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Nebel Knitting Company scrapbook materials

Identifier: MS0115

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed primarily of material taken from scrapbooks. A small amount of material also relates to Nebel's successors, Speizman and Chadbourn. Includes newspaper clippings, advertising and photographs.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1969

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.

Historical Note

The Nebel Knitting Company was established by William Nebel, a native of Burkhardtsdorf, Saxony, Germany. Nebel emigrated to the United States in 1905 and worked for several hosiery mills in the Northeast until 1913, when he founded Atlas Silk Hosiery in Paterson, N.J. After ten years at Atlas, Nebel moved south to Charlotte. The Nebel Knitting Company first located on East Kingston Avenue. Expansion led to larger facilities on South Boulevard and, eventually, West Worthington Avenue. In April, 1968, the Nebel Knitting Company was purchased by Morris Speizman of Charlotte. Speizman in turn sold Nebel to Charlotte Packaging Corporation in July, 1968. Charlotte Packaging was merged into Chadbourn Gotham, Inc., which became Chadbourn, Inc. in 1969. The former Nebel mill on Worthington Avenue is a designated Charlotte-Mecklenburg historic landmark and now houses a restaurant. [For additional information, see Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Reports, Nebel Knitting Mill. Also, see Biberstein, Bowles, Meachem & Reed Records for architectural drawings of Nebel mills in Charlotte and Jacksonville, Fla.]


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Contents of old scrapbooks which include advertising material for a Charlotte-based hosiery mill founded in 1923 by William Nebel, a German immigrant, and purchased in 1968 by Morris Speizman. Also includes photographs of employees.


The files in the collection are intellectually arranged in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dan Morrill and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission, 1984. Gift of Virginia Bunn, 1991

Related Materials

BIBERSTEIN, BOWLES, MEACHAM & REED RECORDS, 1895-1960, UNCC MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION 148 Inventory of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, 1970 - 1988, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, June, 1992.

Nebel Knitting Company scrapbook materials
Randy Penninger
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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
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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