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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.).


  • 1881, 1964, 1978


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Melvin Leon Jones collection, 1974 (L1975-44)

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

Revision Statements

  • May 2014: Finding Aid created by Carley Henderson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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