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Descriptive Summary

Title: Sibley Manufacturing Company records
Identification: MS332
Date: 1880-1956 (bulk dates 1880-1937)
Size/Quantity: 16.5 linear feet (1 archival box, 42 volumes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Sibley Manufacturing Company (Augusta, Ga.).
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection consists mainly of the financial records of the Sibley textile mill prior to its merger with the neighboring Enterprise mill in 1936. Included are ledgers, journals, cash books, dividend books and other financial ledgers. A small number of business records (Series 1) include loose balance sheets, invoices, and bills extracted from the ledgers, as well as a 1922 land indenture (mortgage) on land on the south side of the Augusta Canal.

Biographical/Historical Note

Built on the site of the Confederate Powder Works on the Augusta Canal, the Sibley Manufacturing Company was completed in 1882. It operated as a textile mill for more than 140 years, finally closing its doors in 2006.

The original Confederate Powder Works began operations in 1862 and continued until April 1865. At the height of production, the works produced 7,000 pounds of gunpowder per day. Federal authorities seized the land at the end of the Civil War, and by the early 1870s the buildings had fallen into such disrepair that they could no longer be used. A group of Augusta businessmen sought a use for the old site, and the Sibley Manufacturing Company began construction there in 1880, using bricks from the old buildings. The new buildings resembled a medieval castle, with twin towers at the center. The only structure that was retained from the old powder works was the smokestack, which was left as a memorial to the Confederacy and its soldiers. Construction was completed in 1882.

Following its opening as a textile mill, the Sibley Manufacturing Company became one of the most successful mills in the region. According to the National Park Service, the mill became known as a "model of good management and worker relations." In 1923 the Graniteville Company, led by three New York businessmen, acquired Sibley and a neighboring textile mill, the Enterprise Manufacturing Company. The Graniteville Company decided to combine the Sibley and Enterprise operations to form the Sibley-Enterprise Manufacturing Company in 1936. Four years later the two mills became divisions of the Graniteville Company.

After modernizing in later years by producing denim for clothing manufacturers, the mill finally closed in 2006. Clayton Boardman, an Augusta businessman who had renovated the Enterprise Manufacturing Company in 1997, purchased the Sibley mill in 2007.


Scope and Content Note

Series 2 of this collection contains forty-two ledgers. The business ledgers, journals, and cash, check, and dividend books in this series document the financial workings of the Sibley textile mill prior to its merger with the neighboring Enterprise mill in 1936. Only one cash book dates from a later period (1955-1956). Series 1, which consists of only six folders, is mainly made up of balance sheets, invoices, and bills that were originally enclosed as loose papers in the ledgers. Also included is a 1922 land indenture document concerning a mortgage and bond issues on land on the south side of the Augusta Canal.


Arrangement

Arranged into two series. The contents of the second series are listed alphabetically and chronologically:

SERIES 1. Business records

SERIES 2. Ledgers (alphabetical list)

SERIES 2. Ledgers (chronological list)


Index Terms

Business records.
Canals--Georgia--Augusta.
Fortson, Samuel A.
Graniteville Company.
Ledgers (account books).
Sibley Manufacturing Company (Augusta, Ga.).
Textile industry--Georgia--Augusta.
Textile manufacturers--Georgia--Augusta.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

This collection was originally donated to the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University in 1978. The records were transferred to the Georgia Tech Archives in December 2007.

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder or Ledger Title,] Sibley Manufacturing Company Records (MS332), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Transferred to the Georgia Tech Archives from MARBL, Emory University, in December 2007 (accession number 2007.110).

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro and Melanie Stam processed these records in December 2008.

Revisions to Finding Aid

May 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

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


    Related Material

    See also the Enterprise Manufacturing Company (Augusta, Ga.) Records (MS331), in this repository. The Enterprise mill, another textile mill on the Augusta Canal, also came under the ownership of the Graniteville Company in 1923, and in 1940 became a division of the Graniteville Company.


