The Rocky Mount Mills Digital Archive is an online compilation of digitized images related to the history of the Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. All images have been gathered from three repositories: the Rocky Mount Mills Photo Archive and the Rocky Mount Mills Awards, 1970s-1990s, both hosted by the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Charles S. Killebrew Photographic Collection, 1948-2001, hosted by the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
There are six different exhibit perspectives that each present a different way to engage with the archive. The first three present images from each of the online repositories: Rocky Mount Mills Photo Archive, Rocky Mount Mills Awards, 1970s-1990s, and the Charles S. Killebrew Photographic Collection.
The final three perspectives each represent a subject that groups of photographs address: People, Architecture, and the Mill Interior and Exterior.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to add material related to the Rocky Mount Mills to our online archive. There are photographs, newspaper articles, letters, posters, and other items housed in collections throughout North Carolina. Some are in formal archives–like the Rocky Mount Mills Records and the Charles Killebrew Photographic Collection at UNC, or the many collections at Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount. Other collections are in family homes and attics and haven’t been seen by the public in many years.
Working with both institutions and individuals, we will continue to bring many of these collections together online, where they are easily accessible. The completed digital archive will resemble one which we have already created relating to the Loray Mill in Gastonia, North Carolina, which you can be accessed at our Digital Loray project site. If you have items related to Rocky Mount Mills that you would like to see as part of our digital collection, contact us.