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Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills collection

Identifier: L1985-19

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection includes May 1964 issue of Fulton Cotton Mills News , Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills 1881 negatives and photographic copies of negative, aerial photograph of the Cotton Mill (circa 1960s), Fulton Cotton Mills catalogue, and correspondence and documents from Mayor Maynard Jackson and Lieutenant Governor Zell Mill regarding The Patch Inc. project in the Cabbagetown Community, (Atlanta Ga.).


  • Creation: 1881, 1964, 1978


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills

Jacob Elsas was cofounder of the successful manufacturing company Elsas, May, and Company, which made cloth and paper bags in Atlanta, Georgia from 1872. Following the dissolution of that partnership, Elsas incorporated The Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill in 1889, occupying an Elsas, May mill built east of the city in 1882. As the new company grew, mills were added to the site in 1895 and 1907, and the neighboring village for millworkers, Cabbagetown, also increased in size. Eventually the company added seven more mills across the United States. By 1960, the parent company was known as Fulton Industries Inc. However,the Atlanta mill remained known as the Fulton Cotton Mill and continued in operation under the management of Elsas family members until 1968, when Fulton Industries Inc. was sold. The Atlanta mill closed in 1978.


0.05 Linear Feet (in 1 folder)

Language of Materials



Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill was formed from the dissolution of a business partnership between Jacob Elsas and Isaac May in 1889. In 1978, the mill was shut down. The collection includes a May 1964 issue of Fulton Cotton Mills News, negatives, photographs, product catalogue, and correspondence, 1881, 1978, undated.

Acquisition Information

Donated by W. P. Addison, May 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Carley Henderson at the file level, May 2014.

Fulton Bag and Cotton Mills:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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