Creator: Andrews, Mildred Gwin, 1903-1984.
Collection number: 4436
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Abstract: Mildred Gwin Andrews was executive secretary of the Southern Combed Yarn Spinners Association (SCYSA), 1936-1946; expert consultant on textiles to the U.S. Army Office of Quartermaster General and member of the War Production Board’s Committee on Industrial Salvage during World War II; field representative for Dudley, Anderson, and Yutzy, a public relations firm, 1946-1952; and director of public relations, 1952-1955, and executive secretary, 1955-1968, of the American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA).While associated with the ATMA, Andrews managed the American Textile Machinery Exhibitions-International, 1952-1965. In the mid-1950s, Andrews directed publicity for the Tungsten Institute. Throughout her life, Andrews published books and articles chiefly, but not exclusively, about textiles. After 1970, Andrews ran a public relations firm, Andrewtex, in Charlotte, N.C. She was also a consultant for the first International Trade Mart in Honduras and a lecturer on textile machinery in Asian countries. Personal papers and writings of Mildred Gwin Andrews and records of the American Textile Machinery Association (ATMA) and its predecessor the National Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association. The ATMA records, chiefly dated 1952-1970, include annual reports, minutes of Board of Directors’ meetings, financial records, correspondence, records of American Textile Machinery Exhibitions-International, promotional material of the ATMA and various textile companies, governmental and association reports, economic forecasts, and newspaper and magazine clippings.Also included are records of the Textile Exhibitors Association, the Southern Combed Yarn Spinners Association, and the Tungsten Institute. There are also files relating to Andrews’s work with the War Production Board during World War II; to International Executive Service Corps (I.E.S.C.) work in Honduras; the U.S. Dept. of Commerce trade mission to the Netherlands; and tariffs and foreign trade.In addition, there are writings and research notes, chiefly about the textile industry; personal correspondence and subject files; and photographs of people and of textile machinery. Among the most important writings are a history of the textile industry, entitled The Men and the Mills (1987), and an earlier book, Profit Life of Textile Machinery (1957).
Repository: Southern Historical Collection