    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: Business records, 1906-1922

    Description

    This small series is mainly made up of balance sheets, invoices, and bills that were originally enclosed as loose papers in the ledgers in this collection. Also included is a 1922 land indenture document concerning a mortgage and bond issues on land on the south side of the Augusta Canal.

    Box

    Fldr

    11Balance sheets, June 1906-June 1907
    12Balance sheets, 1905-1919
    13City bills, balance sheet, July 1915
    14Cost estimates, July 19, 1913
    15Indenture (land), July 1922
    16Order lists, shipping invoices, 1920
     

    SERIES 2: Ledgers (alphabetical list), 1880-1956 (bulk dates 1880-1937)

    Arrangement

    Ledgers are listed alphabetically, by title.

    Description

    The business ledgers, journals, and cash, check, and dividend books in this series document the financial workings of the Sibley textile mill prior to its merger with the neighboring Enterprise mill in 1936. Only one cash book dates from a later period (1955-1956).

    Box

    15MS332-L016: Blank Ledger, undated

    Box

    22MS332-L030: Business Ledger, ca. 1906-1909?

    Box

    20MS332-L023: Business Ledger 1 (Index), undated
    20MS332-L024: Business Ledger 2 (Index), ca. 1915?
    20MS332-L025: Business Ledger 3 (Index), 1926-1930?
    20MS332-L026: Business Ledger 4 (Index), 1917-1925?

    Box

    23MS332-L033: Cash Book, August 1955-July 1956

    Box

    18MS332-L020: Cash Book 1, May 1880-January 1893

    Box

    11MS332-L012: Cash Book 2, February 1893-December 1902

    Box

    14MS332-L015: Cash Book 3, January 1903-December 1914

    Box

    10MS332-L011: Cash Book 4, January 1915-April 1924

    Box

    6MS332-L007: Cash Book 5, May 1924-February 1930

    Box

    7MS332-L008: Cash Book 6, March-December 1930

    Box

    2MS332-L003: Check Book (untitled), October 1890-May 1922
    22MS332-L031: Check Book Checks No. 1000-1960, June 1918-March 1919

    Box

    30MS332-L041: Check Book Checks No. 1-500, January 1905-July 1936

    Box

    3MS332-L004: Dividend Book, April 1910-October 1913

    Box

    17MS332-L019: Dividend Book, April 1887-April 1900
    20MS332-L022: Dividend Book, October 1900-October 1903
    30MS332-L042: Dividend Book, December 1918-July 1920

    Box

    21MS332-L028: Dividend Check Book No. 1-500, May-August 1930
    21MS332-L027: Dividend Check Book No. 1-995, July 1920-October 1924

    Box

    25MS332-L036: Journal A, June 1880-March 1894

    Box

    26MS332-L037: Journal B, April 1894-March 1902

    Box

    12MS332-L013: Journal C, April 1902-August 1911

    Box

    13MS332-L014: Journal D, September 1911-June 1923

    Box

    5MS332-L006: Journal E, July 1923-December 1930

    Box

    8MS332-L009: Ledger A, May 1880-April 1891

    Box

    16MS332-L017: Ledger B, April 1890-March 1899

    Box

    9MS332-L010: Ledger C, April 1899-October 1907

    Box

    19MS332-L021: Ledger D, October 1907-July 1917

    Box

    28MS332-L039: Ledger E, July 1917-December 1927

    Box

    24MS332-L035: Ledger F, January 1928-December 1931
    23MS332-L034: Miscellaneous Ledger, December 1936-April 1937
    23MS332-L032: Notes and Bills Book, January 1912-October 1931
    21MS332-L029: Samuel A. Fortson Personal Cash Book, January 1921-September 1923

    Box

    27MS332-L038: Stock Ledger, May 1907-January 1918
    2MS332-L001: Stock Record Book (untitled), February 1925-November 1936
    17MS332-L018: Stock Transfer Book, August 1904-February 1917

    Box

    29MS332-L040: Stock Transfer Book, September 1891-August 1904
    2MS332-L002: Trial Balance, January 1921-April 1930

    Box

    4MS332-L005: Trial Balance Book, October 1899-December 1923
     

    SERIES 2: Ledgers (chronological list), 1880-1956 (bulk dates 1880-1937)

    Arrangement

    Ledgers are listed chronologically.

