UA 023.017 Guide to the University Archives Photograph Collection, College of Textiles Photographs, 1919 - 1995, undated

Organized into the following series:
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[Album 1] General
Seventeen photographs are of an Althouse textile manufacturing and research facility, and one is an informal head-and-shoulder snapshot of R. Milliken. The series contains several non-photographic items, including three typed photograph captions without related photographs providing detailed lists of textile students.
[Album 1] Negatives
There are several negatives of style show winners.
[Album 1] Administrators, faculty, and staff
This series contains photographs of deans and faculty members. Deans include Thomas Nelson, Malcolm Eugene Campbell, David Webb Chaney, and Dame Scott Hamby. Professors include Henry M. Wilson, H. A. Rutherford, George H. Dunlap, E. B. Grover, Bertram Whittier, and others.
[Album 1] Classrooms and offices
This series contains photographs of classrooms, office space, and the Textiles Library in Nelson Hall.
[Album 2] Laboratories
Here are images of textile research laboratories and equipment. Most photographs feature facilities in Nelson Hall. Those older than 1939, however, were taken in Tompkins Hall. A significant number of photographs are of the Cobalt-60 and the textiles radiation laboratory created in the late 1950s. A couple sets of proofs also feature the Man-made Fibers Spinning Lab and Environmental Lab.
This series contains photographs of dyeing machinery, jacquard and dobby looms, cards and draw frames, spinning machines, Draper and other looms, roving machinery, and other equipment. Many images show lab technicians, students, or faculty using or demonstrating the equipment. Eight slides show Pyro-Man and Coppelius, mannequins used for experimentation in the thermal protection and comfort laboratories. Locations include laboratories and weave rooms in Tompkins and Nelson Halls.
[Album 3] Equipment and machinery, 1932 - 1947, undated
[Album 4] Equipment and machinery, 1947 - 1949, undated
[Album 5] Equipment and machinery, 1949 - 1958, undated
[Album 6] Students. General
Here are senior class photographs of Textiles College students. Some include Dean Thomas Nelson and other faculty. Many portraits are accompanied by typed captions listing people in the photographs.
[Album 7] Students. Academic life
This series contains photographs of students in classroom settings and working with machinery in weaving rooms and labs. There are also group photos of High School Day, fraternity events, Textiles Open House, field trips and other Textiles College events.
[Album 8] Seminars and forums
This series contains two photographs of the speakers and participants in the Gossett textile lecture series in 1950.
[Album 8] Students. Social life
This series contains photographs of students at the School of Textiles student party, and other events.
[Album 8] Events
Here are images of the dedication of the Textiles Library by Burlington Mills. Some images show NCSU and Clemson University faculty at the Textile Bowl. Other events are also depicted.
[Album 8] Gifts and awards
This series contains numerous photographs of award presentations to Textiles College students and faculty. An image shows the Outstanding Student Award is presented to Henry K. Brannon, Jr. Another image shows Malcolm E. Campbell and W. Edward Shinn receiving a piece of testing machinery from Fidelity Machine Company. A representative from Henkel Corporation presents a check to placement director Lennie Barton. Other presentations are also depicted.
This series contains mostly group photographs, and images of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Deering Milliken affiliates, and others touring the Textiles College and facilities. There are also photos of visits from the Maid of Cotton contestants and Miss Wool of America.
[Album 8] Guests and visitors
[Oversize Flat Box 13, Folder 1] Guests and visitors, circa 1995 (Accession 2011.0025)
Contains a color photograph of Al Gore visiting the College of Textiles thermal laboratory.
[Album 9] Meetings and conferences
This series features speakers at a textile conference held in 1947. Several of the individuals are identified through an accompanying letter dated 1985, including Edward Shinn, Tom Kerr, and F. L. Gerdes.
[Album 9] Exhibitions and displays
Older photographs in the series displays of fabrics manufactured by textiles students and parade floats featuring textile machinery, most as part of a college open house. Also included is a photograph of the dedication of the William H. Harriss Fabric Collection, currently housed at the Textiles Library. Brand-name fabric displays were also photographed, including Burlington, Stevens, Fieldcrest, Morgan-Jones, and Amerotron. Images also show a Textiles Library display that was part of a Teaching Effectiveness Workshop with librarian Joe Tuttle.
[Flat Folder 1, Oversize Box 13, Folder 2] Exhibition, circa 1911 (Accession 2012.0269)
The School of Textiles Style Shows featured women from local colleges modeling fashions designed with materials made by NCSU Textiles School students. The shows were held in conjunction with the Textile Exposition, which displayed manufacturing and design methods. The photographs in this series depict Style Show participants, including models and textiles students. Participants and many of their home colleges are identified.
[Album 10] Textile Exposition and Style Show, 1928 - 1938, undated
[Album 11] Textile Exposition and Style Show, 1938 - 1959, undated
[Album 11] Extension services and continuing education
Included here are group photographs of textile industry executives and faculty members who participated in short courses offered by the School of Textiles extension office. Several classroom scenes are also depicted, as well as a photograph of a televised session.
Here are many photographs of demonstrations of textile and chemical machinery and equipment. Some show the artificial aorta in use. A number of images show carding samples for comparison, and cotton samples for nap comparison. Close-up photographs of defects in knitted fabric. A couple photos and an article depict the use of cotton fabric in the construction of roads in 1937.
[Album 11] Research, 1937 - 1960, undated
[Album 12] Research, 1960 - 1977, undated


