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Records, 1895-1981, of the Clinton and Lydia Cotton
    Mills founded by Mercer Silas Bailey

    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2004

| Gifts to Manuscripts 2004 | Front Page 2004 | Friends of the Library | Endowments |

Fifty-three manuscript volumes, 1895-1981, are comprised of cash books, ledgers, check registers, voucher records, and miscellaneous other account books documenting various aspects of production at the Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills, both founded by Mercer Silas Bailey (1841-1926) and subsequently owned and operated by several succeeding generations of the Bailey family.

Mercer Silas Bailey founded Clinton Cotton Mills in 1896; in 1902 Bailey founded Lydia Cotton Mills, a factory located two miles oustide of Clinton and named for his wife.

M.S. Bailey served as president of both mills until his death in 1926, after which the presidencies passed to his sons: Cassius Mercer Bailey (1876-1935) served as president of Lydia Mills (1926-1935) and William James Bailey (1865-1948) served as president of both Clinton Mills (1926-1948) and of Lydia Mills (1935-1948); Putsy Silas Bailey (1904-1958) served as president of a combined operation (1948-1958).



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