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The Cotton Industry in North Carolina: Home

This close-up of hands picking cotton was taken in Greenville, North Carolina in 1950. 

For more images like this, visit the Joyner Library Digital Collections database or The Daily Reflector Image Collection.

About This Guide

Cotton played a significant role in North Carolina’s agricultural and industrial history. In the eighteenth century, settlers grew cotton to ship to Great Britain for manufacturing, but beginning in the early nineteenth century, the Piedmont region developed textile mills for production.  The resulting textile industry transformed the state’s economy and survived through much of the twentieth century.

This research guide directs users to primary and secondary source materials about the North Carolina cotton industry.  All materials can be found in Joyner Library’s North Carolina Collection or electronically.

Learning Outcomes

Users of this research guide will be able to:

  • Locate secondary sources in the North Carolina Collection pertaining to the cotton industry.
  • Locate and request primary sources in the North Carolina Collection that relate to the cotton industry.
  • Know who to contact for help with library research.