Textiles

Collection Highlights

Stanley Backer Papers, 1948-2000 (MC 303)

Stanley Backer (1920-2003) attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning degrees in engineering and textile technology. He joined the faculty at M.I.T. in 1951 and eventually became the head of the Fibers and Polymers Laboratory. His research in textiles engineering led to a greater understanding of fiber structure and fabric behavior. Backer also led a program to develop one of the first online information retrieval systems, known as the Textile Information Retrieval Product. He died in 2003. 

Perry Grady Papers, 1978-2007 (MC 168)

This collection contains material donated by Dr. Perry L. Grady, Emeritous Associate Dean and Professor at the North Carolina State University College of Textiles (COT). Included are course outlines, student works, program advisory committee meeting minutes, photographs, photographic slides and videotapes documenting the history of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles and the textiles industry. 

Elliot B. Grover Papers, 1925-1958 (MC 27)

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 this 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. 

Franz Hüttner Weaving Album, 1902-1904 (MC 377)

The weaving album is a sophisticated album or workbook of textile weaving patterns and resulting fabric samples kept in 1902-1904 by Franz Hüttner. A handwritten introduction, including Hüttner's signature, is followed by 43 sheets with 273 mounted and precisely drawn patterns in red and black on intricate grids, and 45 mounted fabric samples produced following the patterns. Facing each plate is handwritten German text, providing a description of the patterns. A pencil sketch of a weaving machine is also included in the back cover. The album itself was produced in Vienna. Franz Hüttner was likely a student or instructor at a weaving school in Zwittaü, Moravia, around the turn of the 20th century.

Thomas Nelson Papers, 1877-1954 (MC 2)

This collection contains material documenting the personal and professional life of Thomas Nelson, an internationally renowned textile expert and educator. Included 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 a North Carolina State alumnus serving in the Second World War, and a signed 4th edition of Nelson's book, Practical Loom Fixing. 

William Edward Shinn Papers, 1929-1975 (MC 52) 

The William Edward Shinn Collection contains items relating to Shinn's career at North Carolina State College as a student, professor, and department head. The majority of the materials document Shinn's professional teaching career at the university as well as his research on various textile and knitting technologies. A small number of personal materials are also included. 

Arthur Wullschleger Notebook, 1898-1902 (MC 305)

This volume contains handwritten notes on courses in weaving as well as hand-drawn diagrams of textile machinery and weaving patterns. Fabric samples accompany some weaving patterns. 

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