|Mss 442 1821-1879
Dover series A-D; Cocheco series B-D
The Dover-Cocheco Collection contains the records of a New Hampshire cotton textile manufacturer, established as the Dover Cotton Factory in 1821, renamed the Dover Manufacturing Company in 1823, and reorganized in 1827 as the Cocheco Manufacturing Company. Pacific Mills purchased the factory in 1909. The payrolls show that a majority of workers employed in the cotton mills were women. The collection also contains stockholder records that include women.
Two series of payrolls, Dover and Cocheco, have similar numbering. The Dover mill series extends from 1822 to 1829 and the Cocheco Mill series from 1827 to 1845. Both series are organized by departments: carding room, spinning room, weaving room, dressing room. The payrolls record the number of days worked, wages, cost of board and sundries, and the employee's signature.
The collection also includes stockholder records. Over ten per cent of the stockholders in the Dover Mills in 1828 were women.
Wage and time accounting
Payrolls, time books and employee accounts: Dover Series Volumes B 1 (1823-1826), CA1-3, CB-1, CC 1-3, CD 1, D 1 (1822-1929); Cocheco Series Volumes C1, DA 1, DB 1-4DC 1, DD 1-2 (1836-1845)
Family and financial records
Dover Series stockholder ledgers (1826-1829): volume A 1
Cocheco Series stockholder journal (1827-1843): volume B 1