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Gossett Family Papers

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Gossett Family Papers

Gossett Family papers
MS0272

Summary Information

Repository
J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Creator
Gossett family.
Title
Gossett Family papers
ID
MS0272
Date [inclusive]
1890-1948
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of a prominent Charlotte family, primarily consisting of photographs and records regarding the commemoration of a bust donated to the U.S. Naval Academy museum in honor of Admiral Halsey.

Preferred Citation note

Gossett Family Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

James Pleasant Gossett (1860-1936) was a pioneer in the cotton textile industry. He was one of the founders of the Cotton Textile Institute and served on the board until his death. He was a former president of the American Cotton Manufacturers association. In 1936, he was chairman on the boards of the Chadwick-Hoskins company of Charlotte, Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C., and of the Calhoun Mills of Calhoun Falls, S.C. He was also a director for several corporations, including the Piedmont and Northern railway. He was a trustee for Furman University at Greenville, S.C. James P. Gossett held other executive positions including president of Williamston Mills at Williamston, S.C. (one of the first groups to produce rayon); president and treasurer of Brogan Mill at Anderson, S.C.; president of Calhoun Mills, Calhoun Falls, S.C.; and president of Toxaway Mills at Anderson, S.C. In 1928, he organized the Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C. consolidating the Williamston Mills; The Riverside Manufacturing Company in Anderson, S.C.; The Toxaway Mills; The Ladlassie Mills in Anderson, S.C.; The Gossett Dyeing and Finishing Company; and the Pendleton Cotton Mills, Pendleton, S.C. Benjamin Brown Gossett (b. 1884) was educated at Clemson college (1899-1901) and the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as a midshipman in the Navy and as a Marine Corps lieutenant from 1903-1907. In 1913, he became the president of the Riverside and Toxaway Mills. He held the position of Federal Fuel Administrator for S.C. from 1917 to 1918. He was president of the American Cotton Manufacturers association in 1932-33. He stepped into his father’s position at Gossett Mills of Anderson, S.C. in 1935 taking on the responsibilities and goals of the company. Four Gossett plants, Riverside, Ladlassie, Toxaway, and Pendleton won the “E” award during the war. Ladlassie, Riverside, and Pendleton were each awarded the excellence award five times. He also represented the textile industry at the War department conference in 1943. In 1946, the majority stock of the Gossett Mills was sold to Textron, Inc. for a reported $13,200,000. B.B. Gossett retired from the textile industry in 1947.

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Scope and Contents note

Papers of a prominent Charlotte family, primarily consisting of photographs and records regarding the commemoration of a bust donated to the U.S. Naval Academy museum in honor of Admiral Halsey. This collection is organized into two series.

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Arrangement note

This collection is organized into two series: 1--Subject Files; 2--Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2002

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223
704-687-1170
spec-coll@uncc.edu

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. Stephanie Pettit, 2000.

Processing Information note

Processed by David Rhoton and James Kusik, 2002.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Gossett family

Personal Name(s)

  • Gossett, Benjamin B., (Benjamin Brown), 1884-1951
  • Gossett, James P., (James Plesant), 1860-1936
  • Halsey, William F., (William Frederick), 1882-1959

Subject(s)

  • Cotton textile industry--North Carolina

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Collection Inventory

Subject Files

Scope and Contents note

Contains correspondence for the Gossett family, awards and degrees achieved and genealogy material.

Box Folder

Awards and degrees 1932-1943

1 1

Bereavements 1909

1 2

Correspondence (1943, 1948)

1 3

Genealogical material undated

1 4

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Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Contains a listing of the photographs which constitutes the bulk of the material for this collection.

Photograph albums

Box Folder

Photograph album 1904-1906

1 5

Photograph album, part I 1904-1936

2 6

Photograph album, part II 1904-1936

2 7

Photograph album 1941-1951

2 8

PHOTOGRAPHS--PRINTS

Box Folder item

The commemoration of Admiral Halsey's distinguished military service and the unveiling of a bronze statue in his honor, 8x10 1947-10-14

P23 5 P272/1-16

Duplicates, the commemoration of Admiral Halsey and the unveiling of a bronze statue in his honor, 4x5 1947-12-14

P23 5 P272/17-34

Army/Navy awards ceremony for excellence, "E" 1943

P23 6 P272/35-64

James P. Gossett undated

P23 6 P272/65

Benjamin B. Gossett with various groups of social elite undated

P23 6 P272/66-80
Box Folder Folder

People, unidentified undated

P24 1 P272/81-100

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