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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:446 1858-1902 S271

Sawyer Woolen Mills records

Scope and Contents

Incomplete records of a family woolen firm in Dover, New Hampshire, which began as F. A. and J. Sawyer, became Sawyer's Mills, Sawyer Woolen Mills, and Sawyer Woolen Company. There are daybooks, cash books, production and sales records, and unbound papers, the last-mentioned for the 1894-1900 period. F. A. and J. Sawyer were selling agents. The business was taken over by the American Woolen Company in 1899.

The earliest time book, from 1858 to 1861, shows a very small minority of women workers beginning to be hired in the finishing mills in 1860; rent rolls from the same period show only one woman tenant and fifteen men. By 1893, many more women had been hired, with sixty women working in the finishing room and smaller numbers of women working alongside men in the carding, combing, weaving, and spinning rooms. The wool room and dye house continued to employ only men.


  • Creation: 1858-1902


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. Contact for more information.


16 linear feet (38 volumes, 63 boxes)

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the heirs of Charles H. Sawyer, August 5, 1958.


Baker Library Special Collections Staff
January 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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