Pamlico Lumber Company Papers

Manuscript Collection #168
Pamlico Lumber Company
Physical description
132 Cubic Feet, 5 items , consisting of letterpress books, correspondence, clippings and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Pamlico Lumber Company Papers (#168), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1901-1930) consisting of letterpress books, correspondence, letters, logbook, etc.

Scope and arrangement

Much of the collection deals with the operation of a lumber mill located in the vicinity of Vandermere, Pamlico County, N.C. Four letterpress books (1902-1907) contain all outgoing correspondence from the mill's local manager C. H. Flowers to the company headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Such information as the amount of lumber cut, repair and operation costs, and the number of hours worked by the labor crew is offered. Of particular interest are the various descriptions of the local labor situation, including the problem of maintaining a sufficient work crew and of satisfying demands for wage increases. These problems in part reflect the economic conditions of Pamlico County at the turn of the twentieth century. A personal notebook (1901-1902) kept by Flowers offers a weekly report of the amount of lumber locally sold and the prices charged.

The major portion of the collection's correspondence contains letters and directives addressed to the local mill from the company's main office. Included are instructions dealing with the buying of logs and equipment, business costs and shipments.

Also included in the collection are various personal letters and clippings of Flowers and his wife.

Administrative information
Custodial History

April 29, 1971, 4 volumes; Letterpress books (1903-1907). Gift of Mr. James Smith, Greenville, N.C.

June 30, 1971, 121 items; Correspondence (1901-1905), financial papers. Gift of Mr. Robert Hudgins, New Bern, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. James Smith

Gift of Mr. Robert Hudgins

Processing information

Processed by G. Stinagle, April 1972

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Flowers, C. H.
Corporate Names
Pamlico Lumber Company
Forest conservation--North Carolina--Pamlico County
Lumber trade--North Carolina--Pamlico County
Lumbermen--North Carolina--Pamlico County
Pamlico County (N.C.)--Economic conditions--20th century