Historic Documents & Publications

Here The Mill Museum will place various historical documents, long and short.

The memoirs of Claire Meikle.  Born in Willimantic, Claire’s memoirs relate the story of the decline and eventual transformation of a New England textile mill town.

“A Fairy in School” was originally published in 1893.  A fairy tale about Idola, a lazy fairy sentenced to learn the value of hard work by being transformed into cotton, then then manufactured into thread at the Willimantic Linen Company in Willimantic, CT.  Originally published by the Willimantic Linen Company.  Republished, with a historical essay by Jamie Eves, as “The Flight of the Cotton Fairies,” in 2011.

 A collection of various documents from the Mill Museum Collection, scanned and documented by Jared M. Leitzel.  Each link contains a brief write-up for the whole set in Microsoft Word. Each write-up contains the Title of the folder, the searchable DOC or Folder Name/Number and a brief explanation, followed by the total number of items individually marked.

Mill Documents

Curated by Jared M. Leitzel


Strike of 1925 – Document Folder #29.  This contains personal communiqué between Mr. Moxon and Mr. Earl Holmes and “Russell” regarding finding replacements for striking workers in the Willimantic mills.  Contains addresses, names and locations from where they attempted to find workers, as well as misplaced workers’ addresses in the company owned housing.  The letter from Russell to Mr. Moxon contains discourse of the solidarity of workers at the time, and the respect they had for the striking workers in Willimantic.  This collection includes a list of families relocated from Manchester, New Hampshire for the same purpose.  Contains 13 items.