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Descriptive Summary

Title: Louis Borris Magid Papers
Identification: MS054
Date: 1863-1917 (bulk 1895-1905)
Size/Quantity: 5.2 linear feet (eight document cases and one oversized box)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Magid, Louis Borris, b. 1874
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Louis B. Magid promoted the silk industry in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, purchasing land and making plans for farms and factories. His other business ventures in the area proved more lucrative than the silkworm industry and he abandoned silk by 1908. The papers include ledgers, scrapbooks, photographs, pamphlets, reprints and other materials relating to the silkworm industry.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Borris Magid, a native of Germany, came to the United States with his parents after graduating from the University of Padua. While operating the Magid-Hope Silk Company in the northeast, Magid traveled to Tallulah Falls in the spring of 1901.

He began purchasing land in Habersham County in north Georgia, propagating mulberry trees and developing plans for the silkworm industry. He promoted Georgia's climate as ideal for the culture of silk, and cited that silk had been produced in Georgia prior the Revolutionary War. By founding the Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America, Inc., he planned to divide his large landholdings into smaller farms that Italian immigrants would till. He also became involved in various business concerns in the area. Magid published the short-lived magazine, Silk, as well as serving as the President of the Silk Culture League of America.


Scope and Content Note

These papers include records from Magid's company and his personal library. Several drafts of the prospectus for his Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America, Inc. are contained in the first box. Other company records include correspondence between Magid and his colleagues in the silk industry. There are also two ledgers detailing financial transactions. Magid also collected educational information on the history of the silk industry.

Boxes 2-7 contain materials from his personal library. Magid kept an alphabetical card index to all the articles, newsclippings, and journals that he owned. This filing card system is housed in Boxes 3-4. The remainder of the collection contains the publications which include government reports, supply catalogs, advertisements, and journals in Chinese, English, French, German, and Italian. Most are marked by a "Louis B. Magid Library" stamp with its identifying file number.

Sample pattern books are housed in Boxes 7-8. Some are black and white; others are in color. Most have Chinese writing describing the patterns.


Arrangement

This collection is divided into records from Magid's silk company and materials from his personal library. All materials are arranged chronologically.

Series 1. Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America Records, 1895-1910

Series 2. Louis Magid Library, 1863-1917


Index Terms

Sericulture--Georgia--Tallulah Falls.
Silk industry--Georgia--Tallulah Falls.

Administrative Information

Separations

Three empty film packs and a bee light meter (0.2 linear feet) were separated and placed in the artifacts. One linear feet of lantern slide and glass plate negatives were separated into Visual Materials (VAM054).

Preferred Citation

Please cite Louis Borris Magid Papers (MS054), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

The library received these papers in 1944; however, the Georgia Historical Society had physical custody of them for several years. (Accession #1988.0505; old number: 88-05-05).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    No restrictions.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


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    SERIES 1: Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America Records, 1895-1910.

    Box

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    11Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America, Inc. Prospectuses, undated.
    12Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America, Inc. Prospectuses, undated.
    13Sericulture and Manufacturing Company of America, Inc. prospectuses, undated.
    14Correspondence, 1899-1910.
    15Magid-Hope Silk Manufacturing Company financial ledger, 1900.
    16Calculation tables ledger, undated.
    17History of Silk Industry, 1895-1904.

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    21Silk patents, 1905.
    22Yarn tables, undated.
    23World Commerce charts, 1900.
    24Tariffs in foreign countries, undated.
     

    SERIES 2: Louis Magid Library, 1863-1917.

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    25Filing cards: A-L, undated.
    26Filing cards: A-L, undated.
    27Filing cards: A-L, undated.
    28Filing cards: A-L, undated.

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    31Filing cards: M-Z, undated.
    32Filing cards: M-Z, undated.
    33Filing cards: M-Z, undated.
    34Newspaper clippings, 1903-1905.
    35Articles, 1899-1901.
    36Advertisements, undated.
    37Foreign advertisements, undated.

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    41Supply catalogs, 1904-1906.
    42Foreign supply catalogs, 1908.
    43U. S. Congressional bills and reports, 1899-1904.
    44U. S. Department of Agriculture reports, 1879-1905.
    45U. S. Dept. of Commerce and Labor reports, 1904-1905.
    46States' reports, 1901-1903.

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    51American Chamber of Commerce - Paris, 1903-1905.
    52American Chamber of Commerce - Paris, 1903-1905.
    53Bulletin of the College of Agriculture/Tokyo Imperial University, 1894-1904.
    54Bulletin of the College of Agriculture/Tokyo Imperial University, 1894-1904.
    55Farmers' National Congress, 1902.
    56Georgia State Agricultural Society, 1903.
    57Memoires Et Documents Sur La Sericulture, 1875-1899.

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    61North Carolina Ag. Experiment Station, 1903-1904.
    62Royal Sericulture Laboratory, 1904.
    63Silk Association of America, 1900-1901.
    64Silk Association of Great Britain and Ireland, 1887-1917.
    65Silk Association of Great Britain and Ireland, 1887-1917.
    66Silk Association of Great Britain and Ireland, 1887-1917.
    67The Silk Exhibit Daily Record, 1884.
    68Silk Industry of America, 1901-1902.
    69Silk companies, 1904.
    610Women's Silk Culture Association, 1882-1883.
    611University publications, 1887-1904.
    612Industry journals, 1875-1905.

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    71Foreign journals, 1863-1906.
    72Foreign journals, 1863-1906.
    73Foreign journals, 1863-1906.
    74Foreign journals, 1863-1906.
    75Chinese sample pattern books, undated.
    76Chinese sample pattern books, undated.

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    81Chinese sample pattern books, undated.
    82Chinese sample pattern books, undated.
    83Chinese sample pattern books, undated.

    Box

    9Three scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 1900-1905