    Description

    The business ledgers, journals, and cash, check, and dividend books in this series document the financial workings of the Sibley textile mill prior to its merger with the neighboring Enterprise mill in 1936. Only one cash book dates from a later period (1955-1956).

    Box

    8MS332-L009: Ledger A, May 1880-April 1891

    Box

    18MS332-L020: Cash Book 1, May 1880-January 1893

    Box

    25MS332-L036: Journal A, June 1880-March 1894

    Box

    17MS332-L019: Dividend Book, April 1887-April 1900

    Box

    16MS332-L017: Ledger B, April 1890-March 1899

    Box

    2MS332-L003: Check Book (untitled), October 1890-May 1922

    Box

    29MS332-L040: Stock Transfer Book, September 1891-August 1904

    Box

    11MS332-L012: Cash Book 2, February 1893-December 1902

    Box

    26MS332-L037: Journal B, April 1894-March 1902

    Box

    9MS332-L010: Ledger C, April 1899-October 1907

    Box

    4MS332-L005: Trial Balance Book, October 1899-December 1923

    Box

    20MS332-L022: Dividend Book, October 1900-October 1903

    Box

    12MS332-L013: Journal C, April 1902-August 1911

    Box

    14MS332-L015: Cash Book 3, January 1903-December 1914
    17MS332-L018: Stock Transfer Book, August 1904-February 1917

    Box

    30MS332-L041: Check Book Checks No. 1-500, January 1905-July 1936

    Box

    22MS332-L030: Business Ledger, ca. 1906-1909?

    Box

    27MS332-L038: Stock Ledger, May 1907-January 1918

    Box

    19MS332-L021: Ledger D, October 1907-July 1917

    Box

    3MS332-L004: Dividend Book, April 1910-October 1913

    Box

    13MS332-L014: Journal D, September 1911-June 1923

    Box

    23MS332-L032: Notes and Bills Book, January 1912-October 1931
    20MS332-L024: Business Ledger 2 (Index), ca. 1915?

    Box

    10MS332-L011: Cash Book 4, January 1915-April 1924
    20MS332-L026: Business Ledger 4 (Index), 1917-1925?

    Box

    28MS332-L039: Ledger E, July 1917-December 1927
    22MS332-L031: Check Book Checks No. 1000-1960, June 1918-March 1919
    30MS332-L042: Dividend Book, December 1918-July 1920

    Box

    21MS332-L027: Dividend Check Book No. 1-995, July 1920-October 1924
    21MS332-L029: Samuel A. Fortson Personal Cash Book, January 1921-September 1923
    2MS332-L002: Trial Balance, January 1921-April 1930

    Box

    5MS332-L006: Journal E, July 1923-December 1930

    Box

    6MS332-L007: Cash Book 5, May 1924-February 1930
    2MS332-L001: Stock Record Book (untitled), February 1925-November 1936
    20MS332-L025: Business Ledger 3 (Index), 1926-1930?

    Box

    24MS332-L035: Ledger F, January 1928-December 1931

    Box

    7MS332-L008: Cash Book 6, March-December 1930
    21MS332-L028: Dividend Check Book No. 1-500, May-August 1930
    23MS332-L034: Miscellaneous Ledger, December 1936-April 1937
    23MS332-L033: Cash Book, August 1955-July 1956

    Box

    15MS332-L016: Blank Ledger, undated
    20MS332-L023: Business Ledger 1 (Index), undated