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Don S. and Margaret McConnell Holt papers

Identifier: MS0114

Scope and Contents

This collection largely represents Holt's tenure with Cannon Mills Company (now Fieldcrest Cannon) of Kannapolis, N.C. Included are annual reports, correspondence, company history, and clippings. A personal item is a scrapbook that documents Holt's football career at UNC Chapel Hill.


  • 1926 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Donnell Shaw Holt was born in Graham, N.C. on March 7, 1908. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1929. In 1932, he married Margaret McConnell of Gastonia, N.C. Holt became executive vice pres┬Čident of Travora Manufacturing Co. in 1938. During World War II, he served as Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. Holt became plant manager of Cannon Mills Company in 1950, vice president in 1951, and executive vice president in 1959. He was named president and chief executive officer of Cannon Mills Company in 1962. In 1971, Holt became chair of the board following the death of Charles W. Cannon. Holt died in Charlotte on November 20, 1982.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Papers of the first non-family member to head Cannon Mills. Includes annual reports (1971-74), correspondence, speeches, an unpublished company history, clippings, an anti-union film (1974), copies of the firm's newspaper (1971-74), and a scrapbook (1929) documenting Holt's football career at UNC-Chapel Hill.


The Don S. Holt Papers are arranged into the following two series and one subseries:

I. Don S. Holt materials, 1929-1987 i. Photographic Prints, circa 1880-1968 II. Margaret McConnell Holt materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Don S. Holt and Ed Rankin Jr., 1985, 2007 and 2008; with periodic additions.

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1985, and Robert A. McInnes, 2007 and 2008.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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