Elliot B. Grover Papers 1925-1958 and undated

Creator
Grover, Elliot B. (Elliot Brown), 1906-1997
Size
1.5 linear feet (3 archival storage boxes)
Location

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Call number
MC 00027

The Elliot B. Grover Papers include materials documenting Grover's early career in private industry, his consulting work with the Joint Chief of Staff examining German textile and pulp factories in the wake of the Allied advance through that country, and his work as a member of the faculty of the College of Textiles of North Carolina State University (although most of the latter type of material may be found in the records of the college's Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, UA 130.021). Included are company papers Grover kept from his time as an executive at Ponemah Mills in Connecticut, as well as records from his service in World War II in England and Germany with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, foreign currency from his sojourn during World War II in Europe, and official government notes and reports, from 1925 through 1958. Also included are several undated portrait-style photographs of Grover.

Massachusetts native Elliot Brown Grover (1906 - 1997) joined the North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) faculty in 1944 as the head of the Yarn Manufacturing Department in the School of Textiles. In 1959, School of Textiles Dean Malcolm E. Campbell appointed Grover the head of the school's new Department of Textile Technology. Grover received an honorary fellowship from the Textile Institute in Manchester, England, the organization's highest honor, in 1962. He authored numerous publications, including the Handbook of Textile Testing and Quality Control (1960). He was active in numerous professional organizations, including Sigma Xi and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Grover retired from the university in 1966.

Biographical/historical note

Elliot Brown Grover (1906 - 1997) was born in the suburbs of Boston. After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1928, Grover went on to earn a textiles doctorate at the same institution in 1931. He thereupon began work as a textile engineer at Ponemah Mills in Taftville, Connecticut. Grover's career in private industry was interupted when he was called upon to do consulting work for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, conducting inspections of German textile and pulp mills after the latter had fallen into Allied hands during World War II. Even before decamping for Europe, though, he had agreed to join the North Carolina State College (later North Carolina State University) faculty in 1944 as the head of the Yarn Manufacturing Department in the School of Textiles. In 1959, School of Textiles Dean Malcolm E. Campbell appointed Grover the head of the school's new Department of Textile Technology. Grover received an honorary fellowship from the Textile Institute in Manchester, England, the organization's highest honor, in 1962. He authored numerous publications, including the Handbook of Textile Testing and Quality Control. He was active in numerous professional organizations, including Sigma Xi and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Grover retired from the university in 1966. He spent his retirement in Raleigh.

Scope/content

The Elliot B. Grover Papers include materials documenting Grover's early career in the textile industry, his consulting work with the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff examining German textile and pulp factories in the wake of the Allied advance through that country, and his work as a member of the faculty of the College of Textiles of North Carolina State University (although most of the latter type of material may be found in the records of the college's Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, UA 130.021). Included are company papers Grover kept from his time as an executive at Ponemah Mills in Connecticut, as well as records from his service in World War II in England and Germany with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee. The collection includes correspondence, clippings, foreign currency from his sojourn in World War II Europe, and official government notes and reports, from 1925 through 1958. Also included are several undated portrait-style photographs of Grover.

Physical description

3 archival storage boxes

Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series: Professional Papers and Personal Papers. Within series, folders are ordered alphabetically.

Use of these materials

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elliot B. Grover Papers, MC 00027, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Originally transferred from the NCSU College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, as part of the records of the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management Records, UA 130.021.

The collection is organized into two principal series:

Professional Papers 1925-1945

This series includes mostly company papers Grover kept from his time as an executive at Ponemah Mills before coming to N.C. State. Also included are records from Grover's service in World War II in England and Germany with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee. Most notable in that connection is a sheet of Adolf Hitler stationery obtained during an inspection tour of a fallen German paper mill.

1.25 2.5 archival boxes

Efficiency Studies 1925-1937
Box 1, Folder 1
Joint Chiefs of Staff: Consulting Work Notes, England Trip 1944-1945
Box 1, Folder 2
Joint Chiefs of Staff: Consulting Work Notes, Germany Trip 1945
Box 1, Folder 3
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1927 June-1928 February
Box 1, Folder 4
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1928 March 21-1928 October 27
Box 1, Folder 5
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1930 February 1-1932 March 31
Box 1, Folder 6
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1933 January 13-1933 May 9
Box 2, Folder 1
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1935 March 25-1937 October 30
Box 2, Folder 2
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1938 January 24-1939 June 22
Box 2, Folder 3
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1940 March 29-1943 October 30
Box 2, Folder 4
Ponemah Mills: Company Papers 1944 January 29-1945 December 4
Box 2, Folder 5
Ponemah Mills: Notes and Correspondence 1928 March 30-1930 August 13
Box 2, Folder 6
Ponemah Mills: Notes and Correspondence 1930 September 11-1932 December 13
Box 2, Folder 7
Ponemah Mills: Miscellany undated
Box 3, Folder 1
Selfridge and Company Papers 1928-1930
Box 3, Folder 2
"Shirley Cloth Duplicates for John Bogdan," 1944
Box 3, Folder 3
Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee (TIIC), European Trip (1) 1945

Contains one leaf of Adolf Hitler stationery obtained during an inspection tour of German paper and pulp mill.

Box 3, Folder 4
Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee (TIIC), European Trip (2) 1945
Box 3, Folder 5
Personal Papers 1928-1958 and undated

This series includes various personal records of Grover's, including mementos from his years in Europe during World War II, portrait-style photographs of Grover, and a typed account of a Frenchwoman's 19th-century immigration to Massachusetts (possibly Grover's ancestor).

0.25 0.5 archival boxes

"Life of Louise Beauvais Rider," undated
Box 3, Folder 6
Miscellany 1928-1946
Box 3, Folder 7
MIT President's Report 1958
Box 3, Folder 8
Photographs undated
Box 3, Folder 9

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elliot B. Grover Papers, MC 00027, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

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.