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Cotton Textile Production Slides

Cotton Textile Production Slides

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Cotton Textile Production Slides
Identification: VAC377
Date: undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
Size/Quantity: 0.15 linear feet (52 slides)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Unknown
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains undated color slides illustrating the process of producing cotton fabric, from the cotton bale to the cloth.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains color slides illustrating the process of producing cotton fabric, from the cotton bale to the cloth. The material is undated and unlabeled. Based on the box that appears in VAC377-51, these images may be from the Avondale Mills in Pell City, Alabama (closed 2006).

The transformation of cotton to textile is a multi-step process. Cotton arrives at the factory in tightly packed bales. Bale breakers are used to loosen the compressed cotton. The cotton is then sent through machines called pickers that help separate impurities. Next are the carding machines. Carding further eliminates impurities and removes cotton fibers that are too short. These machines comb the fibers so they are smooth and parallel, forming ropes of fibers called slivers. In the next stage, multiple slivers are pulled through drawing frames to create one sliver of a more uniform thickness. Next is the spinning process which stretches and twists the sliver to create a finer thread. These threads are then woven into cloth.

Cloth can be created from dyed threads, or the cloth as a whole may be dyed or printed after it is woven. Various treatments to alter the look or texture of the finished cloth can be applied at different points in the production process.


Arrangement

The slides in this collection are arranged as hand-numbered, possibly for a presentation or class lecture.


Index Terms

Color slides.
Cotton fabrics.
Cotton manufacture.
Cotton textile industry.
Textile manufacturers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Cotton Textile Production Slides VAC377, Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Accession #1991.0107.

Processing Information

Mandi D. Johnson processed these visual materials in June 2009.

Revisions to Finding Aid

April 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.


    Other Finding Aids

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


    Container List

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    Image List: VAC377, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-01: Cotton bales, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-02: Inspecting the cotton, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-03: Laboratory, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-04: Laps (flat sheets) of cotton, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-05: Picking or carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-06: Picking or carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-07: Picking or carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-08: Picking or carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-09: Picking or carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-10: Discards?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-11: Unknown, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-12: Carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-13: Carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-14: Carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-15: Creating a sliver, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-16: Unknown, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-17: Carding process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-18: Drawing frames, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-19: Drawing process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-20: Drawing process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-21: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-22: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-23: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-24: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-25: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-26: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-27: Spinning process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-28: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-29: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-30: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-31: Chemical treatment?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-32: Unknown, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-33: Chemical treatment?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-34: Chemical treatment?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-35: Weaving process?, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-36: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-37: Unknown, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-38: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-39: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-40: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-41: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-42: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-43: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-44: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-45: Weaving process, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-46: Cloth, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-47: Cloth, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-48: Cloth, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-49: Bolts of cloth, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-50: Tending the machines, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-51: Box from Avondale Mills, Pell City, Alabama, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s
    VAC377-52: Bolts of cloth, undated, ca. 1950s-1960s