K. P. Lewis statement
Scope and Contents
The collection contains what appears to be a carbon copy of a two-page typed speech to Erwin Mills stakeholders signed by K.P. Lewis asking to be named Chairman of the Board.
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Biographical / Historical
In 1932, after textile manufacturer William A. Erwin died, K.P. Lewis succeeded him to head Erwin Mills. Lewis fought mill workers' attempts to unionize but unions were formed and recognized by 1937. A strike settlement in 1945 established 45-minute lunch breaks, vacation time and a 65 cent hourly wage. In 1948 Lewis resigned as president of the company and successfully asked to be named as chairman of the board instead.
.08 Linear Feet (1 folder)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Cotton manufacture -- North Carolina Subject Source: Local sources
- Cotton textile industry -- North Carolina -- Durham Subject Source: Local sources
- Cotton textile manufacture -- North Carolina Subject Source: Local sources
- Durham (N.C.) -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Labor unions -- North Carolina Subject Source: Local sources
- Strikes and lockouts -- Textile industry -- North Carolina -- Durham Subject Source: Local sources
- Finding Aid for the K. P. Lewis Statement
- Various processors
- November 14, 2018
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- Various processors. Updated by Amy McDonald, 2012; Beth Morris Weiss, 2019.
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