The Gregg-Graniteville Archives and the Gregg/Swint Memorial Room house the historical collection consisting of documents and memorabilia of the Graniteville Company, a major Southern textile manufacturing firm founded in 1845 by William Gregg.
William Gregg (1800-1867) established the Graniteville Manufacturing Company in 1845. Gregg was a visionary who advocated for the production of textiles in southern mills earning him the title "Father of the Southern Textile Industry." Gregg is also known for implementing one of the first compulsory education systems in the United States.
Encompassing approximately 49.5 linear feet of records, the Archives include correspondence, diaries, and other papers of William Gregg. Also significant are late 19th and early 20th-century hand-entered time books, printed annual reports, handmade company scrapbooks, historical photographs, framed pictures of mills and various officials, and the Graniteville Bulletin, a publication of the Graniteville Company for its employees.
The primary research value of this collection is for scholars in Southern economic, social, and labor history for the period 1845 to 1985 as well as for cultural historians of the South as it moved into the 20th Century.
The Gregg-Graniteville Archives represents the only archival collection in existence devoted to William Gregg and the Graniteville Company. It was developed over the years by the executives of the company at its main office in the village of Graniteville.
Learn more about William Gregg in the SC Hall of Fame feature that uses images from the Gregg-Graniteville Archives.