1912
[Box 11, Folder 6] Cost Finding, 1927
[Box 11, Folder 7] Department of Agriculture, 1916 May 27 - 1924 December 13
[Box 11, Folder 8] Department of Commerce, 1911 - 1945 June 4
[Box 11, Folder 9] Mill Inspections, undated
[Box 11, Folder 10] Production, undated
Production Reports, undated
[Box 11, Folder 11] Superintendent Reports, 1927 June 25 - 1927 August 6
[Box 11, Folder 12] Tariff Board, 1911 April 29 - 1911 August 8
[Box 11, Folder 13] Tariff Commission [1 of 5], undated
[Box 11, Folder 14] Tariff Commission [2 of 5], undated
[Box 11, Folder 15] Tariff Commission [3 of 5], undated
[Box 11, Folder 16] Tariff Commission [4 of 5], undated
[Box 11, Folder 17] Tariff Commission [5 of 5], undated

Creator

Nelson, Thomas, b. 1872

Quantity

5.5 Linear feet 11 archival boxes

General Physical Description note

11 archival boxes

Location

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Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Thomas Nelson Jr., 1970 January 7, with additions from other sources, 1970-1984.

Processing

Processed by: Jason Smith;machine-readable finding aid created by: Jason Smith

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material from the personal and professional life of Thomas Nelson, an internationally renowned textiles expert and educator. Thomas Nelson, the first Dean of the Textiles School of North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University), began his career as an instructor and later became the head of the Textiles Department. Included in this collection are correspondence, photographs, textile samples, clippings from print media, class and lab notes, and Nelson's various published works. Of special interest in this collection is correspondence with then-Democratic presidential nominee Franklin Delano Roosevelt, correspondence with an N.C. State alumnus serving in World War II, and a signed 4th edition of his book Practical Loom Fixing.

Biographical Note

Thomas Nelson (1872-1953) worked as educator, administrator, and textile technologist. He served the Textiles Department at North Carolina State College from 1901 to 1949, originally as an instructor, then Head of the Textiles Department, and later as the first Dean of the School of Textiles. Nelson was born in Preston, England on April 24, 1872. In Preston, he studied at the Harris Institute Technical School. He earned a certificate for weaving and designing in 1891 by the City and Guilds of London Institute. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Carolina State College in 1926. When he joined the faculty at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) in 1901, the department had only one instructor and a couple of weaving machines. At his retirement as Dean of the School of Textiles in 1943, Nelson headed one of the largest and most successful textile schools in the country. In 1908, Nelson helped organize and was a charter member of the Southern Textile Association, and in 1943, he was chosen as the first president of the newly formed National Council of Textile School Deans. Between 1911 and 1922 he also served as a Commercial Agent for the Bureau of Manufacturers of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor, Special Agent for the United States Tariff Board, and consultant with the Tariff Commission. In the summers of 1934 and 1937, Nelson traveled to Europe to visit the leading textile schools in England, Ireland, and Scotland. He authored two books: Weaving: Plain and Fancy (1907) and Practical Loom Fixing (1917), which by 1949 had been published internationally and in five editions. He was active in scholastic, civic and religious affairs on campus and in the community throughout his life. Nelson died in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 11, 1953.

1872 Born in Preston, England
1885 Received Labour Certificate
1890 Received weaving certificate from Harris Institute
1891 Received certificate for weaving and designing by the City and Guilds of London Institute
1896 Arrived in the United States
1900 Named instructor of Power Weaving at Lowell Textile School
1901 Became an instructor of Textiles at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University)
1902 Married Mary Andrews
1907 Weaving: Plain and Fancy
1906 Named Director of Textile Department, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechnaic Arts
1908 Charter member of the Southern Textile Association
1911 Began work as a Commercial Agent for the Bureau of Manufacturers of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor, Special Agent for the United States Tariff Board, and Consultant with the Tariff Commission
1917 Practical Loom Fixing
1922 Finished work as a Commercial Agent for the Bureau of Manufacturers of the United States Department of Commerce and Labor, Special Agent for the United States Tariff Board, and Consultant with the Tariff Commission
1924 Named Dean of Textile School, North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University)
1926 Received honorary Doctor of Science degree from North Carolina State College
1934 Traveled to Europe to visit the leading textile schools in England, Ireland, and Scotland
1937 Traveled to Europe to visit the leading textile schools in England, Ireland, and Scotland
1940 Death of Mary Nelson (wife)
1943 Retired as Dean of the School of Textiles, North Carolina State College
1943 President of newly formed National Council of Textile School Deans
1947 Named by Phi Psi fraternity as "Man of the Year"
1949 Retired as dean-emeritus
1953 Died in Raleigh, North Carolina

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For more information contact us via mail, phone, fax, or our web form.

Mail

Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Telephone

(919) 515-2273

Fax

(919) 513-1787

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Nelson Papers, MC 2, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Access to Collection

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.