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Don S. Holt Papers

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Holt (Don S.) Papers

Don S. Holt papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Holt, Don S. (Donnell Shaw), 1908-1982
Don S. Holt papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1971-1987
Date [inclusive]
1.0 Linear foot
Papers of the first non-family member to head Cannon Mills. Includes annual reports (1971-74), correspondence, speeches, an unpublished company history, clippings, an anti union film (1974), copies of the firm's newspaper (1971-74), and a scrapbook (1929) documenting Holt's football career at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Preferred Citation note

Don S. Holt Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Donnell Shaw Holt was born in Graham, N.C. on March 7, 1908. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1929. In 1932, he married Margaret McConnell of Gastonia, N.C. Holt became executive vice pres¬ident of Travora Manufacturing Co. in 1938. During World War II, he served as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. Holt became plant manager of Cannon Mills Company in 1950, vice president in 1951, and executive vice president in 1959. He was named president and chief executive officer of Cannon Mills Company in 1962. In 1971, Holt became chair of the board following the death of Charles W. Cannon. Holt died in Charlotte on November 20, 1982.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection largely represents Holt's tenure with Cannon Mills Company (now Fieldcrest Cannon) of Kannapolis, N.C. Included are annual reports, correspondence, company history, and clippings. A personal item is a scrapbook that documents Holt's football career at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Arrangement note

The Don S. Holt Papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2008

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. Don S. Holt and Ed Rankin Jr., 1985, 2007 and 2008; with periodic additions.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1985, and Robert A. McInnes, 2007 and 2008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cannon Mills Company.

Personal Name(s)

  • Holt, Don S. (Donnell Shaw), 1908-1982


  • Labor unions--North Carolina
  • Textile industry--North Carolina
  • Textile workers--North Carolina

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Collection Inventory

Container List 1929-1987 

Box Folder

Annual Reports - Cannon Mills 1971-1974 

1 1

"Cannon: The Story of Cannon Mills Company 90 Years of Textile Leadership and Innovation, 1887 1977" circa 1974 

Scope and Contents note

Unpublished history commissioned by Holt and written by John Harden. Based on the official minutes of the firm, part 1 is a narrative history, while part 2 includes individual chronologies of the mills that merged in 1928 to create Cannon Mills.

1 3-4

Cannon News 1971-1974, 1980 October 27 

Scope and Contents note

Bound set of the company newspaper, which was initiated by Holt in 1971.

1 5

Correspondence and Speeches 1958, 1968-1977 

1 6

Football Scrapbook 1929 

Scope and Contents note

Documents Holt's football career at UNC Chapel Hill during the 1929 season.

1 7

Aug. 1987 Funeral Register For Sarah Margaret McConnell Holt. 1987 

1 8

Kannapolis Public Library. 1985 

Scope and Contents note

WBTV news segment, Feb. 14, 1985, reporting on the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Kannapolis Public Library, and the economic state of downtown Kannapolis.

1 9

Newspaper Clippings 1943, 1953-54, 1959-82, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Primarily documents Holt's career with Cannon. Includes obituaries.

1 10-15

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Photographs--Prints (P) circa 1880-1968 

Box Folder

P114/1 - Don S. Holt receiving National Achievement Award from Tom Clark, former Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, Waldorf Hotel, New York, N.Y. 1968 

P11 12

P114/2-3 - Two photographs on one page depicting the exterior view of an old house, and a fireplace (Unidentified and undated). circa 1880 

P11 12

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