North Carolina State University. College of Textiles.


4.37 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

12 albums and 1 oversize flat box (945 prints, 8 slides, 11 negatives)


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred to the University Archives.


Processed by: Terra Kridler; machine-readable finding aid created by: Terra Kridler


2012 November, Finding aid updated to include addition to the collection by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2012 November

Scope and Content Note

The collection of North Carolina State University College of Textiles photographs depict the school's people, activities, and facilities from its early days in Tompkins Hall to recent photographs from Centennial Campus. Many photographs featuring people associated with the school can be found throughout the collection. These include Deans Thomas Nelson, Malcolm Campbell, David Chaney, and Dame Hamby and faculty members Henry Rutherford, George H. Dunlap, Elliot B. Grover, and Edward Shinn. Photographs feature the college's laboratories, equipment, classrooms, and other facilities. Included are photos of the Textiles Library in Nelson Hall, various weaving rooms in Nelson and Tompkins Halls, and chemical and radiation laboratories. There are also many photographs of dyeing machinery, jacquard and dobby looms, cards and draw frames, and spinning and roving machinery, as well as high-tech equipment, such as the Cobalt-60 radiation testing equipment and Pyro-Man thermal protection mannequin. Many photographs show students, faculty, and technicians demonstrating or actually using these facilities.

A large portion of the collection also features students of the college and their academic activities. Class portraits from 1919 to 1949 are included, as well as pictures of participants in the Textile Exposition and Style Show. Photographs from meetings and conferences, seminars and short courses, dedication and award ceremonies, and other events are also included in the collection.

Historical Note

The North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) was founded in 1887 and expanded the textiles program through the early 1910s, developing courses in chemistry and dyeing, weaving, design, and manufacturing. The school was first housed in Tompkins Hall, built in 1901, and later moved to Nelson Hall and Centennial Campus, to accommodate increasingly technological equipment and facilities.

Through the early 1900s the Textile Exposition and Style Show provided students the opportunity to display their work, from fabrics and fashions to manufacturing machinery and processes. Research efforts of the college aided the war effort during World War II, and through the mid-twentieth century contributed to medical developments, including the invention of the artificial aorta and the study of brown lung disease.

From the 1980s to the present the college has been closely involved with the textile and other industries by hosting a number of national and international conferences and through the extension and applied research programs.

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