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Sawyer Woolen Mills Collection
Catalog Record
Mss 446 1858-1902
Series M, Volumes 1-8: time books, receipts, production records (1858-1893)
Volume N-1: Rent rolls, employees' accounts (1859-1862)

The Sawyer Woolen Mills were established by the Sawyer family in Dover, New Hampshire, in the 1820s and sold to American Woolen Company in 1899. The earliest time book, from 1858 to 1861, shows a very small minority of women workers beginning to be hired in the finishing mills in 1860; rent rolls from the same period show only one woman tenant and fifteen men. By 1893, many more women had been hired, with sixty women working in the finishing room and smaller numbers of women working alongside men in the carding, combing, weaving, and spinning rooms. The wool room and dye house continued to employ only men.

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