MC 00024 Guide to the Draper Corporation Loom Catalogs, 1932 - 1949

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Draper Company.


1.0 Linear feet 8 v.

General Physical Description note

8 v.


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred from Burlington Textiles Library, North Carolina State University, 2005 October (Accession no. 2005-0012).


Processed by: Linda Sellars;machine-readable finding aid created by: Linda Sellars

Scope and Content Note

Seven loom catalogs, 1932 - 1949, and a volume of labelled photographs of sections of looms, from the Draper Corporation for the Textile School at North Carolina State College (now North Carolina State University), Raleigh, N.C. The catalogs each contain a copy of a loom order, followed by a detailed list of parts and labelled photographs of portions of the looms. The introductory text in the first four catalogs dates from 1932 and in the next three from 1939. The orders are dated 1937 Jan. 15 - 1949 Oct. 31.

Historical Note

The Draper Corporation, based in Hopedale, Massachusetts, was incorporated in 1916, but predecessor companies had been manufacturing loom parts and other textile items, including temples and spindles, in Hopedale since the early 1800s. Draper had been a worldwide textile machinery technology leader from the development of ring spinning in the 1870s and 1880s through the development of automatic looms at the turn of the century and high-speed looms in the 1930s. It was a near monopoly producer of single-shuttle looms in its home market from the 1930s to the 1960s. In the 1960s, the Draper Corporation was the largest textile machine manufacturer in the United States. In 1967, the Draper Corporation was sold to Rockwell International.

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