Francis Levin Fries papers, 1850-1925 (bulk 1850-1869).

Creator: Fries, Francis Levin, 1812-1863.
Collection number: 265
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Abstract: Architect, pioneer cotton manufacturer, state legislator, of North Carolina. Chiefly business correspondence and papers, 1850-1869. Included are Fries’s correspondence as president of the Haw River Company, millers of flour, and of a cotton mill in Salem, N.C., with Thomas Michael Holt (1831-1896) of the Granite Cotton Factory; company account books showing records of grain bought and flour sold; and a letterpress copybook, 1862, of J. A. Lineback of the Haw River Factory. Letters after 1863 are addressed to Henry William Fries (1825-1905), brother of Francis Fries.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included is Fries’ personal diary, which documents the construction and operation of his woolen mill in Salem, North Carolina, work chiefly carried out by slave labor (Folder 23).