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K. P. Lewis statement

Identifier: NCC-0237

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.


  • 1948-02-06

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This collection is open for research.

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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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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.

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States