New in the collection: Army depot tool tag

Brass tool tag with the words "William Muirhead and Charlotte Q.M. Depot."

Scottish-born William Muirhead founded the Muirhead Construction Co. in Durham in 1924.

The company’s projects included Chapel Hill’s first large apartment complex, wartime Camp Butner, the reconstruction of Tryon Palace in New Bern and — as evidenced by this brass-plated tool tag — the 1941  conversion of Ford’s former Model T and Model A plant in Charlotte into a quartermaster depot for the U.S. Army. Later uses included assembly of Nike Hercules missiles.

Today the site is home to Camp North End, a sprawling and idiosyncratic commercial complex.