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Guide to the Avondale Mills Records, RG 651

Listed by: N. Kerr
Date: July 19, 1983

Date Span: 1897-1982

Historical Sketch: Textile mill established in Birmingham, Alabama in 1897 by Braxton Bragg Comer (1848-1927). Since then additional mills, which produce cotton and synthetic yarns and fabrics, have been purchased throughout Alabama and other Southeastern states. The Comer family continues to control ownership of the mills, whose headquarters are now located in Sylacauga, Alabama.

Scope / Content: Financial records concerning the Avondale Mills, the Comer family's Eufaula, Alabama plantation (1929-1953) and other trusts and estates held by the Comer family. Mill records include annual reports (1929-1982), capital stock records, financial statements (1917-1933) and tax returns (1908-1928). The bulk of the collection consists of mill accounts (1897-1944), recorded in ledger-type volumes. Organized into 4 series:  1. Stock Issues, Annual Reports, Business Minutes; 2. Ledgers, Account Books, Shipping Records; 3. Estate Books, 1929-1953; 4. General Accounts.  Arranged in 8 boxes and 122 bound volumes.



 

SERIES 1: Stock Issues, Annual Reports, Business Minutes

Box 1
Avondale Annual Reports: 1969-1982
Avondale Mills Stock Journal: 1897-1898
Stock Register & Transfer Book: 1903-1904
Stock Register & Transfer Book: 1903-1908
Stock Register & Transfer Book: 1908-1917
Avondale Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1897-1898
Box 2
Avondale Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1898
Box 3
Avondale Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1898
Avondale Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1928-1930
Avondale Mills Preferred Stock Certificates: 1912-1923
Box 4
Avondale Mills Preferred Stock Certificates: 1920-1933
Bound Volumes
Central Mills, Stock Journal: 1900-1916
Central Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1901-1904
Sycamore Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1904-1919
Alexander City Mills Capital Stock Certificates: 1907
Pell City Manufacturing Co. Minutes & By-Laws: 1902
Pell City Stock Register & Transfer Book: 1903
Pell City Capital Stock Certificates: 1902-1903
Pell City Capital Stock Certificates: 1903-1919
Pell City Preferred Stock Certificates: 1913-1916
Journal and Stock Register: 1897-1900
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SERIES 2: Ledgers, Account Books, Shipping Records

Bound Volumes
Ledger: 1897-1898
Ledger: 1898-1902
Cash Book: 1897-1900
Trial Balance Book: 1898-1905
Payroll Book: 1898-1938
Accounts Payable Book: 1900-1910
Account Book: 1901
Account Book: 1903-1912
Account Book: 1903-1914
Accounts Payable: 1907-1910
Account Book: 1907-1912
Journal: 1900-1902
Journal: 1901
Journal, Central Mills: 1901-1904
Journal, Central Mills: 1903-1907
Accounts Payable, Central Mills: 1904-1910
Cash Book, Central Mills: 1909-1914
Journal: 1903-1905
Journal: 1905-1908
Journal: 1907-1910
Journal: 1909-1910
Ledger, McDonald Cotton Mills: 1900-1901
Cash Book, McDonald Cotton Mills, 1900
Ledger: 1901-1902
Ledger: 1902-1906
Cash Book: 1900-1903
Cash Book: 1901-1903
Cash Book: 1903-1906
Cash Book: 1903-1909
Cash Book, Alex City Mills: 1906-1919
Trial Balance Book: 1905-1910
Report of operations: 1907
Insurance Record: 1906-1920
Account Book: 1910-1913
Account Book: 1910-1913
Account Book: 1912-1914
Account Book: 1914-1917
Accounts Receivable: 1916-1920
Journal: 1910-1911
Journal: 1910-1913
Journal: 1912-1915
Journal: 1914-1917
Journal: 1915-1917
Journal: 1915-1919
Ledger, Alex City Mills: 1914-1919
Ledger, General: 1916-1917
Journal, Sycamore Mill: 1916-1920
Cash Book, Sycamore Mill: 1916-1919
Ledger, Sycamore Mill: 1916-1920
Ledger: 1919-1920
Cash Book: 1910-1913
Cash Book: 1913-1916
Cash Journal: 1913-1916
Trial Balance, Central Mills: 1909-1915
Trial Balance, Central Mills: 1915-1917
Cash Book, Central Mills: 1914-1915
Cash Book, Central Mills: 1916
Cash Book: 1916-1917
Cash Book: 1917-1919
Cash Book: 1917-1918
Cash Book: 1918-1919
Cash Book: 1918-1921
Trial Balance: 1910-1914
Trial Balance: 1913-1915
Trial Balance: 1914-1920
Trial Balance: 1916
Trial Balance: 1917
Trial Balance: 1918-1926
Sales Book: 1916-1919
Avondale Tags: 1917-1918
Sales Book: 1917-1918
Sales Book, Central Mills: 1917-1922
Production Expenses: 1917-1931
Production Costs: 1918-1923
Sales Book: 1919-1924
Journal: 1920-1922
Journal: 1923-1925
Journal: 1925-1927
Cash Book: 1920
Cash Book: 1921
Cash Book: 1922
Cash Book: 1923
Cash Book: 1924
Cash Book: 1925
Cash Book: 1926
Trial Balance: 1927-1931
Report of Operations: 1920-1922
Yarn Sales Book: 1922-25
Yarn Sales Book: 1930-1932
Cotton Received, Warehouse: 1935-1937
Property Evaluation Record: 1935
Dress Tags Shipped, Record: 1941-1942
Cash Book: 1942-1943
Cash Book: 1943
Cash Book: 1943-1944
Cash Book: 1944
Cash Book: 1944
Index: n.d.
Index: n.d.
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SERIES 3: Estate Books, 1929-1953

Bound Volumes
Estate Book: 1929-1943
Estate Book: 1938-1941
Estate Book: 1938-1942
Estate Book: 1944-1946
Estate Book: 1947-1949
Estate Book: 1950-1953
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SERIES 4: General Accounts

Box 5
Comer Farm Bills: 1943, 1944
Insurance & Map of Dwellings, Avondale, Sylacauga: 1934
Production Data, Avondale: 1934-1936, May 1940
Cowikee Mills Tax Data: 1924-1928
Sycamore Mills Balance Sheet: 1916
Drug Store Accounts: 1927, 1929
Box 6
Doster Northington Drug Co. Accounts: 1926-1929
Box 7
Financial Statements, Avondale Mills: 1917-1933
[Oversized] Box 8
Journal: 1919-1926
Report of Operations, Avondale: 1933-1935
Tax Returns, Georgia Trust: 1918-1932
Tax Returns, Assessments, Correspondence: 1908, 1913-1920
Tax Returns, Assessments, Correspondence: 1920-1922, 1926-1928


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