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Alan & Stephen Sellars Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 21-01

Scope and Contents

The Alan & Stephen Sellars Collection is a collection of photographs of the construction of the Champion Fibre Company paper mill in Canton, NC. The mill, under construction from 1905 until 1908, was, for a time, the largest paper mill in the world. These photographs show various stages of construction, including the management of the flow of the Pigeon River, site preparation and foundation construction, framing, interior and exterior construction, and installation of machinery. Several photographs show construction workers, nearby homes, and views of the town of Canton, NC.

These photographs were gathered by a family member of the collection’s donor from the home of Thomas Marr, supervisor of the plant’s construction, after his death. Many of the photographs appear in Carroll C. Jones’s book, Thomson’s Pulp Mill: Building the Champion Fibre Company at Canton, North Carolina, 1905 to 1908 (Johnson City, TN: Jan-Carol, 2018).

Dates

  • 1904 - 1933

Conditions Governing Use

No publication fee is made for use of Western Carolina University Library special collections material in scholarly publications. The Library retains sole right to judge what constitutes a non-scholarly or commercial publication. Permission to publish commercially, in circumstances where the Library is qualified to grant it, requires proper authorization. Please contact Special Collections at specialcollections@wcu.edu for more information.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Inventory

Folder 1 – Photographs. Construction. Foundation excavation; water diversion.

Folder 2 – Photographs. Construction. Foundation; pile driving.

Folder 3 – Photographs. Construction. Interior views.

Folder 4 – Photographs. Construction. Smoke stack.

Folder 5 – Photographs. Construction. Framing and exterior.

Folder 6 - Photographs. Construction. Framing and exterior.

Folder 7 - Photographs. Construction. Framing and exterior.

Folder 8 – Photographs. Construction. Wide views, exterior.

Folder 9 - Photographs. Construction. Wide views, exterior.

Folder 10 - Photographs. Construction. Wide views, exterior.

Folder 11 – Photographs. Construction. Buildings, exterior. Complete or near complete.

Folder 12 – Photographs. Machinery.

Folder 13 – Photograph. Logging.

Folder 14 – Photographs. Homes.

Folder 15 – Photographs. People.

Folder 16 – Post cards. Showing Canton, NC, and the Champion Fibre Company paper mill.

Folder 17 – Photo album. Showing the electrical installations at the Champion Fibre Company paper mill in Canton, NC.

Folder 18 – Book. Glimpses of the Plant of the Champion Fibre Co., Canton, North Carolina. “Souvenir of the visit of the Cincinnatti Commercial Club.” May, 1922.

Folder 19 – Book. The Story of Chestnut Extract: Illustrating the Resources of the Champion Fibre Company, Canton, North Carolina. By Robert W. Griffith. N.d.

Folder 20 – Baseball Schedule. 1933 Twilight League of the Champion Fibre Company.

Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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