Kannapolis Oral Histories 2008

Creator
North Carolina State University. Special Collections Research Center
Size
12.89 gigabytes (25 oral histories; 23 transcripts)
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.
Call number
MC 00118

Contains oral histories gathered from Kannappolis, North Carolina residents as well as persons associated with the North Carolina Research Campus. The collection of the histories began in February of 2008 and is ongoing. The histories collected attempt to present a detailed picture of the transformation in work and community in Kannapolis North Carolina. This is an artificial collection, and is maintained and updated by Special Collections Research Center staff.

Kannapolis was once home to Cannon Mills, at one time the largest manufacturer of sheets and towels in the world. In 2003, the Pillowtex Corporation, the last owner of the textile company, closed its doors. This was the largest one-day layoff in North Carolina history. In December of 2004, David Murdock purchased the former Cannon Mills Plant One at auction and then in 2005, in partnership with the University of North Carolina system, announced plans for a 1.5 billion scientific and economic revitalization project. The result is the North Carolina Research Campus, which aims to house and partner biotechnology firms with North Carolina Research Universities. The oral histories here chronicle impressions of this change through interviews with a variety of people related to both Kannapolis and the North Carolina Research Campus.

Biographical/historical note

Kannapolis, North Carolina, was once home to Cannon Mills, at one time the largest manufacturer of sheets and towels in the world. James William Cannon founded Cannon mills in 1906; his son expanded the company between 1920 and 1970. In 1982, the Pacific Holding Company, owned by David Murdock, purchased Cannon Mills. In 1984, the citizens of Kannapolis voted to officially incorporate the city of Kannapolis. In 1986, the Pacific Holding Company sold Cannon Mills to Fieldcrest Mills, becoming Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc. Then, in 1997, the Pillowtex Corporation acquired the Fieldcrest Cannon Company. In 2003, the Pillowtex Corporation, the last owner of the textile company, closed its doors, laying off 7,650 people. Four thousand three hundred and forty of that number lived in Kannapolis or the counties surrounding the city. In December of 2004, David Murdock purchased the former Cannon Mills Plant One at auction and in 2005, in partnership with the University of North Carolina system, announced plans for a 1.5 billion dollar scientific and economic revitalization project.

This collection of interviews was conducted by Special Collections Research Center staff in an attempt to capture the social aspect of the transformation of Kannapolis, North Carolina, from textile mill based economy to an information-research based economy.

Scope/content

Oral histories gathered from Kannappolis, North Carolina, residents as well as persons associated with the North Carolina Research Campus. The collection of the histories began in February of 2008 and is ongoing. The histories collected attempt to present a detailed picture of the transformation in work and community in Kannapolis, North Carolina. This collection is maintained and updated by Special Collections Research Center staff.

Physical description

25 oral histories; 23 transcripts; 12.89 gigabytes

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name.

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], Kannapolis Oral Histories, MC 00118, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Location of originals

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Related material

Processing information

Processed by Genya O'Gara, February 2009; Finding aid created by Genya O'Gara, April 2009

The entire collection, including materials not available online, may be viewed in the Special Collections reading room in D.H. Hill Library.
Beatty, Myra 22 February 2008
Beaver, Phyllis 22 February 2008
Cornish, Melissa and Dunham, Ashley 11 July 2008
Covington, Diana 29 February 2008
Davis, Frank 25 April 2008
Dearmon, Norris 16 February 2008
Earnhardt, Leroy 29 February 2008
Gennett, Nicholas 14 March 2008
Hayer, Larry 16 February 2008
Horton, Clarence 16 February 2008
Hosack, Edgar 22 February 2008
Kipp, Deborah 9 June 2008
Leath, Steven 19 February 2008
Logan, Terry 29 February 2008
Macon, Martha 30 January 2008
McCombs, Gene 29 February 2009
McNeely, Benjamin 30 May 2008
Misenheimer, Robert 18 April 2008
Moore, Jeanie 3 March 2008
Murdock, David 3 March 2008
Nieman, David 16 June 2008
Rhoades, Richard 14 March 2008
Richards, Barbara 25 April 2008
Safrit, Lynne 30 May 2008
Sawyer, Franklin 29 February 2008
Vogelien, Tara 6 June 2008
Zeisel, Steve 23 May 2008

Access to the collection

This collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice.

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

Mailing address:
Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Phone: (919) 515-2273

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kannapolis Oral Histories, MC 00118, 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.